The camp of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Friday said they will continue to fight and file within 15 days a protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to contest the official outcome of the canvassing of votes showing Rep. Leni Robredo as winner of the vice presidential race.
The PET has jurisdiction over disputes involving the presidential and vice presidential election results.
The National Board of Canvassers late on Friday released the official results of the vote counts for President and Vice President, giving Robredo an edge of 263,473 votes over her closest rival, Marcos.
Marcos’ political adviser Jonathan dela Cruz said among their demands is an audit of the Smartmatic system, a request that had been denied by the Commission on Elections.
Marcos’ camp will also pinpoint areas where massive cheating was committed, he added.
A third complaint will present witnesses, including defeated Liberal Party candidates, who the group claims, are also victims of similar fraud.
Meanwhile, political analyst and professor Antonio Contreras from the De la Salle University, said in a Facebook post : “There is no glory in winning a highly questionable election. The ghosts of fraud will haunt you. And you will go down the annals of history as a product of that fraud. And worse is when you eventually lose in a protest. You will end up as a blighted footnote.”
Using as basis the statistical graph on the margin of votes between Marcos and Robredo formulated by a statistics expert from Ateneo de Manila earlier this month, Contreras noted that the movement of the votes on the graph appeared to have been manipulated.
“I will continue to support the process of exorcising the electoral process of the fraud that I, together with millions of Filipinos, believe happened,” he added.