The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) denied the motion of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to immediately inhibit Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen from participating in his electoral protest.
It also denied a motion filed by the Solicitor General Jose Calida, and instead, directed the latter and Manila TImes reporter Jomar Canlas to “show cause why they should not be cited in contempt.”
A summary of the PETs resolution was posted at the SC website Media with a note that the official resolution will be uploaded once it is available.
PET consists of nine members, with three coming from the SC, and six from the House of Representatives.
Through his “Strong Manifestation with Extremely Urgent Omnibus Motion”, Marcos sought the re-raffling of the election protest as well as the resolution of all pending incidents,
The electoral protest was filed by Marcos against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni Daang Matuwid” G. Robredo in June 2016.
“If truth be told, the scathing pronouncements of Associate Justice Leonen in a number of landmark cases, his previous employment history as well as the manner in which he has handled the election protest thus far will prove that he will not be a fair and impartial ponente (author) in the instant electoral protest,” Marcos said in his motion.
Marcos questioned the impartiality of Leonen given “his hatred towards me and my family.”
He cited Leonen’s past decisions and several cases where Leonen made statements about the Marcoses. This includes Leonen’s dissenting opinion in the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.