Marcos camp downplays Robredo complaint it violated PET rules


Posted at Jun 24 2018 12:59 PM

MANILA – The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. on Sunday played down the complaint of the lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo that one of Marcos' revisors violated the rules of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). 

Revisors are in charge of assessing the validity of ballots cast for candidates involved in an electoral protest.

Robredo’s legal team on Friday said one of Marcos’ revisors, Nestor Borromeo, was caught on June 14 using a “plastic magnifying lens” in the Supreme Court compound where ballots were being examined.

Magnifying lenses are not allowed inside the revision area, according to Robredo's lawyers.

Marcos spokesperson Vic Rodriguez, however brushed aside the complaint.

“The people on the revision floor were well aware that the plastic child's magnifier was being used and never complained. Why should they? Some revisors wear eyeglasses so they can see better,” Rodriguez said in a statement.

He added that the complaint was a tactic meant to delay the recount. 

Robredo's earlier claimed Borromeo was instructed to stray more valid ballots for Robredo even after the PET already segregated the ballots.