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Marcos protest rolls as tribunal orders retrieval of ballots

The election protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos finally kicked off with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) obeying the order of the Supreme Court (SC) to decrypt and print the images of ballots cast in three pilot provinces. This was despite the strong resistance of the camp of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, [...] The post Marcos protest rolls as tribunal orders retrieval of ballots appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes manilatimesOct 25th, 2017

PET receives more ballots in Marcos protest

THE Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) has received ballot boxes from three areas in Iloilo Province early Thursday (May 24), the fourth day of its retrieval efforts in connection with the election protest filed by losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo. Around 8:30 a.m., ballot boxes from 86 clustered precincts from Passi […] The post PET receives more ballots in Marcos protest appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

VP poll protest: Retrieval of Iloilo ballots starts today

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), will start today the retrieval of ballots from Iloilo, one of the areas covered by the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Robredo scores big win in Presidential Electoral Tribunal

  The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has unanimously set aside the 50-percent shading threshold that defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. sought to apply in the recount of ballots in his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.   "The court herein resolves to partially grant the subject motion insofar as setting aside the use of 50-percent threshold in the revision proceedings," the tribunal said in the resolution dated Sept. 18.   The threshold refers to the minimum amount of shading adopted by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the voting machines to recognize an...Keep on reading: Robredo scores big win in Presidential Electoral Tribunal.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Marcos vs Robredo: Shading thresholds set aside in sorting out ballots

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court, as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), recently ruled to do away with the contentious shading thresholds as basis for segregating ballots in the protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo.  In a step that could fast-track ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

PET begins Iloilo ballot recount for VP protest

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has started recounting ballots from Iloilo for the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo. On Friday, June 8, the lawyers of both camps told Rappler the ballot ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Strife remains despite joint plea on recount

By Charlie V. Manalo and Pat C. Santos A day after a joint manifestation was signed by the camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, it has become evident that Vice President Maria Leonor Robredo is not willing to withdraw her pending motions before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Marcos’ spokesman lawyer Vic Rodriguez said.Marcos personally signed the document “withdrawing all and any pending motions relative to his election protest” but it was Robredo’s counsel, election lawyer Romulo Macalintal who signed for the Vice President.Rodriguez stressed Robredo has no intention of withdrawing her pending motions because she did not sign the joint motion that her lawyer presented to media. Macalintal, however, said the Vice President is heeding the challenge “in withdrawing all motions before PET to pave the way for a ballot recount.” “We accept the challenge of Mr. Marcos and his lawyer to sign a joint motion to withdraw any and all pending motions and incidents at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal which may cause the delay of the recount of ballots from the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental,” Romulo Macalintal, Robredo lead counsel said in a statement.Rodriguez in his joint motion, however, said only the name of Robredo’s counsel, lawyer Romulo Macalintal, appeared on the document.“A joint manifestation is a major pleading and it cannot be done through counsel alone. It should also be signed by the client because it needs his or her conformity. Since Mrs. Robredo did not sign the pleading together with her lawyer, it is obvious that she has no intention to withdraw her motions,” Rodriguez said.According to Rodriguez, the absence of Robredo’s signature puts into question her sincerity to hasten the pace of the electoral ‘Robredo can disown motion’ It likewise casts doubt on the authority of Macalintal who signed the motion. Robredo could later on even disown the motion because it was made without her conformity.“Without Mrs. Robredo’s signature, the motion is a mere scrap of paper and may be later disowned by her as having been signed without her authority. It seems that she merely wants to think fraudulently,” Rodriguez said.Rodriguez also questioned the joint motion prepared by Macalintal saying the same only covered pending motions and not future motions that may delay the proceedings. He said Marcos’ joint manifestation was more sincere because it covered both present and future motions in the election proceedings.“Atty. Macalintal is saying they are withdrawing but if you will read their joint motion, it only pertains to pending motions and not to future motions. In our case, it is all encompassing, from pending to future motions. Why are they backing out?” Rodriguez remarked.Rodriguez also took exception to the assertion made by Macalintal in his joint motion that Marcos has a pending “Partial Motion for Reconsideration” dated December 4, 2017 asking the PET to reconsider its earlier ruling allowing them to secure soft copies of the ballot images.Rodriguez pointed out that the said Partial Motion for Reconsideration had already been resolved by the Tribunal in its Resolution dated January 10, 2018.“It seems Atty. Macalintal has not studied the case of his client because that was resolved a long time ago. And he should know there are pending motions before the PET,” Rodriguez stated.Rodriguez also emphasized that if Macalintal was indeed serious about withdrawing all motions, he should have done it through the official route and not meet in a fast food restaurant for the signing.“Signing a major pleading in a pizza restaurant shows an utter lack of respect for the judicial process. There is a proper way to do things and this involves going to the law office of your opposing counsel and handing over the proper documents to them,” Rodriguez said.This is the reason, he pointed out, the Marcos camp went to the law office of Macalintal and his co-counsel Ma. Bernadette Sardillo located at Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City. According to Rodriguez, they went there first thing in the morning yesterday to give them the complete set of copies of the joint manifestation signed by Marcos and his counsel, George Garcia, together with the corresponding cover letter.“The challenge to meet at a fast food restaurant is unbecoming of an officer of the Court. It is unlawyerly and at most more of a publicity stunt. We hope the other camp has the decency to act accordingly,” Rodriguez said.“It appears that Atty. Macalintal wants to pull fast one on the public with his publicity stunt. As far as we are concerned, the joint motion he signed has no binding effect because it was not signed by his client. For all Macalintal’s protestations, our joint manifestation is ready for him and Mrs. Robredo to sign,” said Rodriguez. “We are still waiting.” Rodriguez said. Macalintal issues own challenge“I am inviting Mr. Marcos and his lawyer today at 9 a.m. to sign a joint motion. This is to confirm that we are not causing the delay in the recount of ballots,” Macalintal added.“It is Mr. Marcos’ raising of baseless allegations and irrelevant issues that is causing the delay in the recount,” he noted.“To remove all of these accusations flying back and forth I reiterate my challenge withdraw all your motions that could serve to delay the recount, I will withdraw all my motions that has been pending so that there will be no outstanding issues, no instances that needs to be studied by the Tribunal so that we can proceed to the opening and counting of the ballots,” Marcos said in a press conference last January 29 in Manila.“That has been my contention since May 10 of 2016 until now. It has been the same, I have been consistent, I reissue the challenge to Mrs. Robredo, withdraw all your motions, I will withdraw all of mine and let us proceed with the recount,” Marcos added.Marcos issued the challenged to stop the “delaying” issues being thrown by both camps to each other.At the same time, the vice presidential candidate in the May 2016 polls bared “solid and incontrovertible” evidence of massive fraud that transpired during the national and local elections held nearly two years ago.Marcos questioned the presence of square shapes in the ballot images instead of the oval shapes which voters shaded for their choice of candidates.“When we voted, we had the oval shapes. How come in the ballot images, the ovals are gone and instead we have the squares. What does this mean?” he said.He added, “(w)e could see based on the election results summary that the squares indicated the candidates that were voted upon. But this is a new feature that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic added in the system and I had been told they did not inform the candidates of the presence of this feature in the images.”But Robredo slammed Marcos’ claims that there were “massive frauds” that transpired in the May 2016 elections.“His remarks are laughing matters as far as I am concerned. If laughter is the best medicine, then we can consider it the best medicine for us for the day,” Macalintal said in a press conference.“The excited and hysterical claim of (Marcos) and his spokesperson Atty. Vic Rodriguez that they allegedly uncovered solid and inconvertible evidence of massive fraud that transpired in the 2016 elections’ based on their own copies of alleged ballot images used in the said election, is highly ridiculous if not outright frivolous,” the lawyer added.Macalintal said Marcos’ claims of discrepancies in the hundreds of decrypted ballot images from Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental only showed that the latter’s protest “is facing its dismissal.”“He has no evidence at all. That is why he is now using evidence outside the election protest that he filed sa Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET),” he said.Marcos filed the protest on June 29, 2016, claiming that the camp of Robredo cheated in the automated polls in May that year.He sought the annulment of about a million votes cast in three provinces - Lanao del Sur, Basilan and Maguindanao.In his protest, Marcos contested the results in a total of 132,446 precincts in 39,221 clustered precincts covering 27 provinces and cities.In his preliminary conference briefing, Marcos also sought for a recount in Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.Robredo filed her answer in August last year and filed a counter-protest, questioning the results in more than 30,000 polling precincts in several provinces where Marcos won.She also sought the dismissal of the protest for lack of merit and jurisdiction of PET.The high tribunal, in a ruling earlier last year, junked Robredo’s plea and proceeded with the case after finding the protest sufficient in form and substance.Robredo supposedly won the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Wet ballots sa Camsur kinumpirma ng PET

LUMALAKAS ang pagsulong ng electoral protest ni former senator Bongbong Marcos sa Presidential Electoral Tribunal laban kay Vice President Leni Robredo matapos kumpirmahin ng PET na maraming ballot boxes sa Camarines Sur ang naglalaman ng mga ‘wet ballot’. Ang mga basang balota ang pinakahuling basehan ng kampo ni Marcos sa….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

PET starts retrieval of Iloilo ballots for VP race recount

THE Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) under the Supreme Court has started retrieving ballot boxes from 2,748 clustered precincts in the city and province of Iloilo as part of the manual recount of votes for the 2016 vice presidential race. Iloilo is among the three pilot provinces which defeated vice presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. […] The post PET starts retrieval of Iloilo ballots for VP race recount appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

VP recount begins March 19

The Supreme Court has set the date for the recount and revision of ballots in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo. The court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), set the first day of recount on March 19, 2018. This was recommended [...] The post VP recount begins March 19 appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Ballot retrieval in CamSur for Marcos-Robredo election case

MANILA, Philippines – Hundreds of ballot boxes from all over Camarines Sur were delivered to the Pili provincial capitol as the Supreme Court (SC), acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), began retrieving ballot boxes for the election protest filed against Vice President Leni Robredo. Municipal treasurers and local ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Robredo camp wants transparency in transportation of poll docs

      Vice President Leni Robredo's camp believes that both of their representatives and that of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos' camp should be allowed to witness the inventory and transport of ballot boxes.   Ballot boxes, election documents and paraphernalia were scheduled to be transported from their respective storage to designated hubs in Camarines Sur to be picked up by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal's (PET) retrieval team.   The transfer of election paraphernalia was ordered by the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the PET, in connection with theelection protest filed by Marcos, the defeated vice presidential candidate.   ...Keep on reading: Robredo camp wants transparency in transportation of poll docs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

SC orders retrieval of ballot boxes in Marcos poll protest - Philippine Canadian Inquirer

SC orders retrieval of ballot boxes in Marcos poll protest - Philippine Canadian Inquirer.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsAug 24th, 2017

BBM dili na makaapas ni VP Leni

Nagtuo ang kampo ni Vice President Leni Robredo nga wala nay tsansa nga makakuha pa og igong mga boto si dating Senator Bongbong Marcos aron mapaboran ang iyang electoral protest sa nahimong resulta sa 2016 vice-presidential election. Matud ni Romulo Macalintal, abogado ni Robredo, kini tungod sa pagdawat sa Presidential Electoral Tribunal sa 25-percent shading… link: BBM dili na makaapas ni VP Leni.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Inspiring ourselves to greatness

THE nation was perplexed by so many events this week. The Armed Forces of the Philippines confirmed the existence of Red October, a plot to oust the President. The Presidential Electoral Tribunal resolved to adopt the 25 percent shading threshold in the revision of ballots pertinent to the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand [...] The post Inspiring ourselves to greatness appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Supreme Court ruling on shading threshold favors Leni Robredo

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, has dropped the 50 percent shading threshold in the manual recount of votes as sought by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in his election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Election protest, Sara Duterte, Imee Marcos, Bong Go | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: The Supreme Court’s latest ruling could fast track the recount of ballots in a protest filed against the victory of Vice President Leni Robredo. Presidential daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio opposes the Supreme Court application of associate justice of Court Administrator Midas Marquez. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos attributes her rise in the latest Pulse Asia senatorial ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

Ballot retrieval begins in Negros Oriental for VP protest

MANILA, Philippines – The retrieval of ballot boxes began in Negros Oriental on Monday, September 17, for the electoral protest filed by former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr against Vice President Leni Robredo. In a statement on Monday, the Robredo camp said the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Bongbong says Pansol outing pushed him to ask Caguioa out of poll case

  Former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. said Friday he was initially against requesting Supreme Court (SC) Justice Alfredo Caguioa to inhibit from his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.   However, he also said, the outing of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) staff where one of Robredo's revisors joined was the last straw for him to move against Caguioa.   "It is something (motion for inhibition) that had been thought about for a very long time, but I was very hesitant and had always advised against it," Marcos said in a news forum.   "Kasi marami na talagang nangyari na nakikita namin na Justice Caguioa is ...Keep on reading: Bongbong says Pansol outing pushed him to ask Caguioa out of poll case.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 24th, 2018

Caguioa stays in charge of Marcos poll protest

Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa will remain in charge of the resolution of the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal. Source link link: Caguioa stays in charge of Marcos poll protest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Caguioa stays in charge of Marcos poll protest

Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa will remain in charge of the resolution of the electoral protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018