Supreme Court, Junk BBM’s Electoral Protest! Stand for truth, Stand with VP Leni!

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On September 10, 2019, the Supreme Court’s Public Information Office announced that Justice Alfredo Caguioa, the Justice in-charge of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) for Bongbong Marcos’ protest, had finished drafting his report on the recount and had already forwarded it to the other Justices.

Nobody outside the Supreme Court knows the content of this report but sources say that Justice Caguioa is under intense pressure from his colleagues to revise it so that the Marcos protest extends to 27 more provinces. If there is truth to this story, then the Supreme Court will be contradicting the rules it promulgated to guide this electoral protest.

The 2010 PET Rules confined the grounds for protest to the reception of evidence from the three provinces that best exemplified fraud or irregularities. This “initial determination” rule was reiterated by the PET in its ruling dated August 29,2017. Marcos selected Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Camarines Sur as his three pilot provinces, stating that he had strong “evidence” that these were the provinces with the worst cheating.

At the end of the recount, Marcos gained a measly 4,000 additional votes while VP Leni Robredo gained a whopping 19,000 additional votes. The Marcos camp, knowing that they had lost this protest, urged the PET, in December 2018, to examine three more provinces in order to keep their dying protest alive. The PET denied this move.

If PET is to follow its own rules, the Marcos protest must be dismissed outright. We call on the Supreme Court to rule for the truth and the rule of law.

Junk the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos!