Poll protest: PET to start manual recount in March

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  • PET has set the date of the manual recount to March 19
  • The camps of Robredo and Marcos confirmed this on Thursday
  • However, they still have to settle the issue of the joint motion which they earlier vowed to sign

MANILA, Philippines – The manual recount for the 2016 vice presidential election result has been set by the Supreme Court to March 19, 2018.

The SC, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), will start with the precincts from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental and Iloilo, the three areas identified as pilot provinces in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos who lost by a little over 260,000 votes to Leni Robredo.

Both the camps of Marcos and Robredo confirmed on Thursday that the date for the start of manual recount has been officially set.

Early this week, Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, accepted Marcos’ challenge to sign a joint motion to withdraw all their pending motions to avoid delaying the process.

However, Macalintal said on Wednesday Marcos signed only a manifestation and not a joint motion, as earlier agreed. They also prepared their own joint motion but Marcos lawyer, Atty. Vic Rodriguez dared Robredo to sign it herself since she may deny it later.

Both camps have accused each other of delaying the recount with their pending motions, however, they also claimed all of them have already been resolved.

Regardless of the outcome of the joint motion which has yet to be settled, however, the PET will officially start the recount on March 19.