The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo is raising a ruckus over the alleged short notice the Supreme Court acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) gave them about the retrieval of ballot boxes from Negros Oriental.
Negros Oriental is one of the three pilot provinces selected for the initial ballot recount in the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. against Robredo.
In a manifestation filed before the PET, Robredo’s counsel Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that while they are not opposing the ballot retrieval, both camps should have been given sufficient lead time to prepare for it.
“Sadly, the short notice, compounded by the incoming typhoon, has rendered preparations for the scheduled retrieval doubly difficult,” Macalintal said.
In contrast, Marcos camp was silent on the retrieval of the ballot boxes from the province which the PET scheduled from 17 September to 19 September.
The camp of Marcos earlier alleged some of the ballots from Camarines Sur, the home province of Robredo, were wet and that audit logs were missing in ballot boxes from 38 precincts in the province.
According to Macalintal, PET called both parties to a meeting on 13 September 2018 to discuss details about the collection and retrieval of ballot boxes from the said province.
But Macalintal said the supposed meeting was canceled.
Instead, he noted that on 13 September the opposing camps were informed by e-mail that the estimated expenses pegged at P8.64 million will be deducted from the cash deposit of Marcos.