MANILA (UPDATE) - The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has denied former Senator Bongbong Marcos’ plea for an investigation into an outing attended by vote revisors and other personnel last month.
The ruling was due to an investigation already conducted by the PET into the outing which took place on June 22 at a resort in Calamba City.
Marcos earlier urged the PET to investigate why 20 of its personnel were at an outing with Vice President Leni Robredo's vote revisor, Osmundo Abuyuan.
He submitted to the tribunal photos of the said outing posted on social media.
Marcos, who lost to Robredo in the 2016 polls by only 263,473 votes, has a pending poll protest with the PET.
The tribunal is in the midst of its manual vote recount for Marcos’ pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.
Marcos expressed “dismay” at the so-called “Pansol outing,” and hinted at a possible “conspiracy” between Robredo’s camp and the PET personnel.
He further raised the possibility that Robredo’s camp, through Abuyuan, influenced PET personnel over the ongoing recount.
Robredo, for her part, claimed Marcos’ camp knew of the outing and is “feigning ignorance."
She even urged the PET to release a CCTV footage that can allegedly disprove Marcos' claim that he was surprised to learn of an outing attended by PET head revisors.
She said one of Marcos’ “supervisors” named Roderick Miranda even sent some snacks for the said outing.
Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, a spokesperson for Marcos, said Friday they are "completely surprised" that an investigation has been concluded, noting that his client has the right to be informed of the details.
"Former Senator Marcos as the protestant has all the right to know and be duly notified by [Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa] as to when the investigation commenced, who conducted it, what was the findings and penalty meted out and for violating what?" Rodriguez said in a statement.
He alleged that Robredo's knowledge that an investigation has been conducted, as stated in her counter-manifestation, proves that she has "unbridled access to all sensitive and confidential information ordinarily available only to an insider."
Marcos had sought a recount of the votes in the vice-presidential race, the closest in recent history, claiming "massive cheating" cost him the post.
Victory in Marcos' poll protest would cement his family's political comeback, three decades after a "People Power" revolution saw millions of people take to the streets to end his father's 20-year rule.
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