Atty. Romulo Macalintal, the legal counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo
MANILA, Philippines — A lawyer for Vice President Leni Robredo has accused former Senator Bongbong Marcos of inventing his own evidence to support claims of being cheated in the 2016 elections.
The vice president’s legal counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said Marcos is now claiming that wet ballots and missing audit logs from precincts in Bato, Camarines Sur are evidence of massive fraud.
But the report of the municipal treasurer showed that the ballots were soaked in water due to Typhoon Niña that affected Bicol Region last December.
Also, audit logs are not missing since these are not supposed to be placed inside the ballot box in the first place.
“‘These audit logs cannot really be found inside the ballot boxes because these audit logs are given to the election officer for safekeeping,” said Robredo’s lawyer.
On Wednesday, Marcos camp had again, claimed that some unused ballots were pre-shaded for Robredo.
Macalintal explained it is not only Robredo who has votes in those ballots but other candidates as well.
However, these are not unused ballots but rejected by the vote counting machine (VCMs).
The problem is that Commission on Election (Comelec) used only one envelope for unused and rejected ballots.
“Actually, those were placed under unused ballots but these are rejected ballots because there were votes indicated,” said Macalintal.
So far, 39 ballot boxes have been opened for the manual revision.
But still, Macalintal said there is no proof that Marcos lost a single vote.
“Until now, not even a single ballot has been presented by Mr. Marcos to show that the election results were manipulated to favor the vice president,” said the lawyer.
Marcos’ camp no longer wants to refute the claims of Robredo’s lawyer.
But according to Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Robredo’s fraud has already been exposed. — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue