Lawyer denies VP Robredo lost 5,000 votes over shading limit


Posted at Apr 17 2018 10:06 AM | Updated as of Apr 17 2018 11:40 AM

The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo denied Tuesday news reports that their camp lost as many as 5,000 votes in the 2016 vice-presidential election manual recount after some ballots were allegedly deemed invalid due to improper shading.

Speaking to radio DZMM, lawyer Romulo Macalintal said there are less than 100 votes with 25 percent or one-fourth shading in Camarines Sur.

He pointed out the Commission on Elections had already issued a resolution that said ballots with one-fourth shading are still valid for counting.

"It should be Comelec that decides on the threshold for shading, and not PET, because it is Comelec than oversaw the conduct of the elections," he said.

Macalintal said that in previous rulings of the Supreme Court, the intention of the voter is considered important. "Did he intend to vote for the candidate or not? That is why SC rulings in these cases are in favor of the voter," he said.

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), earlier junked the motion of Robredo's camp to consider 25 percent of oval shading as a valid vote.

In a resolution dated April 10, PET said it has "no basis to impose a 25% threshold in determining whether a vote is valid."

Former senator Bongbong Marcos Jr. has claimed "massive cheating" caused his loss to Robredo in the 2016 vice-presidential race by some 260,000 votes.