CAVITE—Presidential aspirant Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday, Nov. 25, asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to play “fair” in dealing with all candidates as it junked the motion to recall its order extending the deadline granted to former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s reply to the petition that seeks to disqualify him from the presidential race.
Robredo, an opposition leader, said that the public needs to be diligent in this issue because it’s a “continuing” one that will hound the elections until a resolution is made.
“Pero parati naman nating pinaglalaban na sana pantay iyong pag-treat natin sa lahat. Kung ano iyong extension na binibigay, hindi lang dito sa isyung ito, pero kung ano iyong privileges na binibigay sa isang kandidato, dapat sa iba ganoon din (But we are always fighting for the fair treatment of all of us. Whatever extension that is granted, not only in this issue, but the priviliges given to one candidate, it should be the same with others),” Robredo added.
She admitted to waiting for the Comelec decision because there are a lot of debates over it. She also emphasized the need to be vigilant over any attempts of Comelec to “over-extend” its hand.
The Comelec second division on Thursday, Nov. 25, denied the motion to recall its order to allow the Marcos camp to respond to the motion to cancel his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for president in connection with the former senator’s failure to file income tax returns from 1982 to 1985.
On November 18, the poll body’s second division granted Marcos’ appeal for another five days from Nov. 17 to submit its reply to the petition that seeks to cancel his COC.
The original deadline for Marcos to reply to the petition is on November 16, but his camp only filed the petition seeking to extend the deadline on November 17.
Experts said allowing the extension is in violation of the poll body’s own rules.
However, the second division said that under Section 4, Rule 1 of the 1993 Comelec Rules of Procedure, the Commission has the power to suspend its rules.
Marcos has been topping presidential preference surveys with Robredo trailing a far second.
On Thursday, Nov. 25, Robredo visited vote-rich Cavite province, where she lost to Marcos in the 2016 vice presidential race.