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The Supreme Court Clarifies that the 25% Shading Verdict Does Not Favor Robredo but Speeds Up Marcos’ Protest

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos has to rehabilitate his name for the presidency if he wins his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo. This is after more than 32 years after his father’s fall during the controversial Edsa revolution or mutiny in1986. Currently, the Supreme Court clarifies that it does not explicitly side with Robredo’s plea to recognize ballots with ovals shaded 25 percent as valid votes. Contrary to the claim of Robredo and the Comelec, the tribunal was not aware that the commission used a 25-percent threshold. The Comelec resolution was not attached to the letter sent to the tribunal in September 2016. The Tribunal only partially granted Robredo’s plea to set aside an earlier resolution on the 50-percent threshold. Instead of it, the PET directs head revisers to “refer to the election returns. This is to verify the total number of votes as read and counted by the vote counting machines (VCM).” That can speed up Bongbong Marcos’ protest. Atty. Vic Rodriguez, the lawyer of the former Senator describes the highly magnified ruling bu the mainstream media as a “non-issue.”



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The Supreme Court Focuses on the Election Returns Verification

To verify votes using the election returns (ERs) “shall be strict. This is during the appreciation of ballots by the tribunal,” said the Supreme Court resolution. ERs refer to the electronic document prints produced by the voting machines. They tally the total votes of each candidate per precinct. The PET amends Rule 62 of the 2018 PET Revisor’s Guide that pertains to the segregation of contested votes, “effective immediately.” The rule did not mention the use of ERs previously. The PET notes that using ERs would achieve the objective of verifying how the VCMs read the votes.”

Speeding Up Marcos’ Protest

Using the ERs may speed up the revision process, or the identification of precincts, which show signs of significant anomalies. This would allow the procedure to be “more flexible and adaptive to calibrations of the voting or counting machines in the future,” the PET said.  It points out that ERs could easily show discrepancies in the counting of votes, especially if the initial number did not match the physical count of ballots.



Robredo is Successful only on her Appeal

Robredo first questioned the rule in an April 5 motion The PET denied it in an April 10 resolution. Only when she filed an appeal did Robredo submit a copy of Comelec Resolution No. 16-0600d. It was dated Sept. 6, 2016, which served as the basis for her plea. Marcos opposed Robredo’s pleadings. The Office of the Solicitor General sided with him instead of the Comelec. SolGen Jose Calida agreed that the 25-percent threshold should be sustained.


Fear of Disenfranchising Voters

The Supreme Court said there was “no basis” to impose the 50-percent threshold. But, it maintained that when it drafted and approved the rule, it was “never informed of any official act of the Comelec” adopting the 25-percent threshold. Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia did inform the PET about the 25-percent threshold on Sept. 6, 2016, letter. However, the tribunal said it was not given a copy. Robredo assailed the stricter 50-percent threshold supported by Marcos. She fears that this would disenfranchise voters who shaded their votes less thoroughly.




Highly Premature Claim

The PET also told Robredo that with the ongoing recount or revision proceedings, “there is yet no final deduction or addition of votes.” Robredo earlier noted in her motion for reconsideration that in vote counting at Barangay Laganac in Balatan, Camarines Sur where Robredo received 358 votes. Upon the application of the 50 percent threshold, a physical recount on the ballot yielded 346 votes for her. Votes for Marcos did not change in the tally. But the tribunal said that it would be “highly premature” of the Robredo camp to claim a deduction of votes at this stage. This can actually mean that the slight decrease can actually be massive after the many evidence of digital election fraud presented at the Senate.



2 thoughts on “The Supreme Court Clarifies that the 25% Shading Verdict Does Not Favor Robredo but Speeds Up Marcos’ Protest

  1. Mandurugas ka Talaga Lenie Lugaw kahit kailan… Dapat sa Mental ka tumira.. Libre ka don.

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