Television and film actress Cynthia Patag and other volunteers have gathered at least 5,500 signatures from Iloilo residents to convince the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to uphold the 25-percent threshold in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Marcos has filed a protest and demanded a recount of the votes in the 2016 vice presidential election that Robredo won, claiming her camp had cheated.
“We are 5,500 Ilonggos humbly asking the PET to protect the sanctity of our votes by upholding the 25-percent threshold,” Patag said.
The residents said their “voices will not be heard” if the PET would continue to allow the use of the 50-percent threshold in the manual recount of the votes in the vice presidential election.
Iloilo was one of the three pilot provinces identified by Marcos in his election protest aside from Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental.
Robredo had earlier filed a motion asking the PET to reconsider its decision allowing the use of the 50-percent threshold and instead use the 25-percent threshold implemented in the 2016 elections.