Robredo, Marcos lawyers: No more motions to delay manual recount

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 8) — The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo and former Senator Bongbong Marcos agreed on one thing Thursday: no more motions to delay the manual recount of ballots.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source, Marcos legal counsel, Vic Rodriguez, said they are ready for anything to hasten the process.

"Wala na [No more]. We have signed the manifestation making a commitment between now and March 18, the start of the manual recount and the judicial revision. And you can have our word, we're not going to file anything," he said Thursday.

Meanwhile, Maria Bernadette Sardillo said the Vice President will file a motion Thursday afternoon stating that if there are other pending incidents which may cause delay, they will withdraw these motions.

"We're filing it even if it's not a joint motion, just to show our sincerity that we are not delaying the case," said Sardillo, Robredo's lawyer.

On Sunday, Rodriguez dared the Robredo camp to withdraw all motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) so they could begin the recount. On Tuesday, Robredo's lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, accepted the challenge.

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

Marcos then signed a joint manifestation for the petitions on Wednesday, expecting the Vice President will do the same. However, Macalintal said the former senator sent them the wrong document.

READ: Robredo's lawyer refuses to sign Marcos' 'manifestation'

What's wrong with the documents?

Rodriguez said the Vice President must affix her signature on the document, as the former senator would do so as well.

"Remember both of them are claiming to be leaders of the Filipino people, so what we're saying is it's a commitment. Commitment that we're not to file any frivolous motion that will further delay," he said.

But Sardillo said the Vice President need not sign any document, as the lawyers could sign on her behalf.

She also pleaded to the Marcos camp to stop "using" Robredo's name.

"That's actually the point of Atty. Macalintal yesterday when he appealed to the camp of  former Senator Marcos to please stop using the name of Vice President Robredo in these theatrics. Because we have to face it, if they wanted something done from the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, if you want something from the court, where do you file it? You go to the court. You don't go to the media, you don't go to the public," she said.

Sardillo added Robredo is the second-highest elected official in the country.

"And until such time that they can prove otherwise, then afford her the respect that is owed to her," she said.

Marcos' lawyer was quick to respond.

"I'm sorry, we're not running this 2019. We don't need her to advance the political agenda of Senator Marcos," Rodriguez said.

Earlier, Macalintal said Marcos should again run for the Senate. But Marcos said he is determined to finish his poll protest.

"Bakit ko naman gagawin iyan [Why would I do that]?  I was already elected Vice President," Marcos said on January 11.

Marcos lost to Robredo by over 263,473 votes in the 2016 polls.