25-percent threshold

Sen. Bam: PET should take cue from Comelec 25% threshold

Now that the Commission on Elections has spoken on the issue of the 25-percent threshold, Sen. Bam Aquino is confident that the Presidential Electoral Tribunal will do the right thing in the election protest filed against Vice President Leni Robredo by losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

“With no less than the Comelec saying that the 25-percent threshold should be used in the manual recount, we expect the PET to use it as guide in making the right decision,” said Sen. Bam, campaign manager of Vice President Robredo in the 2016 elections.

“In the end, I am confident that VP Leni will be vindicated from the false accusations made against her and her victory will be proven,” added Sen. Bam.

In its comment to the PET on the motion for reconsideration filed by Vice President Robredo, the Comelec informed the PET that the vote-counting machines used the 25-percent shading threshold in the 2016 elections.

The Comelec said it used the said threshold to ensure votes are not wasted due to inadequate shading or that no accidental or unintended small marks are counted as votes.

Earlier, VP Robredo filed a motion for reconsideration after the PET allowed the use of the 50-percent threshold in the manual recount for vice president.

If used, the 50-percent threshold, that was last utilized in the 2010 elections, could lead to massive disenfranchisement of votes for both camps, Robredo’s legal counsel Romulo Macalintal insisted.

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