Vice President Leni Robredo led her staff in renovating the classrooms of Wawa Elementary School in Navotas City for the annual Brigada Eskwela program of the Department of Education (DepEd) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
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Robredo: Marcos lying about Comelec rule on shading threshold
Audrey Morallo ( - May 29, 2018 - 3:10pm

MANILA, Philippines — Former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is lying when he said that the Commission on Elections did not adopt the 25-percent threshold in the automated counting of ballots during the 2016 elections, Vice President Leni Robredo said.

Robredo said that Comelec records show that the threshold used for 2016 was 25 percent while the 50-percent threshold was used in the 2010 polls.

"He is lying... because records will show. In fact, the Comelec resolution on this was attached to our pleading,” she said when asked to react to Marcos’ comment that the 25-percent threshold was not backed by any resolution.

On Monday, Marcos, the son and namesake of the late dictator, filed an opposition before the Supreme Court, which sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to Robredo's pleading asking the body to reconsider its decision to adopt the 50-percent threshold.

Marcos stressed that there was “no categorical declaration in the Comelec Resolution No. 16-0600 that the 25 percent shading threshold was adopted by the Comelec En Banc in determining the valid votes during the judicial recount and revision of ballots in an election protest.”

Romulo Macalintal, the vice president’s lead election lawyer, said that the counting of ballots shaded at least 25 percent was already confirmed by the body in its en banc resolution dated Sept. 6, 2016 which adopted the recommendation of Commissioner Luie Guia.

Marcos supporters on social media have pointed out that the resolution was issued months after the May 2016 polls.

Macalintal warned that adopting the 50-percent threshold would result in the disenfranchisement of both Robredo’s and Marcos’ supporters, a view also shared by the vice president.

“The two of us should be the ones complaining because we will both be affected. Some of the votes of our supporters will not be considered because of technicality. It’s surprising that he did not want to know the real sentiments of the people,” Robredo said in Filipino.

She stressed that what was important was to know the choice of the Filipino voters, who should not be disenfranchised because of Marcos’ desire to return to power.

“You cannot twist legalities, you cannot twist facts just to get what you want,” Robredo said.

Marcos is alleging that vote-counting machines used during the 2016 elections were rigged to favor Robredo, who was the official candidate of the then ruling Liberal Party.

The vice president, who is the current chairperson of the party, has denied all allegations of irregularity.

Marcos needs to substantially recover votes in the three pilot provinces he chose for the manual recount for the PET to proceed to the rest of the areas where he alleged cheating happened. Without this substantial recovery, his protest will be junked.

When asked if she is confident of her victory, Robredo said, “Very confident, very confident because there was no cheating that happened.”

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: September 28, 2018 - 8:03am

Romulo Macalintal, the lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo, challenges defeated candidate Bongbong Marcos to sign a memorandum to prove his claims of electoral fraud against Robredo.

September 28, 2018 - 8:03am

Sen. Francis Pangilinan welcomes the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's ruling on the ballot shading threshold in former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos' electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo, saying it will help disprove speculations and "fake news" of cheating.

"Now that the threshold issue has been resolved, I am confident that this baseless protest will be resolved quickly and will affirm the mandate that the people have given VP Leni," he says.

Pangilinan is president of the Liberal Party and Robredo is chairperson.

The tribunal initially imposed a threshold of 50-percent for shaded ovals to be considered valid, but Robredo contested this and said that the Commission on Elections used 25-percent shading as its threshold in determining vote validity in the 2016 national elections.

The PET, on September 18, partially granted Robredo's appeal to use the 25-percent threshold that was also used by the poll body.

The tribunal held:

“After assiduously going through the parties’ comments and arguments, the Court herein resolves to partially grant the Subject Motion (Robredo’s plea) insofar as setting aside the use of fifty percent (50%) threshold in the revision proceedings is concerned.”

It also said: “A range of twenty-percent to twenty-five percent shading threshold was adopted for the 2016 elections.”

FULL TEXT: PET ruling on threshold issue in VP poll recount

September 3, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has junked former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.’s plea for Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa to inhibit from his electoral protest due to "utter lack of merit."

The court says Marcos' supposed proof of bias "may be good reading as a conspiracy theory and may even fodder for discourse in social media, but his theories, when used for ground for an inhibition of a Member of this Tribunal must transcend fiction."

August 20, 2018 - 1:31pm

The Supreme Court, through its Public Information Office, says that "no change in management of PET Case No. 0005 as the request was denied unanimously."

READ: Statement on news items referring to an internal and privileged document circulated in PET Case No. 0005.

— Supreme Court PIO (@SCPh_PIO) August 20, 2018

The Supreme Court PIO also reminds members of the media not to report on internal and privileged information on matters pending before the court.

"In the past, the court has dealt severely with individuals and court personnel who have leaked privileged and confdential matters as well as pending matters," it says.

August 6, 2018 - 10:58am

Former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. seeks the inhibition of Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa from his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The STAR reports that Marcos wants Caguioa, the ponente of the case, to recuse himself from the protest.

Marcos, in January, accused the SC justice of having an "obvious bias" against him.

July 26, 2018 - 12:43pm

The Commission on Elections, in its comment to the President Electoral Tribunal, backs Vice President Leni Robredo’s argument that a threshold of 25 percent was used during the determination of vote validity in the 2016 national and local elections.

The threshold determines how much percent the ballot ovals must be shaded for the vote to be valid.

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