Earlier, it is feared that Bongbong Marcos’s electoral protest against Leni Robredo might be dismissed if he fails to pay the initial P36 M deposit. This is to facilitate recounts in various precincts. He complied but Leni Robredo failed to pay the required P8 M and questioned the SC ruling instead. Therefore, there’s a possibility that her counter-protests will be dismissed.
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[VIDEO]: Nakwestyon si former Sen. Bongbong Marcos kung saan nakuha ang P36-m na paunang bayad para sa electoral protest vs. VP Leni Robredo.
Compliant to the Ruling
The SC, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, ordered Bongbong Marcos to pay a total of P66.2 million and he made sure to comply on time despite the bad timing. He urged the court to order the immediate collection, retrieval, transport, and delivery of all ballot boxes in 39,221 clustered precincts or a total of 132,446 precincts.
Robredo Failed to Pay on Deadline
Leni Robredo was also required to pay P15,639,000. This is for her counter-protest questioning 8,042 clustered precincts or 31,278 established precincts. She failed to pay the initial required deposit of 11 M. Her lawyer, Romulo Macalintal insists that they will pay only once Marcos has proven that has a real case. This is a mere disrespect for the SC. They are biased if they tolerate Robredo.
Order to Both Camps
Both camps were ordered to pay in two scheduled tranches. The first installment’s deadline is last April 14 which is Good Friday – making it Monday. The deadline for the second installment is on July 14.
Robredo’s Unfair Demand
Robredo, through her lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal, as usual, sought clarification from the High Court to delay the process. They argue that Marcos should pay in full first because he’s the one who filed the election protest. Theirs was only a counter-protest. Macalintal demanded that Marcos should pay a total of P185 million including their supposed liability.