Marcos signed wrong document, says Robredo camp
MANILA - (4TH UPDATE) The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday signed a joint motion to withdraw all pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in relation to the poll protest of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Marcos, who lost to Robredo in 2016, said he signed a different joint motion on Tuesday to expedite his protest and proceed to the recount of ballots in selected areas.
His lawyers earlier delivered the documents to be signed by Robredo's camp to the office of the Vice President's lawyers.
Robredo's lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, said the signed documents amounted to a mere manifestation and not a motion to withdraw. This is why the Vice President's team prepared its own motion and signed it Wednesday.
"Marcos presented before us a wrong document to escape his faulted challenge. So we prepared our own motion, even before we received his manifestation," said Macalintal.
Manifestations are usually made merely for the information of the court with generally nothing to contest or argue, Macalintal explained.
Robredo's camp earlier told Marcos to meet them in a restaurant so both camps could sign the joint motion. But the former senator was a no-show.
Macalintal said pending petitions before the PET, which might prolong the recount proceedings, came from the former senator.
Marcos' lawyer, Vic Rodriguez, defended their submission of a manifestation, saying it would cover future motions unlike a joint motion which only covered pending motions.
Rodriguez said Marcos was open to signing both a manifestation and a document asking the tribunal to withdraw pending motions.
Marcos earlier presented photos of ballots allegedly showing that cheating occurred in certain areas where he claimed to have won during the 2016 polls.
The camp of Robredo, however, said the supposed ballots were "fake and fabricated." Macalintal challenged Marcos to show the original copy of the ballots that he claims were provided by PET.
--report from Angel Movido, ABS-CBN News