Electoral tribunal sides with Robredo in 25% shading threshold for vote recount - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Electoral tribunal sides with Robredo in 25% shading threshold for vote recount

Composite photo of Vice President Leni Robredo (from Google) and former Senator Bongbong Marcos (via UNTV) 

Manila, Philippines – The Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has reportedly sided with Vice President Leni Robredo's plea to use the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ballot shading threshold of 25% in the recount of 2016 poll votes, according to a report from CNN Philippines.

The Supreme Court standing as the tribunal allegedly said that it will set aside the use of a 50 percent threshold in lieu of the 25 percent threshold, which was used in the previous polls according to Comelec.

"From the foregoing, for purposes of the 2016 elections, the fifty percent (50%) shading threshold was no longer applied. It is likewise clear however that a new threshold had been applied," it said in its resolution on September 18.

The tribunal cited that the purpose of the revision is to recount the votes by doing the same thing as how the voting machines read the results.

Former senator Bongbong Marcos, who protests the 2016 Vice Presidential election results, pushed for a 50 percent shading threshold after the claim that Comelec did not declare the change in shading thresholds rules.

Earlier, Marcos also alleged Comelec of conspiring in a grand plan to cheat him of the vice presidential polls.

“We are not at all surprised with the COMELEC position. The conspiracy is so clear and the co-conspirator is not expected to admit it,” said Marcos lawyer Atty. Victory Rodriguez in a statement sometime in July 2018.

After hearing about the said PET resolution, Vice President Leni Robredo said it felt like they can breathe again.

"Parang natatawa kami sa sarili namin earlier, kasi parang two years dumaan, parang lahat na lang bad news for us," Robredo said in a news briefing on Wednesday.*

"Ultimately kami 'yung nakikita na nagsasabi ng totoo [we are the ones seen telling the truth]," she said.

Robredo’s legal counsel Atty. Macalintal, reiterated that no election protest has been one based on manual recount of the ballots. He added that results of the manual recount must tally with the results from the voting machines.

"We are now confident that the physical count will now tally with the election returns," he said.

Meanwhile, lawyer Glenn Chong, an independent consultant and an advocate of clean election immediately countered the circulating news on PET siding with Robredo’s plea to use the 25% shading threshold.

“Walang categorical ruling ang PET na 25% na ang threshold. Walang legal basis upang baguhin ang PET rules na 50% ang threshold ayon sa PET mismo. Fake news ang ipinakalat nila Robredo.” Chong said in a Facebook post earlier of Wednesday.

Atty. Chong has been consistently fighting against Comelec and Smartmatic exposing the alleged irregularities that hounded the 2016 National Elections.

The lawyer also said that he would provide further and detailed explanation about his recent statement.

Screen-capped image of Atty. Glenn Chong's Facebook post