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1,000 protest pages and 20,000 pages worth of annexes were filed by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr’s against Vice President Maria Eleonor “Leni” Robredo.
The Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) is set to hear the case on July 12.
Robredo’s team has 10 days to answer the same 20,000 pages as per the PET rules.
Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that, "It is the longest election protest ever recorded in the Philippines.”
“For sure, it will take more time for the 15-member PET to study each and every page of the 1,000-page protest and the 20,000 annexes before it could take appropriate action thereon. More so if we consider the fact that based on newspaper reports, Marcos’ protest involves his calling for failure of election in several provinces where he protested all the clustered precincts in such areas,” he added.
In a press briefing, Marcos said that his election protest consists of three sections.
To begin with, the complaint points up the shortcomings of the automated election system in this year’s elections saying that the safeguards recommended by third-parties were not done by Smartmatic and COMELEC. Marcos included that whatever safeguards remained, for example, the presence of warning flags and alarms were ignored by the two bodies.
Second, Marcos claims that ‘traditional electoral abuses’ for example, vote-buying, intimidation, failure of elections, among others were committed by Robredo's camp to change or influence the result of the elections.
Third, Marcos additionally alludes to the "notorious" incident on the night of May 9 when Smartmatic project head Marlon Garcia allegedly broke COMELEC's protocol by accessing the Transparency Server to apply a change in the system’s script.