Robredo asks SC to dismiss Marcos plea on decryption, printing of ballot image

Vice President Leni obredo asked the Supreme Court to knock down the motion of ex-Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for the decryption and printing of ballot images from precincts covered by his protest in connection with the May 2016 vice-presidential race, on grounds of prematurity.

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Robredo said on Marcos' plea was "premature" has yet to resolve  her motion for reconsideration on the finding of sufficiency in form and substance of Marcos' poll protest. The motion specifically questions if Marcos' protest detailed the alleged acts or omissions tantamount to fraud, anomalies, and irregularities he assailed

"To allow protestant 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," the vice-president said.

The camp of the vice president said granting Marcos' motion would tantamount to allowing him to embark on fishing expedition, where he is given a chance to fish for evidence, if not totally confused on the remedy he wants to pursue; whether actual revision of ballots or merely decryption of ballot images.

A total of P218.67 million pesos will cost Marcos for the decrypting of ballot images as estimated by Robredo's legal counsel Romulo Macala which also made him wonder how will the ex-lawmaker will shoulder the cost.

The protest of Marcos include 39,221 clustered precincts, composed of a total of 132, 446 precincts while Robredo's counter-protest covers 8042 clustered precincts, composed of 31,278 precincts.

July 11 is the date set by PET as the preliminary conference for the said protest.

Source: ABS-CBN News