MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has ruled in favor of the request by Vice President Leni Robredo requesting for soft copies of decrypted ballot images of three provinces included in Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest.
This was revealed on Friday, December 1 by Robredo’s legal counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal who welcomed the PET decision.
According to GMA News, Robredo’s motion was granted last November 7, the same day Marcos filed his objection to the vice president’s request.
In his opposition to Robredo’s plea, Marcos said his rival’s camp’s plea should be denied since it was them who paid for the expenses and supplies for the decryption and printing of the ballot images from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Without giving any reason, the Surpeme Court granted Robredo’s motion, effectively denying Marcos’ objection.
“[The Tribunal resolved to] grant the Urgent Ex-Parte Motion to be Allowed to Secure Soft Copies of the Ballot Images and Other Reports from the Decrypted Secured Digital Cards dated October 23, 2017 filed by counsel for protestee Robredo,” said the ruling.
Macalintal said they can now start coordinating with the Commission on Election (Comelec) on the procedure as well as the preparation of supplies for the soft copies.
“We welcome the PET’s decision because it will provide us with additional blanket of security to the votes received by VP Leni as they decrypt the contents of the SD cards,” said Macalintal in statement to the media on Friday.