Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos on Monday exposed to the media what he claimed as “solid and incontrovertible evidence of cheating” in the 2016 vice presidential election in which he was defeated by Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, according to The Manila Times Online on Tuesday(Jan 30).
In a new conference in Manila, Marcos bared photocopies of what he described as “shocking” and “highly questionable” ballot images from Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental, two of three pilot provinces in his election protest pending before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Election Tribunal (PET).
He said that votes in the two provinces which were meant for him were not counted and considered “undervotes”.
“We discovered in some ballots that if the votes were for him, they were not counted and were considered undervotes. So that is why the undervotes for the vice presidency were high – more than three million. But my opponent got the votes even if these were not supposed to be counted in her favour,” said Marcos.
Marcos lost to Lobredo by 263,473 votes.
The former senator then accused PET of delaying in giving his camp copies of the ballots, saying that it was only recently that they were allowed to get soft copies of the ballots.
He also questioned the presence of square shape on the ballot images instead of the oval shapes which voters shaded for their choice of candidates. He pointed out that in previous elections, the ballot images would contain oval shapes.
“How come in the 2016 election, there are squares?” he wondered and called on the Comelec to make a clarification.
Marcos called on Robredo camp to withdraw all their motions so that a recount of votes can start.