Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. believes Vice President Leni Robredo shouldn’t be allowed to get the digital copies of the ballots in the 2016 polls since she didn’t even shared any costs to have them secured.
With this, Marcos appealed that the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), to reverse its previous ruling which granted Robredo’s request.
“With all due respect, since protestee Robredo did not contribute any share in the expenses and supplies for this undertaking, it is unfair, unjust and inequitable that she was allowed by this Honorable Tribunal to obtain soft copies of the decrypted images of the ballots, election returns, audit logs and other relevant documents for the pilot protest,” read his motion for reconsideration.
“Free-riding should not be countenanced by this Honorable Tribunal,” Marcos pointed out.
Marcos reminded he paid for the cost of decryption and printing of ballot images from the pilot provinces amounting to P2,974,075.
Last November 7, the PET granted her request to get digital copies of the ballots from the three pilot provinces.
The soft copies of digital cards sought by Robredo are from Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Because of this, Robredo’s camp expressed gratitude to the PET for granting her request.
“We welcome the PET’s decision because it will provide us with additional blanket of security to the votes received by VP Leni as they decrypt the contents of the SD cards,” said her lawyer Romulo Macalintal.