Robredo should be denied copies of decrypted ballots - Bongbong

Thursday November 16, 2017 ()

Former Senator Bongbong Marcos has asked the Supreme Court (SC) acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to reject the request of Vice President Leni Robredo to be granted copies of decrypted and printed ballot images in his electoral protest.

Robredo's request includes copies of decrypted images of ballots, election returns, audit logs and other relevant documents in all the protested clustered precincts of Marcos' three pilot provinces: Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

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Marcos, in a three-page opposition, asked the SC sitting as the PET, to deny Robredo's request, as this should not be granted since she failed to contribute to the expenses and supplies of the decryption and printing.

Marcos, through his lawyer George Erwin Garcia, said in his opposition that he was the sole person who shouldered P2,974,075 for the decryption and printing, all without any contribution from Robredo's camp.

Despite the delaying tactics and resistance perpetrated by the Robredo camp, the SC affirmed the sufficiency in form and substance of the electoral protest filed by Marcos against her.

Last October, the SC ordered Comelec to decrypt and print the ballot imaged and other data found in Secured Digital (SD) cards retrieved from Vote Counting Machines (VCM).

Early this year, Marcos' camp said that the decryption of the cards may have been sloppily executed, the cards may be containing unauthorized software, or that the cards may have been tampered with.

Following his defeat in the bid for the vice presidency, Marcos filed the electoral protests before the SC.

In the 2016 National Elections, Robredo won the vice presidency over Marcos by more than 200,000 votes.

Marcos accused Robredo of "massive electoral fraud, anomalies and irregularities" such as pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded Secure Digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning VCMs, and an "abnormally high" unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of Vice President.

Marcos' lawyer Victor Rodriguez said Robredo tried to delay the electoral protest by allegedly postponing the scheduled decryption. He said that Robredo's camp only brought two revisors.

Rodriguez said because of strong opposition from their camp, who came prepared for the decryption as scheduled by the PET, the Comelec denied Robredo's motion to postpone and proceeded with the decryption of theballot images, beginning with Camarines Sur.

He said that the decryption and printing of ballot images of the three pilot areas will take at least seven months before it can be concluded. With this, Rodriguez pointed out that the printed images will facilitate and expedite the election protest of Marcos.

The decryption was also attended by representatives from the PET and the Comelec Legal Department.

He even slammed the camp of Robredo for delaying the case for one and a half year.

The delays include the plea for for technical examination and evaluation of the Election Day Computerized Voters' List (EDCVL) of the three Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) provinces which is subject of a separate cause of action.

Sources:

  • Marcos wants Robredo denied of ballot copies, Julius N. Leonen, November 16, 2017, The Daily Tribune

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