‘Robredo can’t fool the pet’

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PET insider: It is Leni who wants the rule changed after the game THE Commission on Elections has prescribed a 50% threshold for ballot shading in the 2016 national elections, and not the 25% being maliciously claimed by Leni Robredo and her rabid supporters.

Requesting anonymity, a supervising PET revision officer said yesterday that Robredo was trying to mislead the public by her claims that the Comelec rule on ballot shading stipulates a 25% threshold.

He said “on the contrary, the PET has earlier junked Robredo's petition for the electoral tribunal to consider the 25% shading threshold saying it is not aware of such poll body resolution.”

The revision officer was reacting to what he considered as malicious advertisement published last week in a national broadsheet insisting on at least 25% shading threshold using a non-existent poll body resolution.

“In a desperate attempt to fool the tribunal, Robredo and her rabid supporters have kept arguing about not changing the rules after the game, but they know that it was them who are trying to change the rule after the game,” stressed the PET revision officer.

He explained that during the 2016 local and national elections, all stakeholders, including the PPCRV, were made aware of the Comelec's rule on the 50% shading threshold.

“But on September 6, 2016, or four months after the election, the Comelec en banc headed by then chairman Andres Bautista came out with a resolution which considered at least 25% shading threshold as a new guideline in case of a recount in any poll protest,” said the PET revision officer, who added: “Is it not a clear case of changing the rule after the game?”

He said in issuing a resolution on ballot shading threshold four months after the conduct of elections, the motive of the poll body became questionable if not suspicious.

He refused to elaborate, but reports have it earlier that said resolution to “change the rule after the election” was designed to advance Leni’s defense if hasty shading of excess ballots would be discovered during the recount.

“Nang maramdaman ng mga mandaraya na pursigido si Sen. Bongbong sa kanyang recount move ay naghanda sila ng depensa para ma-justify ang pagmamadali sa kanilang ‘oplan: mass shading’ ng mga sobrang balota kaya hindi lahat nabilugan ng tamang threshold,” explained another recount revisor.

In a related development, another revision officer revealed that since Comelec was under the “control” of LP, one of the ways the LP cheated was to have their people pre-shade the ovals in the ballot.

“They did this by putting stencil (plastic) paper on top of the ballot and then pre-shading the ovals for their preferred candidate,” he said.

“Since it is impossible to have identical shapes and sizes of the ovals sa balota, the only logical explanation is that the LP (with the consent of Comelec) was able to obtain blank ballots a couple of days before elections and then they paid their people to pre-shade the ballots by putting stencil (plastic) paper on top of the ovals for their preferred candidate,” he added.