Supreme Court finishes initial recount for Marcos-Robredo poll protest

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Posted at Sep 10 2019 03:04 PM

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MANILA - The Supreme Court finished its manual recount of ballots in 3 test provinces, which former Senator Ferdinand Marcos sought to contest his defeat to Vice President Leni Robredo in the 2016 elections, an official of the tribunal said Tuesday. 

The recount covered 5,400 voting precincts in Ioilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental, said Supreme Court public information chief said Brian Keith Hosaka. 

"The PET (Presidential Electoral Tribunal) has concluded and finished the recount and revision of the ballots in the 3 test provinces," he told reporters. 

Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge, submitted Monday a report on the recount, but the tribunal "has not acted upon" it, said Hosaka. 

He reminded the parties involved to "strictly refrain from making any public statements to the media." 

Marcos had claimed "massive cheating" caused him to lose to Robredo in the 2016 vice-presidential race by some 260,000 votes, which she denied. 

Victory in Marcos' poll protest would cement his family's remarkable political comeback, 31 years after a "People Power" revolution saw millions of people take to the streets to end his father's 20-year rule.