PET resets hearing on Marcos case for next week

PET resets hearing on Marcos case for next week

MANILA — The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) postponed for next week the hearing on the election protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leonor “Leny” Robredo.

The election protest of Marcos will be included in the agenda of the Supreme Court (SC) en banc, sitting as the PET, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.

SC Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa asked that the case be called again to have enough preparation.

It was learned that the 15 SC Justices are not complete since two of them are now on leave.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes P. Aranal Sereno is on wellness leave.

On sabbatical leave is Associate Justice Jose C. Mendoza.He opted to seek this leave for justices who are retiring soon.

Mendoza is set to retire next year.

In his petition, Marcos asked the PET to set aside Robredo’s proclamation and to declare him the duly-elected vice president.

He challenged the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts in 25 provinces and five cities in the country.

He included in his 1,000-page petition 20,000 pages of affidavits, certificates of canvass (COCs) and other supporting documents to support his claim of fraud in the last May 9 national and local elections. PNA/