By Adrian Stewart Co | Panay News
MANILA – The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has started recounting ballots from Iloilo for the electoral protest of losing candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Robredo’s lawyer Bernadette Sardillo said the ballot recount for Iloilo province began on Thursday afternoon with three ballot boxer from Ajuy town.
The recount of ballots from Iloilo province was started even if that the recount of ballots from Camarines Sur was not yet finished, according to Marcos’ lawyer George Garcia.
“There are still more or less 500 ballot boxes in the custody of the SET and the HRET (House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal) in view of the cases pending therein,” said Garcia.
There are 1,400 ballot boxes in 5,418 clustered precincts in the three provinces identified by Marcos namely Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.
Results of the manual recount and revision of ballots in the three provinces would determine if the PET would proceed with the Marcos’ protest.
Marcos only lost the vice presidential race to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the final and official tally of the Commission on Elections.
Marcos garnered 14,155,344 votes while Robredo got a total of 14,418,817.
In his election protest, the former senator questioned the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts in some 25 provinces and five cities all over the country involving around 9 million votes./PN