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VP’s motion on poll protest fee granted

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By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The camp of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo the other day announced that the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has granted their motion to defer the payment of the remaining balance for the counter-protest fee.

In a Resolution received on August 18, 2017, the PET approved Robredo’s Motion to Defer Payment of Second Installment of Additional Cash Deposit dated July 13, 2017.

The PET deferred the payment of the P7.439-million balance of counter-protest fee until losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. can prove substantial recovery in his pilot provinces.

According to Robredo’s lead counsel Atty. Romulo Macalintal, the grant of their motion to defer payment of balance of cash deposit “only affirmed what we had been saying all along that, contrary to former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s claim, the validity of his protest has not yet been resolved by the PET.”

Marcos earlier identified Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental as his three pilot provinces.

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