(SEPTEMBER 10, 2019) — The Supreme Court finished its manual recount of ballots from three provinces, as part of former senator Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest on the vice presidential position.
The recount covered 5,415 election precints across Iloilo, Negros Occidental and Camarines Sur, as Marcos continues to object the election of Leni Robredo as the vice president.
Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguiao, member-in-charge of the case, had submitted on Monday a report to the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on the resultS of the recount.
The PET, however, has not yet taken action on the report.
The Tribunal reminded both parties that they are still subject to the sub judice rule–which prohibits public discussion elsewhere–as part of a February 2018 resolution.
“[T]hey are strictly ordered to refrain from making any public statements to the media with regard to the case,” the Supreme Court said in a statement.
Marcos had repeatedly claimed massive cheating was the reason for his loss in the 2016 elections, which Robredo had also repeatedly denied. (Randell Ritumalta/JMF)