PET defers taking action on Marcos’ electoral protest anew

Policemen were deployed on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in front of the Supreme Court where Vice President Leni Robredo’s supporters held a rally to urge the SC to junk the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos./Moira Encina/Eagle News/

(Eagle News)–The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has yet again deferred action on the electoral protest filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.

SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka said the PET did not act on the protest during the tribunal’s session today, Oct. 8, which means the case “remains pending and is still being deliberated by the members of the tribunal.”

This is at least the second time the PET deferred action on the protest since Justice Alfred Caguioa, the magistrate in charge,   submitted in September his report on the recount of votes on the three pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental related to the protest.

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, Robredo’s camp urged the PET to give them a copy of the report so as to avoid speculations.

Even then, Robredo’s camp said she would retain her post as vice president regardless of the PET decision on the recount since the results of the same will only determine whether or not Marcos’ protest should proceed.

On Wednesday, Robredo’s supporters also held a rally in front of the Supreme Court and urged the PET to junk Marcos’ protest altogether.

Robredo was declared the winner of the 2016 vice presidential race after garnering some 200,000 votes more than Marcos.

But Marcos has claimed irregularities.