Kaya Natin! urges PET to respect 2016 victory of VP Robredo, dismiss Marcos' protest

Last September 9 (Monday), Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa has submitted his report on the result of the pilot recount conducted in 3 pilot provinces chosen by losing vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos for his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. It is disturbing that after four days, the Philippine Electoral Tribunal (PET) has yet to act on Caguioa’s report.

Rule 65 of the 2010 PET Rules say that results of the recount conducted on pilot provinces shall be the Tribunal’s basis on whether a protest has merit. In Marcos’ protest, he alleged that there were irregularities in the election results from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. However, after the recount, no irregularities have been discovered and VP Robredo’s lead against Marcos even increased to about 15,000 votes. THUS, TO CONTINUE WITH MARCOS' PROTEST IS A CLEAR ABUSE OF PROCESS AND WASTE OF THE COURT'S TIME AND RESOURCES.

We appeal to the PET to respect the victory of VP Leni Robredo and the Filipino people by dismissing Marcos’ protest. We hope and pray that the members of the PET will abide by the constitutional mandate given to VP Robredo, when she fairly and squarely won the 2016 Vice Presidential Elections.

We call on ordinary Filipinos to remain vigilant against forces that are attempting to subvert the will of the people. The fight for truth and justice continues.