Not yet over? VP Leni tells Marcos: ‘Your interpretation is wrong’

Published February 16, 2021, 9:35 PM

by Raymund Antonio

Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday pointed to the clarification by the Supreme Court (SC) later in the day to disprove claims by the camp of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that it had only ruled on the second cause of action of their poll protest.

Vice President Leni Robredo (photo from OVP)

“We haven’t received a copy of the resolution but the SC issued a briefer a few minutes ago that the interpretation of the camp of Mr. Marcos is wrong and the decision is dismissing the entire electoral protest,” she said in Filipino.

The vice president faced the media on Tuesday night after the SC, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), unanimously dismissed the Marcos protest over the 2016 vice presidential race.

Robredo was accompanied by her lead lawyer Romulo Macalintal and other members of her legal team.

Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Brian Keith Hosaka said that out of 15 justices who were present, “seven members fully concurred in the dismissal while eight justices concurred in the results.”

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, the SC issued an amended briefer stating that the “entire electoral protest” has been “unanimously dismissed.”

But despite this, Marcos spokesperson Vic Rodriguez insisted that the PET only ruled on their second cause of action and not the entire petition.

He argued the Tribunal has yet to decide on Marcos’ third cause of action which is the annulment of election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao.

The vice president said she had nothing to say to Marcos following the dismissal of his poll protest.

“For me, it’s really just a message of gratitude. It’s more of a message of gratitude to everyone, that even though they tried to attack the legitimacy of my mandate, there’s still trust (from the people). For me, that’s enough,” she said.

Robredo beat Marcos by a slim margin of 263,473 votes. This prompted the defeated vice presidential candidate to lodge an electoral protest against Robredo on June 30, 2016.