The July 11 Preliminary Conference on the Marcos-Robredo electoral protest is fast approaching. Vice President Leni Robredo repeats her request to the Supreme Court to reconsider its earlier order that finds sufficiency in the electoral protest of Bongbong Marcos. This is a clear sign of panicking over the matter.
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[VIDEO]: Bigo si Vice President Leni Robredo na pigilan ang Supreme Court bilang Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) na dinggin ang election protest ni dating Senador Bongbong Marcos.
In reference to her motion for reconsideration, Robredo’s counsel Romulo Macalintal said that the PET should not tolerate the strategy of Marcos. He is allegedly trying to circumvent the rules by fishing for evidence. This is to support his electoral case, he said. However, the Supreme Court already explained the details of the protest are dealt with in the Preliminary Conference that is about to start on July 11, 2017.
“Through a skillful strategy, Protestant is thus trying to circumvent the rules. Clearly, Marcos is not sure of his case. Therefore, he is fishing for evidence. It is respectfully submitted that this should not be tolerated by this Honorable Tribunal,” Robredo said in her motion dated June 28. It is made public only on July 5.
Marcos filed an election protest against Robredo in June 2016. He contests 39,221 clustered precincts. They are composed of 132,446 established precincts. Of the 39,221 clustered precincts, 36, 445 are for manual recounting. The remaining 2,756 are for annulment of the election results. Robredo also filed a counter-protest. She questions 8,042 clustered precincts composed of 31,278 established precincts.
No Turning Back
The mere truth is, Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo already started to roll upon his payment of P36 million. That is just his first installment for the P66 million protest fee required by the Supreme Court. This is proof enough that he is sure enough with his accusations against the VP. The P30 million balance is, in fact, due on or before July 14. There’s no sign at all that he is retreating from that.