Robredo wants SC to reject Marcos plea for decryption of ballots

VICE President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo has asked the Supreme Court (SC) to junk the plea of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to order the decryption and printing of ballot images from the clustered precincts in the provinces that are subject of his poll protest.

Robredo, in her comment filed with the SC on Tuesday, said the motion filed by Marcos is premature since Rule 37 of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) Rules provide that the decryption can only be allowed when the integrity of the ballot boxes had not been compromised.

"To allow protestant [Marcos] to decrypt and print all ballot images from the secure digital (SD) cards from the entire 36,445 protested clustered precincts will practically grant his prayer for the judicial recount and revision of ballots, which, as stated, is still an issue to be resolved," Robredo's camp said.

Marcos’ camp last June 1 moved to decrypt and print the ballot image from the Secure Digital (SD) cards and/or data storage devices from each of the 36,465 protested clustered precincts in the contested areas ahead of the scheduled preliminary conference on June 21, 2017.

The motion said that the decryption and printing may be ordered by the Tribunal before the scheduled preliminary conference since the 2010 Rules of the PET allows any course of action that will expedite the proceedings.

Acting on the petition, the SC last week directed Robredo's camp to comment to the petition.

The SC has yet to decide the most recent motion filed by Marcos.

Marcos lost the election to Robredo with a margin of roughly 200,000 votes. The former initiated a poll protest before the SC. (SunStar Philippines)
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