After two months, the Supreme Court (SC) has released the full text of its decision dismissing the election protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and the counter protest filed by Vice President Leni Robredo.
In its decision issued 16 February the high bench voted 15-0 that dismissed the protest of the young Marcos against Robredo.
The 93-page decision which was received by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s (PET) Clerk of Court Monday, stated that Marcos “failed to substantiate his allegations of massive anomalies and irregularities in protestee’s favor.”
The SC-PET said they have granted parties every opportunity to make and defend their arguments before the Tribunal, the proper forum to hear the case but protestant Marcos failed to substantiate his allegations of massive anomalies and irregularities in protestee’s favor.
Instead of substantiating his allegations, Marcos according to the SC-PET “chose to make sweeping allegations of wrongdoing and submitted incomplete and incorrect data.”
Marcos, according to the ruling, “failed to make out his case” since “there is no substantial recovery of votes in the pilot provinces that he himself had designated,” noting that it had conducted and completed the retrieval, revision, and appreciation of more than two million ballots from pilot areas designated by the former senator.
Under PET Rule 65, it provides for the outright dismissal of the protest if the protestant fails to show reasonable recovery of votes after the revision and appreciation of ballots from three pilot areas.
Marcos’ lawyer and spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez described the decision as unfortunate, saying the PET dismissed the election case without even allowing them to present proof about the massive cheating that occurred in Mindanao.
“In effect, what was supposed to be a separate, distinct and independent cause of action was rejected because of a plethora of rules,” he said.
“Indeed, it is regrettable that the Justice-in-charge viewed the case with extreme partiality through his yellow lenses,” Rodriguez added, referring to Justice Marvic Leonen who penned the decision.
The Marcos-Robredo case, the court noted, is the first election protest before the tribunal in which the recount and revision of the pilot provinces were completed.