Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong“ Marcos’ “sweeping allegations” of electoral fraud during the 2016 vice presidential polls have always been “baseless and unfounded” as proven by the decision of the Supreme Court, Vice President Leni Robredo’s spokesperson said on Tuesday, April 20.
The SC, acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), released a copy of the full decision, which said that Robredo would have won even if they annul the election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao, the three provinces that Marcos wanted to be recounted.
The PET said the vice president would have still led by as much as 15,130 votes even without the votes from the three provinces in Mindanao.
“The unequivocal declaration in the decision that the protest ‘failed to substantiate’ its “
‘sweeping allegations’ of supposed fraud, validates what has been our long-standing position: that the protest was baseless and unfounded from the beginning,” Robredo’s spokesman and lawyer Barry Gutierrez said.
“This clearly settles this matter once and for all. Once again, we thank the PET for its wisdom, fairness, and resolve in deciding this issue,” he added.
The unanimous decision of the PET, which was promulgated in February, “decisively and definitively affirms her 2016 victory and her (Robredo) mandate as vice president,” Gutierrez stated.
In its 93-page decision written by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the PET said that “there is prima facie showing that protestee would still maintain her lead even if we proceed with the third cause of action.”
The PET voted unanimously 15-0 to junk Marcos’ protest of electoral fraud, finally putting to rest the former senator’s allegations against Robredo.