WATCH: BBM camp seeks recount in three provinces for his electoral protest

The camp of ex-Senator Bongbong "BBM" Marcos Jr. asked a recount of votes at three pilot provinces in the May 2016 elections where it was claimed that there were discrepancies in the vote count for vice president.

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In the Preliminary Conference Brief submitted by BBM's camp before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), Marcos' legal counsel Atty. George Garcia identified the provinces as Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

According to Garcia, major discrepancies were observed among these three provinces wherein the votes cast in the ballots and those transmitted by the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and reported in the Certificates of Canvas (COCs) are suspicious.

362 witnesses were also indicated in the preliminary conference brief who may be called upon to testify and submit supporting evidence.

Some of them include Commission on Elections (COMELEC) officials led by Commissioner Christian Robert Lim, directors Jose Tolentino, Esther Roxas, J. Thaddeus Fernan, Teopisto Elnas and Ferdinand De Leon; Smartmatic executives Marlon Ramos and Elie Moreno, election officers in the thirty three contested provinces and cities as well as election and information technology experts.

The ex-senator had filed an electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo who won over him by more than 200,000 votes.

On the other hand, Robredo's camp remained in their belief that Marcos' protest was based on "general allegations and manufactured evidence designed to sway the results in his favor.

“Marcos is throwing everything on the wall, hoping that something sticks,” according to the prefatory statement of the pre-trial brief for the preliminary conference submitted by Robredo’s counsels, Romulo Macalintal and Maria Bernadette Sardillo, to the Supreme Court acting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET).

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Source: Interaksyon