Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has urged the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to dismiss Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo’s appeal to use a 25% voting threshold in their ongoing election recount.
In a 13-page comment submitted on Monday, Mr. Marcos asked the SC to uphold their April 10 resolution that junked Ms. Robredo’s appeal to recognize as valid ballots shaded within a 25% threshold.
Countering the vice president’s reference of Comelec Resolution No. 16-0600 in her motion for reconsideration, Mr. Marcos said, “there is no categorical declaration in Comelec Resolution No. 16-0600 that the 25% shading threshold was adopted by the Comelec En Banc in determining the balid votes during the judicial recound and revision of ballots in an election protest.”
He added: “[T]he Random Manual Audit Guideline, which supposedly pegged the shading threshold at 25% percent (sic) of the oval, cannot be applied and/or implemented for vote-appreciation purposes during the judicial recount and revision of ballots in an election protest as it is intended exclusively for use by the RMAT (Random Manual Audit Teams) in the random manual audit activities.” — Dane Angelo M. Enerio