Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday expressed confidence he will hurdle the electoral protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.
This, despite him at a disadvantage in the initial recount of the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), that yielded Robredo widening her lead over the former lawmaker, originally at 263, 473, or by more than 15,000 votes.
But instead of being dejected, Marcos appears to be more confident that victory will be in his hands in the end.
The reason, according to him, is due to the favorable turn of events that’s been coming his way as of late.
First is the SC en banc’s 11-2 decision overturning now retired Justice Alfredo Caguioa’s decision to dismiss his petition.
“Then Justice in charge, Justice Caguioa, recommended to the PET and the Bar that my petition should be dismissed, the entire petition should be dismissed on the basis of his subjective assessment of the recount. So, of course, we contested this. It came to a vote which we won,” Marcos told the Daily Tribune’s “Straight Talk.”
What happened next was the PET directing both camps to submit their comments on the second and third causes of action – recount and annulment of elections in the Autonomous (Bangsamoro) Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, and Basilan.
Marcos maintained belief that no “proper election was held in those areas.”
“This is something that we have been pushing for since the very beginning, but it has been pushed back and deferred. But finally, we came to that. We have been ordered to make a comment on a certain question that we’re positive… by the PET on both causes. We have submitted that comment and we are waiting for the PET to instruct us what to do next,” stated the ex-senator.
If there is a small hitch, Marcos pointed out, it would be time slowly running out.
He has been very vocal about running for a national seat in the 2022 elections.
As dictated by the election law, an electoral protest is deemed dropped or moot when the contesting party files a certificate of candidacy for an election succeeding the one whose results were being questioned.
“Elections is coming up by 2022 and I have to decide what I’m going to do in those elections,” Marcos noted.
“You know, our political cycle is three years. So, two and a half years before filling for national (candidacy) in October. So, it’s really fast and only little time is left and we must move, talk to our allies, see what’s happening, see what’s the situation especially in the provinces and see what options do we have,” he added.