SC to order Robredo to respond to electoral protest of Marcos
The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has acted on the election protest of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo.
The high court has decided to require Robredo to respond to the protest of the former senator. She will be ordered to submit an “answer” based on the PET rules.
At a press conference, the high court’s information chief Theodore Te said the PET would issue a resolution “in due course.”
PET is composed of the 15 Supreme Court justices.
Marcos filed his protest against Robredo after she won by a margin of 263,473 votes. He wants the PET to set aside the Vice President’s proclamation.
Subject of his protest is the reopening of ballot boxes in each of the 36,465 clustered precincts in Cebu, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Masbate, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Bukidnon, Iloilo, Bohol, Quezon, Batangas, Western Samar, Misamis Oriental, Camarines Sur, second district of Northern Samar, Palawan, Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Pangasinan, Isabela, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and Zamboanga City.
Marcos is also asking the PET to annul the election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao, where the ballots have been pre-shaded, and recount votes in 22 provinces and five cities./rga