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Friday, July 6, 2018

SC finds anomalies in 2016 elections


On the first day of the revision, many irregularities were found, such as wet ballots. This was discovered by the Marcos camp as the ballot boxes were opened to begin the recount.

The revisors initially found that 38 out of 40 opened ballot boxes from the town of Bato, Camarines Sur had missing audit logs.

In a 9-page Notice dated April 24, 2018, the PET ordered the municipal treasurers in the towns of Bato, Sagñay, Garchitorena and Ocampo to explain within 10 days from receipt why the ballots in their respective areas were wet or damaged.

The PET also acknowledged that some ballot boxes were re-reopened after they were sealed. As noted in the incident reports relative to the re-opening of some ballot boxes, one ballot box was found re-sealed without returning the broken security seal.

Aside from this, the PET issued another order dated July 3, 2018, wherein it took note of the many incident reports of the Revision Committee in the revision of votes from Iloilo showing excess ballots.

With this, the 15-man tribunal suspended the revision of the affected clustered precincts showing the discrepancies in the ballots counted and the votes cast as indicated in the MOVs.

In his protest, Marcos assailed the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts — 36,465 of which he paid for a manual count and judicial revision. He wants results in the remaining 2,756 annulled. Based on the Commission on Elections data, the 39,221 clustered precincts are composed of 132,446 precincts.

Marcos lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes. He accused Robredo of benefitting from massive electoral fraud such as pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading of ballots, malfunctioning VCMs, and an “abnormally high” unaccounted votes/undervotes for the position of vice president.


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