Human rights lawyer Chel Diokno joined the call for the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to dismiss former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

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Jose Manuel “Chel” Diokno (FACEBOOK / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Diokno said the PET has no more reason to continue the case based on the results of the recount in the three pilot provinces chosen by Marcos due to the alleged poll fraud.

The three pilot provinces were Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

After the manual revision and re-appreciation of ballots from these provinces, Robredo’s lead over Marcos widened by over 15,000.

“Hindi na dapat patagalin pa ng PET ang kaso. We have only one Vice President, and she is Leni Robredo,” Diokno said.

The veteran lawyer was among the senatorial candidates who ran in the 2019 elections under the opposition’s Otso Diretso slate, backed by Robredo.

Diokno pointed out Marcos failed to get substantial recovery of votes in the three provinces in accordance to PET rules.

Under PET Rule 65, the tribunal may dismiss an election protest if it finds that the protestant will “most probably fail to make out his case” based on the ballot examination in the pilot provinces.

“Hindi ba malinaw kung nakanino ang mandato ng tao? Lalong napagpatibay na si VP Leni ang tunay na nanalo sa eleksyon,” Diokno said.

The PET recently directed the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to comment on a number of issues regarding Marcos’ third cause of action in his protest seeking to annul the elections in Maguindanao, Basilan, and Lanao del Sur.

Among these are the legality of annulment of elections without special elections; a failure of elections and order the conduct of special elections.

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