SC OKs release of Marcos poll protest initial recount result

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 read more

Flanagan: Gerrard deserves title

first_img Press Association After Sunday’s significant 3-2 win over Manchester City the clearly emotional Reds captain was at the centre of a team huddle dishing out words of advice to his team-mates. Gerrard, who is more desperate than most to claim a championship winners’ medal as it is the only honour missing from his trophy cabinet, effectively told the players they had to forget the result and turn their focus to struggling Norwich at Carrow Road next weekend. Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan believes no one deserves a league title more than captain Steven Gerrard. The England skipper is more than just a leader, he is an institution at the club and his determination to see through the job of ending a 24-year wait for a title in their final four games has been imprinted on his team-mates. “It is phenomenal. He has carried this club for years and he deserves this,” said young defender Flanagan. “I think all the lads are doing it for themselves but for also for Stevie as well.” Liverpool produced their trademark fast start at home and were 2-0 inside 26 minutes courtesy of Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel and, although they were pegged back after the break through David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal, Philippe Coutinho struck the winner. While no one at Anfield is getting ahead of themselves, Flanagan believes the performance and result against City, now seven points behind them at the sharp end of the table, has proved they have the nerve to successfully negotiate the final month of the season. “They are a great side and we have sent a message out – it was a great performance and a great three points,” he added. “There are always nerves going into such a big game in the title race but as soon as the game is on you focus on that. “We knew they were going to come out strongly (in the second half) and there was a bit of sloppy defending for their two goals but we still showed our spirit and finally got the third goal. “We can believe now. All the fans are believing we can do it now and we said in the huddle we’ll go again next week as we’ve done nothing yet and that result has gone now. “We have to stay focused and go again at Norwich away, we have to keep going right until the end.” The two downsides to the victory were the very late red card shown to midfielder Jordan Henderson for his studs-up tackle on Pablo Zabaleta, which will rule him out for three matches, and the hamstring problem sustained by Daniel Sturridge, who left the ground limping heavily. “Sturridge felt tightness in his hamstring so we will see how that is in the next couple of days,” said manager Brendan Rodgers. “The only sour point to the game is Henderson’s red card. “He has just had a touch late on in the game, probably through tiredness, but he actually touches the ball as he stretches for it. “I felt that was a bit harsh and it is unfortunate as he has been brilliant for us.” Rodgers displayed his tactical flexibility again as, with the game being taken away from his side at 2-2, he made a switch which paid off. “Second half you expect City to come back and the first goal gave them momentum and we were unfortunate to concede the second,” he said. “I felt they started to get more energy so we changed from the diamond to 4-3-3 to open up the game a bit when we had the ball but also to protect the sides when we were defending and that allowed us to get some control back.” Neither Luis Suarez nor Sturridge came anywhere close to their best but the efforts of others meant they were not missed. “We don’t demand goals from the strikers, we just demand they give their best and some days they have off days but they are working for the cause, which is most important,” added the Reds boss. “Raheem Sterling’s goal was brilliant, showing great strength and then making the yard (of space) against top players and score with that composure is what we want.” last_img read more