By Raymund Antonio
Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo sees no problem with Senator Imee Marcos taking the Senate committee on electoral reforms in the 18th Congress.
Robredo said it is Marcos’ right to lead the electoral reforms committee despite the election protest filed by her brother, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., against her.
“Karapatan n’ya namang mag-aspire sa kung ano iyong gusto niyang posisyon na makuha sa Senado,” Robredo, the 54-year-old lawyer and opposition leader, said.
(It is her right to aspire for any position she wants in the Senate.)
The Vice President posed no objections as the neophyte senator is interested in the chairmanship of the Senate electoral reforms committee, which was previously chaired by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III.
Pimentel will now chair the Senate committee on foreign affairs to be vacated by former Senator Loren Legarda, who is now the Antique representative.
The Marcos camp contested the election victory of Robredo before the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, in the past vice presidential race.
Robredo had a winning margin of 263,473 votes upon her proclamation in 2016.
The PET has completed in March the manual recount of votes from Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental—the three pilot provinces identified by Marcos in his protest.
Robredo, through her lead lawyer Romy Macalintal, sought for the immediate resolution of her election case by filing an urgent motion before the PET.
“Tapos na iyong revision kaya nga sinasabi namin ngayon, baka dahil tapos na iyong revision, baka pagdesisyunan na,” the Vice President said.
(The revision is complete so we are saying the case should be resolved.)
Macalintal claimed Robredo got an additional 15,000 votes or a total lead of 279,215 votes after the recount and revision proceedings.
Based on their motion, Robredo obtained 1,492,544 votes and Marcos got 202,184 votes from election returns, and she had 1,475,989 votes and he had 200,467 votes in the physical count.
“Without preempting the resolution of the Honorable Tribunal, the result of the revision, recount and re-appreciation of the ballots clearly confirm the victory of protestee Robredo,” the motion read.