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The Manila Times - SC finds more wet ballots

News & Interviews
24 May 2019

By Jomar Canlas | The Manila Times

More “wet ballots” from Bicol were discovered as the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), continues the revision of ballots in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

The high court confirmed the findings of the PET Ad Hoc Committee that wet ballots were discovered and the election returns and ballot boxes were indeed violated.

The wet ballots came from Camarines Sur.

The PET said the wet ballots were under clustered precinct 2 in Barangay Ayugan, Ocampo under revision table 40; clustered precinct 28 in Barangay Igbac, Buhi under revision table 12; clustered precinct 54 in Barangay San Isidro, Buhi under revision table 6; and clustered precinct t 58 in Barangay San Ramon, Buhi under revision table 9. These were all revised on Feb. 8, 2019 using decrypted ballot images.

Other irregularities were also found such as the absence of election returns in Barangay Tubtubon, Sibulan, Negros Oriental where the certified true copy of election returns (ERs) from the Commission on Elections was unreadable.

Meanwhile, there were no ERs inside the ballot box from clustered precinct 42 in Barangay Sagbang, Valencia, Negros Oriental under revision table 2. The head revisor requested for said ERs, but none were issued.

In his protest, Marcos assailed the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts.

Marcos, who lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes, accused her of massive electoral fraud such as preshading of ballots, mounting of preloaded Secure Digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote counting machines, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of vice president.