To impress the public that they are not the party causing any confusion or delay, the camp of Vice President Leni Robredo officially filed a motion to consider as withdrawn any pending motion before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) that may delay the recount proceedings in the election protest of Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
Through counsels Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, Vice President Leni Robredo filed the motion on Thursday afternoon (February 8), even though she has no pending motion before the PET, saying the move was an acceptance of Marcos’ challenge that they file a motion to withdraw all pending motions that could stop the recount.
“If there is any pending motion of the protestee which may delay the recount proceedings the same should be considered WITHDRAWN or ABANDONED,” Macalintal stated.
Robredo filed the motion one day after Marcos failed to show up at the venue of signing of a joint motion and even sent the wrong pleading.
Instead of a joint motion, Marcos signed a pleading entitled “Joint Manifestation”, contrary to what his camp was saying in their earlier news releases to the media.
According to Macalintal, Marcos’ no-show and failure to sign a join motion are clear indications that he was merely bluffing in issuing a challenge to the Vice President.