Robredo asks PET to allow monitoring of poll protest ballots

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Vice President Leni Robredo. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 4) The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to allow representatives from both parties during the inventory and transport of ballot boxes included in former Senator Bongbong Marcos' poll protest.

In a motion dated January 3, Robredo's legal counsel Maria Bernadette Sardillo urged the PET to clarify a December 23 resolution directing the transfer of ballots from the clustered precincts in Camarines Sur.

According to the motion, if only election officers are allowed, the parties will not be able to see the original state of the ballot boxes in storage and verify their completeness.

"The presence of the parties during the inventory of the ballot boxes, election documents and paraphernalia will enable them to make a preliminary observation as to its state, i.e., the condition of the ballot boxes, locks and seals prior to the retrieval," the motion read.

 

Camarines Sur was one of three pilot provinces decided upon by the tribunal in its partial grant of Marcos' plea to recount the ballots. Other provinces in the pilot recount are Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

Earlier, Marcos identified the three provinces as "best exemplifying fraud or irregularities" in his protest brief. Marcos claimed this will explain how Robredo won the 2016 presidential and vice presidential polls by 263,473 votes.