SC requires P81 million for Marcos-Robredo election case

  • Bongbong Marcos needs to pay P66 million for his election case against Vice President Leni Robredo to proceed
  • Robredo also has to shell out P15 million for the case
  • Both camps have until April 17 to raise the amount and pay the first tranche

Defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo will have to pay P81 million to the Supreme Court (SC) in order for the election protest to prosper.

In a Rappler story on Wednesday, the SC was cited, ordering the two camps to settle respective amounts so that the recount of votes will continue.

Marcos, who is contesting 39,221 clustered precincts that is composed of 132,446 precincts, is required to pay P66.02 million.

On the other hand, Robredo, who is questioning 8,042 clustered precincts, consisting of 31,278 precincts, must settle a total amount of P15.43 million.

The SC said in its resolution dated March 21 that the amount should be payable by installment in two deadlines.

Marcos would have to pay P36.02 million by April 14 and P30 million by July 14. Robredo would have to settle P8 million for the first deadline and another P7.43 million for the next due date.

Since the first due date falls on a Good Friday, the two camps would have to settle the first installment by Monday, April 17.

Each precinct contested costs P500 under the rules of the SC, which sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). Both camps have already paid a downpayment of P200,000 which was already deducted from the total amount they have to settle.

But Marcos’ spokesperson said they have filed a motion for reconsideration because of the “erroneous” computation of the fee.

“We have filed a motion for reconsideration today and have asked the Tribunal to use as basis for computing the amount the clustered precincts instead of the established/traditional precincts. The basis used would have been relevant had we not gone automated in our system of election,” GMA News Online quoted Atty. Vic Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also questioned the late release of the March 21 resolution. He said that their office only received a copy of the March 21 resolution on April 10, just a week ahead of the deadline.

“Was this a deliberate act of impounding the resolution so that BBM will not be able to comply given the very limited amount of time due to the Holy Week break?” he said.

Meanwhile, the Robredo camp is still studying the resolution and is expected to issue their comment on it after the Holy Week.