Search for truth will not end with close of official canvass - Marcos lawyer

28 May 2016

The lawyer of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today said their search for truth will not end with the conclusion of the official canvass of the votes for President and Vice President.

“Yung paghahanap namin ng boto ni Sen. Marcos ay hindi po natatapos sa canvassing na ito. Patuloy naming gagawin yun hindi po dahil lamang sa paghahanap sa posisyon kundi para ma-defend namin yung boto ng aming mga supporters,” said Atty. George Garcia, Head of Marcos’ legal panel, in an interview.

In the meantime, Garcia said they extend their congratulations to the camp of Rep. Leni Robredo and asked their own supporters to remain calm. Likewise, he said they would not likely launch any action until after the proclamation of the winning President and Vice President.

“Kita nyo naman 3 araw lang natapos ((ang canvassing). Hindi naman po kami nanggulo, hindi kami nag-delay ng proceedings. Sen. Marcos instructed us to respect the proceedings of the board,” Garcia expressed.

Garcia said one of the options Marcos may consider is the filing of an election protest. However, he said this could prove very expensive.

He said among the grounds that may be raised if such a protest pushes through is the unusually high number of undervotes for Vice President that stood at a final figure of 3.902 million, considering the high turnout in the hotly-contested 2016 elections.

“We deserve an explanation on this matter,” he said.

Likewise, Garcia said they are in the process of collating affidavits of witnesses on alleged incidents of cheating as well as details as to the malfunctioning of several Canvassing and Consolidation System (CCS), as well as some Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).

“For the information of the public mga 25, almost 30 na CCS na hindi nalalaman natin ang pina-pullout ng Comelec at kinumpuni, pinalitan, o ginawa sa Sta. Rosa Plant. Ang tanong namin talaga bang kinumpuni yan, talaga bang pinalitan yan, o wala bang ibang bagay dyan o ibang data dyan na ipinalit na?” Garcia said.

He added that their IT experts have also presented to them technical information that may be used in the filing of an election protest. At first glance, this information seems to be “convincing”, according to Garcia.

However, he said the rules of the canvassing do not allow these “evidence” to be presented before the NBOC.

If Marcos would indeed file an election protest, Garcia said it would likely focus on the provinces of ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and the Visayas, where most of the undervotes for Vice President occurred.

Meanwhile, Garcia also appealed to the Commission on Election to allow a system audit of its servers to determine whether or not the unauthorized script change in the servers produced more than just cosmetic results, as the poll body claimed.

Marcos had noted shortly after such script change his lead over the next candidate slowly eroded and he was eventually overtaken.

Garcia said they are going to pursue the quest for truth not only for Marcos but for the benefit of the entire nation.

“At napaka-importante, for future reference, dahil kung nangyari ito ngayon may posibilidad mangyayari sa mga susunod na panahon,” he concluded.