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SC suspends VP protest recount



The Supreme Court (SC), that serves as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has suspended the ballot recount in the electoral protest filed by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The SC initially did not give the precise reason for the deferment, but reports indicated that the move was to pave the way for the Tribunal to prepare for the revision using the decrypted ballots and election paraphernalia.

This, after PET ad hoc committee issued yesterday a statement confirming the suspension of the revision proceedings.

“This is to confirm the announcement made by PET ad hoc committee yesterday, (21 January 2019) regarding the suspension of revision proceedings in the electoral protest case” said Edgar O. Aricheta, clerk of the Tribunal in his one-page letter.

“This is to give way for the Tribunal to prepare for the revision using the decrypted ballots and/or election paraphernalia. The revision proceedings will resume until further notice,” he added.

Last Tuesday the camp of VP Robredo complained that while they were informed by the revisors that the recount was suspended, they, however, did not give any reason for the suspension.

The recount started April last year in three pilot provinces in precincts in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, to which the results of the recount in these provinces would determine the merit of the rest of Marcos’ protest.

Robredo’s lawyers recently filed a counter-manifestation on Marcos petition for a technical examination of votes in some parts of Mindanao.