Bongbong Marcos receives the Motion for Reconsideration of Zorayda Alonzo et.al. last August 25, 2017. Leni Robredo’s supporters ask the PET to reconsider its earlier ruling and allow them to pay for Robredo’s protest fees. The petitioners believe that their intercession involves “paramount public interest. They consider the need to dispel uncertainty over the real choice of the electorate for the position of Vice President. Marcos acknowledges the motion but has yet to comment on the said plea. He also follows up on the retrieval order from the Supreme Court.
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Vice President Leni Robredo has asked the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to junk the motion seeking the dismissal of her counter-protest against losing candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Counter Protest Late Payment
Earlier, Marcos seeks to dismiss Robredo’s counter-protest due to her failure to pay the second tranche of the amount required by the Supreme Court. However, the PET grants her motion for the deadline extension without mentioning any date. This triggers Robredo’s supporters to raise funds for her fight. But as a public servant, she cannot accept any donation for her own interest as mandated by the law.
Marcos was warned by the Supreme Court that his electoral protest against Robredo can be dismissed if he fails to pay the full amount required for the case. He has complied prior to the deadline. In Robredo’s case, the tribunal seems to be lenient. And now, it faces balancing the insistence of Robredo’s supporters.
After 60 weeks or roughly 424 days, the Marcos Camp is still waiting for the PET to issue a Retrieval Order as discussed during the preliminary conference that they now move on to the second part of his course of action. Marcos welcomes the decision of the SC to set aside his questioning the integrity of the entire automated election first so as not to complicate things.
On to the Recount
The people are anxiously waiting for the PET to conduct the manual recounting of votes for the Vice Presidential race last May 2016. This could start immediately after the retrieval of the ballot boxes from the three priority provinces identified by Marcos. The SC just have to order it since the facility is now ready for the process.