Outgoing Vice President Jejomar Binay is reportedly planning to file an electoral protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal if Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos would file first, according to Binay’s friend Mauro Gia Samonte.
In his column for the Manila Times, Samonte recalled his conversation with Binay after the recent May elections. “If Marcos protests, I will have to join him in that protest. I mean, I will have to make my own protest alongside his,” Binay reportedly said according to Samonte.
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The outgoing Vice President’s plan to file an electoral case is based on Bongbong Marcos’ argument about the great number of “undervotes” in the recent election. The camp of Marcos has been trying to get an explanation for the almost 4 million “undervotes” for the vice-presidential post.
Undervoting refers to a voter who chooses not to vote for any candidate for a particular position. However, Robredo’s camp argues that Marcos should not use the number of “undervotes” as his explanation for protesting the election.
"Sa ilalim ng ating batas, iyan (undervoting) ay kinikilala na bahagi ng karapatan ng isang botante.... Hindi iyan palatandaan ng isang pandaraya,” Atty. Romulo Macalintal, legal counsel of Robredo, said in an earlier interview.
(Under our law, that is considered as a right of a voter. That is not a proof of cheating.)
In the official results of the 2016 Presidential election, outgoing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won a landslide victory with a total of 16,601,997 votes. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II was in second place with a total of 9,978,175 votes, followed by Grace Poe with 9,100,991 votes, Binay with 5,416,140 votes, Miriam Defensor-Santiago with 1,455,532 votes and Roy Señeres with 25,779 votes.
For the official results of the Vice-Presidential election, Leni Robredo won a narrow victory against Marcos with a total of 14,418,817 votes. Marcos got a total of 14,155,344 votes, Alan Peter Cayetano with 5,903,379 votes, Francis “Chiz” Escudero with 4,931,962 votes, Antonio Trillanes IV with 868,501 votes, and Gregorio Honasan II with 788,881 votes.