Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - —MARLONRAMOS

The Supreme Court, act­ing as the Pres­i­den­tial Elec­toral Tribunal (PET), has tossed out for be­ing moot for­mer Sen. Fer­di­nand Mar­cos Jr.’s pe­ti­tion seek­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the pres­ence of a staff mem­ber of his ri­val, Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo, at the swim­ming party of its per­son­nel.

As cor­rectly pointed out by Ro­bredo’s lawyers, the elec­toral body han­dling Mar­cos’ elec­tion protest against her said it had al­ready looked into the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened on June 22 in a pri­vate re­sort in Calamba City.

The PET re­leased the res­o­lu­tion to the me­dia on Fri­day.

Emil Mara­non III, a mem­ber of Ro­bredo’s le­gal team, said the PET’s rul­ing only proved that Mar­cos’ lat­est le­gal ma­neu­ver was noth­ing but a “PR stunt to con­fuse the pub­lic with lies.”

“This is pre­cisely why we filed the coun­ter­man­i­fes­ta­tion. We knew that Mar­cos knew about what the re­vis­ers did,” Mara­non said in a state­ment.

Both camps in­vited

The Vice Pres­i­dent’s camp had ear­lier told the PET that the son and name­sake of the late dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos was ly­ing when he ques­tioned the pro­pri­ety of the out­ing, say­ing his camp knew of the event since both camps were in­vited.

She said one of Mar­cos’ staff mem­bers, whom she iden­ti­fied as Rod­er­ick Mi­randa, even pro­vided snacks for the swim­ming party.

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