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Marcos asks PET to dismiss Robredo’s voting threshold appeal

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Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr, former senator and son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, gestures during a press conference in Manila on October 5, 2017. — AFP

FORMER SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has asked the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to dismiss Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo’s appeal to use a 25% shading threshold in the ongoing election recount. The PET, in an April 10 resolution, ruled that they would only count as valid those ballots that were shaded 50% or more. Ms. Robredo has appealed the decision. Mr. Marcos asked the PET to uphold its resolution in a 13-page comment he personally submitted on Monday, in compliance with an order issued by the PET on April 24. He argued that there was no declaration by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that the 25% threshold was to be adopted during judicial recounts and revision of ballots in election protests. Ms. Robredo’s lawyer, Romulo B. Macalintal, denounced Mr. Marcos’ statements in a press release. “It is not true that the Comelec set 50% threshold for the 2016 national and local elections,” he said. — Dane Angelo M. Enerio









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