The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday said they are not applying delaying tactics to the electoral protest filed against Robredo by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos.
Atty. Romeo Macalintal, Robredo’s chief legal counsel on electoral protest said what they are trying to prove is the cases cited by Marcos’ camp in their protest are obsolete and do not apply to the present election law.
“The basis of their arguments cannot apply to automated elections. The cases that Marcos camp cited only pertains to manual elections,” he told reporters.
He said this is why they are asking the Supreme Court to give them ample time to explain their side that they are not applying “delaying tactics” as the Marcos camp claims.
Meanwhile, Marcos went to the Supreme Court to pay more than PHP30 million for his election protest against Robredo.
The SC, which also serves as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), directed Robredo and Marcos to shell out a total of PHP81.46 million for their separate election protests.
Of this amount, PHP66.02 million will be used for the retrieval of poll materials for the protest of Marcos, while PHP15.44 million will be used to retrieve election materials for Robredo’s petition.
Marcos’ petition covers 132,446 voting precincts while Robredo’s counter-protest covers 31,278 precincts. A budget of PHP500 is needed to retrieve election documents and ballot boxes from each precinct.
Both parties have made initial deposits of PHP200,000 each. This amount was already deducted from the PHP66.02 million and PHP15.44 million required from Marcos and Robredo, respectively.
Marcos lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes, making the 2016 vice-presidential contest the tightest vice-presidential race in recent history. (PNA) SFM