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Vice President Leni Robredo did increase her lead even more against former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in the recount of the three pilot provinces Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, disclosed the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

The recount was conducted based on the electoral protest of Marcos who himself selected the pilot provinces which he believes best represent the areas with fraud and irregularities.

“Thus, based on the final tally after revision and appreciation of the votes in the pilot provinces, protestee Robredo maintained, as in fact she increased, her lead with 14,436,337 votes over protestant Marcos who obtained 14,157,771 votes,” read the PET resolution.

“After the revision and appreciation, the lead of protestee Robredo increased from 263,473 to 278,566,” it pointed out.

With this, the PET asked the parties to file their respective comments on the results.

The PET also told them to hand 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.”

“Before the Tribunal proceeds to make a ruling on the effects of the results of the revision and appreciation of the votes for the pilot provinces on the Protestant’s Second Cause of Action as articulated in the Preliminary Conference Order, the Parties will be required to submit their position stating their factual and legal basis,” it said.

“Likewise, the Tribunal deems it essential to meet due process requirements to require protestant and protestee to now provide their position in relation to the Third Cause of Action also articulated in the Preliminary Conference Order,” it added.

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