By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Leni Robredo remains confident the results of the ballot revision and recount by the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, will affirm her victory in the 2016 polls.
Robredo’s legal counsel Ma. Bernadette Sardillo said this despite the PET’s decision to deny their motion for immediate resolution and dismissal of the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
“We are extremely disappointed, but we fully respect the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s decision,” she said.
“In the end, we are confident that Vice President Robredo will be vindicated and her victory confirmed,” Sardillo stressed.
The lady lawyer made the statement after the PET ruled their motion was “premature” in a resolution dated July 2, but was later released on Thursday.
“The figures submitted by protestee (Robredo) are merely speculative. In arriving at the figures, protestee presumes that all her claims will be admitted by the Tribunal,” PET said.
“This premise is fundamentally flawed as the Tribunal is still in the process of appreciation of the revised ballots and ruling on the respective objections and claims made by the parties thereon,” it read.
Last month, the Robredo camp filed an urgent motion before the PET to “immediately resolve” the election case as her lawyers claimed her lead against Marcos even increased by 15,000 votes after the recount and revision proceedings.
The manual recount and revision of ballots in three provinces—Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental—which Marcos had chosen for his protest started in April last year and ended on March 4.
“We anchored our motion on the fact that Marcos’ camp hasn’t proven anything in its electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. In fact, VP Leni has gained additional votes from the recount,” she said.
Sardillo explained they pushed for the immediate resolution of the protest to prevent Marcos from “spreading misinformation and propaganda to deceive the public” about the results of the 2016 vice presidential race.
With the PET ruling, she said this doesn’t mean a victory for Marcos.
“Marcos cannot claim victory as the PET only put its decision on hold to validate and confirm the results of the recount from the three pilot provinces,” she said.