MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court yesterday ordered the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to release a committee report on the recount of three pilot provinces protesting by former Sen. Bongbong Marcos in his poll protest against Vice Pres Leni Robredo.
Particularly here are the areas of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
At the same time, PET also ordered both camps to comment and submit a memorandum within 20 days of the third cause of action filed by Marcos, who was the annulment of the 2016 election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao for terrorism, violence, force, threats, intimidation, pre-shading of ballots and vote substitution.
Marcos declared his defeat from Robredo a ‘massive cheating’ in the 2016 elections “by some 260,000 votes” which Robredo denied.
About 13 justices voted in the en banc session on Tuesday.
Two of the PET’s were ordered to release the report by Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa.
Robredo’s camp then urged the tribunal to abolish the electoral protest and said it had increased 15,000 votes to the vice president when the initial recount ended.
SC Spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka confirmed last month that Caguioa had submitted his revision and recount report to Iloilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental which included 5,417 voting precincts selected by Marcos himself.
Earlier this morning, Father Faura Street was already divided with Marcos and Robredo supporters. Their prayers and appeals were in favor of the SC’s decision.
But both camps still fail to hear from the SC who actually won the 2016 elections.