BBM presses poll fight

January 07, 2020

FORMER senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. yesterday asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to review and reconsider the results of the ballot recount in his three pilot provinces in connection with his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

In a petition, Marcos asked PET to review the results of recount in Iloilo, Camarines Sur, and Negros Oriental, where Robredo’s lead has increased by 15,000 votes.

According to the former lawmaker, some 174 signatures of the Board of Election Inspectors in Iloilo had “glaringly different” signatures which became manifestly obvious when compared to other election documents.

Marcos added that his camp’s objection over the authenticity of votes in the pilot provinces have been unreasonably overruled in the recount.

He disclosed that ballots with poor shading were counted in Robredo’s favor.

“As for the claims of protestee Robredo which were admitted even though the ovals for claimant were ambiguously shaded, that finding and conclusion of the Preliminary Appreciation Committee is again flawed,” the petition read, adding that some votes credited to Robredo did not specify the basis for doing so.

Likewise, Marcos asked PET to get handwriting experts to validate voter signatures in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao, and Basilan which he claimed were highly questionable and dubious.

“The results in the appreciation of the ballots in the pilot precincts are not mathematically insurmountable as to render the third cause of action moot and academic,” he said.

He asked that the 477,985 votes Robredo garnered in the three Mindanao provinces be immediately voided. Marcos got 169,160 votes in these areas.

Voiding the votes in these provinces would wipe out Robredo’s lead of 263,473 votes during the last vice presidential election.

Robredo won the vice presidential race in the May 2016 polls with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes. 

But in his protest, Marcos contested the results in a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.

He named three provinces where he can supposedly prove that irregularities marred the conduct of the 2016 national and local elections.