Chief Justice: ‘No decision-fixing in Marcos poll protest’

first_img Marcos only lost the vice presidential race to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the final and official tally by Commission on Elections (Comelec). Marcos garnered 14,155,344 votes while Robredo got a total of 14,418,817. Caguioa, the magistrate in charge of the case, submitted a report to the tribunal last month regarding the recount or revision of ballots from Marcos’ chosen pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. MANILA – Supreme Court Chief JusticeLucas Bersamin denied any irregularity in the delay of the Supreme Court’sdeliberations on the election protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong”Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo.  “Don’t worry hindi ko niluluto, hindi puwedeng lutuin ‘yan eh,” Bersamin said.  “We are expected to have a result by next week. It may not be what you expect kasi (because) we are still discussing on many other things.” Bersamin said in an interview on Thursday that the justices were still deliberating on the draft report by Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa and a verdict could come out on Tuesday. 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.center_img In Caguioa’s draft ruling, he has reportedly recommended for the outright dismissal of Marcos’ poll protest against Robredo for lack of merit. Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin. ABS-CBN NEWS 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. Robredo’s camp have earlier urged the tribunal to junk the electoral protest, claiming that the vice president’s lead even grew by 15,000 votes when the initial recount ended but the SC dismissed the petition as “speculative.”/PNlast_img