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                                                                                                          Refer to: Ms. Dale Zapata


11 October 2005


The Presidential Electoral Tribunal recently issued a Resolution directing the parties to proceed with the protest on October 18, 2005.  The PET declared that the hearing on October 18 would be for the correction of manifest errors in the election returns for the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Surigao del Sur.


The Vice-President sees this Resolution as a welcome development, as he remains confident that he will still emerge as the true winner in the last elections after the votes have been retabulated and recanvassed.  While he and his lawyers initially questioned the validity of the Protest in form and in substance, the Vice President believes that the Protest will eventually lead to the same result in the end: the protest will be revealed as unsubstantiated and baseless.  The Vice-President said, “it is to the best interest of the people for the protest to be resolved at the soonest time possible.  Therefore, I will support any action on the part of the Tribunal that would expedite the conclusion of the protest.”


At this point, the Vice President and his lawyers are ready to proceed with the retabulation and the correction of manifest errors in the ER’s for the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Surigao del Sur the moment the PET comes up with the guidelines and rules of procedure for the retabulation.  As pointed out by Atty. Armando Marcelo of the AMPGP Law Offices, counsel for the Vice-President, the PET has yet to come out with the said guidelines and rules of procedure, therefore there is as of yet no actual procedure to be followed on October 18.


The Vice President maintained that he has full trust and confidence in the proceedings of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, and he believes that the Tribunal will ensure that the rule of law and proper procedure is observed in order to arrive at a just and fair result.                                                                                             HOME | back-to-top

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