The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo urged the Supreme Court anew to resolve the electoral protest filed by defeated candidate Bongbong Marcos, as the recount of the three pilot provinces affirms her victory in the 2016 polls.
VP Leni’s lead counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, filed an Urgent Motion on Thursday (June 13, 2019), asking the SC—sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal—“to immediately resolve all pending incidents” in relation to the initial recount, which was concluded in March.
In a 10-page motion, the Robredo camp asked that a Resolution be issued on the result of the revision, recount, and re-appreciation of ballots from the three provinces chosen by Marcos, namely Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental, and Iloilo.
“Without preempting the resolution of the Honorable Tribunal, the result of the revision, recount and re-appreciation of the ballots clearly confirm the victory of protestee Robredo,” the motion read.
Despite the application of the 50-percent threshold during part of the proceedings, the physical count showed that VP Leni still had a comfortable lead in the three provinces, where she got a total of 1,536,030 votes, compared to the 200,467 votes for Marcos.
With these, Robredo has garnered a total of 14,438,750 votes, with her lead now at 279,215 votes—higher than her winning margin of 263,473 votes upon her proclamation in 2016.
Macalintal explained that the increase of more than 15,000 votes were from shadings on ballots, which were deemed qualified for the 25-percent threshold during the recount.
The Robredo camp also pointed out that the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal has declared that “there was no discrepancy” between the transmitted votes and the physical count during the revision of ballots, as noted in its decision on the electoral protest filed by former Camarines Sur Governor Luis Villafuerte against incumbent 3rd District Representative Gabriel Bordado.
VP Leni’s camp maintains that the developments in the recount essentially render the protest dead—given that Marcos needed to get a “substantial recovery” from the initial recount in order for his case to proceed.
Macalintal said they also filed the motion to dispel the persistent claims made by the Marcos camp and their supporters that the Vice President is seeking delays in the process. He noted that it would also be in Robredo’s best interest for the case to be resolved, especially since it only confirms her win in the last vice-presidential race.
“Gusto naming patunayan dito na hindi kami nagde-delay ng anumang kaso. Kasi lumalabas na panay ang rally nila dito sa harapan ng Supreme Court na para bang kami ang nagiging cause of delay. Nais lang naming patunayan na kami ay nais din naming maresolba agad ang nasabing kaso, kasi kami ay naniniwala na wala namang nakitang ebidensya ng pandaraya,” he said.