Bongbong asks extension before commenting on poll protest

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Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. requested for the Supreme Court more time to comment on his poll protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The High Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, gave the two parties until November 10 to comment on the initial recount of votes chosen by Marcos and his stand to rectify votes from three Mindanao areas because of alleged terrorism, intimidation, and harassment of voters.

The reproduction of the “voluminous” documents related to the protest “has yet to commence” and Marcos is “constrained to move for the deferment of his deadline to submit his comments,” it said in an omnibus motion received by the PET on October 23.

Marcos further requested to deduct from his cash deposit all expenses to photocopy the documents and include 15 authorized representative to take part in it.

On the other hand, Robredo only requested for the soft copy of the protest documents because she do not have “millions” of pesos to photocopy the files.

Bongbong claimed he was cheated in his vice-presidential bid in 2016 by some 260,000 votes, recorded as one of the closest margin in history.

But the PET earlier said Robredo’s lead over Marcos increased from 263,473 to 278,566 after initial recount, up by 15,093 votes.