MANILA, June 29 — A day before the formal oath taking into office of Vice-President-elect Leni Robredo, Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday personally filed before the Supreme Court (SC), as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), his election protest against the outgoing 3rd District congresswoman of Camarines Sur.
Marcos asked the PET to nullify the proclamation of Robredo and declare him as the duly-elected Vice-President in the May 9, 2016 national elections.
Aside from the petition itself, Marcos also submitted before the SC the 20,000-page affidavit, certificates of canvass and other supporting documents, which he said, would clearly prove the massive electoral fraud committed.
The camp of Marcos also asked the PET for the reopening of the ballot boxes in 36,465 clustered precincts being protested, including the Cebu Province, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Samar, Isabela, Pangasinan, Cebu City, Zamboanga and Bukidnon, which were considered as bailiwicks of Marcos.
Marcos further asked the PET to nullify the election results in Lanao Del Sur, Maguindanao at Basilan, and to have a recount in the 22 provinces and five cities.
Marcos argued that their petition consists of three parts which detail how the electoral fraud was committed.
First, he said, was the irregularity in the Automated Election System (AES); second, the traditional means of fraud such as vote-buying, pre-shading and failure of elections; and third, the alteration made by the Smartmatic in the hash code of the transparency server.
Meanwhile, the Commission on Elections said on Wednesday that the electoral protest filed by defeated vice presidential candidate and outgoing Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is part of the electoral process.
“The filing of a protest is part of electoral process actually. Questioning the results is part of electoral process… that’s how clinical it is,” Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia said.
He noted that it is the right of the senator to file an electoral protest if he believes he was the one that won the vice presidential race last May 9.
“The filing of the case will give an opportunity for all parties to really prove or disprove the allegations,” Guia added.
The petition has 1,000 pages with 20,000 affidavits and other pieces of evidence.
Marcos is asking the PET to annul the proclamation of his closest rival in the May 9 polls and declare him as the true winner in the last elections.
In the VP race, Robredo got 14,418,817 votes as compared to Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes.
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