Chief Justice Lourdes Aranal-Sereno ultimately delayed the release of the resolution. The late release of the resolution put Bongbong Marcos at a disadvantage because if he fails to pay the amount on time, the electoral protest against Leni Robredo will be dismissed.
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[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court orders a cash payment of P81.46 million to proceed with the election protest of former senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Sits at Sereno’s Office
George Erwin Garcia, Marcos’ lawyer receives the resolution on April 10, 2017. The court en banc ruled on the matter on March 21, 2017. It is obviously held at Sereno’s office and released only during the Holy Week.
Under the Rules of Court, if the deadline falls on a holiday, the payment shall be made on the next working day. This means that Bongbong Marcos is obliged to pay the deposit on April 17, after Easter Sunday.
The PET ordered Marcos pay P500 for the 132,446 precincts where he requested a recount for the vice presidential election votes. In his protest, he questioned the election result in 39,221 clustered precincts. If the calculation is per clustered precinct, it could only be P19.610.500 instead of P66,223,000. It just doesn’t make sense. Can a Vice President make that much in terms of salary?
The April 17 new deadline is a day to watch for because this coincides with the rally of Marcos loyalists at the Supreme Court. They initially would call for a recount but since it can only be done after the payment, perhaps their call should be to compromise for the hefty price of justice in the country.