The existence of an additional server won’t nullify the victory of Vice President Ma. Leonor “Leni” Robredo in the May 2016 elections, her camp said on Tuesday.
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s counsel, noted that servers have nothing to do with results of the elections for any position because servers have no means of changing the results, either to add to or deduct from the votes of any candidate.
Macalintal was responding to claims of the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. that there is a breakthrough in Marcos’ protest because of the fourth server, whose existence was not disclosed to the public prior to the conduct of the May polls.
“Former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos and his supporters are dreaming if they believe Marcos would win in his election protest against Vice President Robredo on the basis of alleged ‘secret servers’ used by the Smartmatic and the Comelec in the May 9, 2016 elections. All he has to do is present even just one of the 94,000 election returns generated by the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) that does not tally with the 30 other authentic copies of the election returns,” Macalintal said in a statement, referring to the Commission on Elections.
Under Section 22 of Republic Act 9369 or the Automated Election Law, 30 copies of Election Returns (ERs) are printed per precinct by the VCMs and distributed to all political parties, candidates and accredited citizens arms and additional 30 copies of same ERs could be requested by any candidate.
“If Marcos could show even just one genuine ER of one precinct in his possession that does not match with the genuine ER of same precinct issued to other parties, then that would be the time for him to claim a ‘major breakthrough’ in his case,” Macalintal pointed out.
“There were 50 million ballots cast into the VCMs in the last elections. If Marcos could show just one ballot from just one precinct where the VCM credited his vote in favor of Robredo, then that would be a ‘good day’ for him,” he said.
Robredo of the Liberal Party beat Marcos in the nail-biting vice presidential race by 263,473 votes.
Macalintal then cited that to this day, Marcos’ camp failed to show a single ER or ballot to prove any discrepancy in any ER generated by the VCMS or any ballot inaccurately read by the machines.
“If Marcos insists on proving said alleged election anomalies through these ‘secret servers,’ then the Presidential Electoral Tribunal should suspend proceedings because Marcos also claimed that he was ‘cheated’ due to vote-buying, terrorism and pre-shading of ballots. These are inconsistent grounds because the alleged frauds through ‘secret servers’ would appear to be machine-generated while the others are supposed to be man-made irregularities,” he said.
“Indeed, Marcos should wake up to reality. Said ‘secret servers’ have nothing to do with the results of the elections. Marcos did not and could not even say that Robredo benefited from that,” Macalintal added.