MANILA - The lawyer of Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday said the camp of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. presented "fake and fabricated" vote ballots to show that he was allegedly cheated in the 2016 vice-presidential election.
Marcos on Monday bared soft copies of some 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 allegedly went to Robredo even if the ballot should have been declared as void or "over vote," Marcos claimed.
"Itong dokumentong ito ay peke, o fabricated. Gawa-gawa lang," Robredo counsel Romulo Macalintal told ABS-CBN News.
(This document is fake or fabricated, merely made-up.)
"Ang original copy nito ay ginawan muna ng paraan para tanggalin ang mga ovals na iyan at noong malinis na nila, ini-xerox ito," he added.
(Its original copy was tampered with to remove the ovals and was then photocopied.)
The squares, he added, do not appear beside the names of all candidates.
"Bakit para bang piling-pili lamang iyang mga square na pinaglalagyan nila?" he asked. (Why does it seem that the squares only appeared beside the names of a select few?)
He also threw doubt on why 10 candidates for party-list were shaded in one ballot when a voter can only choose one.
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.
Marcos, 60, lost the vice presidential election by 263,473 votes. Victory in his poll protest would cement his family's remarkable political comeback, 31 years after a "People Power" revolution saw millions of people take to the streets to end his father's 20-year rule.
With a report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News