MANILA, Philippines – Although "extremely disappointed," Vice President Ma. Leonor Camp "Leni" Robredo said on Thursday that they respected the decision of the Presidential Electoral Court (PET) to deny its motion to end the protest protest against former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos.
But Atty. Ma Bernadette Sardillo, legal adviser to Robredo, quickly indicated that the camp of former senator Marcos can not claim victory over the decision of the Supreme Court as PET.
"Marcos can not claim the victory, since PET only makes its decision waiting to validate and confirm the results of the count of the three provinces pilot," said Sardillo in a statement.
"In addition, PET also suspends the request for cancellation of Marcos, which is in line with its rules," he added.
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Sardillo maintained that his proposal for immediate resolution regarding the electoral protest to lose the candidate Marcos was anchored to the fact that the former president has not shown anything.
"In fact, Vice President Leni has won additional votes for the count," added the lawyer.
Robredo urged the immediate resolution of the case to prevent Marcos' camp from "spreading misinformation and propaganda to deceive the public about the real results of the 2016 elections, which they have been doing since the beginning of this process," he said. his lawyer argued. .
"In the end, we are sure that Vice President Robredo is vindicated and his victory will be confirmed," emphasized Sardillo.
In his urgent move last June, Robredo told the PET that there was a need to solve all the pending incidents, as he claimed his advantage against Marcos, even increased by more than 15,000 votes after the revision, counting and revaluation of voting in the three pilot provinces of Iloilo, Negros Oriental and Camarines Sur where Marcos said he can prove that the irregularities hurt the 2016 elections.
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But PET ended its proposal and called its "speculative" and "premature" arguments.
"The Court has not yet completed the procedures in accordance with rule 65 of the PET regulations of 2010, which entails the judicial count, review and assessment of the votes cast by Protestants. [Marcos’] pilot provinces, "he added. / muf
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