Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Bongbong Marcos supporters wait outside the Supreme Court for the Presidential Electoral Tribunal results from today, October 15.
Yesterday, Robredo asked the Supreme Court, which sits as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), not to change the electoral protest’s rules on the proceedings.
The Vice President’s legal team filed a 23-page manifestation requesting the PET to follow the rules in settling the electoral protest Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had filed.
“The Vice President still has the highest respect to the high tribunal that the rules will not be changed in the middle of the game,” Robredo’s lawyers said.
Robredo, Marcos supporters, await Presidential Electoral Tribunal results today
Robredo’s camp referred to Rule 65 of the 2010 PET Rules, which says, if there is no substantial recovery in the pilot provinces, “the protest may forthwith be dismissed, without further consideration of the other provinces mentioned in the protest.”
“These provinces constitute ‘test cases’ by which the tribunal determines whether it would proceed with the case – retrieve and revise the ballots in all remaining protested clustered precincts – or dismiss the protest for failure of the protestant to make out his case,” the lawyers said.
“Notwithstanding the clear language of the 2010 Rules of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, rumors abound on the Honorable Tribunal proceeding to the 3rd cause of action despite an alleged finding that protestant Marcos has not made any substantial recovery,” Robredo’s manifestation said.
Meanwhile, Cebu Citizens’ Assembly offered mass for Vice President Leni Robredo concerning the PET decision today.