• Marcos seeks more hearing officers to hasten poll protest

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    FORMER senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court, sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to designate three hearing officers to help expedite the resolution of his poll protest against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

    In a motion, Marcos said the assignment of hearing officers prior to a preliminary conference next month was consistent with the “summary nature and preferential status of election protest cases.”

    “In a long line of decided cases, this Honorable Tribunal has consistently ruled that an election case, unlike an ordinary action, is imbued with public interest since it involves not only the adjudication of the private interests of rival candidates but also the paramount need of dispelling the uncertainty which beclouds the real choice of the electorate with respect to who shall discharge the prerogatives of the office within their gift,” the Marcos camp said.

    Marcos told the PET that the election protest must be concluded soon “not only for the benefit of the winner but for the sake of public interest, which can only be achieved by brushing aside technicalities of procedure which protract and delay the trial of an ordinary action.”

    The high tribunal had set a preliminary conference for the election recount on June 21. In the preliminary conference, the Marcos and Robredo camps are expected to discuss the issues to be resolved, the list of witnesses and the evidence to be presented, as well as the schedule of hearings and the revision of ballots.

    Marcos, who lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes, accuses the camp of the former Camarines Sur representative of benefiting from “massive electoral fraud, anomalies and irregularities” such as pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes for the position of vice president in the 2016 polls.

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      Marcos, who lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes, accuses the camp of the former Camarines Sur representative of benefiting from “massive electoral fraud, anomalies and irregularities” such as pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes for the position of vice president in the 2016 polls.

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      Allegations of Marcos will be voted against by the PET and just by looking at it, most of it are technical faults and beyond anybody’s control. On the pre-loaded secure digital cards, any new digital card must be initialized and introduced to the system in order to function for its intended purpose. A forensic expert can recover any previously written data on the digital cards, even if they were deleted. if there are any. Marcos’ camp are referring to the secured digital cards mounted on vote counting machines that were in storage, intended as back-ups, and never used during the election. Malfunctioning counting machines are beyond anybody’s control and therefore, this should automatically taken out of equation because no candidate would never want anything like this to happen. If they added another complaint such as very slow transmission of votes, this can be addressed by interned provider, as well.

      On the issue of misreading ballots and “abnormally high” unaccounted votes for vice president, this can be traced back to the Optical Card Readers. Here is how it happened: On the circles next to the candidates name, it must be shaded properly before the Optical Card Reader can read them as votes. Because this might not have been known by every voters, at least 70% of the circle must be shaded in order for the OCR to read it as a legitimate vote. During the manual counting of votes, there will be some shaded circles next to the candidate’s name but it did not register as a vote and can be seen visibly by naked eyes. The answer to this is—the conditions set by the Optical Readers were not met. What was the condition? 70% or better. Lastly, if two circles or more were shaded, the OCR will trash the vote count and it will register as null.

      The only legitimate complaint that the PET can comply is to count the votes manually. Other complaints such as vote buying, intimidations, and whatever the Marcos’ camp want to add will have no value and if Robredo’s camp can raise reasonable doubts, all of it will be voted against or trashed.

      emdelacruz.2016@yahoo.com

    2. Bongbong Marcos should ask the whole nation if they want the return of Marcos dictatorship regime again, in the past we already have enough of the Marcoses. This country does not need dictators.

      • The millions of votes of the Filipino people for BBM during the last election, already answered your question .
        What more do you want ?