Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to give him more time to file his comment concerning his poll protest.
The PET earlier ordered Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo to file comments on “the report on the revision and appreciation of ballots in the three pilot provinces” as well as “submit a memoranda on the various issues relating to the jurisdiction and other matters relating to third cause of action, which is the annulment of election results for Vice President in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Basilan, and Maguindanao.”
The tribunal gave the order after having concluded the conduct of the recount of the 2016 vice presidential race in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, the three pilot provinces which Marcos selected himself which believes best represent the alleged irregularities in the polls.
However, Marcos pointed out in his omnibus motion that “the relevant report/s on the revision and the appreciation of votes relating to the three pilot protested provinces consist of voluminous documents.”
Because of this, Marcos prayed that the PET “to defer protestant’s deadline to submit his comments on the said report/s on the revision and the appreciation of votes until the requested of photocopying of the documents reports is granted and completed.”