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Journal Online - Marcos camp takes cudgels up for PET

News & Interviews
19 April 2018

By Hector Lawas | Journal Online

THE camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. yesterday called on Vice President Leni Robredo to stop accusing the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) of systematically reducing her votes and casting aspersions meant to debase its integrity.

Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos’ spokesman, issued this statement when sought for his comment on Robredo’s urgent motion for reconsideration asking PET to apply the 25 percent shading threshold when counting votes also yesterday.

“Robredo cheated her way to the Vice Presidency and in this ongoing manual recount and judicial revision, she is attempting to cheat the Filipino people again by trying to change the rules in the middle of the game,” he said when sought for a comment.

“The election case was filed by BBM June of 2016 and since then jurisdiction of the case is with the PET and no other as provided by Article 8 of the Constitution. Since it is the Rules of the Tribunal that shall apply, her invocation of the 25% threshold rule is erroneous as it was made by the Comelec only on 6 September 2016, four months after the elections. It is an obvious ploy on the part of the Comelec, then led by the impeached chairman Andres Bautista, to favor Robredo once revision process starts,” he explained.

In her motion, Robredo asked PET to use the 25 percent in shading threshold in counting her votes as per resolution issued by the Commission on Elections.

“It is respectfully prayed to the Honorable Tribunal that a resolution be issued immediately directing the head revisors to use the 25 percent threshold percentage used by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the May 9, 2016 national and local elections in lieu of the 50 percent used in the May 10, 2010 national and local elections,” Robredo said in her motion.

She stressed that the Comelec passed a resolution stating that if 25 percent of the oval is shaded, then the vote is counted.

Previously, PET junked Robredo’s petition and resolved to apply a 50 percent shading threshold.

The threshold adopted by the Comelec is designed to scan every oval on the ballot and count as vote those that contain appropriate marks based on pre-determined sharing threshold.