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Too hot to handle: SC asks for Bongbong, Robredo’s comment on initial vote recount results

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The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), on Tuesday (Oct. 15) asked Vice President Leni Robredo and former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to comment on the results of the recount of ballots in the three pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

The PET gave the order after granting Robredo’s motion that the parties be given copies of the report concerning the recount of the ballots of the 2016 vice presidential elections in the pilot provinces.

SC Spokesman Brian Hosaka told reporters that “the Tribunal has decided to release to the parties the report on the revision and appreciation of ballots in the three pilot provinces, and for them to comment thereon.”

“The Tribunal likewise required the parties to 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, within a period of 20 days from receipt of the notice,” he added.

Robredo sought for copies of the results of the recount “to put to rest the speculations and in the greater interest of transparency.”

The results of the recount will determine if the PET will dismiss the electoral protest or proceed with the conduct of the technical examination of the ballots.

Robredo noted that the PET has already declared last September 9 that it already concluded the recount of the pilot provinces.

Since the contents of the report on the recount has not been released, Robredo pointed out “the parties need to be apprised on the truth of the real result of the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots from the three (3) pilot provinces.”

“Finally, this will put to rest any apprehensions the parties entertain as a result of the speculations being reported in various media outlets,” she added.

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