Not so fast! Bongbong cautions Leni from claiming victory in poll protest

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Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos has cautioned Vice President Leni Robredo from claiming victory in his electoral protest in the last 2016 vice presidential elections.

“We are appalled once more by the brazenness of Mrs. Robredo and her Liberal Party in claiming victory in my still ongoing election protest just as the tribunal announced that no action has been taken by the court on the Caguioa report.”

“Clearly, there has been a concerted effort to intimidate and coerce the Tribunal with their underhanded mind conditioning tactics,” Marcos said in a statement.

Just the other day, the Presidential Electoral Tribunal finished its manual recount of ballots in three pilot provinces, which Marcos sought to contest his defeat to Robredo.

The recount covered 5,400 voting precincts in Ioilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental.

“The PET has concluded and finished the recount and revision of the ballots in the 3 test provinces,” SC public information chief Brian Keith Hosaka said.

SC Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa, the member-in-charge, submitted Monday a report on the recount, but the tribunal “has not acted upon” it, said Hosaka.

He reminded the parties involved to “strictly refrain from making any public statements to the media.”

Marcos had claimed “massive cheating” caused him to lose to Robredo in the 2016 vice-presidential race by some 260,000 votes, which she denied.

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