Robredo supporters seek to shoulder VP's counter-protest fee balance

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 23 2017 05:10 PM

MANILA - Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to reconsider its decision junking their bid to deposit the balance for Robredo's counter-protest fee amounting to P7.4-million.

The fee is in connection with Robredo's counter-protest against former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr., who is questioning her victory in the 2016 elections. 

The group, dubbed "Piso Para Kay Leni" and led by Museo Pambata founder Cristina Lim-Yuson, argued that they "want to help the candidate whom we elected in the 2016 elections."

"A Vice President who won will be deprived of her victory if those who voted for her will not help her protect her win," their motion for reconsideration read.

It added that Robredo "was having difficulty in raising the money for the second installment."

The PET had directed Robredo and Marcos to make the payments for the retrieval of contested poll materials, including election documents and ballot boxes from contested precincts covered by their opposing protests: 39,221 clustered precincts or a total of 132,446 precincts for Marcos' protest, and 8,042 clustered precincts or a total of of 31,278 precincts for Robredo's protest.

Marcos was asked to raise P33-M for the first installment and P30-M for the second installment.

Robredo was required to pay P8-M for the first installment and P7.44-million for the second.

'Piso Para Kay Leni' also includes former Pag-IBIG Fund chief executive officer Zorayda Amelia Alonzo, former human rights commissioner Paulynn Sicam, artist Celeste Legaspi-Gallardo, Ateneo De Manila University Press Director Karina Bolasco, and former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman.

Marcos lost to Robredo by just 263,473 votes, making the 2016 vice presidential contest the tightest in recent history.