Marcos Jr. protest junked, unanimously by SC

Marcos Jr. protest junked, unanimously by SC

WITH A little more than seven months away from the filing of candidacy for the 2022 general elections, chances of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. getting boost for the presidential bid was decimated as the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on Tuesday dismissed the election protest he filed against Vice President Leni Robredo over the results of the 2016 race.

The high court unanimously voted to junk the protest, nearly five years after it was filed by Marcos on June 29, 2016, said SC spokesperson Brian Hosaka. Marcos lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the May 2016 elections which the former senator claimed was marred by fraud.

As this developed, Malacañang gave a word of advice to the former senator over the decision of the Supreme to junk his electoral protest against Robredo – file a motion for reconsideration.

In a press briefing, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that Marcos Jr. still has legal remedies – one of which is to file a motion of reconsideration.

“That is the decision of the Supreme Court. We respect that and we respect also that the camp of Senator Bongbong Marcos has a further remedy of moving for reconsideration,” said Roque.

Roque also warded off questions over the supposed working relationship between the President and Duterte.

“I don’t think it makes any difference because the President has always referred to VP Leni as the Vice President,” he added.

Interestingly, former SC spokesperson Theodore Te said that while Marcos has the right to file a motion for reconsideration appealing the ruling, the chances of reversal is remote.

“While it can still be subject of an MFR (motion for reconsideration), the unanimous vote makes it extremely difficult to reverse,” he said in a tweet. “Even if some Js (justices) voted to concur only in the result, this only means they had different reasons but the same conclusion,” said Te.

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