Bongbong Marcos urges the Supreme Court once again to treat the recount on his electoral protest against VP Leni Robredo as important as an election. He awaits since September the date that the PET has to set. Marcos also clarifies in an interview that his previous estimate on the manual count which is up to 2 to 3 months starts only from the SC’s official date if it is undertaken promptly.
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Estimate Clarification on Recount
In an interview, Marcos reiterates that his 2 to 3 months estimate is applicable only from the official recount date that the Supreme Court still has to decide on. He expects it on 50 tables, that should be done within two months. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal or PET already has a team to locate and retrieve ballot boxes from the contested areas. However, the actual retrieval can’t be done by COMELEC yet due to 2 other protests. One of which is the Cebu mayoral race.
Cebu Recount Justify the Discrepancy Trend
Robredo’s victory only has a slim margin of 263,473 votes over Marcos. The Protestant’s camp wants the PET to recount first the ballot boxes in Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. Once a discrepancy is noted in these pilot areas, a decision to continue or not can be drawn for the conclusion. In fact, anomalies are already seen in the Cebu manual count for Michael Rama’s electoral protest against the incumbent mayor. They are confident more than ever that in the 3 pilot provinces alone, Marcos can already have around one million votes lead.
Reaction from Robredo’s Camp
Atty Bernadette Sardillo argues that 3 months is too short to get this done and over with. That span of time is almost over already since the High Court pronounces that it is in the Tribunal’s best interest to give Marcos’ electoral protest a speedy treatment. However, it asks patience because this is one case that is unique among the previous protests.
SC on Holiday Mood Already
Inquiries on the recount are now only through social media. Since Christmas is fast approaching, government officials tend to stay away from their regular mandate. By now, they are probably switching to the planning of holiday events. The Marcos camp can’t do anything much but wait for what the New Year can bring on their case.