By Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to “junk” the opposition of losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on the use of decrypted ballot images for the revision and recount in his election protest.
In their comment and opposition to Marcos’ motion for partial reconsideration filed November 16, Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal said that Marcos’ opposition to the PET’s resolution dated Sept. 18, 2018 “should be junked for utter lack of merit as it was a mere reiteration of his previous arguments.”
“Without any evidence to the contrary, the ballots are the best evidence to show the intent of the voters,” said Macalintal. He added that that Marcos has “failed to present any evidence to substantiate his allegations of massive electoral anomalies, fraud and irregularities.”
Macalintal added that Marcos was “veering away from his previous statement that the ballots are the best evidence in his election protest by alleging that the transmitted results are not authentic, and do not faithfully reflect the real and bona fide voice of the Filipino voters.”
Furthermore, Robredo’s camp claimed that Marcos “merely reiterated his previous arguments on the presence of squares in the ballot images without presenting any evidence to substantiate his claims.” Despite Marcos’ efforts to undermine the results of the 2016 vice presidential elections by citing some missing ballot sequence numbers in Pili, Camarines Sur, Macalintal said that the “losing candidate cannot deny the fact that the votes as transmitted are the same as the results reflected in the Election Returns.”
Macalintal also noted that the ballot images “confirm the results as transmitted and reflected in the Election Returns while the audit logs will also confirm that only Six Hundred Twelve (612) ballots were read and counted by the VCM.” He added that the ballot images also “confirm the votes received by the parties are the same as the transmitted results and the Election Returns.”
“Thus, regardless of his perceived anomalies, all elections documents – official ballots, decrypted ballot images and election returns – confirm the victory of protestee Robredo and the defeat of protestant Marcos,” Macalintal ended.