The camp of Rep. Leni Robredo said that the recent proclamation of 12 senators and party-list groups negated allegations of system errors or poll irregularities that allegedly affected the votes credited to all candidates, including Robredo and Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Robredo and Marcos are in a tight race for the vice presidency.
“The election system, which recorded and transmitted the votes for senator and party lists, was the same system that recorded and transmitted the votes for VP,” Robredo’s chief legal counsel Romulo Macalintal said in a radio interview.
Macalintal added that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials who canvassed and transmitted the votes from the provincial level to the Comelec were the same officials who transmitted the certificates of canvass (COC) of canvassed votes for President and Vice President to Congress for the presidential canvass.
“For sure, these said documents cannot be valid only for purposes of senators, party lists, and president and invalid for VP bets,” he said, adding, “What is sauce for the gander is likewise sauce for the goose.”
“There were no recorded objections by any of the watchers or lawyers of any candidate when said Comelec officials prepared and transmitted said electronic documents to all concerned election agencies,” Macalintal pointed out.
“Hence, any accusation of cheating, errors or irregularities in transmitting or canvassing said votes are baseless and no factual or legal basis,” he said. “In a word, the vote lead of Ms. Robredo as recorded in the COCs to be canvassed by Congress clearly shows her election as VP.”
The Comelec proclaimed Senate President Franklin Drilon and Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd on Thursday, as well as comebacking Senators Panfilo Lacson, Francisco Pangilinan, Ralph Recto and Juan Miguel Zubiri on Thursday.
Also proclaimed senators were Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, former Akbayan party-list Rep. Risa Hontiveros, former Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Director General Joel Villanueva, and Philippine Red Cross chief Richard Gordon.