By: James Hernandez
The camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has accused Vice President Leni Robredo of trying to cheat him again.
His spokersperson, lawyer Vic Rodriguez, made the accusation since Roberdo is trying to change the rules set of Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) over the already ongoing recount of the 2016 polls.
“Leni Robredo cheated her way to the Vice Presidency and in this on going manual recount and judicial revision, she is attempting to cheat the Filipino people again by trying to change the rules in the middle of the game,” Rodriguez said.
The lawyer is referring to the appeal of Robredo to also count ballots with at least 25 percent ovals since the PET set the threshold at 50 percent.
“The election case was filed by BBM June of 2016 and since then jurisdiction of the case is with the PET and no other as provided by Article 8 of the Constitution,” the lawyer explained.
“Since it is the Rules of the Tribunal that shall apply, her invocation of the 25% threshold rule is erroneous as it was made by the Comelec only on 6 September 2016, four months after the elections,” he pointed out.
Rodriguez believes that the 25 percent threshold set by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is “an obvious ploy on the part of the Comelec, then led by the impeached chairman Andres Bautista, to favor Robredo once revision process starts.”
“Robredo should stop accusing the PET of systematically reducing her votes and casting aspersions meant to debase its integrity,” he said.