MANILA: Don’t delay poll protest resolution, Bongbong Marcos told

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.  filed the motion after the PET allowed Vice President Leni Robredo to have copies of ballots and other reports from the decrypted secured digital cards from Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. AP, File

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MANILA, Philippines — Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. should refrain from filing “unnecessary” motions if he really wants to get a speedy resolution of his electoral protest, according to the lead counsel for Vice President Leni Robredo.

“By doing this, they have no one to blame but themselves for any delay,” Romulo Macalintal said.

The lawyer cited in particular the partial motion for reconsideration filed by Marcos, questioning the decision dated Nov. 7, 2017 of the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

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Marcos filed the motion after the PET allowed Robredo to have copies of ballots and other reports from the decrypted secured digital (SD) cards from Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

“Like in any other case, both camps are given copies of all documents. This is the standard practice in the spirit of transparency and fairness,” Macalintal said.

Earlier, he stressed that the soft copies will help both parties protect their rights.

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In its decision, the PET approved the urgent ex-parte motion filed by Robredo’s camp last Oct. 23 that she be furnished soft copies of the ballot images and reports from the decrypted SD cards from the three pilot provinces designated by Marcos for his election protest even though it was the latter who filed the protest.

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