MANILA (UPDATE) – Vice President Leni Robredo's lead over former Senator Bongbong Marcos grew by as 15,000 votes after the initial recount in the election protest the laughter filed, the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal has said in a resolution.
The resolution, made public Friday, said Robredo's lead over Marcos had increased from 263,473 to 278,566 after initial recount, up by 15,093 votes.
"Thus, based on the final tally after revision and appreciation of the
votes in the pilot provinces, protester Robredo maintained, as in fact she increased, her lead with 14,436,337 votes over Protestant Marcos who obtained 1
Two other tribal members also made reference to the hike in lead.
In his dissenting opinion to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) resolution requiring both parties to comment on the findings, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ben jamin Caguioa said the initial recount even increased Robredo's lead over Marcos.
He said Robredo got 14,436,325 votes, increasing her lead from 263,473 to 278,555 over Marcos, who obtained 14,157,770 votes
“The Tribunal retrieved thousands of ballot boxes from three provinces, revised millions of ballots, and ruled on each and every objection and claim by the parties to these millions of ballots. After all these, the Tribunal eventually arrived at a final tally, "Caguioa said in his dissenting opinion the high court released Friday along with the resolution.
Caguioa insisted that following Rule 65 of the 2010 Presidential Electoral Tribunal Rules, the election protest should be dismissed.
Under Rule 65, the protest may be dismissed "without further consideration of the other provinces" if the protester will most likely fail to make his case.
Caguioa said it is a disservice to the PET Rules to refuse to dismiss the protest despite "clear and unmistakable lack of basis."
The Supreme Court, voting 11-2, had opted to require both parties to comment on the report and to submit memoranda on Marcos' third cause of action seeking to cancel the elections in the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao.
But Caguioa does not see the wisdom of requiring parties to comment.
“Because from the results, what else is there to say and comment on? Under the PET Rules, how else is the Tribunal to decide? To my mind, asking the parties to comment on the foregoing clear and unequivocal results is a failure to terminate and dispose of the Protest in a just, speedy, and expeditious manner, when a clear ground exists for its dismissal, "he said.  Joining Caguioa in dissenting is Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who said PET Rules are clear that the pilot provinces should be no more than three.
Marcos had chosen Negros Oriental, Camarines Sur and Iloilo as his pilot provinces.
Carpio also said the initial recount resulted in a net increase of 15,093 votes in favor of Robredo.
He added that even Marcos' third cause of action on cancellation of elections in 3 Mindanao provinces requires revision and recount of ballots, and these provinces should have formed part of the pilot provinces.
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