Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO / GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

The son and namesake of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos has moved a step nearer towards his bid to nullify the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo within the May 2016 balloting.

The Supreme Court, appearing because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has authorised the request of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to get his electoral protest towards Robredo off the bottom by setting the preliminary convention of the case.

Theodore Te, the excessive court docket’s spokesperson, on Wednesday mentioned the magistrates granted Marcos’ movement throughout their full-court session in Baguio City on Tuesday, the final of their annual summer season periods, and scheduled the preliminary listening to at 2 p.m. on June 21.

He mentioned the PET issued the ruling “without prejudice” to all of the petitions filed by each events and awaiting decision from the 15-member tribunal.

“Considering, however, that Rule 3 of the 2010 PET Rules mandates that the rules are to be liberally construed to achieve a just, expeditious and inexpensive determination and disposition of every contest before the tribunal, the PET has deemed it proper to conduct the preliminary conference of both protests jointly,” Te mentioned in a press release.

The court docket official mentioned the preliminary listening to would cowl all issues which Marcos and Robredo had raised of their separate pleadings.

Te mentioned the PET directed each camps to submit their preliminary convention briefs and supply copies to the opposing aspect not lower than 5 days earlier than the listening to.

The paperwork which Robredo and Marcos would submit ought to embrace the “possibility of obtaining stipulations or admissions of facts and documents to avoid unnecessary proof,” in accordance with Te.

He mentioned the magistrates likewise directed them to restrict the variety of their witnesses and to make the problems they had been elevating extra understandable.

Robredo edged out Marcos by greater than 200,000 votes, prompting him to problem the voting leads to 132,446 polling precincts, for which the PET required him to pay P66.2 million in money deposit.

The Vice President, then again, has been ordered by the tribunal to settle P15.5 million in money bond for her counterprotest protecting 31,278 polling precincts.

On Tuesday, the excessive court docket denied her petition looking for a deferment of the cost of her protest price pending the ruling of the PET on the deserves of Marcos’ electoral protest.

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