Bongbong Marcos 'dissatisfied' with electoral protest

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 16) — Former senator Bongbong Marcos is counting on the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to pick up the pace in the handling of his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The former vice presidential candidate told CNN Philippines' The Source that he was "dissatisfied" with the speed of proceedings.

"It has been close to 18 months since the last election, and we haven't come to any conclusions on this extremely important issue," Marcos said.  "We are hoping to start soon because the electoral tribunal must... assign teams to go out to the three pilot provinces and there assess the kind of logistics required, to bring those ballot boxes back to Manila and to start the recount."

Marcos' comments come after the PET, composed of the members of the Supreme Court, junked his first cause of action asking for the nullification of Robredo's proclamation as winner. According to Marcos the certificates of canvass generated by the Consolidation and Canvass System were not "authentic."

Related: PET junks 1st cause of action in Marcos' poll protest: It's 'meaningless', 'pointless'

The other demands are: a ballot recount in 27 provinces, and nullification of votes in the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, and Maguindanao, where Marcos alleges the election turnout was rigged.

The PET moved to partially grant a recount, but only in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. However, Marcos notes that the "actual order" sending teams to the provinces has not been released yet.

The Source is trying to reach Vice President Leni Robredo for an interview on this matter.

Marcos: Bautista meetings suspicious

Marcos also raised suspicions on Commission on Election Chairman Andy Bautista, who was impeached by the House of Representatives amid his pending resignation.

Bautista is accused of corruption by his estranged wife Patricia, saying he met abroad with election technology provider Smartmatic.

"It is highly irregular for the Chairman to be conducting secret meetings outside of his office and even worse, outside of the country," Marcos said.  "Was there something, an agreement between Smartmatic and the chairman? What was going on there? Those issues are central to the electoral protest."

Bautista has denied this allegation, saying the visit to the United States was not a secret meeting, but an "official function" to observe how elections were conducted there.  He also said his wife was only after his money.

Marcos maintained shedding light on the supposed meetings could have "an impact on the conduct of the 2016 elections."

Marcos reiterates statement on wealth

Marcos, only son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, is also grabbing headlines because of his family's talks with the government on alleged ill-gotten wealth they acquired during his father's two decades in power. The World Bank and United Nations-backed Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative have estimated this alleged stolen wealth to reach up to $10 billion.

The former senator maintained that "very little has happened of note" since the initial discussion between his sister, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and President Rodrigo Duterte. He reiterated a previous statement that they are willing to turn over any ill-gotten wealth that is found.

Related: 'If you find our alleged ill-gotten wealth, it's yours' - Marcos to government

However, Marcos refused to answer if, supposing the alleged wealth is found and returned, the Marcos family should be criminally liable.

"Well... for myself I am not accused of any of these things, so I don't need immunity. It's really settling the cases, putting closure to this," he said.