The Supreme Court grants VP Leni Robredo’s request to provide her soft copies of the ballots and reports from the decrypted secure digital (SD) cards with no reason. These are from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. They are the three pilot provinces designated by Marcos for his election protest priority provinces. Robredo earlier opposed this. In fact, she succeeds in blocking the ARMM Technical Test. Marcos thinks as per the previous interview that she should not have that privilege because she has no share in its costs.
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Marcos Shouldered the Payment
Robredo Camp is Happy with the Decision
Robredo’s Camp welcomes the PET’s decision because. It provides them with the additional security that the votes of the VP are the same as they are on the SD cards,” Robredo’s legal counsel Romulo Macalintal said. They can now coordinate with the Comelec to deal with procedure and supplies necessary for the soft copies, he added.
She said He said
The Comelec assures parties at the start of the decryption process last October 23. That the soft copies are for both camps. It is beneficial for them to protect their rights and interests in this election protest, she said. Marcos never questions that. He just stresses that ethically, Robredo should have a share in the expenses and must not block their actions anymore if she is for the truth to come out.
Unfair or No Big Deal?
The former senator paid for the cost of decryption and printing of ballot images from the pilot provinces amounting to P2,974,075 to be exact on top of is other expenses. Robredo seems to develop a habit to let Marcos pay for any major proceeding in the electoral protest. She has not even paid for her second installment of 7 million Pesos for her counter-protest. Comelec must look into its dismissal to be fair at least.