VP Robredo welcomes decryption of ballot images in poll protest


Posted at Oct 30 2017 05:51 PM

MANILA - Vice President Leni Robredo is not worried over the decryption of ballot images from vote-counting machines (VCMs) in provinces questioned in the 2016 election protest of former Senator Bongbong Marcos.

Speaking after the inauguration of a riprap project in Camarines Sur, the Vice-President said she is happy that there is progress in the case because she wants it over soon so she can focus on her job. 

"Kung mayroong dayaan, siguradong lalabas. At over the course of time na-prove na natin dito sa Camarines Sur na hindi na natin pinapayagan na mangyari yun," she said. 

"Natutuwa tayo na umaandar na siya. The sooner na ma-resolve ang kaso, mas mabuti para sa akin para di na niya ginugulo," the she added.

The Commission on Elections last week started decrypting images of ballots from VCMs used in the 2016 elections for the recount in connection with Marcos' poll protest against Robredo.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the process may take 7 months to finish as the provinces included in the recount have a total of 2.6 million voters.

Robredo thinks the recent resignation of former Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista will not affect the results of the recount on ballots from Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

The Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, junked Vice President Robredo's bid to dismiss Marcos' poll protest last month.

It also granted Marcos' plea for the decryption and printing of ballot images in the abovementioned provinces included in Marcos' protest.--report from Jessa Mlyce Mella, ABS-CBN News