Robredo asks Bongbong: Ilang panalo pa kailangan para maniwala kang di ka nanalo?
Vice President Leni Robredo is exasperated by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s doggedness to pursue his electoral protest, three years after he lost in the 2016 polls.
Robredo aired her sentiments about the poll protest Tuesday (October 15) after the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), deferred issuing a ruling on the results of the initial vote recount.
The PET instead ruled to give the camps of Marcos and Robredo copies of the results of the recount of the ballots in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, for their comment.
“Tapos na iyong eleksyon. Pinroclaim tayo ng Kongreso. Iyong resulta na galing sa Comelec, pinroclaim tayo ng Kongreso na panalo tayo. Nagkaroon ng recount, panalo ulit tayo. So ilang panalo pa ang kailangan para maniwala siya na hindi siya iyong nanalo?” Robredo asked.
While Robredo welcomes the PET’s decision to give her and Marcos’ camps a copy of the report on the ballot recount, she is adamant that the poll protest must be dismissed.
“Nananatili kami sa aming paniniwala na walang ibang acceptable na desisyon kundi i-dismiss iyong protest, in accordance with Rule 65 ng PET, and in accordance with the results of the recount,” she said, adding that the report on the recount will show Marcos didn’t recover a substantial number of votes.
A provision in Rule 65 of the PET’s rules states that the poll protest must be dismissed if the protestant, in this case Marcos, fails to recover a substantial number of votes after the examination of ballots.
The Supreme Court has given the camps of Robredo and Marcos 20 days to comment on the results of the initial vote recount.