VICE-PRESIDENT Maria Leonor G. Robredo on Thursday asked the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to immediately resolve all pending incidents involving the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. after the termination of the ballots recount.
Lawyer Romulo B. Macalintal, legal counsel of Ms. Robredo, said there is an additional 15,000 votes credited to the vice-president after the recount of ballots in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, consequently widening her lead against Mr. Marcos compared to the initial post-election count.
“Without pre-empting the resolution of the Honorable Tribunal, the result of the revision, recount and re-appreciation of the ballots clearly confirm the victory of protestee Robredo,” the motion read.
Mr. Marcos filed the election protest in June 2016.
Lawyer Victor Rodriguez, legal counsel of Mr. Marcos, in a statement countered that there are “no official findings yet by the PET as to figures recovered by either party.”
“What they have at the moment are all self-serving assumptions meant to mislead the Filipino people who have long been waiting for the result of the election protest filed by Sen. Bongbong Marcos the early resolution of which Mrs. Robredo have time and again suppressed by her delaying tactics,” Mr. Rodriguez said. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas