After paying P66 million for his poll protest, former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. does not want to shoulder the costs of the storage of election materials and other paraphernalia used in the 2016 polls.
In his comment submitted to the Supreme Court (SC) sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Marcos pointed out “the Comelec (Commission on Elections) is mandated by the Constitution to act as the primary guardian of the sanctity of the ballots and other paraphernalia in the exercise of its fundamental duty to enforce and administer all laws and regulations in the conduct of the election.”
Marcos filed to comment in response to the letter sent by Comelec’s Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) Director III Maria Lea Alarkon who asked the PET that he should pay also their expenses for safekeeping, among others, the ballots overseas.
The former legislator reminded the PET it already issued a Precautionary Protection Order (PPO).
“Consequently, all the costs and expenses necessary and incidental to the safekeeping of the ballot boxes and its contents and other election paraphernalia should be assumed by the Comelec,” he said.
Last July 10, Marcos completed the payment of P66 million required by the PET for his poll protest to proceed concerning his loss in the 2016 elections to Vice President Leni Robredo.
The amount covers the cost of the retrieval of the ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia in 39,500 precincts from 25 provinces and cities.