By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times
The Supreme Court (SC), sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has ordered the delivery of more ballot boxes from the province of Camarines Sur and the discovery of more “wet ballots” in Iloilo in connection with the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leonor Robredo.
In a four-page resolution, the high court directed the retrieval team to deliver ballot boxes in Nabua, Camarines Sur.
The revision involved 5,417 clustered precincts from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. The recount of ballots started in April last year.
“The Tribunal resolved, upon the recommendation of Atty. Linuel G. Alindogan, Head, PET Retrieval Team, to Direct Anastacio O. Bongalos, Municipal Treasurer, Nabua, Camarines Sur, to deliver the ballot box of Clustered Precinct No. 30, composed of Precincts 0071D, 0072A, 0073A, 0074A, Brgy. La Purisima, Agupit, Municipality of Nabua Province of Camarines Sur, to the PET Office at the SC-Court of Appeals Building within 10 days from notice hereof,” the court said in its resolution.
The tribunal also said it took note of the “wet ballots” report dated Jan. 16, 2019 in Barangay Cali, Dumangas, Iloilo.
Marcos questioned the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts, saying there was massive fraud. He lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes.
In January, the high court said the result of the revision of ballots would be known as soon as it announced that the recount of ballots for pilot provinces was almost over.
The court said the revision of ballots was suspended to train revisors, but the recount would resume immediately.
Edgar Aricheta, clerk of court of the tribunal, had said the suspension of the recount would pave way for a second appraisal of ballot boxes.