- Marcos poll protest has been raffled off to a former classmate of ex-President Benigno ‘PNoy’ Aquino
- The defeated Ilocano lawmaker contested VP Leni Robredo’s victory before the Supreme Court
- The case went to SC Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa who was an Aquino appointee
MANILA, Philippines – The electoral protest filed by defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. was reportedly raffled off to Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa who is a former classmate of ex-President Benigno ‘PNoy’ Aquino.
Citing sources, Ina Reformina of ABS-CBN News said Marcos filed the poll protest on Wednesday, June 29, which was then raffled off to Caguioa; the high court’s most junior magistrates.
Caguioa is former President Aquino’s classmate from grade school to college at the Ateneo de Manila.
He once served as Aquino’s Chief Presidential Counsel in 2013 and was appointed as former Secretary Leila de Lima’s successor at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
After a brief stint at the DOJ, Caguioa was appointed by Aquino to the Supreme Court early this year.
But Caguioa was also a law school classmate of Atty. Liza Araneta-Marcos; the wife of Bongbong.
Bongbong Marcos filed the electoral protest to contest Vice President Leni Robredo’s victory in the last election; citing massive fraud.
In his 1,200 complaint, Marcos questioned the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts in 25 provinces and five highly urbanized cities nationwide; the three provinces of which – Lanao Del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao – he asked that a failure of election be declared.
Marcos also noted his case consists of three salient points, namely the “flawed” Automated Election System, the more “traditional” modes of cheating, and the unauthorized introduction by Smartmatic official of a new hash code into the Transparency Server.
Meanwhile, both Robredo’s camp and the Commission on Election (Comelec) welcomed Marcos’ poll protest.
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s legal counsel, said Marcos’ case will not affect the latter’s proclamation since it is against Smarmatic, Comelec and Smartmatic officials, and not against the newly-elected vice president.
The Comelec, for its part, said the protest will allow a chance to resolve the matter and “give an opportunity for all parties to really prove or disprove the allegation.”
Robredo ran with defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas of Liberal Party (LP), the ruling party of the Aquino administration. She won over Marcos by a slim margin; prompting the son of the former dictator to allege that there was cheating.