Bongbong Marcos’ press conference followed right after the preliminary conference to announce its aftermath. The Supreme Court explained that based on the history of electoral protest in the country, no case yet has progressed quickly. They themselves are in the learning curve, said the Chief Justice. The PET, therefore, decides to set aside all motions that can delay the protest.
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[VIDEO]: Bongbong Marcos holds a press conference after the Preliminary Conference.
Leni Robredo’s Motions
VP Leni Robredo sought the dismissal of the poll protest. She cites the lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET. This is despite the high tribunal’s ruling that Marcos’ protest is sufficient in form and substance. Other motions include the clarification for Marcos to shoulder the expenses incurred by Comelec. These are all set aside at the moment and might be tackled after the recount if necessary after summarizing all issues.
Marcos paid the remaining P30 million for his electoral protest against Robredo. The payment was in two checks. One amounts to P15-million and the other was for P15.2-million. He paid the balance ahead of the July 14 deadline set by the Supreme Court. It ordered Marcos to pay P66,223,000 for the recount in 132,446 precincts.
The PET was apologetic for the slow process and the Marcos camp can only be grateful for their explanation that delays happen because this is the first electoral protest of its nature and they do not have the template yet on how to handle it efficiently and quickly.
Justices’ Good Interest
Marcos is thankful to the Supreme Court Justices that they themselves are also interested to see the case resolved at the soonest possible time through the recount. This is the reason why all pending petitions may have to wait to give way to the electoral protest process. It is expected that after a week, these petitions are shortlisted and the retrieval of the ballot boxes should follow the week after that.