Robredo replies: Why SC should dismiss Marcos Jr's protest

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday, August 15, formally asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to dismiss the election protest filed against her by defeated candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Robredo cited "utter lack of merit" in Marcos' protest and the "lack of jurisdiction of the PET," as she said that Marcos questioned issues other than the results of the vice presidential election.

In her 536-page response, Robredo raised the following arguments:

'Not just Robredo'

In an interview with reporters, Robredo's lawyer Bernadette Sardillo said Marcos, by questioning the Comelec's conduct of the polls as a whole, wants the entire election nullified. This, Sardillo said, is beyond the scope of the PET.

"Ang hinihingi po ni Ginoong Marcos ay ipawalang bisa ang nangyaring eleksyon. Ang ibig sabihin po nito, hindi lang po ang pagka-proklama ni [Vice President] Leni ang mapapawalang bisa kundi ang lahat ng kandidato," she said. 

(What Mr Marcos is asking is to nullify the entire election, which means Vice President Leni Robredo's proclamation is not the only one that will be nullified, but also other winning candidates' proclamations.)

"You cannot ask the tribunal to nullify the whole elections," Sardillo stressed.

In the vice presidential race last May, Robredo got 14,418,817 votes during the official canvassing, while Marcos received 14,155,344 – a difference of just 263,473 

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