Marcos has no evidence of massive cheating: lawyer


An election lawyer representing Congresswoman Leni Robredo believes Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is engaging in a fishing expedition about alleged election irregularities in the vice-presidential race after he admitted he has no evidence of massive cheating in the Comelec transparency server.

In a statement, Atty. Romulo Macalintal said Marcos' privilege speech on the vice-presidential race on Monday exposed the weakness of his and his supporters' moves for system audit of the automated election system (AES) used by the poll body in the May 9 elections.

"Upon interpellation by Sen. Bam Aquino, Marcos admitted he has no evidence of massive cheating in the transparency server (TS). He is not sure whether the cosmetic change in the transparency server affected only the [vice-presidential race], that's why he wanted said system audit," Macalintal said.

"This alone shows the fishing expedition type of Marcos method of proving his claimed irregularity in the VP race."

Instead, the lawyer said Marcos admitted that his evidence "consists merely of vote buying or voters who were not allowed to vote due to terrorism in some areas."

He said the issue is not for Congress, as a national board of canvassers, to decide or look into since the board's function is merely ministerial which is focused on the certificates of canvass (COCS) received from provincial board if canvassers.

Macalintal also rejected Marcos' proposal to proclaim the winner of the presidential race first after presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte imposed a commanding lead over his rivals.

"It is legally impossible to separate the proclamation of the winning president and vice president on the basis of Marcos' speculations that there were errors to be discovered from the system audit of AES," he said.

"The COCs of president and VP came from the same ballots, same election returns, and same Comelec officials who prepared and electronically transmitted said documents, hence the effect or application of their results cannot be made separate."

Marcos earlier called for the immediate proclamation of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte while urging that the proclamation for the vice president position be on hold. He reiterated his claims that a change in the hash code may have compromised polls.

"It was after this particular act of computer programming wizardry that votes for this representation started to slow down and the votes for another candidate started to accelerate -- at an unprecedented and linear rate of 45,000 votes for every additional 1 percent of votes counted. This is the very same Marlon Garcia who was charged with electoral sabotage for doing the very same thing during the 2013 elections," he said.

Marcos, hiniling ihuli ang proklamasyon ng VP