MANILA – The election protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. is not the top priority of Vice President Leni Robredo at the moment.
Robredo, who won against Marcos by a slim margin, said she is busy juggling her tasks as the second most-powerful official in the land and the head of Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC).
''Baseless ang accusation so siguro sa mas ano na lang, i-leave ko na lang sa abugado ko ang pagsagot. Hindi kami nag-aalala sa pag-explain kasi wala namang tinatago eh. Mas gusto ko sana makapag-concentrate sa trabaho,'' she said.
''Iyung HUDCC sobrang daming problema, ang daming aasikasuhin. Iyung abugado na lang mag-asikaso. Kahit pa baseless accusation, kailangang sumagot, mag-file ng pleadings."
Marcos filed his election protest last June 29, alleging that Robredo's proclamation as vice-president is "null and void because the [certificates of canvass] generated by the CCS are not authentic, and may not be used as basis to determine the number of votes that the candidates for vice-president received."
Marcos, who lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes, claims the vice-presidential race was marred by "massive electoral fraud, anomalies and irregularities" such as pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded Secure Digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning VCMs, and an "abnormally high" unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of VP, among others.
The Supreme Court, acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has ordered Robredo to answer Marcos' protest.
The tribunal also ordered the Commission on Elections to preserve and safeguard records pertaining to the May 2016 vice-presidential race.
Marcos earlier asked the tribunal to issue a precautionary protection order (PPO) to preserve the integrity and safety of all the ballots, ballot boxes, voters' receipts, election returns (ERs), computerized voters' list, audit logs, transmission results, log files and other documents and paraphernalia used in the May 2016 elections.