Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that Bongbong Marcos made a mistake on the ballot images discrepancies as cheating evidence in 2016. Macalintal urges the latter to apologize saying that protest recount delay is due to Marcos’ first cause of action. However, contrary to his accusation, the PET already rejects the annulment of votes. It is also not true that no discrepancies were ever found in other protests. In Cebu alone, former Biliran representative Glenn Chong said that both Marcos and VP Robredo got lower votes in the machine count versus the manual checking or revision of official ballots. This is according to the results for the VP race in 40 select precincts in Cebu City. That is necessary to the revision of votes in the election protest of mayoral candidate Michael Rama who lost to incumbent mayor Tomas Osmeña.
Video by; GMA News
[VIDEO]: Atty. Romulo Macalintal from Vice President Leni Robredo’s Camp lied again that the Marcos’ first cause of action is the reason why the recount is delayed. He insinuates that someone is riding on Comelec ex-Chair’s scandal to discredit the 2016 elections.
Macalintal said he believes the Marcos camp made a “mistake” on the discrepancies found in the ballot image soft copies. He describes it as a “knee-jerk reaction” to the information on hand. They should admit their lapses, he added. Ballot IDs are “unique and the same” for each clustered precinct. In fact, the Comelec explains this in the orientation that Marcos is not aware of.
Annulment cannot Determine the Winner
The PET junks the first cause of action of the electoral protest because even if Marcos succeeds in proving that the certificates of canvass generated by the consolidation and canvassing system are not authentic, this will not make him the rightful winner of the May 2016 poll. This can only be determined by a manual recount of all the precincts. “Thus, the first cause of action may be dispensed with for judicial economy and for the prompt disposition of the case,” the PET resolution stated. Macalintal clearly misleads the public here.
Speeding up the Recount – No More First Cause of Action
With the first cause of action already rejected, Marcos’ protest would be limited to revision or manual recount of the actual ballots and annulment of election results for the position of vice president in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan on the ground of terrorism, intimidation, harassment of voters and pre-shading of ballots. Macalintal even welcomes this decision of PET.
All for the Speedy Recount – No More Annulment
It is a big thing that Bongbong Marcos criticizes Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa. He is the magistrate in charge of the election protest for his obvious favoring of VP Leni Robredo. Marcos accuses him of influencing the unfair actions of the Supreme Court as the PET. This is in connection with his electoral protest appeal to allow technical examination needed to nullify illegal votes. The SC recently denies it, so no more annulment of votes to allegedly speed up the recount.