Chief Justice Bersamin denies ‘verdict’ on Marcos’ poll protest

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first_imgMarcos cited alleged pre-shading ofballots, massive vote buying, script change in the transparency server thatsupposedly altered the results, pre-loaded secure digital cards, misreading ofballots, malfunctioning vote counting machines, and an “abnormally high”unaccounted votes/undervotes for the vice presidential position./PN “You ask the columnist what her or hisbasis. I cannot confirm or deny that because he must know more than I do.That’s the bad part about it. There is no definite voting yet or anything thathappened in that particular case,” Bersamin said. Bersamin said it was not true that thehigh court justices have voted 8-6 in favor of Marcos, as reported in abroadsheet on Thursday. Associate Justice Alfredo BenjaminCaguioa submitted his report on the revision and recount of ballots on thethree pilot provinces Iloilo, Camarines Sur and Negros Oriental chosen byMarcos. Supreme Court chief justice Lucas Bersamin says he left the judiciary with “no regrets” after reaching his mandatory retirement age on Friday. ABS-CBN NEWS MANILA – Supreme Court Chief JusticeLucas Bersamin denied a verdict has been reached about the electoral protestFerdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. filed against Vice President Leni Robredo.    center_img Bersamin, meanwhile, said even withCaguioa’s report, the tribunal is not obliged to approve it. Marcos lost the vice presidential raceto Robredo by only 263,473 votes in the final and official tally of theCommission on Elections. He garnered 14,155,344 votes while Robredo got a totalof 14,418,817 votes.  In his protest, the former senatorquestioned the election results in 39,221 clustered precincts in around 25provinces and five cities all over the country involving around 9-millionvotes. “When a report is issued, it does notnecessarily mean that we have to consider that report, approve it, adopt itetc… It’s not automatic, otherwise we will not be a deliberative body, acollegial body,” Bersamin added.last_img

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