PET junks 1st cause of action in Marcos' poll protest: It's 'meaningless', 'pointless'

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos was initially leading in the election results until he was overtaken by the administration bet in the evening of election day.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 5) — The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) junked former Senator Bongbong Marcos' case questioning the automated election system.

This was the first of three issues he raised in his poll protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

A 35-page PET resolution released to the media Tuesday junked Marcos' claim that the certificates of canvass generated by the Consolidation and Canvass System were not "authentic".

The tribunal ruled this statement was "meaningless" and "pointless".

"Stated otherwise, even if protestant (Marcos) succeeds in proving his first cause of action, this will not mean he has already won the position of Vice President as this can only be determined by a manual recount of all votes in all precincts," the resolution read.


The PET also junked Robredo's motion for reconsideration against Marcos' poll protest for lack of merit.

Marcos' other causes of actions are: ballot recount in 27 provinces and annulment of elections in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan as voters were supposedly terrorized and harassed.

The PET resolution also partially granted Marcos' request to retrieve ballots and other election documents in three provinces whre poll results were contested, namely, Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

Marcos camp: election protest vs Robredo upheld

The Marcos camp said the tribunal's resolution upheld their election protest against Robredo, since it granted the retrieval of the ballots from the three provinces to start the recount.

Marcos' spokesperson, Attorney Vic Rodriguez, said they respect the PET decision to junk the first cause, but would have preferred if they probed into the anomalies of the automated election system.

However, Rodriguez added the dismissal of the first cause of action will expedite the case.

"(W)e have the case exactly where we wanted it to be, the conduct of manual recount and judicial revision and annulment of election result in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan," Rodriguez said.

But in a media briefing Tuesday, Robredo's legal counsel Romulo Macalintal said he is confident Marcos' poll protest will eventualy be dismissed, saying the PET upheld the integrity and credibility of the elections.

"Ang gusto noon ipa-examine ang mga source code, Hashcode na sinasabi niya noon. Lahat ng mga equipment na ginamit sa eleksyon and this was his first cause of action," Macalintal said.

Updated to include statements from the camp of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.