Atty. Romulo Macalintal said it first that the election recount of Bongbong Marcos’ protest against VP Leni Robredo is at the second week of February. The review of ballots from the contested clustered precincts in Camarines Sur, the vice president’s home province, is the priority. The retrieval is on January 22, 2018. The Supreme Court finally confirms it the next day.
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[VIDEO]: VP manual vote recount in 3 provinces to start in February 2018
Macalintal explains that if Marcos could not prove any irregularity from the three pilot provinces, his protest is to be dismissed for lack of merit. Marcos’ three pilot provinces are Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. For Camarines Sur alone, Macalintal said that P9.6 million is chargeable to Marcos’ cash deposit for the retrieval of ballots, salaries, and allowances of employees, security, transportation, and other expenses.
Meeting on Election Recount Regulations
Macalintal and Marcos’ lawyer, George Garcia, was at the SC for a meeting on the regulations governing the recount of votes. A tour of the venue for the recount process followed. Macalintal is confident that the recount will “confirm and affirm the victory of Robredo as VP in the May 2016 elections.
If the recount of ballots for local elective officials matches with the official election results, a national position would be similar. This is because the ballots used for the local and national elective positions are the same. They are counted and tallied by the same VCMs and CCS, said Macalintal.
Disclosure or Sabotage?
Many wondered why Macalintal announces the recount date first before the Supreme Court. He also insinuates that the recount results for the pilot areas would be the same as the final tallies. He based his disclosure on the past recounts since 2010. Doubts about his camp’s honesty loom because of his overconfidence. They asked why he is so sure of his insights if they have not done any moves to make sure that both results are identical? For sure, advocate for a clean election, Atty. Glenn Chong is on vigil with the recount processes as Macalintal acted suspiciously.