THE camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has no plan of raising the white flag yet, revealing that they are set to file an election protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) by the end of June.
"The target date for the filing of the electoral protest is June 28—a day before the June 29 deadline. Yes, definitely we will file an election protest. The truth has to come out – one way or another," revealed Atty. Jose Amor Amorado, head of the BBM Legal Team.
Amorado alleged that instead of being transmitted directly to the Municipal Board of Canvassing servers, the Comelec server and the Transparency server, the results were supposedly coursed through a "4th Server" or the so-called "Queue Server."
Marcos' political adviser Abakada party-list Representative Jonathan Dela Cruz cited that the results of their initial findings indicated that between 9:00 p.m. to 10:10 p.m. on May 9, 2016, the transmitted election results showed that Marcos lost in 1,689 precincts, many of which are considered bailiwicks of the senator, mostly in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, Pangasinan and other areas in the Cagayan Valley Region.
Marcos eventually lost to former Camarines Sur representative Leni Robredo, who was proclaimed winner by Congress last May 30. She has a slim lead of 263,473 votes over Marcos.
Amorado explained that the protest will seek a recount of the votes in some areas including the setting aside of the election results in areas where there are clear indications of election fraud and manipulation. (Sunnex)