SC junks Robredo backers’ petition to pay protest fee

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The Supreme Court (SC) affirmed with finality its July ruling dismissing the plea of Vice President Leonora “Leni” Robredo’s supporters asking that they be allowed to pay the balance of her counter-protest fee.

In a resolution, dated November 7 but released to media recently, the SC sitting as the Presidential Electoral
Tribunal (PET), denied the petition of Proponents of the Piso Para Kay Leni (PPKL) movement, stating that the “latter have neither legal interest in the matter subject of the instant protest nor will be adversely affected by its resolution.”

Museo Pambata chairman Cristina Lim-Yuson who leads the PPKL movement has asked the PET to allow them to pay the rest of the counter-protest fee of P7.4 million.

The high tribunal earlier mandated that Robredo pay a total of P15.4 million.


Other intervenors in the case are former social welfare secretary Corazon Soliman, former human rights commissioner Paulynn Sicam, former Bases Conversion and Development Authority board director Zorayda Amelia Alonzo, singer Celeste Legaspi-Gallardo and Ateneo de Manila University Press director Karina Bolasco.

The PPKL movement said they are intervenors in the case because: “This is a necessary exercise of the right of suffrage considering that VP Leni will be deprived of her victory and we will also be deprived of her victory because she is financially disadvantaged.”

They said that they have already raised P7,442. 859.34 from more than 20,000 people as of August 30.

In his electoral protest, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. assails the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts — 36,465 of which precincts he was mandated to pay for the conduct of manual recount and judicial revision, while in the remaining 2,756 Marcos was made to pay for the annulment of election results.

Based on data from the Commission on Elections, the 39,221 clustered precincts are composed of 132,446 precincts.

Marcos lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes and accused her of “massive electoral fraud, anomalies and irregularities” such as pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning voting counting machines (VCMs), and an “abnormally high” unaccounted for votes/undervotes for the position of vice president.

The PET also ordered the retrieval of all the ballot boxes and election paraphernalia in the three pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

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