The late ‘dictator’ Ferdinand Marcos’ son is far from giving up his election protest against the current vice-president of the Philippines. A light of hope shines on Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. as the Supreme Court approved the release of initial recount results from the last election.
However, the longevity of this three-year-old case depends on the SC ruling.
War of the words between Marcos and Robredo
At the end of the 2016 national election, the then vice-president candidate Leni Robredo won by a margin of more than 280,000 votes against Bongbong Marcos. With the sympathy of his supporters, he started his crusade to fight for what he believes is his — the vice-presidential position.
Marcos told the media after the Supreme Court decision that he was a victim of massive cheating, “they robbed the proper Vice President, myself, of three years of service.”
Robredo countered the accusation during her press briefing in her office in Quezon City saying, “It’s funny that he is the one saying it.”
“Between the two of us, it’s not me who has the habit of robbing,” she added.
She also said in front of the press as a direct message to Bongbong, “[he] should not say those things because, between the two of us, I know that I’m not the thief.”
The copies of initial recounts of provinces requested by Marcos
Situated as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), the high court released the copies of initial recounts from these three provinces Marcos claimed he was cheated — Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. The former senator demanded the recount while Robredo wants the release of the results.
Marcos had an additional demand for another province’s initial recount. Thus, the Supreme Court asked Robredo to answer this bid for votes recount at the Autonomous Region, part of Muslim Mindanao.
SC rejected the recommendation of Associate Justice Caguioa
The SC panel of judges, according to Marcos, had rejected the recommendation of Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa to dismiss the election protest.
Marcos could not help to express his frustration for waiting for three years, “Of course, it’s frustrating but what are you going to do?” he said.
Yet, he is still hopeful saying, “You have to trust the wisdom of our justices. Also, the case is complicated. It is the first time that any presidential protest has reached this stage.”
“We will fight until all of the evidence we have are presented to the tribunal… Every additional day is a little bit more frustrating but, again, we abide by the system,” Marcos commented before the media, believing his case should only take two days to finalize.