Thu. May 13th, 2021

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has dismissed the electoral protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leonor Robredo over disputed results from the May 2016 elections.

A national daily reported that the majority of the Supreme Court justices sided with the resolution of penned by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen to dismiss the case.

The ruling came months after Marcos and Solicitor General Jose Calida asked the Supreme Court to inhibit Leonen from handling the poll protest case.

Calida cited in his motion before the Supreme Court that Leonen already had an inherent bias against the Marcoses.

Calida particularly cited a portion of Leonen’s dissent on the burial of the former president, which read: “Former President Ferdinand E. Marcos presided over a regime that caused untold sufferings for millions of Filipinos. Gross violatings of human rights were suffered by thousands. The public coffers contributed to by impoverished Filipinos were raided. Ferdinand E. Marcos stood by as his family, associates, and cronies engaged in systemic plunder. The national debt ballooned during the regime.” 

The Supreme Court dismissed the petitions of Marcos and Calida also in November last year. SOVEREIGNPH

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