The Supreme Court (SC) has thrown out the election protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. seeking to overturn the victory in 2016 of Vice President Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party (LP) for “lack of merit.”
Sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) that has sole authority to decide such cases, the SC voted to dismiss Marcos’ 5-year old petition, for which he had to spend tens of millions of pesos to pursue.
Court spokesman Brian Keith Hosaka in a statement said all 15 magistrates “unanimously concurred” with the ruling penned by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen. He didn’t elaborate.
“The true mandate of the 2016 elections was upheld,” a gleeful Robredo said as she thanked the justices.
In June 2016, Marcos lodged his petition before the SC questioning Robredo’s victory, claiming he had been cheated in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan in southern Philippines.
Marcos’ lawyers said they plan to appeal the decision.