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Bongbong Continues Fight to Be in Leni's Shoes

Because sometimes being second-in-command is everything.
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Bongbong Marcos has been as tenacious as a tick in his mission to become the country's duly elected Vice President. There's just one problem—Leni Robredo has already been declared as the country's VP.

For the record, it was a close fight, as Robredo won the VP spot with 14,418,817 votes. That's 263,473 more than Marcos, who got 14,155,344 votes. Marcos has contested this result, accusing Robredo and her party of cheating.

One year into President Rodrigo Duterte's administration with Robredo as second-in-command, Marcos remains steadfast in his mission to be in Robredo's shoes.

In his electoral protest, Marcos questions the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts. Of these precincts, Marcos demands a manual recount of votes in 36,465. He also seeks the annulment of election results in the remaining 2,756.

Tetch Torres-Tupas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer notes: "Marcos has specifically asked for the reopening of ballot boxes in each of the 36,465 clustered precincts in Cebu, Province of Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Masbate, Zamboanga Del Sur, Zamboanga Del Norte, Bukidnon, Iloilo Province, Bohol, Quezon Province, Batangas, Western Samar, Misamis Oriental, Camarines Sur, 2nd District of Northern Samar, Palawan, Sibugay, Misamis Occidental, Pangasinan, Isabela, Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and Zamboanga City."

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The Inquirer report further explained that "based on the Commission on Election (Comelec) data, the 39,221 clustered precincts covered in Marcos' electoral protest are actually composed of the 132,446 precincts."

The Supreme Court sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) ordered Marcos to pay a total of P66.2 million for the retrieval of election materials for his election protest against Robredo. On the other hand, Robredo is required by the PET to pay P15,639,000 for the 31,278 precincts.

As of Tuesday, July 11, Marcos has already paid the P66.2-million fee. Robredo, on the other hand, is relying on the kindness of her followers to come up with over P15 million pesos for this acrimonious exercise.

The preliminary hearing for Marcos-Robredo electoral debacle has already begun. No one knows what will happen, but "May justice be served."

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