“We cannot speak ahead of the court’s decision and I can’t discuss the case’s merits, but we hope for a favorable decision considering that we know what happened during the entire process,” Robredo said. Based on a media advisory on Tuesday, the high court justices have decided to hold the voting on Marcos’ protest on October 8. The verdict on the case should have come out yesterday. Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. claims “massive cheating” caused him to lose to Vice President Robredo in the 2016 vice-presidential race by some 260,000 votes. Marcos cited alleged pre-shading of ballots, massive vote buying, script change in the transparency server that supposedly altered the results, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote counting machines, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of vice president. Marcos only lost the vice presidential race to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the final and official tally by Commission on Elections. Marcos garnered 14,155,344 votes while Robredo got a total of 14,418,817. Robredo, in an interview on Tuesday, said that she is hopeful the SC will come out with a favorable decision on the electoral protest. “As I have said in the past, as long as the case is pending, there is a platform for them to spread propaganda which most of the time is fake news. So we hope it is decided upon,” she added./PN In his election protest, the former senator questioned the election results in 39, 221 clustered precincts in some 25 provinces and five cities all over the country involving around 9 million votes. Manila – The Supreme Court (SC), sittingas the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, deferred voting on former senatorFerdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s election protest against Vice President LeniRobredo. SC Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa already submitted a report on the recount and the revision of ballots from three provinces but the high court justices two weeks ago. The ballot recount covered 5,415 election precincts in three pilot provinces chosen by Marcos: Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. The results of the recount will determine whether or not the case will proceed to Marcos’ remaining contested voting precincts.
A Fort Pierce police officer will not face criminal charges in a fatal police shooting after a grand-jury found that his actions were justified.25-year-old Officer Steven Graziano was issued a “no true bill,” and released of all charges against him Friday in the shooting death of 51-year-old Jesus Lainez.According to the incident report, officer Graziano arrived to a home near 100 Alma Court shortly before midnight on a Thursday in December and witnessed Lainez attacking another person with a weapon. During the altercation, Graziano pulled out his gun and shot Lainez several times. Lainez was pronounced dead at the scene, while the victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition.On Friday authorities told reporters that Graziano has since returned from his administrative leave, which is standard procedure after the use of lethal force and has been assigned to the Community Policing Bureau as a patrol officer.