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Hirap bumoto? SC defers ruling on Bongbong’s poll protest vs. Robredo

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The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has decided again Tuesday (October 8) to defer ruling on on the results of the recount of the three pilot provinces in the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

SC Spokesman Brian Hosaka announced “the PET did not take any action on the Vice Presidential Election Protest Case during the tribunal’s session today.”

“The said case remains pending and is still being deliberated by the members of the tribunal,” Hosaka told reporters.

Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday (Oct. 7) asked the PET to provide her a copy of the report concerning the results of the recount of three pilot provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Camarines Sur.
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“If only to put to rest the speculations and in the greater interest of transparency, protestee Maria Leonor G. Robredo respectfully asks that the parties be furnished with a copy of the Summary and Committee Report on the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots from the three (3) pilot provinces,” read her urgent motion.

The PET conducted a recount of the 2016 vice presidential elections in three pilot provinces that was identified by Marcos who filed the electoral protest against Robredo.

The results of the recount will determine if the PET will dismiss the electoral protest or proceed with the nationwide recount.

Robredo noted that the PET has already declared last September 10 that it already concluded the recount of the pilot provinces.

Since the contents of the report on the recount has not been released, Robredo pointed out “the parties need to be apprised on the truth of the real result of the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots from the three (3) pilot provinces.”

“Finally, this will put to rest any apprehensions the parties entertain as a result of the speculations being reported in various media outlets,” she added.

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