The Supreme Court (SC) sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) will begin the preliminary convention on the election protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. towards Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday.
The PET set the preliminary convention after requiring each Marcos and Robredo to pay money deposits of P66.02 million and P15.44 million for his or her respective protest and counter-protest.
The preliminary convention was initially scheduled on June 21 however the tribunal determined to re-scheduled on July 11.
Marcos is contesting the outcomes of 36,465 clustered precincts in 30 provinces and cities all around the nation citing fraud beneath three essential points in his protest, specifically the “flawed” Automated Election System (AES), the failure of elections in a number of provinces in Mindanao and the unauthorized introduction by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of a brand new hash code (or a brand new script / program) into the Transparency Server on the day of the elections.
Marcos earlier stated he determined to file the electoral protest because of the collection of frauds, anomalies and irregularities that marred the May 9 elections and that such actions made certain he would lose to Robredo, the vice presidential candidate of the administration’s Liberal Party.
Robredo gained the 2016 vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 greater than Marcos who obtained 14,155,344 votes.
In his protest, Marcos contested the leads to a complete of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts protecting 27 provinces and cities.
Last June 14, the PET granted the pressing movement filed by Marcos to designate a minimum of three listening to officers who will help the Tribunal through the preliminary convention on his election protest towards Robredo.
In a six-page decision signed by Felipa B. Anama, Clerk of Tribunal, PET appointed retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose C. Vitug because the chairperson of the panel of commissioners. His members are Atty. Angelito C. Imperio and Atty. Irene Ragodon-Guevarra.
“The commissioners shall decide unanimously to every extent possible, provided that in the event of failure to reach a unanimous decision, the majority decision shall prevail,” the PET decision acknowledged.
The PET stated the chairperson shall obtain a compensation of P15,000 per day of listening to or service whereas the members shall obtain a P10,000 per day of listening to or service.
(Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan/PNA)