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VP Robredo pays P8 M in poll protest

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MANILA — The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo paid P8-million as first installment of the P15.44 million required by Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. filed against her.

 

Robredo paid the amount after the PET denied her petition to defer her payment of P15.44 million as deposit for her petition to dismiss the election protest. 

 

Robredo won the 2016 vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos who got 14,155,344 votes.

 

Robredo said that the down payment came from her personal funds and loan from relatives of her late husband former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo.

 

”Ang P8 million po hirap na hirap tayo para ibigay, iyong P36 million po ng mga Marcos isang iglap nandiyan na agad. Pero tayo po kahit mahirap, kahit po maraming pagsubok ang pinagdadaanan, hindi naman po natin ipapayag na basta-basta nalang kunin sa atin ang boses ng taumbayan,” Robredo said.

 

”Alam po ninyo na ang laban na ito hindi lang po ito tungkol sa akin. Ang laban pong ito tungkol sa ating lahat. Tungkol po sa ating mga Pilipino na nangnanais na hintuin na ang dating kalakaran sa ating pamahalaan. Nagpapasalamat po kami na kahit napakahirap po ng laban, alam po natin kung gaano kahirap labanan ang mga Marcos, maraming pera, talagang ang pagnanais makabalik sa kapangyarihan nandiyan,” she added.

 

The second tranche of payment of P7.43 million is required to be given on July. 

 

Last March 21, the PET ordered Marcos to pay  P66,223,000 for the 132,446 precincts for his election protest against Robredo to proceed.

 

The tribunal earlier required Robredo to pay about half of the cash deposit of PHP8 million last April 14. But after rejecting her appeal on the order, she was given five days from receipt of the latest order to pay the amount. 

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