Calida backs Marcos in ballot shading threshold issue

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Solicitor General Jose Calida is backing former senator Bongbong Marcos in the latter’s manifestation upholding the 50% ballot shading threshold in his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.

Robredo is pushing for a 25% ballot shading threshold.

Calida is a known Marcos supporter.

He campaigned for the Ilocos Norte politiko during the 2016 elections.

The Office of the Solicitor General usually defends the government in cases before the Supreme Court.

But Calida left the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to defend itself, saying his position is in his capacity as People’s Tribune.

“As the People’s Tribune, it is the Solicitor General’s duty to present to the Honorable Tribunal the position he perceives to be in the best interest of the State, notwithstanding the stance of the Comelec on the issue of whether the Honorable Tribunal ruled that it has no basis to impose a 25% threshold in determining whether the vote is valid,” Calida said.

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