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Bongbong remains upbeat as his electoral protest escaped dismissal


By MB Online

Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to not hand down a ruling on his Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) electoral protest, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. remained upbeat.

Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos, Jr. (Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr.
(Kevin Tristan Espiritu / MANILA BULLETIN)

When asked by reporters why he was feeling jolly, Marcos said: “Ah siyempre masaya ako tuloy ang kaso ko. Yung gusto ni Justice Caguioa idismiss yung kaso, na tapusin na yung petition ko, na sasabihin dismiss the entire petition, yun ang hinihingi ni Justice Caguioa. Hindi pumayag yung Supreme Court. So buhay ang kaso and it continues. Ipaglalaban pa rin natin hanggang mapunta sa lahat ng ebidensiya na nais naming ipakita sa tribunal. Nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon na ipakita lahat ng ebidensiya namin. But the net result of today’s en banc decision is that tuloy ang kaso. Hindi dinismiss yung kaso ko.”

(Of course I’m happy because my case was not dismissed. What Justice Caguioa wanted which was to deny the petition, to dismiss the entire petition, the Supreme Court did not allow that. So the case will continue. We will continue to fight until all the evidence we need is presented to the tribunal. We were given the chance to present our evidence. The sum of today’s en banc decision was that the case was not dismissed.)

When asked whether he thinks that despite the delay the new development is still favorable to him, Marcos said: “Of course. Good result. Good result.”

Marcos said that although it can be frustrating, as the case has dragged on for three years now, he will continue to trust in the “wisdom of our justices”.

“Maybe after all these, kailangan balikan natin ang sistema natin ng pagprotesta. The whole electoral system. Tignan natin para mas maging maayos. It is not advantageous to our electoral system, our voters, our political system, the entire state that we wait for this long on an important decision. But nonetheless, that was what happened the last three years. What happened today is, the case goes on and we will go from strength to strength,” Marcos said.

(We need to review the system of filing protests….Let’s look at it to make it more orderly.)

To those who have supported him Marcos said: Oh my god I cannot thank them enough. Kaya’t pag nakikita ko sila, lagi ako nagpapasalamat. At hindi siguro umabot ang lakas ng loob namin ng ganito katagal kung wala sila diyan kaya’t thank you very much for you support at ito ngang ipinaglaban ninyo at ipinaglalaban natin ay maipagpatuloy natin at binigyan tayo ng pagkakataon ng PET na ipagpatuloy ang laban natin.

(That’s why whenever I see them, I always convey my gratitude. We wouldn’t have lasted this long if not for them. …this is what we have been fighting for, for the PET to give us a chance to continue our fight.)

He admitted though that he was indeed frustrated because “every additional day is a little bit more frustrating,” he said.

Also, Marcos said that he feels that he had been robbed of his term because he believes that he was cheated.

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