- Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr.’s election protest against Vice President Maria Eleonor ‘Leni’ Robredo includes a 1,000 page protest and 20,000 pages worth of annexes
- Robredo won the vice president position by a slim margin of 263,473
- The Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) is set to hear the case on July 12
Senator Bongbong Marcos is not giving up without a fight.
Marcos gave the legal team of Vice President Leni Robredo the daunting task of reviewing over 20,000 pages of his electoral protest. According to the PET rules, the respondent only has 10 days to answer the same.
Dubbed as the “longest election protest” in the history of the Philippines, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that, “(It) is the longest election protest ever filed in any election tribunal in the Philippines with the most number of annexes numbering more than 20,000 documents. This is unprecedented in the annals of political cases in our country.”
Macalintal said that the voluminous petition and annexes could be the reason why the Supreme Court had to defer its inclusion in the tribunal agenda last week.
“For sure, it will take more time for the 15-member PET to study each and every page of the 1,000-page protest and the 20,000 annexes before it could take appropriate action thereon. More so if we consider the fact that based on newspaper reports, Marcos’ protest involves his calling for failure of election in several provinces where he protested all the clustered precincts in such areas,” he said.
In a press briefing, Marcos said that his election protest consists of three parts.
First, the complaint points out the weaknesses of the actual automated election system used in this year’s elections saying that the safeguards recommended by third-parties were not done by Smartmatic and COMELEC. Marcos added that whatever safeguards remained such as the existence of warning flags and alarms were ignored by the two bodies.
Second, Marcos claims that ‘traditional electoral abuses’ such as vote-buying, intimidation, failure of elections, among others were committed by Robredo’s camp to change or influence the result of the elections.
Third, Marcos also refers to the “notorious” incident on the evening of May 9 when Smartmatic project head Marlon Garcia allegedly breached COMELEC’s protocol by accessing the Transparency Server to apply a change in the system's script.