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Robredo lead grew by 15,000 votes in initial poll protest recount filed by Marcos

Vice President Leni Robredo increased her lead over defeated 2016 rival Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. after the initial recount in the election protest the latter filed.

According to the Supreme Court resolution sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Robredo’s lead over Marcos increased from 263,473 to 278,566 after initial recount, up by 15,093 votes.

“Thus, based on the final tally after revision and appreciation of the votes in the pilot provinces, protestee Robredo maintained, as in fact she increased, her lead with 14,436,337 votes over protestant Marcos who obtained 14,157,771 votes,” the resolution read.

Two other tribunal members also made reference to the rise in the lead.

In his dissenting opinion, SC Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa said the initial recount even increased Robredo’s lead over Marcos.

He said Robredo got 14,436,325 votes, increasing her lead from 263,473 to 278,555 over Marcos, who obtained 14,157,770 votes

“The Tribunal retrieved thousands of ballot boxes from three provinces, revised millions of ballots, and ruled on each and every objection and claim of the parties on these millions of ballots. After all these, the Tribunal eventually arrived at a final tally,” said Caguioa in his dissenting opinion the high court released Friday along with the resolution.

Caguioa insisted that following Rule 65 of the 2010 PET Rules, the election protest should be dismissed.