Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. expressed a sigh of reduction after the Supreme Court (SC) sitting because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) spared him from incurring extra bills in his election protest.
The PET has issued a decision which informed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to shoulder the storage fees and different incidental fees incurred by the ballot physique for holding the poll containers and different election supplies in a number of Philippine overseas posts.
Earlier, the Comelec informed the PET it must be Marcos who has to shoulder these prices and never the ballot physique due to his ballot protest.
“This is certainly a very positive development for Senator Marcos,” stated Marcos spokesman, lawyer Victor Rodriguez, in regards to the determination of the PET.
“As you can see, our opponents are making things more difficult for us by trying to delay the case and making us pay left and right without any basis,” he lamented.
“We are glad that the PET denied these unfounded and unnecessary moves so our case can finally move forward,” he added.
In its ruling, the PET stated the Precautionary Protective Order (PPO) it issued to the Comelec didn’t prohibit the ballot physique to switch the ballots to the Comelec primary workplace in Manila.
The PET stated the Comelec might have simply simply requested permission to have the ballots to the ballot physique’s primary workplace.
“There is nothing in the PPO that prohibited the physical transfer of the election materials and paraphernalia; the Comelec was merely required to preserve and safeguard their integrity. Thus, the Comelec’s proffered reason that its faithful compliance to the PPO has no basis,” the PET said.