MANILA — Around 100 supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr., exchanged insults in front of the Supreme Court early Tuesday, hours ahead of its deliberation on a protest questioning the results of the 2016 race for the country's second highest elective post.
Clad in red, Marcos' supporters chanted "Leni mandaraya (cheater)" along Taft Avenue, while Robredo's supporters shouted: "Marcos magnanakaw (thief)" just a few meters away.
Robredo's supporters also waved banners with the slogans "Isoli mo ninakaw nyo (return what you stole)" and "BBM move on", while the Marcos camp carried posters with the hashtag "#BBM the Real VP".
Marcos loyalists also staged a prayer vigil but declined ABS-CBN News' interview request.
Marcos, whose family is accused of plundering billions from public coffers, claimed "massive cheating" led to his 2016 defeat against Robredo by some 260,000 votes, on of the the narrowest margins in recent history.
The High Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), earlier finished a recount of votes in 3 pilot provinces chosen by Marcos, namely Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Robredo's camp claimed her lead over Marcos grew by 15,000 votes after the recount.
This claim is "speculative", the PET earlier said. The body, however, has not released a copy of the report on the initial recount.
Report from Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News