Vice President Leni Robredo has appealed to the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to direct the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to file within a five days a comment regarding her petition to set at 25 percent the threshold of shaded ballots in the ongoing vice presidential manual recount.
Robredo made the appeal after Solicitor General Jose Calida refused to lawyer for the Comelec regarding the threshold issue.
In a motion, Robredo’s legal counsel, lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that Calida, after repeated requests for extensions, was given by the PET “a total of forty six days within which to prepare and file its comment.”
However, Macalintal said Calida filed a manifestation last July 4 declaring that the Solicitor General will not lawyer for the Comelec and instead asked the PET to let the poll body to file its own comment within 10 days.
Macalintal lamented that “the issue on the correct threshold to be implemented has been pending with the Honorable Tribunal for more than two months.”
“Thus, if only to avoid any further and unnecessary delays in the resolution of the Motion for Reconsideration, protestee Robredo humbly asks that COMELEC be directed to file its Comment within a period of five days instead of the ten days requested by the OSG (Office of the Solicitor General),” he urged.
Robredo has pending motion for reconsideration which asked the PET to overturn its April 10 ruling which denied her petition to set the threshold at 25 percent.
The PET is currently conducting a manual recount of the 2016 vice presidential polls based on the election protest of former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and has set the threshold at 50 percent.