MANILA - Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos on Monday bared alleged evidence of supposed cheating in the 2016 elections and urged Vice President Leni Robredo to allow a recount of votes.
Marcos, 60, lost the vice presidential election by 263,473 votes. He had filed a case with the Supreme Court alleging that Robredo manipulated computerized vote counting machines.
In a press conference, Marcos showed the soft copy of ballots where "mysterious squares" appear in place of ovals that a voter shades to indicate their preferred candidate.
On one ballot, 3 vice presidential candidates were shaded. The vote, he claimed, went to Robredo instead of the ballot being declared as void or "over vote."
Marcos told the Vice President that he will withdraw his pending petitions and dared her to do the same so they could proceed to a recount of votes.
FAKE, FABRICATED, MADE-UP
Robredo's camp however said the supposed ballots were "fake and fabricated."
"Ang original copy nito ay ginawan muna ng paraan para tanggalin ang mga ovals na iyan at noong malinis na nila, ini-xerox ito," Robredo counsel Romulo Macalintal told ABS-CBN News on Tuesday.
(Its original copy was tampered with to remove the ovals and was then photocopied.)
Macalintal challenged Marcos to show the original copy of the ballots that he said were provided by the the Supreme Court, which is tackling his election protest against Robredo.
Robredo's lawyer also urged the Commission on Elections to investigate the issue, noting that tampering of election materials is punishable by 1 to 6 years of imprisonment.