Marcos eyes filing of electoral protest vs VP-elect Robredo

  • The camp of Sen. Bongbong Marcos is looking into the possibility of filing an electoral protest against VP-elect Leni Robredo’s victory
  • Marcos’ lawyer said that at least four million votes were unaccounted for during the counting process
  • Over 100 academicians attested that there is no irregularity in the pattern of votes for the vice-presidential race

The camp of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is looking into the possibility of filing an electoral protest against the victory of Vice President-elect Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo; despite the latter’s impending proclamation.

In an article written by RG Cruz for ABS-CBN News on May 27, 2016, it was disclosed that Marcos’ lawyer, Atty. George Garcia, said they are currently studying which provinces could have experienced fraud during the May 9 elections.

We are trying to lay down the proper predicate for the filing of an election protest,” he said; adding that at least four million votes were unaccounted for during the counting process.

Meanwhile, over 100 academic experts and data science professionals have attested that they do not see any irregularity in the pattern of votes received by Robredo and Marcos during the polls; saying that the V-shaped graph showing the number of transmitted votes per region is actually the expected turnout.

We assert that an inverted V-shaped graph of the difference of votes between vice-presidential candidates Marcos and Robredo, plotted against the percentage of votes transmitted, does not amount to evidence of fraud,” a statement shared on Facebook by Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) lecturer Reinabelle Reyes read.

The message further adds, “Given that the votes came in from different regions at different times, the shape of the graph is, in fact, the expected pattern. Many individuals and groups carried out independent analyses and communicated technical and logical arguments arriving at this conclusion.”

Days after the actual polls, former ADMU economics instructor David Yap alleged that an election fraud could have occurred after Robredo’s votes caught up with Marcos’.

However, he did not pursue with speaking about the matter on a public forum after he cited several security concerns.

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  1. ARUIZA – I caught sight of the young Ferdinand. Still in his crumpled fatigues, he stuck to his father, his rifle ready at his hip. His eyes swept the scene. He was guarding his father the way the close-in security agents did. Only the night before, he had planned to gather a few select men to try and retake the government TV station, to put to test the training he had received with the Rangers and the Marines. I was set to join him but the president got wind of it and put his foot down. MALACAÑANG p. 158

    Some late sixth sense stirred formless fears about the future, for at the door of the helicopter, Marcos suddenly struggled. He railed at Ganut and at another agent, Restituto Alipio, struggling to free himself, beating weakly at the men, angry for the first time since Feb 22. He did not want to board the helicopter. He did not want to leave. Op. cit., pp. 159-160

    MALACAÑANG PARK – Five US helicopters (each with a crew of four) were utilized. The Marcos entourage was picked up across the Pasig River from the Palace, and the entire party crossed the river by powerboat. Jolly Benitez missed the “last boat” and frantically hired a banca to ferry him across.
    A solid gold statue of a Santo Nino (with a golden cloak), approximately three to four feet in height, adorned with a gold necklace featuring a huge diamond pendant, was loaded on one helicopter by four men. Gold bars and crates of “other stuff” were loaded, too.

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