Chief Justice: Marcos poll protest result 'may not be what you expect'

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Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 10) — Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin said Thursday that the decision of the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on the poll protest of losing vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos "may not be what you expect."

“This is something I can tell you, we are expected to have a result by next week. It may not be what you expect. Kasi we are still discussing on many other things,” Bersamin told reporters Thursday.

He also assured that the result has not been fixed.

Don’t worry, hindi ko niluluto. ‘Di pwedeng lutuin ‘yan. [I am not fixing this. It cannot be fixed,]” he said. “I know everybody is so keen on expecting some announcements that are very decisive but the banc is very deliberate about serious matters. This is a matter of national impact.”

The Supreme Cour has twice deferred ruling on whether or not Marcos’ electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo will continue, after the completion of the recounting of 5,415 ballots in three pilot provinces such Iloilo, Negros Oriental, and Camarines Sur.

Marcos has moved to include three more provinces in the recount, while Robredo has asked the PET to release the initial recount results.

The PET is again expected to rule on the poll protest next week.

CNN Philippines Justice Correspondent Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.