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An Election Lawyer’s Rebuttal Of Bongbong Marcos’ False Claims

A lawyer and netizen just showed us how to burn an ambitious and pretentious loser.

In the midst of claims and counterclaims of the contending parties in the ongoing recount of votes in connection with the electoral protest lodged by losing vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. against the duly-proclaimed winner Vice-President Leni Robredo, an election expert made a point by point rebuttal of Marcos’ false claims which the latter made through his Facebook account.

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In his post, Marcos complained about the five ballot boxes which all came from Camarines Sur, Robredo’s bailiwick, that were allegedly “soaked in water.”

The former senator’s innuendo is that these wet ballots were intentionally and maliciously tampered with to affect the results of the recount.

The dead dictator’s son also blasted top-notch election lawyer Romeo Macalintal for saying that the said boxes became wet because of a storm in the said province.

Then here comes Emil Maraňon III, an election lawyer, using the same social media platform used by Marcos to answer the latter’s contention.

Maraňon said that that the wetting of ballots as a means of cheating during a recount is a thing of the past. It is only possible when an election is held manually but not in an automated election system where there are scanned copies or ballot images that can be used in case the original paper ballots are destroyed or lost.

On the contention of Marcos that the ballot boxes are not only 100% weatherproof but also waterproof, Maraňon avers that the ballot boxes, by design, have holes where the ballots passed through from the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) to the boxes. This is one of the common reasons why ballots became soaked with water because the ballot boxes are usually placed or hidden on open gymnasiums or basketball courts.

If this is the case, is the leniency in the safekeeping of the ballot boxes a cause for concern? No, because, to reiterate, there are scanned copies or ballot images to go back to in case the original ballots are destroyed, lost or tampered in whatever way.

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Marcos Jr. also accused the camp of Robredo of doing everything “in their power to delay the recount.” But Maraňon hits back at Marcos for this untruthful and malicious claim and reminded everyone that it was the vice-president who filed a motion withdrawing all pending motions and incidents that may have a dilatory effect on the ongoing proceedings. On the contrary, it was the side of Marcos who did not comply with his own dare or challenge when he failed to file a motion withdrawing all the motions they filed that are delaying the case.

Lastly, on the stupid contention of Marcos that the audit logs were missing inside the ballot boxes on the day of the election, Maraňon cited COMELEC Resolution No. 10057, specifically Article VII, Section 29 [f] 5 thereof, directing the turnover of audit logs by the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) to the Election Officer of the province or city
immediately after the election. Thereafter, the Election Officers are obliged to send all the audit logs collected from the BEI to the COMELEC main office in Manila City.

“Dahil doon, walang audit logs sa loob ng mga ballot boxes. Samakatuwid, huwag maghanap ng wala,” Maraňon declared.

Maraňon, a former chief of staff of retired Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes, Jr. and a graduate from the SOAS, University of London, where he studied Human Rights, Conflict and Justice as a Chevening scholar, advised Marcos to hire better election consultants so he will not be “electrocuted” with fake news and wrong information.

“Yung nakakaintindi naman kahit slight,” he sarcastically quipped.