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