PET sets VP manual vote recount on March 19

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has set the manual recount of votes in the 2016 vice presidential race on March 19.

The recount will start in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, the opposing camps confirmed Thursday.

Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had initiated the election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, claiming he was cheated.

He alleged that Robredo committed election fraud by manipulating computerized vote counting machines.

Marcos lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the May 2016 elections, the closest race for the vice presidency in recent history.

On Wednesday, Robredo’s camp signed a joint motion to withdraw all pending pleadings before the PET to avoid delays in the recount.

Marcos, on the other hand, signed a manifestation to withdraw pending motions and not to file more pleas to avoid possible delays.