“On the ground that there is no showing of a clear legal right to the performance of the duty sought to be compelled by the petitioner," the Supreme Court denies petition nullifying Rodrigo Duterte’s presidency.
On Tuesday, June 7, the SC dismissed a petition filed against the president-elect which seeks to stop him from taking over the highest executive position in the country.
Lawyer Elly Velez Pamatong filed the petition for mandamus in order to disregard and invalidate the votes that Duterte gained during the national elections on May 9. Moreover, stop the future president’s proclamation. However, in a full court session, Pamatong’s petition was junked by the SC.
Pamataong got disqualified in the 2004 and 2010 presidential races for being a "nuisance" candidate. He also took accountability to the attempted bombing by a group because of disappointment with how the government handles territorial dispute with China.
The Congress assembled in a joint session last week to finally proclaim Duterte and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo as the winning presidential and vice presidential candidates from the recent election.
The outgoing mayor of Davao City and frontrunner of PDP-Laban party has won by a huge margin. Duterte took 16,601,997 votes. Duterte beats LP presidential candidate by more than six million votes lead along with presidential rivals Senator Grace Poe, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Meanwhile, Liberal party and administration bet Robredo got 14, 418,817 votes making her win by only a slim margin of more than 200, 000 votes versus closest contender Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Senators Alan Peter Cayetano, Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero, Gregorio ‘Gringo’ Honasan and Antonio Trillanes IV were the other candidates who ran for the VP position.
The canvassing of votes was completed on May 27 with both House of Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) for President and Vice President.