Robredo supporters collect 10,000 signatures to seek lower ballot shading threshold

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 09 2018 06:07 PM

MANILA - Supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo submitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday a petition that was able to gather 10,000 signatures in support of her plea to lower the threshold percentage in the manual recount of votes in the poll protest case lodged by former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, Jr. 

The current threshold is at 50 percent, and Robredo has urged the high court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to lower this to 25 percent, arguing that the current threshold “disenfranchises” voters.

The signatories to the letter-appeal, all of whom come from Robredo’s home province of Camarines Sur, reiterated Robredo’s position that the 25 percent shading threshold was used by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in the May 9, 2016 synchronized local and national elections. 

“Ang pagbabago ng threshold ay malinaw na paglabag sa batas at pagpapawalang-halaga ng aming mga boto sa pagka-Pangalawang Pangulo," the group said.

(The change in threshold is a clear violation of the law and a disregard of our vote for the vice presidency.)

“Hinihiling namin sa inyo, mga kagalang-galang na mahistrado, na muling siyasatin ang inyong naging desisyon at tingnan kung tama at marapat na ang mga boto ng mga mamamayan na dati nang nabilang ay tahasang mawawala dahil sa pagbabago ng tuntunin,” they added. 

(We are asking you, respected magistrates, to again examine your decision and evaluate if it was right and necessary that the people's votes which were earlier counted become invalidated because of a change of rule.)

Robredo had filed a motion for reconsideration on the high court’s ruling junking her bid.

Meantime, Marcos with wife, Liza, went to the high court also on Wednesday to personally thank supporters who have been camping outside the SC compound for months now. Marcos also monitored the progress of the ongoing recount, which commenced on April 3, and commented that he found the process “slow.”

He personally met with his revisors to ask if anything can be done to speed up the proceedings.

Wednesday marked the second year since the May 9, 2016 elections. 

Marcos lost to Robredo in the May 2016 vice-presidential race by a slim margin of 263,473 votes.