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: October 15, 2019 - 1:33pm

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.

October 15, 2019 - 1:33pm

The Supreme Court en banc will require parties in the poll protest to comment on the "preliminary appreciation report" on the revision/recount in three pilot provinces and on Marcos' motion to nullify election results in three provinces in the Bangamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a source says.

October 15, 2019 - 9:58am

Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo have been holding a vigil outside the Supreme Court since yesterday with the appeal to the magistrates to dismiss defeated candidate Bongbong Marcos’ election protest.

Meanwhile, a short distance away are Marcos supporters who are also camped along Padre Faura St. outside the SC.





October 8, 2019 - 1:24pm

Spokesperson Brian Hosaka confirms that the Supreme Court has no vote yet on former Sen. Bongbong Marcos' poll protest against Leni Robredo. 

“The PET did not take any action on the Vice Presidential Election Protest Case during the tribunal’s session today, the said case remains pending and is still being deliberated by the members of the tribunal,” he says. 

October 8, 2019 - 12:46pm

A source says the Supreme Court has deferred the ruling on former Sen. Bongbong Marcos' poll protest against Vice President Leni Robredo. Voting was reset to October 15. 

October 6, 2019 - 11:49am

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo clarifies that she will remain as vice president whatever the decision of the PET will be as the order will only rule on whether or not the poll protest of defeated candidate Bongbong Marcos will continue.

"This is so because the only issue that will be the subject of said decision, which was reported to be issued on October 8, will only resolve whether or not the election protest of Marcos will continue after the PET has recounted the ballots from the three pilot provinces (Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental) that he chose," Romulo Macalintal, lead counsel of Robredo, says in a statement.

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