Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is determined to fight on with his election protest, his lawyer has also stressed that cabinet post in President-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s government is possible.
The issue is yet to be closed, Marcos lawyer George Garcia said.
“As far as appointment is concerned, the question is whether that should be interpreted as abandonment of the protest. There is no jurisprudence on this,” Garcia said.
In Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago's case, the SC ruled that she had effectively given up her protest against Fidel Ramos when he won the presidency in 1992. The high court stressed that Santiago ran and won an elective post thereafter, rendering her earlier protest debatable, Garcia said.
He said, “If it’s an appointive post, that may not be abandonment [of the protest]”.
Garcia said it's still too early to speculate on whether Marcos would serve in the Duterte's cabinet. Marcos has earlier visited Duterte in Davao City and has hinted of joining the incoming administration as soon as the one-year ban on candidates has ended.