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PET gives Robredo, Bongbong more time to comment on results of initial ballot recount

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The Supreme Court (SC) has granted the appeals of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo for more time in filing comments in the poll protest, Chief Justice Diosdado Peralta said on Friday (Nov. 8).

Last October 15, the PET issued an order which gave the parties 20 days 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 PET gave the order after concluding the conduct of the recount of the ballots for the 2016 vice presidential polls in the pilot provinces Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental, which Marcos picked himself to best represent the alleged irregularities he claimed in his poll protest.

However, Robredo and Marcos asked the PET for more time due to the voluminous documents.

“We granted the motion to photocopy all these documents that they need,” said Peralta.

“But after photocopying all these documents, they will now submit their comment within the 20 day period for the time that they finished the photocopy of the documents,” he added.

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