MANILA — Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin denied Thursday any irregularity in the postponement of the Supreme Court's deliberations on the election protest of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, the high court on Tuesday moved its deliberation to Oct. 15, following an initial recount of votes in 3 of 30 provinces where Marcos claimed that massive cheating led to his defeat.
"Don't worry... hindi ko niluluto, hindi puwedeng lutuin 'yan eh," Bersamin said of the looming decision on the protest.
(Don't worry, I'm not fixing the decision, that can't be fixed.)
"We are expected to have a result by next week. It may not be what you expect kasi (because) we are still discussing on many other things," he told reporters at the Judiciary Memorabilia Hall, where his works, mementos, and personal collection were featured.
Robredo defeated Marcos in the 2016 elections by some 260,000 votes, the narrowest gap in recent memory.
The Vice President's lead over Marcos supposedly widened by 15,000 votes after the initial recount in the 3 pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, her lawyer Romulo Macalintal said Wednesday.
Only the Supreme Court justices have a copy of the "confidential" report on the initial recount, SC Public Information Office chief Brian Keith Hosaka said.
Marcos' lawyer Vic Rodriguez, meanwhile, denied that they were behind the Supreme Court's postponement of its deliberations.
Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa penned the report on the recount of votes from 5,415 polling precincts, which started in March.
- With a report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News