MALACAÑANG gave a word of advice to former Senator Ferdinand Marcos over the decision of the Supreme to junk his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, even as a top Palace official said that President Rodrigo Duterte respects the ruling of the high tribunal.
In a press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that Marcos Jr. still has legal remedies – one of which is to file a motion of reconsideration.
“That is the decision of the Supreme Court. We respect that and we also respect that the camp of Senator Bongbong Marcos has a further remedy of moving for reconsideration,” said Roque.
Roque also warded off questions over the supposed working relationship between the Vice President and Duterte.
“I don’t think it makes any difference because the President has always referred to VP Leni as the Vice President,” he added.
Interestingly, former SC spokesperson Theodore Te said that while Marcos has the right to file a motion for reconsideration appealing the ruling, the chances of reversal is remote.
“While it can still be subject to an MFR (motion for reconsideration), the unanimous vote makes it extremely difficult to reverse,” he said in a tweet.
“Even if some Js (justices) voted to concur only in the result, this only means they had different reasons but the same conclusion,” said Te.