The denial of questionable Vice President Leni Robredo’s urgent motion to allow the COMELE’s 25 thresholds of the digital election horrifies her. This is for the manual recount that is currently ongoing. This would immediately mean that the lighter shades or perhaps fakely done ballots are out. That’s why her camp admits that the 50% standard of the PET can quickly lower the VP’s votes. It is, however, beneficial to Bongbong Marcos who has the most legitimate voters.
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The PET Cannot Relax Ruling
The Supreme Court that sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) denies Robredo’s motion. She asks that it follows the shading threshold set by the Commission on Elections to consider votes as valid. Robredo’s legal team pleads the PET to apply the 25 percent threshold for ballot shading as it embarks on its manual recount of vice presidential votes from over 5,000 ballot boxes from three provinces as part of former Senator Bongbong” Marcos challenge to her 2016 poll victory. However, the VP is not successful. It seems that the Supreme Court needs to balance things out as the people are already furious about its being biased to the Vice President.
Just a Guideline
The PET cites Comelec Resolution No. 8804, as amended by Comelec Resolution No. 9164. It said it does not mention the threshold raised by Robredo’s camp. “Prior to the amendment in Resolution No. 9164, Rule 15, Section 6 of Resolution No. 8804 states that any shading less than 50% shall not be considered a valid vote.” The Court added that it is consistent with PET rules. The 2010 PET rules state the 50-percent threshold as the 2018 Revisor’s Guide “not a new rule on the threshold.”
Insensitive Information or Public Interest?
The PET also asks both Robredo and Marcos’ camps to explain why they should not be cited in indirect contempt for disclosing “sensitive” information as regards the recount process. It considers that they have earlier been ordered to refrain from making comments on the poll protest pending its resolution.
Lawyers and Bloggers are Not Under the Gag Order
Lawyers insist particularly, Atty. Glenn Chong that he is not under the gag order. Therefore, he continues to disclose all information that pertains to the recount as they happen. His social media posts are on site in online news platforms and bloggers elaborate on them. Therefore, the PET cannot blame Marcos and Robredo for such leaks. Instead, they should learn to adopt the policy of transparency. This is to avoid accusations that they are hiding things from the public.