PET resets date for BBM-Robredo poll protest preliminary conference

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Updated on June 6, 2017 — The Supreme Court on Tuesday reset the preliminary conference on Bongbong Marcos' poll protest to July 11.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 26) — The poll protest on the contested vice-presidential win is moving forward in the Supreme Court.

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on Wednesday set June 21 as the date for the preliminary conference for the poll protest and counter-protest of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo, respectively.

The Supreme Court, sitting as PET, asked the camps of Robredo and Marcos to file preliminary conference briefs, detailing their defense based on documents and evidence.

The two camps also have to explain how they are going to retrieve the contested ballots in their protest and counter-protest.

The PET granted the request of Marcos last January 26 to expedite his election protest by setting his case for preliminary conference.

Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez welcomed the PET resolution.

"With this date on sight, finally, Senator Marcos will have his day in court and prove that the Vice Presidency was indeed stolen from him and from the people. Let the truth come out," he said in a statement.

Marcos lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the May 2016 election. He filed a poll protest against Robredo in June 2016, contesting election results from some 39,000 precincts from 25 provinces and cities.

The former senator also asked for the annulment of votes in 2,756 clustered precincts-including areas in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan.

The PET ordered Marcos to pay P66 million as cash deposit to retrieve all ballot boxes and election documents for the Tribunal's manual recount.

The PET also asked Robredo to pay P15.4 million cash deposit for her counter-protest.

This story was updated on June 6, 2017 to reflect the Supreme Court's decision to reset the poll protest preliminary conference