VP Robredo worries over legal fees for election case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice President Leni Robredo is worried about the electoral protest of losing candidate Bongbong Marcos.

But she's not worried about whether the case has basis. What she fears are the legal fees.

"Hindi naman pwede i-charge sa opisina. Wala naman akong personal na pambayad, so yun ang kaba," she said.

[Translation: "The fees can't be charged to my office. My worry is I can't afford them myself."]

Robredo said her lawyers lent their services for free, but that might no longer be the case now that the matter had reached the Supreme Court.

She welcomed the High Court's order for her to answer the protest questioning the validity of her proclamation. But she said she would like the case to move forward and be resolved as fast as possible.

Romulo Macalintal, Robredo's lawyer during the canvassing of votes, said he was willing to represent her for free again in the election case.

Marcos filed the protest before the Supreme Court on June 29, a day before Robredo took her oath as Vice President. He also wants a recount of votes in 22 provinces and five cities.

Robredo won with 14,682,290 votes against 14,418,817 votes received by Marcos — or a difference of 263,473 votes.