MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has finished its initial recount on the poll protest filed by former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.
SC spokesperson Brian Keith Hosaka said Associate Justice Alfredo Caguioa have already submitted a report on the recount and the revision of ballots from three provinces, but the high court justices did not make any action yet.
“The PET has concluded and finished the recount and revision of the ballots in the 3 test provinces,” Hosaka said in a press conference. “However, the tribunal has not taken any action yet on the said report of Justice Caguioa.”
Marcos only lost the vice presidential race to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the final and official tally by the Commission on Elections. Marcos garnered 14,155,344 votes while Robredo got a total of 14,418,817.
In his election protest, the former senator questioned the election results in 39, 221 clustered precincts in some 25 provinces and five cities all over the country involving around 9 million votes.
Marcos cited alleged pre-shading of ballots, massive vote buying, script change in the transparency server that supposedly altered the results, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning vote counting machines, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of vice president.
The ballot recount covered 5,415 election precincts in three pilot provinces chosen by Marcos: Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. The results of the recount will determine whether or not the case will proceed to Marcos’ remaining contested voting precincts./PN