first_img Marcos cited alleged pre-shading of ballots, massive vote buying, script change in the transparency server that supposedly altered the results, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote counting machines, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of vice president. Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, whose family is accused of plundering billions from public coffers, claimed “massive cheating” led to his 2016 defeat against Vice President Leni Robredo by some 260,000 votes. ABS-CBN NEWS In an en banc session on Tuesday, theHigh Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET)  ruled to release to the parties the report on the revisionand appreciation of ballots in the 3 pilot provinces and for them to commentthereon. In his election protest, the former senator questioned the election results in 39, 221 clustered precincts in some 25 provinces and five cities all over the country involving around 9 million votes. In Caguioa’s draft ruling, he reportedly recommended for the outright dismissal of Marcos’ poll protest against Robredo for lack of merit. The pilot provinces of Camarines Sur,Negros Occidental and Iloilo were chosen by Marcos as the provinces he believeshad the most number of cheatings committed. MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) hasordered the release of the committee report on the result of revision ofballots from three pilot provinces chosen by former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong”Marcos in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.center_img The PET also asked the two parties to “submitmemoranda on the various issues relating to the jurisdiction and other matterson the third cause of action of the case, which is the annulment of electionresults for Vice President in the provinces of Lanao Del Sur, Basilan andMaguindanao. Last month, Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa submitted a report to the tribunal regarding the recount or revision of ballots from Marcos’ chosen pilot provinces. Marcos only lost the vice presidential race to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the final and official tally by Commission on Elections. Marcos garnered 14,155,344 votes while Robredo got a total of 14,418,817. The parties are required to submit theircomments to the tribunal within a period of 20 days from receipt of the notice. Robredo’s camp has earlier urged the tribunal to junk the electoral protest, claiming that the vice president’s lead even grew by 15,000 votes when the initial recount ended but the SC dismissed the petition as “speculative.”/PNlast_img

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