MANILA, Philippines — Former Sen. Bongbong Marcos believes he has strong evidence of a massive cheating in the 2016 vice presidential elections.
Marcos presented ballot images from Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental which supposedly looked unusual.
The ovals beside the names of candidates are missing and some names have squares before it.
Also, it appears from some of the ballots that his votes were not counted.
In three of the ballots shown to the media, Marcos’ name was shaded but the receipt indicates an “undervote” which means there was no vote for the vice president.
In another instance, ballots which are supposed to be spoiled because of double-shading were counted in favor of Vice President Leni Robredo.
“Every single ballot that we have received may anomalya, may square, may undervote, basta may problema,” said the former senator.
(Every single ballot that we have received has an anomaly. There’s a square, an undervote, or just some other problem.)
A data expert consulted by Marcos said there is clearly an anomaly. And what caused it could be determined by a physical examination of the ballots.
“There are a lot of instances where a shade for Senator Marcos would be deemed an undervote. In fact, we have identified precincts with 80% undervote or greater,” said Gadburt Mercado, Sesat Technologies Co.
Marcos suspected that the supposed manipulation of ballots was conducted in regional hubs which Comelec put up six days before the elections.
These regional hubs were used to reformat defective sd cards instead of bringing them to the Comelec warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna.
Marcos also dared Robredo that they both withdrew all pending motions before the presidential electoral tribunal and start with the manual recount.
“Kung ano pa ang outstanding incidents na natitira sa amin, i-wi-withdraw din namin para mapunta na tayo sa recount. That’s a challenge, “said Marcos.
(If they withdraw all their motions, incidents whatever it is their questioning, we will do the same so we can proceed with the recount. That’s a challenge.)
Despite all these, Robredo’s lawyer is confident that Marcos’ protest will prove nothing.
“Walang radical change diyan. Walang pagbabago. I’m very, very sure of that sapagkat yung mga iba’t ibang municipalities o probinsiya na kung saan nabilang na rin ang mga ballots, hindi naman nagkaroon ng pagbabago. Walang pagbabago sa bilang ng mga balota,” said Atty. Romulo Macalintal, legal counsel of Robredo.
(There will be no radical change in the results. There will be no change. I’m very, very sure of that because in various municipalities or provinces where there were recounts made, there was no change in the results. The numbers of ballots are unchanged.)
The manual recount of votes in three pilot provinces – namely, Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental, is set to begin by next month. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue