CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - Former Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said on Saturday he recognizes the Supreme Court (SC) decision to oust their head Chief Justice Ma. Lourdes Sereno based on a quo warranto petition.
Marcos' opinion is relevant since it is a balancing act - his former colleague-senators are opposed to the SC decision. But at the same time, Marcos has a pending election protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) against Vice President Leni Robredo. All members of PET are SC justices.
In an interview at the sidelines of the Rotary International District 3870 conference here, Marcos said he respects the dissenting opinion of his formet colleagues.
But at the same time, he asserted that the SC remains to be the ultimate decider of all legal matters involving the country's laws.
"It is the prerogative of the justices. We must respect that," he said.
The SC decision comes at a time when Marcos' protest has dragged on for almost two years already. Sereno was the head of PET all that time. When her own colleague-justices ejected her from SC, she was automatically unseated at the PET as well.
With the Marcos protest still dragging and nearing the October 2018 midterm election period, it created a dilemma on whether to field himself again or her sister Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos as senatorial candidate in the 2019 polls.
If Mr. Marcos decides to run again, his poll protest is automatically quashed.
For that, Ms. Marcos has come to her brother's rescue, doing the rounds nationwide, getting an electoral pulse from the constituents.
"I'm confident that if she decides to run, the people will support her the way they have supported me. Imee has been a competent governor and public servant," Mr. Marcos said.
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