The Manila Times - Marcos to SC: Void contested votes from Mindanao precincts

7 January 2020

By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday asked the Supreme Court to annul the contested votes from several precincts in Mindanao, saying he could prove that Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo cheated during the 2016 elections.

Marcos filed a memorandum before the high court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), calling for a technical examination of voter’s signatures, that he said were fraudulent.

Marcos, the son of the late President Ferdinand Marcos, said he could prove that the 2,756 protested clustered precincts in Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and Basilan, citing the Third Cause of Action principle.

Under the Third Cause of Action, the court will conduct another preliminary conference so it could proceed with the presentation of evidence.

Marcos said the Supreme Court had the sole authority to proceed with the Third Cause of Action, which is independent of the other causes of action into the case.

A Second Cause of Action involved the revision of ballots in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

He said he saw no reason to call for a special election for the position of vice president because once the court proceeds with the Third Cause of Action, it could annul the votes found to be tainted with fraud. Only then can it determine the real victor for the position of vice president during the 2016 elections.

“After deducting the votes which were nullified, the winner in the election protest shall be determined based on who garnered the highest number of valid votes based on the remaining precincts which were not annulled,” he said.

Calling for a special election “would place the entire electoral contest in an absurd situation, as another conduct of special election opens the door to another election protest. Such proposition feeds the pernicious ‘grab the proclamation prolong the protest’ technique,” Marcos added.