MANILA - Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. has paid in full the amount required for the cost of retrieval of contested poll materials in relation to his poll protest against Vice-President Leni Robredo.
Marcos paid P66.02 million, the amount required by the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).
Marcos deposited P30 million, in the form of two manager's checks, to the SC Cash Collection and Disbursement Division on Monday, complying with the scheduled payment of the second and final tranche, which will lapse on July 14.
Marcos' counsel, George Garcia, said Marcos' friends helped raise the funds, adding Marcos even had to sell his condominium unit.
The former lawmaker paid the first tranche amounting to P36 million on April 17.
For her counter-protest, Robredo deposited P8 million for the first tranche on May 2. She is required to pay an additional P7.44 million for the second installment.
Marcos' protest covers 39,221 clustered precincts composed of a total of 132,446 precincts, while Robredo's counter-protest covers 8,042 clustered precincts composed of 31,278 precincts.
The PET has scheduled a preliminary conference on Tuesday, at 2:00 pm, to identify and limit the issues that will be subject of the respective poll cases.