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Will Bongbong Marcos’ Protest Recount Set on March 19 Push Through?


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Elena Grace Flores

Speculations on the recount date of Bongbong Maros’ election protest seem to be very handy for Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo Macalintal. At first, he said that the recount of the ballots from Camarines Sur is on February 8. Now, he again declares that it is on March 19. This comes after both camps accept each other’s challenges to withdraw all pending motions that can hamper the said recount.

Youtube Video by ABS-CBN News

[VIDEO]: The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday signed a joint motion to withdraw any and all pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal in relation to the poll protest of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Soft Copy Discrepancies Identified

A soft copy of a ballot presented to media showed by Marcos that the voter shaded three VP candidates – but the vote still went to VP Leni Robredo instead of the ballot being declared as void or overvote.

Do or Dare

Marcos told the Vice President that he will withdraw his pending petitions and dared her to do the same. That way, they can proceed to the recount of votes in a swift manner.  Robredo’s camp retaliated by accusing Marcos of showing “fake and fabricated evidence.” Her explanation is not just logical because those copies must be an exact replica of the original as per the Smartmatic’s mandate. Or else, their security features are useless.

Baseless Accusation

It does not make sense that Marcos has to tamper his soft copy.  Then remove the ovals for another replica – just to show that some kind of discrepancy. This is due to the systematic finding that those with squares all went to Robredo as per the result.

Protest Guessing Game

It is not certain in what capacity could Macalintal know in advance the recount date of the election protest. He already misses in his first guess. At first, people can easily judge that he must have some sort of connivance inside the PET. Is he just strategizing? Or showing of false confidence during the protest proceedings?