For former Defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro, the petitioners asking the Supreme Court to cancel the certificate of candidacy (CoC) of presumptive President and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., should “respect the will of the people.”
In an interview on Daily Tribune’s digital program Gising Na! Teodoro acknowledged that it is everyone’s right to seek assistance from the high court to challenge a ruling, however, he said that the majority of the Filipinos have already spoken, thus it must be upheld.
“For me, the people have spoken. It is everyone’s right to go to the Supreme Court to settle a dispute over a ruling, however, I think it is about time to listen to the decision of our fellow Filipinos,” he said when asked for his comment on the petition to reverse the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) dismissing the plea to cancel Marcos Jr.’s CoC.
Teodoro was the bar topnocher in 1989. In 2010, he ran for president but lost to his cousin, Benigno Simeon Aquino III.
“We should respect the will of the people. Let us instead think of ways how we could be together in promoting the welfare of our fellow countrymen,” he added.
Teodoro’s statement came after the petitioners led by martial law survivor Bonifacio Ilagan, represented by their lawyer Howard Calleja, filed a Petition for Certiorari to the Supreme Court to cancel the candidacy of Marcos Jr. and stop the Senate and House of Representative from canvassing the votes cast for him.
Ilagan also sought the cancellation of the proclamation of Marcos Jr. as president.
The Comelec had dismissed the disqualification cases against Marcos Jr.
This is the second petition filed before the high court asking for an issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) to halt the counting of votes cast for him, as well as his proclamation.
Petitioners Fr. Christian Buenafe, Fides Lim, Ma. Edeliza Hernandez, Celia Lagman Sevilla, Roland Vibal, and Josephine Lascano are backed by former Supreme Court spokesperson Ted Te.
Should the Supreme Court’s ruling side in favor of the cancellation of Marcos Jr.’s CoC, citing a previous ruling, “The second-placer in the vote count is actually the first-placer among the qualified candidates.”
Based on the partial, unofficial results count as of 18 May, Marcos Jr. is leading after garnering over 31 million votes. His rival, Vice President Leni Robredo is trailing with over 14 million votes.
Both the Senate and House of Representatives are set to resume sessions on 23 May for the canvassing of votes cast for president and vice president.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III earlier said that Congress is eyeing to proclaim the new president and vice president by the end of May.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is currently on a writing break, and is set to resume sessions in June.
Finding no irregularity in the 9 May elections, the Comelec on Wednesday proclaimed the 12 winning senators.