MANILA- The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has reset the preliminary conference of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos' poll protest to July 11.
The preliminary conference was originally scheduled on June 21.
Marcos has requested the PET to assign at least 3 hearing officers to assist the tribunal in the resolution of his election protest against Vice-President Leni Robredo.
The younger Marcos lost to Robredo by roughly 200,000 votes and has filed a protest assailing the election results in over 39,000 clustered precincts.
As ordered by the PET, Marcos paid P36 million, the first installment of a fee for recounting contested ballots. He has to pay a second installment of P30 million on or before July 14.
Robredo, on the other hand, paid an initial P8 million and has until July 14 to complete the total P15.44 million payment.
The 2010 Rules of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal states that after the filing of the last pleading, the tribunal shall order a preliminary conference to consider:
- the possibility of obtaining stipulations or admissions of facts and documents to avoid unnecessary proof;
- the simplification of issues;
- the limitation of number of witnesses;
- the most expeditious manner for the retrieval of ballot boxes containing the ballots, election returns, certificates of canvass and other election documents involved in the election protest; and
- such other matters as may aid in the prompt disposition of the election protest or petition for quo warranto.-report from Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News