Macalintal: PET recount done, Robredo still leads
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Thursday announced that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal has already completed the historic recount in former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s electoral protest.
“Unang una, kakatapos pa lang ng recount at nakita naman sa manifestations namin na lumalamang pa nga kami,” said Macalintal.
“Pangalawa, wala namang desisyon ang PET na pinapanigan si Marcos ukol sa tatlong pilot provinces na pinili niya,” said Macalintal, stressing that the Marcos’ protest is virtually dead after he failed to gain substantial recovery in his designated pilot provinces.
Macalintal issued the statement to belie the latest wave of alleged propaganda being wage again by the Marcos camp in social media.
“The country’s Fake News King is at it again, sending out another propaganda in a desperate move to revive his dying election protest ” said Macalintal.
Macalintal was referring to Facebook posts by pro-Marcos groups claiming that 80 percent of ballots in the ARMM were pre-shaded and fake.
Macalintal stressed that the recount in the pilot provinces designated by Marcos in his protest – Iloilo Province, Negros Oriental and Camarines Sur — finished just recently, and based on results, the Vice President’s lead remained untouched.
Marcos needs to obtain substantial recovery before his protest could proceed in the other areas that he questioned, such as ARMM.
Also, Macalintal stressed that the alleged results from ARMM involves the gubernatorial race in the ARMM at the Comelec level and does not bind the PET.
“The said alleged results were not even confirmed yet by the Comelec as it is still the subject of the disputes among the parties in the ARMM where Marcos and Robredo were not even parties,” Macalintal said.
Macalintal added that Marcos’ propaganda is a big insult to the people of ARMM as it is an attempt to demonize them.
“Insulto naman ito sa mga kapatid natin sa Bangsamoro. Gaya ng pag-insulto ni Marcos sa mga botante ng Camarines Sur, Negros Occidental at Iloilo, sinasabi ni Marcos na mga sinungaling sila,” Macalintal added.
“Eh sila ngang magkapatid ang nagsisinungaling sa kanilang mga diploma,” Macalintal stressed.