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CNN Philippines - Marcos asks SC to dismiss VP Robredo's counter-protest

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20 April 2017

CNN Philippines

Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the counter-protest of Vice President Leni Robredo over his electoral protest.

CNN Philippines on Thursday obtained an omnibus motion filed by the Marcos camp before the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

The Marcos camp's defense is that Robredo failed to pay on Monday the first tranche of ₱8 million required to process her counter-protest with the PET.

Marcos complied on Monday with the PET's order for him to pay the first tranche of ₱36.023 million to fund the poll recount in 27 provinces, covering more than 39,000 clustered precincts.

Marcos' lawyer, Vic Rodriguez, believes Robredo's counter-protest is a delaying tactic and its dismissal would speed up the resolution of his client's poll protest.

"We are going to invoke Rule 33, that in case of failure to come up with the additional deposit required by the tribunal, the case may now be dismissed by the court," he told CNN Philippines on Tuesday.

Robredo's legal counsel, Maria Bernadette Sardillo, meanwhile, said they are willing to pay the amount, but only after the tribunal resolves their motion to clarify the former senator's protest fee.

PET required Marcos to pay ₱66 million and Robredo ₱15 million in two tranches in April and July 14 to fund their protests and counter-protests.

Marcos filed an electoral protest on June 29, 2016, contesting election results from some 39,000 precincts from 25 provinces and cities.

"Mag-iisang taon na mula nung nakaraang halalan. Hanggang ngayon hindi pa alam ng taong bayan kung sino ba talaga ang nanalo bilang bise presidente nung nakaraang halalan," Marcos said on Monday.

Robredo has repeatedly maintained she won in clean and honest elections.