VP Leni urges SC anew on shading threshold ruling

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has again urged the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to resolve its motion for reconsideration on the use of the 25-percent threshold in the election protest filed by former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

In an urgent ex-parte omnibus motion, Robredo, through her lawyer Maria Bernadette Sardillo, asked the PET to order the head revisors to segregate the ballots containing shades below 50 percent, but within 25 percent in the physical count, pending a resolution to her urgent motion for reconsideration on April 18.

Robredo is contesting the protest filed by Marcos before the PET, claiming Robredo’s camp had cheated in the 2016 presidential election that she won and demanding a recount of the votes. 

Robredo filed the omnibus motion days after the Commission on Elections affirmed that the 25-percent threshold was used by the vote-counting machines in the 2016 elections.

“Without preempting the Honorable Tribunal, considering the categorical pronouncements and clarifications made by Comelec in its comment, Robredo asks that these ballots containing shades below 50 percent but within 25 percent be not considered stray,” Robredo’s omnibus motion says.

Robredo asked the PET to order the head revisors to include the ballots with threshold issues in the physical count, but properly segregated and marked as such.

Pending the resolution of her motion for reconsideration, Robredo believes such would not cause unnecessary delays and would instead ensure that the voters would not be disenfranchised.

With the PET already in possession of all the facts necessary to resolve the urgent motion for reconsideration, Robredo’s camp said, the PET was now fully appraised on the correct threshold percentage to be implemented in the ongoing revision, recount and re-appreciation of the ballots. 

Topics: Vice President Leni Robredo , Supreme Court , Presidential Electoral Tribunal , Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
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