MANILA, Philippines – Former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos has paid the remaining P30-M of the P66-M poll protest fee on Tuesday, July 11.
Marcos, who lost to Vice President Leni Robredo by a slim margin last election, filed the election protest before the Supreme Court, which sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), citing massive fraud.
The losing vice presidential candidate paid the first tranche of required fee amounting to P36.2-M in April. He earlier claimed the money came from ‘donations’ from his supporters.
His legal counsel, lawyer George Garcia, said on Tuesday Marcos has fully paid the remaining amount of P30,200,000. These were paid in two checks – P15-M and P15.2M.
Marcos was ordered by PET to pay P66.2-M to facilitate the retrieval of ballot boxes and election paraphernalia in 39,500 precincts nationwide contained in his protest sheet.
On the other hand, Robredo was ordered to pay P15 million for the retrieval of the ballot boxes in the 31,278 precincts contained in her counter-protest.
Robredo, citing lack of funds earlier, managed to pay the first installment of P8-M only last May 2. She still needs to cough up P7.4-M for the final payment.
The PET has given the rival camps until July 14 to complete the payments.