Recount of ballots of 5 Camarines Sur towns substantially reduced Robredo's lead

Monday April 16, 2018 ()

Substantial changes in the official figures in the vice presidential recount have been reported in the ongoing recount of votes at the Supreme Court, acting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

PET insiders stressed that after two weeks of revision of around 210 clustered precincts from Camarines Sur, the votes for Leni Robredo had been reduced by some 5,000 votes.

With the recent figures, Robredo's lead of 263,473 votes over Marcos had shrunk to some 258,000.

VP recount Marcos, Robredo

According to the official tally, Robredo obtained 14,418,817 votes while Marcos had 14,155,344.

The PET is set to revise more than 5,800 clustered precincts from Marcos' pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. Marcos needs to establish substantial recovery of votes before he is allowed to proceed and revise the rest of his 24 protested provinces and cities.

A PET insider said the figures after only the revision of 200 precincts appears to be favorable to Marcos because the lead of Robredo has been substantially reduced.

"It's still a long way to go but with the figures as they have been coming out, may already be considered substantial recovery or change in the results of the elections.

"It is definitely favorable to former Senator Marcos," the insider said.

After more than a year of delay, the revision of votes at the PET finally started last April 2.

Thirty six (36) revision committees are conducting the revision Monday to Friday starting at 8am to 4.30 pm.

So far, revisors have opened ballot boxes from the towns of Bato, Baao, Balatan, Sagñay and Bula all in Camarines Sur.

Other insiders revealed that revisors have continuously discovered wet ballots and missing voter's receipts from the ballot boxes from the said towns.

PET insiders said such discoveries would indicate that the integrity of the ballot boxes and their contents had already been compromised.

Insiders had expressed alarm over the missing voter's receipts because their absence from the ballot boxes is an indication that they were removed or not included because the votes there will not tally with the machine count,' the insider said.

In the revision of votes at the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) two weeks ago in the election protest of Luis Villafuerte against Rep. Gabriel Bordado for the 3rd district of Camarines Sur, revisors also found wet ballots that were unreadable and cut grasses in the ballot boxes from Naga City, Camarines Sur.

Aside from that, the same sources said, some of the ballot boxes from Naga had ballots that were found so organized and neatly stacked together with the other documents.

According to an election officer, who wished not to be named, "this is a clear indication of tampering post election, unauthorized opening of boxes and manipulation prior to revision while in the custody of the City Treasurer.

Sources also bared that the conduct of the revision remains slow because of the incomplete number of revisors and stringent requirements imposed by the PET on the recounting of votes.

Sources:

  • Robredo's lead in VP recount narrows, Charlie V. Manalo, Aapril 17, 2018, The Daily Tribune

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