VP poll protest: PET rules in favor of 25% shading threshold

  • PET sided with Robredo over the ballot shading threshold issue
  • PET has set aside 50% threshold in the manual recount process
  • Robredo said this only shows that PET supports the truth

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MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo has scored a significant victory in the ongoing vice presidential electoral protest filed by her rival, former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr.

This after the Supreme Court, which sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), sided with her over the issue of ballot shading threshold which Marcos’ camp wants set at 50%.

On the other hand, Robredo argued the threshold in the manual recount should be set at 25% since this was the same threshold used in the 2016 election; the same argument shared by the Commission on Election (Comelec).

Image from VP Robredo’s Facebook account

In its 21-page decision dated September 18 but released only on September 25, PET acknowledged that the 50% ballot shading threshold no longer applied for the purposes the 2016 elections and that the new threshold (25%) had been applied instead.

“After assiduously going thru the parties’ comments and arguments, the Court herein resolves to partially grant the subject motion [of Robredo] setting aside the use of 50 percent threshold in the revision proceedings is concerned,” the ruling said.

Reacting to the recent development, Robredo said that the fact that all of the SC justices signed the ruling, except for Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio and Associate Justice Diosdado Peralta who are both on leave, clearly showed that the High Court supports the ‘truth’.

Image from Marcos’s Facebook account

However, Marcos’ lawyer and spokesperson Vic Rodriguez, argued that the PET continues to implement the 50% shading threshold since the Court was never informed of any resolution from the Comelec setting the 25% threshold before Robredo made the appeal last April 18.

“Thus, it (PET) had no sufficient basis to amend its rules…. From the foregoing and as clear as daylight, the tribunal upheld the position of Senator Marcos that the correct threshold is 50%. Robredo is caught lying yet again,” Rodriguez said.