The decryption and printing of ballot images for the three pilot areas will take at least seven months. In addition, PET recently ordered its exploratory teams to start locating the ballot boxes. This is for the clustered precincts of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental. When they are done, it could order its retrieval and transfer to Manila. Under the Rules of PET, the three pilot provinces for the recount will best exemplify the merits or legitimacy of Bongbong Marcos’ protest. Meanwhile, Vice President Leni Robredo said that there’s no need to defend Senator Franklin Drilon and former interior secretary Manuel Roxas II against the illegal drugs accusation because it is “baseless.”
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Ricky Serenio, a confessed bagman of the so-called Berya drug cartel, claimed in an affidavit that Drilon and Roxas were protectors of slain suspected drug dealer Melvin Odicta Sr. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II declared Serenio’s affidavit could be treated as a complaint against Drilon and Roxas. The preliminary investigation may now proceed.
Roxas expresses this; “Note that the affidavits’ allegation is from a dubious source and based on double hearsay from a person who is already dead! It’s bizarre!” Francis Pangilinan said that the fabricated allegations against his two colleagues were preposterous. It meant to divert the attention of the people from the controversies hounding the administration.
Decryption of the Ballots has Started for the Protest
Bongbong Marcos’ spokesman, Victor Rodriguez, discloses that the Comelec already starts to decrypt and print the ballot images on the SD cards. It is facilitated by the election body’s main office in Intramuros, Manila. The Supreme Court ordered this recently in relation to Marcos’ election protest against VP Leni Robredo. The Comelec concentrates on the three pilot provinces for the recount.
Silencing the Opposition?
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella stresses that while President Du30 is critical with the LP, the Palace does not exert efforts to pin down Drilon and Roxas for alleged illegal activities. “The administration has nothing to do with the testimony of a drug cartel bagman, Mr. Ricky Serenio, implicating Sen. Franklin Drilon and former secretary Mar Roxas to the illegal drug trade in the Visayas,” Abella said. If this issue exists to cover up the human rights noises on the drug war, Robredo got seven months to protect her party mates until the recount overlaps it.The PET rejects her latest motion to postpone.