I just want to make it very clear that whatever will be the decision or resolution of the PET in the election protest of Bongbong Marcos against VP Leni Robredo, as reported in various media and the subject of various speculations, VP Robredo will remain as Vice President.
This is so because the only issue that will be the subject of said decision, which was reported to be issued on October 8, will only resolve whether or not the election protest of Marcos will continue after the PET has recounted the ballots from the three pilot provinces (Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental) that he chose.
If the PET says that Marcos has made a substantial recovery, then the PET will rule that the protest shall continue, insofar as the ballots and/or election returns questioned by Marcos from 22 remaining provinces and 5 highly urbanized cities. In which case, Robredo remains as Vice President pending recount of ballots or returns from said 22 provinces and 5 HUCs.
If PET rules that Marcos was unable to gain any substantial recovery from the recount of ballots from his three pilot provinces (Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental), then his protest will be dismissed and VP Leni’s victory will be affirmed.
Thus, whatever will be the forthcoming resolution or decision of the PET, VP Leni remains as Vice President.
– Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Lead Counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo