By Raymund F. Antonio
Raising the remaining P7.5 million needed for her election case remains a challenge for Vice President (VP) Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo as the former housing chief has only three weeks to raise the amount before the July 14 deadline.
Robredo’s lawyer Maria Bernadette Sardillo said they are still coming up with the money to pay the second installment of the cash deposit.
She said it is not easy to raise the amount, noting that it is really costly to pursue an election protest.
The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), ordered the Vice President to pay an election fee of P15.5 million for the recount of votes in the protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
On May 2, Robredo paid R8 million, pooled from personal savings and loans from relatives of her late husband, Jesse Robredo-Vicente Hao Chin, Pablito Chua and Rafael Bundoc.
She was required to pay the amount in two tranches for the 8,042 clustered precincts she was questioning in her counter-protest against Marcos.
Robredo defeated Marcos by a slim margin of 263,473 votes in last year’s May elections.
Marcos later filed an election protest against Robredo, seeking a recount of votes in 39,221 clustered precincts.
The PET has rescheduled the preliminary conference for Marcos’ protest on July 11.
Amid the long process and difficulties in her election case, Sardillo said Robredo has faith in the Supreme Court, stressing she believed it will make the right decision.
The lawyers of Robredo identified three provinces for the manual recount and judicial revision of ballots in connection with her counter protest against Marcos.
They identified Capiz, Sulu, and North Cotabato in the preliminary conference brief for the recount and revision.
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