The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo will remain vigilant even as it said it will be “business as usual” for them after the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, deferred action for the third time on the poll protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez, said Rule 65 of PET is clear that the party who filed the electoral protest should have a “significant” recovery of votes in the manual recount before the proceedings could continue. Otherwise, he said, the case would have to be dismissed.
“It is business as usual for us. Patuloy na magababantay, at kahit paano, nagtitiwala na iyong PET will decide based on their own rules and the actual count [of votes in the manual recount],” he said in a press conference.
SC Spokesman Brian Hosaka said the poll protest “remains pending and is still being deliberated by the members of the tribunal.”
The PET conducted a recount of the 2016 vice presidential elections in three pilot provinces identified by Marcos. Its results will determine if the PET will dismiss the electoral protest or proceed with the nationwide recount.
Robredo’s camp has asked the PET to provide her a copy of the report concerning the results of the recount of three pilot provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental, and Camarines Sur.
“If only to put to rest the speculations and in the greater interest of transparency, protestee Maria Leonor G. Robredo respectfully asks that the parties be furnished with a copy of the Summary and Committee Report on the revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots from the three (3) pilot provinces,” read her urgent motion.
Gutierrez said releasing the official results of the manual count in the three pilot provinces will dispel rumors which could hurt PET’s credibility.
“Wala namang mawawala if they make this public,” he said.