CNN Philippines - OSG to PET: Uphold earlier decision on threshold issue

By CNN Philippines

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) — Solicitor General Jose Calida on Friday asked the Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to affirm its earlier decision to reject a proposal to consider as valid those ballots in the vice presidential polls where only 25 percent of the oval space are shaded.

In the motion, Calida said there was “no basis to impose a 25% threshold in determining whether a vote is valid.” He said the current 50 percent threshold was reasonable and would not disenfranchise voters in the ongoing vice presidential vote recount.

Vice President Leni Robredo had appealed for the lowering of the 50 percent threshold in April, citing a 2016 letter by the Commission on Elections which stated that "the shading threshold was set at about 25% of the oval space."

No truth in delaying protest case

In a statement, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) also denied allegations that it was delaying the ongoing protest case in the 2016 vice presidential race filed by former Senator Bongbong Marcos.

“Motions for extension were filed, not to delay the proceedings in favor of one or the other party, but to carefully study whether the OSG should file a comment on behalf of the COMELEC, or act as the People's Tribune and take a stand that is different from that of the COMELEC but would, nonetheless, legally uphold the Republic's best interest,” it said.