Robredo counsel shrugs off “undervotes” » Manila Bulletin News

Manila Bulletin Philippines

Breaking News from the Nation's leading newspaper

Tempo

Online Newspaper

Showbiz and Celebrity News

Sports News

World News
News Asia

Robredo counsel shrugs off “undervotes”

Published

By Raymund Antonio 

The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo dismissed on Tuesday the issue of “undervotes” raised by former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., saying that he “does not fully comprehend the nature of his election protest.”

Vice President Leni Robredo (left) and Atty. Romulo Macalintal (FEDERICO CRUZ / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Vice President Leni Robredo (left) and Atty. Romulo Macalintal
(FEDERICO CRUZ / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“For the position of Vice President, ‘undervotes’ simply mean that no vote was cast. The right to vote includes the right not to vote,” Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal said.

The veteran election lawyer was reacting to Marcos’  statement that he was definitely sure that he could have won the vice presidency “if only his votes were correctly counted.”

Marcos asserted that accusations of electoral fraud could be proven through a ballot recount, which he claimed could only take two months and that the result of his protest might be known within the year.

Macalintal explained that undervotes happen in every election as not all voters opt to vote for all elective posts.

“Undervotes were not limited to the VP position. It happened in all positions — from President, VP, Senators, Representatives, Party List, to all local elective positions,” Robredo’s lawyer said.

“And undervotes happened in all elections so much so that in the first presidential election in our country in 1935, undervotes of 1.2 percent were recorded when the total number of voters then was only close to a million,” he added.

Macalintal cited an election result in the United States where undervotes of 1.2 million were recorded in 2012.

Macalintal rejected as “fake assertions” of Marcos that he was cheated in last year’s vice presidential race.

“We are compelled to make this clarification so that the people would not be misled. We stand by the credibility of the election of VP Robredo,” he said.

“Her victory has already been confirmed by the PET’s ruling that the automated election system used to count and canvass the votes was credible and the election documents it generated were all genuine and authentic,” Macalintal noted.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Related Posts

  • Rey David

    OSG misled, manipulated by PAGCOR Greed

    Earlier this month, the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel, or OGCC, issued an important Opinion (sent to the Office of the Executive Secretary on 6 September 2017) which established an authoritative and resounding rebuttal of the earlier opinion issued by the Office of the Solicitor General with regard to the matter of online gaming.

    The OGCC Opinion included a scathing rebuke of PAGCOR for virtually manipulating the OSG to comply with its whim and try to support with “legal basis” its questionable and illegal Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) program, which has actually wreaked havoc and caused uncertainty and turmoil in the local online gaming industry. Last year, PAGCOR arrogated authority to itself and wrested control of the very lucrative online gaming industry from other agencies, in the process imposing steep legal license fees. Whispers and grumblings among industry players tell of steep unofficial ‘enrolment fees’ as well.
    ,,

    • Lucas Temoteo

      this is clearly greed on the part of pagcor and to justify that greed they are trying to get the opinion of any government agency to back them up. they are not contented on their current work but still trying to get supervision over something which is not legal and where they will not be able to regulate/..

    • Kwak Kwak Kwak

      corruption and greed goes together. this is clear in how pagcor handles its business. we should make sure that all the dealings of pagcor are legal and that there is no room for corruption and greed. pagcor officials should always be reminded that they serve the people and not the people serving them,,

    • Berdugo Katapang

      we should not give pagcor a chance in continuing their greedy acts and corrupt practices. we should continue our vigilance over the acts of pagcor in hiding and justifying their corruption. we should pressure pagcor to always be transparent and clear in all their activities,

    • Liwanag Para sa Bayan

      pagcor must be consistently reminded that they are serving the people and the government. the government is the people and they are entitled to better services. how can the government support the people and its services if the money that is supposed to go to government goes to corruption,..

  • Lucas Temoteo

    pagcor is continuously not supporting the anti corruption drive of the government and the president. it consistently tries to justify and hide its greed and corrupt acts even at the expense of some government agencies. it is clear that pagcor is trying to hide something. we should continue to pressure pagcor in to not involving in acts which they are not capable and not legally bound.///

  • Kwak Kwak Kwak

    there is always an opportunity to commit corruption and that is being proven by the greediness of pagcor officials. they are taking advantage of being an administrator to lottery and legal gambling however they are still engaging in work that they should not be doing. ,/

  • Berdugo Katapang

    online gambling is simply not in the function of pagcor and can be used to further expand their greed and their corrupt practices. we should make sure that pagcor does not abuse its authority and supervision. we should always be critical to pagcors greed and in making sure that they support our president in his anti corrupt acts//

  • SUPERBI

    pagcor officials should be investigate. their lifestyle should be checked and if found that they are involved in corruption they should be replaced immediately. our president does not approve of corruption and they should follow the example of the president.
    ./

  • Liwanag Para sa Bayan

    pagcor has the necessary authority and responsibility to provide government with the funds needed to support several projects. unfortunately the greed of some pagcor officials have resulted in corruption and the government not fully getting the benefits of the earnings of pagcor,