Macalintal asks PET to ignore OSG comment in Bongbong Marcos case
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Monday asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to disregard the Office of the Solicitor General’s comment in the election protest of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
In a 13-page counter-manifestation, Macalintal stressed the OSG and its representatives are not privy to the threshold shading issue.
“At no instance has OSG, any of its representatives and/or lawyers, attended and observed the ongoing revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots,” said Macalintal.
Macalintal said the OSG had no basis when it issued a conclusion that the application of the 50-percent threshold percentage does not disenfranchise the voters.
“Once more, in making this reckless conclusion, OSG has revealed to the Honorable Tribunal its lack of knowledge on the ongoing revision, recount and re-appreciation of ballots,” Macalintal stressed.
While Macalintal admitted that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) reminded voters to fully shade the oval beside the name of the candidates of their choice, he said there were voters who were not able to fully shade the ovals.
“In those instances where the ovals were not fully shaded but still met the 25-percent threshold percentage, the VCMs still read and counted the votes cast,” said Macalintal.
“Thus, to now disregard these valid votes previously read and counted by the VCMs will result to a massive disenfranchisement of voters,” he pointed out.