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Business leaders applaud SC for settling Marcos protest vs Robredo

A group of the Philippines' most influential business leaders applauded the Supreme Court (SC) for unanimously junking the electoral protest filed by Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo, noting that the country can finally focus on more pressing matters.

The Makati Business Club (MBC) on Tuesday, February 16, said that the SC's move to rule on the matter "with rare unity" removes uncertainty in the country.

"The decision removes a major source of unnecessary and damaging political uncertainty, confirms our electoral process, and strengthens the unity we need to win the war against COVID-19 and accelerate the jobs and economic recovery needed by our people," the MBC said.

"MBC applauds the Supreme Court for settling the 2016 vice presidential election dispute, and doing so with rare unanimity."

It took over 4 years for the SC to decide on the matter, as several attempts were made to make lead justices inhibit from the case.

The High Court has yet to provide details of the decision, including the main basis of the dismissal.

But a source said that the SC, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, dismissed the case because Marcos was not able to justify an annulment of elections in 3 Mindanao provinces. – Rappler.com

Ralf Rivas

A sociologist by heart, a journalist by profession. Ralf is Rappler's business reporter, covering macroeconomy, government finance, companies, and agriculture.

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