Marcos to Robredo: Sign the joint motion, let's proceed to vote recount

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 6) — Former Senator Bongbong Marcos has signed the joint motion to withdraw pending motions at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) and give way to the recount.

"I've done everything possible to speed up this election protest," Marcos said in his Facebook post Tuesday.

 

Under the joint motion, both camps will withdraw "any and all motions and incidents that may unduly delay or hamper the election proceedings."

Marcos' Spokesperson Vic Rodriguez challenged Vice President Leni Robredo on Sunday to withdraw all outstanding motions so they could "go straight to the recount."

"In so doing, we could hasten the process and go straight to the ballots. The ballots are the best evidence and we should just proceed with the recount," Rodriguez said.

Robredo's camp on Tuesday accepted the challenge, saying they also do not want to delay the ballot recount.

"It is Marcos' raising of baseless allegations and irrelevant issues that is causing the delay in the recount," said Romulo Macalintal, Robredo's lead counsel.

Macalintal earlier invited Marcos and his lawyer to sign the joint motion Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Marcos lost to Vice President Leni Robredo at the 2016 national elections by just 263,473 votes.

On June 29, 2016, Marcos filed the election protest versus Robredo before the Supreme Court, sitting as the PET.

In its grant of Marcos' plea, the PET decided upon Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental as the pilot provinces for the ballot recount.

Earlier, Marcos identified the three provinces as "best exemplifying fraud or irregularities" in his protest brief.

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

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

The PET has required Marcos to pay P66 million and Robredo P15 million in two tranches to fund their protests and counter-protests. A petitioner needs to pay P500 per contested precinct