PET orders VP Robredo to file her comment on Marcos’ election protest

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) en banc, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), ordered Vice President Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Tuesday to explain on the election protest of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

During the deliberations of the SC Justices on the Marcos protest, the SC decided to require Robredo to file her comment to the case.

In her comment, Robredo is expected to present her defenses and arguments to the case to dispute the allegations of Marcos that there was massive cheating during the May 9, 2016 elections.

The ponente to the case is Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa, the classmate of former President Benigno S. Aquino III from elementary to college.

Likewise, Caguioa also happened to be the classmate of Liza Araneta-Marcos at the Ateneo College of Law.

Robredo was the choice of Aquino to run against Marcos and the main campaigner for Robredo was the former President’s sister, actress and TV program host Kris Aquino.

The PET sits with the same SC members headed by Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno and the 14 SC Associate Justices.

Robredo won against Marcos with a close margin of about 260,000 votes.

Marcos filed his 1,000-page petition against Robredo, who was accused of conspiracy with the alleged biggest election fraud in the country’s history.

He argued that the accuracy of the election results and the reported irregularities should be investigated and should be done through the immediate conduct of judicial revision/recount of the ballots and the examination, system audit and verification of the voter’s receipts, election returns and related election documents.

Marcos further argued that he filed the election protest to unveil the alleged massive electoral fraud and it is his obligation to the millions of voters who voted for him.

To show his proof of Robredo and the Liberal Party’s (LP) alleged electoral fraud, Marcos attached in his petition about 20,000 pages of affidavits, certificates of canvass (COCs) and other supporting documents that will give a crystal clear manifestation of alleged manipulation done by the LP, the administration of President Aquino and Smartmatic Corporation and the Commission on Elections. Perfecto Raymundo Jr./PNA/