VP Robredo, Marcos submit preliminary conference briefs

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 16) — Former Senator Bongbong Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo submitted on Friday their preliminary conference briefs for their protest and counter-protest, respectively. 

In Marcos' protest brief, he targeted the so-called bailiwicks of Robredo and her running mate former Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas.

Marcos identified three provinces "best exemplifying fraud or irregularities" in his protest brief, namely Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

"Pinangalanan na po doon ni Sen. Marcos ang tatlong pilot provinces na kung saan unang rerebisahin at magkakaroon ng manual recount and judicial revision," said Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Marcos' spokesperson. 

Rodriguez claimed Robredo garnered over 1.49 million votes in the three provinces, while Marcos got only 200,000 votes.

He said this will explain how Robredo drastically reduced Marcos' lead and eventually surpassed him with 263,473 votes.

"'Yung 1 million could explain bakit naubos yung 1 million na lamang ni Sen. Marcos. Yung natitirang 260,000, diperensya nilang dalawa, that could explain bakit doon sa final tally, however erroneous yung tally may be, ay lumamang pang bigla ng 263,000 votes more or less si Mrs. Robredo," Rodriguez said. 

Camarines Sur is a known bailiwick of Robredo as she hails from Bicol but Rodriguez explained if the initial three provinces would show there was indeed fraud, Marcos' protest moves forward. If not, it could be dismissed.

"Kung makikita po ninyo, halos walang nakuhang boto yung Sen. Chiz Escudero na ilang beses nang kumandidato sa national office, halos wala hong nakuhang boto si Sen. Gringo Honasan na ilang beses na rin po nating hinalal bilang senador at yung mga iba pa," he said. 

Escudero and Honasan also ran for the vice presidential race in 2016. 

Marcos lists 362 witnesses in his poll protest case.

Robredo's counter-protest

Robredo also listed three provinces in her own counter-protest brief: Capiz, Sulu, and North Cotabato.

The camp of Robredo maintained that the election protest of Marcos is based on general allegations and manufactured evidence designed to sway the results in his favor.

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has created a three-man panel of commissioners to expedite the resolution of the protest and counter-protest. Justice Jose Vitug was appointed Chairperson, while Angelito Imperio and Irene Ragodon-Guevarra were appointed as commissioners. 

The preliminary conference was initially set for June 21, but this was moved to July 11 to give way to the martial law petitions.