The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has directed former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo to submit their respective comments, within 5 days, on issues the tribunal identified in connection with Marcos’ and Robredo’s respective poll protests, including limiting their witnesses to three per precinct.
Marcos’ camp is confident that the retrieval of ballots and other relevant election paraphernalia will ensue and, subsequently, the revision of votes.
Robredo’s camp insists the PET must first resolve the issue on the integrity of the automated election system before proceeding to the revision of votes, but Marcos insists these courses of action may be addressed simultaneously.
Marcos thanked the PET for the actions it has taken to fast-track the process, and expressed faith in the tribunal.
Robredo, for her part, is seeking an extension on the P7.439-million second payment for the retrieval of election paraphernalia.
Marcos’ lead counsel, George Garcia, said he sees no need to contest or oppose the motion, for the sake of liberality, but stressed he has yet to consult Marcos and the rest of the legal team.
Garcia also hoped the revision of votes would begin in October, and end in February at least for their camp’s pilot areas: Negros Oriental, CamSur, and Iloilo provinces.
Robredo’s camp insists the entire roster of Halalan 2016 winners will be compromised because of Marcos’ camp allegation of an incredible election system.
Garcia and Marcos legal spokesman Vic Rodriguez countered this by saying in all poll protests, only the contests involving the protestant and protestee are affected, and candidates who did not file protests remain unaffected.
Robredo defeated Marcos by a slim margin of 263,473 votes.