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Fake news! Macalintal blasts Bongbong Marcos’ accusations of ballot box tampering

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Vice President Leni Robredo’s lawyer Romulo Macalintal called former senator Bongbong Marcos’ new allegations of anomalies in the 2016 elections as fake news.

The Ilocos Norte politiko on April 2 said some ballot boxes from Camarines Sur were tampered with.

Marcos said some ballots were wet and therefore couldn’t be used for the recount.

He also said 38 ballot boxes have missing audit logs.

“Nagtataka lamang ako bakit biglang sasabihin ni Mr Marcos na may anomalya o anuman, ano? Walang anomaly, ang masasabi ko ‘yung sinasabi ni Mr Marcos na parang anomaly, fake news ‘yun. ‘Di totoo ‘yun. ‘Wag ‘nyo hong ilalagay kasi fake news,” Macalintal said.

He said both camps knew that some ballots got wet after a typhoon hit Bato, Camarines Sur last December.

“I think Mr Marcos should consult ‘yung mga taong pinadala niya noong tayo ay nag-retrieve ng ballot boxes. Baka ‘di binasa ni Mr Marcos ‘yung report ng tao niya o kaya dapat kagalitan niya ‘yung tao niya. Hindi sinabi ang totoo, na nu’ng ma-retrieve ‘yang mga ballot boxes na ‘yan, talagang basa ang ballot boxes,” Macalintal said.

On the audit logs, Macalintal said these can be generated by the Supreme Court or the Commission on Elections.

“Kasi hindi naman pupuwedeng porket wala ang audit logs ay may anomaly. The best evidence in the recount or revision are the ballots. And even the lawyer of Mr Marcos said the best evidence are the ballots,” he added.

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