Comelec, PET should probe Marcos’ claim of questionable ballot images – Robredo lawyer

admin   •   January 31, 2018   •   4208

MANILA, Philippines — Former Senator Bongbong Marcos’ claim of a massive cheating in the 2016 elections is highly ridiculous, said the legal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo.

On Monday, Marcos presented ballot images which allegedly prove that he was cheated by Robredo and the Liberal Party.

He claims that the ballot showed votes in his favor were not counted while even spoiled ballots for Robredo were counted.

But Atty. Romulo Macalintal said that Marcos’ camp is only diverting the issue which indicates the weakness of his election protest.

Kahit isang ballot box lang mabuksan sa Camarines Sur, I can already make a declaration that no election cheating, no fraud was committed that benefited the Vice President of the Philippines,” said Macalintal.

(Open just a single ballot box in Camarines Sur, and I can already make a declaration that no election cheating, no fraud was committed that benefited the vice president of the Philippines.)

He said the best that Marcos can do is compare the ballots in his possession with that of the Comelec’s or the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

He added that this should be investigated if indeed there were anomalies in the ballots.

“Kung talagang mayroong pagbabago, dapat sigurong imbestigahan ‘yan. At kung walang pagbabago, ay bahala namang gumawa ng kaukulang parusa ang Comelec o ang PET laban kay Mr. Marcos o kung sinoman ang gumawa ng ganung uri ng ballot images,” said the legal counsel.

(If there are changes, then I think it should be investigated. And if there is none, let Comelec or the PET impose the necessary punishment against Mr. Marcos or whomever those type of ballots came from.)

But a lawyer for Marcos said that the ballot images came from the PET itself and these are concrete evidence of election fraud.

“These are picture images. Meaning, mirror image supposedly of the actual ballot. Why is there a square in the picture image and the ovals disappeared,” said Atty. Vic Rodriguez, legal counsel of Marcos.

“Ang usapin dito, bakit kapag may kwadrado sa pangalan ni Mrs. Robredo. Kahit overvote, dalawa, tatlo ang ibinotong vice president, hindi po nagiging spoiled ang balota bagkus binibilang para kay Mrs. Robredo. Bakit po pagka ang shading ay tama, subalit ang binoto ay si Bongbong Marcos na walang kwadrado sa tabi ng pangalan napupunta po ito sa undervote? ‘Yan po ay malaking hiwaga na kami rin ay hindi namin masagot,” he said.

(The issue here is, why is it that if there is a square before the name of Mrs. Robredo. Even there’s an overvote, two or three vice presidents were voted upon, the ballot is not considered spoiled and instead of being counted in favor of Mrs. Robredo. Why is it that even when the shading is correct, but the vote is for Bongbong Marcos and there is no square before his name, it becomes an undervote? That’s the big mystery that even us don’t know the answer.)

Nonetheless, Marcos’ camp will just let the Comelec probe the issue because for now, they are more concerned about the start of the manual recount. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue

 

Comelec offices in Intramuros, Regions 4A & 4B closed for disinfection until August 16

Robie de Guzman   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday announced the temporary closure of its offices in various areas amid the surge of coronavirus disease cases.

In an advisory, Comelec said its main office in Intramuros as well as the offices of the Regional Election Director of the National Capital Region, and Regions IV-A and IV-B will be closed to the public “for extensive disinfection and decontamination.”

The temporary closure will take effect from August 3 to August 16, the poll body said.

Along with the office shutdown, the issuance of local and overseas voters’ certificates in the main office will also be temporarily suspended, Comelec said.

The poll body, however, said, its officers and employees will continue to perform their functions on a work-from-home basis.

For more information, Comelec said it may be reached through email at info@comelec.gov.ph.

OVP purchases P14-M worth of COVID-19 test kits developed by UP scientists

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 24, 2020

The office of Vice President (OVP) Leni Robredo has purchased P14 million worth of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits developed by the scientists from the University of the Philippines (UP).

In a statement, the OVP said the test kits will be delivered to hospitals certified as laboratories for COVID-19 testing. These include San Lazaro Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, V. Luna Hospital, and Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory.

The testing kits will help in conducting a total of 10,000 tests.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) previously said the UP-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH) and Philippine Genome Center aim to increase test kit production as well as increase COVID-19 testing capacity per day.

“With the deployment of the test kits, UP-NIH will increase its capacity to run more tests per day, as each unit of the GENAMPLIFY™ COVID-19 test kit can run 25 tests at once and provide results within two hours,” the DOST said in the statement.

Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center Dr. Raul Destura said there is 8,000 to 10,000 tests produced daily and they aim to increase it by 16,000 tests per day by May 1. AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

PACC’s Belgica says colleague’s call to probe Robredo’s COVID-19 aid “a personal opinion”

Robie de Guzman   •   April 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) commissioner and Spokesperson Greco Belgica on Thursday clarified that the call of one of his colleagues to probe Vice President Leni Robredo’s fund drive and relief operations amid the COVID-19 crisis was just “his personal opinion.”

In a statement, Belgica said Commissioner Manuelito Luna’s statement calling on the National Bureau of Investigation to prove Robredo for allegedly competing with the government’s efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 “was a personal opinion,” and “does not reflect the body’s sentiments.

“PACC is not asking anyone to investigate VP Leni Robredo. On the other hand, we are grateful to everyone who is helping the frontliners and the needy, including the VP,” he said.

“This is not the time for politicking. We are not concerned with any personality.  Our main concern is to make sure all the needy Filipinos get all the help they need the President promised,” he added.

He also said that the government’s immediate concern right now is to end the coronavirus pandemic, save lives, and rebuild the country and the lives of people after the crisis ends.

“Magtulungan po tayo. Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng tumutulong pati ang hindi lumalabas ng bahay. Tayo po ay nakakatulong sa ating pagsunod,” he said.

Robredo’s camp earlier slammed Luna’s statement, calling it “ridiculous” and “inappropriate” amid the COVID-19 threat.

Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez said VP Leni has mobilized groups and organized free transport to help health workers, government institutions, and ordinary Filipinos overcome the challenges they had to face due to the threat of infection.

“Anyone who insists that bringing much-needed assistance to hospitals, health workers, and poor Filipinos is somehow a ‘competition’ has absolutely no understanding of the gravity of the crisis we are all facing,” he said.

He assured that Robredo will continue to do all she can to help those in need in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

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