Robredo claims wider lead, urges PET to resolve Marcos protest

Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2019 01:30 PM

MANILA -- Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to immediately resolve the protest filed by her chief rival in the 2016 elections, former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, her lawyer said.

In an urgent motion, Robredo cited the results of the recent revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots from 3 provinces chosen by Marcos, which showed her widen her lead by as much as 15,000 votes, said lawyer Romulo Macalintal.

Robredo got 14,418,817 votes in the official count, 263,473 votes more than Marcos' 14,155,344. 

Her camp claimed that after the revision of ballots in Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental and Iloilo ended on March 4, her lead widened to 279,215.

ABS-CBN News is still confirming with the PET figures provided by the vice president's camp, although these figures include claims from stray ballots.

Marcos' lawyer, Vic Rodriguez, said there were no official findings yet from the PET.

"What they have at the moment are all self-serving assumptions meant to mislead the Filipino people who have long been waiting for the result of the election protest filed by Sen. Bongbong Marcos, the early resolution of which, Mrs. Robredo has time and again suppressed by her delaying tactics," he said in a text statement.

The 2000 PET Rules confines the initial determination of grounds for protests to the revision and reception of evidence in the 3 provinces best exemplifying frauds or irregularities. 

A protest may be dismissed if after examination of the ballots, the protestant will most likely fail to make a case in these pilot provinces, without examining the other provinces.

Marcos is contesting the results in 27 provinces.

The Marcos camp earlier urged the PET to include the technical examination of clustered precincts from Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao, a move which Robredo opposed as being in circumvention of the rules and a last ditch attempt to save a "dying" protest.