MANILA — Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court for more time to comment on his poll protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, the High Court gave the 2 parties until Nov. 10 to comment on the initial recount of votes in 3 pilot provinces chosen by Marcos and his bid to nullify votes from 3 other Mindanao areas due to alleged terrorism, intimidation, and harassment of voters.
The photocopying of the "voluminous" documents related to the protest "has yet to commence" and Marcos is "constrained to move for the deferment of his deadline to submit his comments," he said in an omnibus motion received by the PET on Oct. 23.
Marcos also requested the PET to deduct from his cash deposit all expenses to photocopy the documents and included a list of 15 authorized representatives to take part in it.
Robredo on Monday said she would seek a soft copy of the protest documents because she did not have "millions" of pesos needed to photocopy the files.
The son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had claimed "massive cheating" in his loss to Robredo in the 2016 elections by some 260,000 votes, one of the narrowest margin in recent history, which she denied.
The PET earlier said Robredo's lead over Marcos increased from 263,473 to 278,566 after initial recount, up by 15,093 votes.
Robredo has said Marcos' protest should be resolved soon to prevent it from being used as a platform for "lies."