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Marcos asks SC to stop Robredo
from taking oath as Vice President

June 29 2016 4:54 PM

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 (UPDATED 7:21 p.m. PH time) In what may be a last ditch effort to save his vice presidential bid, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos asked the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to stop the inauguration of Vice President-elect Leonor “Leni” Robredo on Thursday, June 30, by nullifying her proclamation and declaring him the duly elected vice president.

In an electoral protest he filed before the high tribunal on Wednesday, June 29, Marcos claimed widespread fraud in the May 9 national elections, resulting in his defeat after leading in pre-election surveys and in the early part of the counting of votes.

“The votes presumptively obtained by protestee Robredo during the last elections are products of electoral frauds, anomalies and irregularities. Meanwhile, the votes obtained by protestant Marcos were significantly reduced, manipulated and altered to make it appear that he only placed second during the last elections,” Marcos said in his petition.

“We have documentary and testimonial evidence to back our claims. I’m confident my electoral protest will be resolved quickly,” said Marcos in a media briefing after filing his protest at the Supreme Court on Padre Faura Street, Manila.

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The subject of his electoral protest was the reopening of ballot boxes in each of the 36,465 clustered precincts in the following areas:

* Cebu
* Province of Leyte
* Negros Occidental
* Negros Oriental
* Masbate
* Zamboanga Del Sur
* Zamboanga Del Norte
* Bukidnon
* Iloilo Province
* Bohol
* Quezon Province
* Batangas
* Western Samar
* Misamis Oriental
* Camarines Sur
* 2nd District of Northern Samar
* Palawan
* Sibugay
* Misamis Occidental
* Pangasinan
* Isabela
* Iloilo City
* Bacolod City
* Cebu City
* Lapu-Lapu City
* Zamboanga City

He also asked the PET to nullify election results in Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao where the ballots were allegedly pre-shaded.

In an interview, Marcos said that his petition has three parts:

* the “flawed” Automated Election System [AES];
* the more “traditional” modes of cheating like vote buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections, among others;
* and the unauthorized introduction by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of a new hash code (or a new script / program) into the Transparency Server, as well as the effects brought about by the unauthorized change.

“My petition basically has three parts – the first is showing that the system had vulnerabilities that were not remedied by Smartmatic and as a result some groups exploited these flaws to reduce my votes and increase the votes of Robredo so that she could win the Vice Presidency.

“The second are the specific evidence of vote buying, intimidation, failure of elections, pre-shading, wholesale ballot feeding and the other abuses were have seen in the news.

“The third focuses on the unauthorized introduction by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of a new hash code (or a new script / program) into the Transparency Server and the effects brought about by the so-called cosmetic change,” he said.

In the same petition, Marcos listed the following violations committed by both the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic:

a. RA No. 9369 requires, among others, that the AES to be used by Comelec should “have demonstrated capability and been successfully used in a prior electoral exercise here or abroad.” However, the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) supplied by Smartmatic as a component of the AES was an entirely new model. It was never before used or supplied by Smartmatic for any election, whether in the Philippines or abroad;

b. Thirteen (13) days before Election Day, Comelec issued a resolution ordering the BOCs not to transmit the CoC until all SD cards from the VCMs would have been uploaded or imported into their Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS);

c. Six days before elections, the Comelec set up seven regional hubs for the re-configuration of SD cards without prior notice to the political parties and candidates, or any announcement thereof to the public. All this time, the national and local candidates thought that the SD Cards were being configured solely at the Configuration Room in the Sta. Rosa facility of Smartmatic / Comelec.

d. Instead of being replaced by standby CCS, 30 affected CCSs were pulled out of the BOCs’ custody, and were supposedly delivered to the Sta. Rosa facility for reconfiguration, upon the order of Comelec, through Executive Director Jose M. Tolentino.

e. Unauthorized introduction of a new program into the Transparency Server and the apparent use of fourth server (called the Queue Server) that was not subject to review by political parties and candidates required by RA No. 9369.

Marcos said that soon after the unauthorized new program was introduced at 8:30 p.m. on May 9, there was an abnormally high turnout of unaccounted undervotes of around 3 million for the position of vice-president.

The accuracy of the election results and the reported irregularities should be thoroughly investigated and determined, according to Marcos, through the immediate conduct of Judicial Revision/Recount of the ballots and the examination, system audit and verification of the voter’s receipts, election returns and related election documents.

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“I am confident in the objectivity of our SC justices. I am confident in the objectivity of the justices and members of the PET. Hindi na ito tungkol sa akin. Tungkol na ito sa milyun-milyong boto na winala at ang mga milyun-milyong botanteng ang boses ay di narinig,” said Marcos.

(I am confident in the objectivity of our SC justices. I am confident in the objectivity of the justices and members of the PET. This is not just about me. This is now about the millions of votes that have been lost and millions of voters whose voices have not been heard.)

Robredo, through lawyer Romulo Macalintal, has repeatedly dared Marcos to show evidence of poll fraud and to file a formal complaint with Comelec in the weeks after the May 9 national polls.

As of posting time, Robredo has yet to comment on Marcos’ petition.

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