Former Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban finds a key claim of losing vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos’ election protest “preposterous”, one that might even raise the eyebrow of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“To be sure, Marcos’ 1,000-page petition, backed by over 20,000 affidavits, raised many issues including alleged ‘violations in using the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs)… which have not demonstrated capability and been successfully used in a prior electoral exercise’,” Panganiban wrote on his Inquirer column Sunday.
According to the ex-Chief Magistrate, this argument from former senator Marcos seeks to undermine every election race victory last May, even that of the politiko’s BFF, Duterte.
“If this allegation were true, then all the victors in the 2016 elections, including Rodrigo Duterte, would be dislodged. This is simply preposterous given that the 2016 elections were generally peaceful, orderly and credible,” Panganiban said.
It can be recalled that Duterte won by six million votes from his closest competitor, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, in the Palace race.
Marcos, on the other hand, lost by only 260,000 votes against eventual vice president, former Camarines Sur congresswoman Leni Robredo.
VCMs replaced the old precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that were used in previous automated elections. The 2016 elections were only the second automated national polls ever held in the country.