The Supreme Court (SC), acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) reset to July 11 the scheduled June 21 preliminary conference on the protest and counter-protest in the 2016 vice-presidential election filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo, respectively.
A preliminary conference, pleaded earlier by Marcos, would commence the formal proceedings in the protest cases.
SC Spokesman Theodore O. Te said the resetting “is without prejudice to the Tribunal’s resolution of all remaining pending incidents.”
“Both parties shall file their preliminary conference briefs with the Tribunal and serve the same on the adverse party at least five days before the date of the preliminary conference,” Te said quoting from the PET resolution.
The preliminary conference would determine, among other things, stipulations or admissions of facts and documents to avoid unnecessary proof, the simplification of the issues, the limitation of the number of witnesses, the most expeditious manner for the retrieval of ballot boxes containing the ballots, election returns, certificates of canvass, and other election documents involved in the case.
By: Rey Panaligan, MB