Ballot revision in 2016 VP poll recount nears end – PET

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 22) — The revision of ballots in the poll protest of defeated 2016 vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. is "near the end," the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) said Tuesday.

These ballots are from about 5,500 clustered precints in the pilot provinces which Marcos chose for his protest, namely Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.

In a statement, the electoral tribunal said revision was suspended in two precints on Monday, January 21, due to "wet or damaged ballots." PET added it will resume the revision proceedings for the said ballots on January 28.

"In the interim, the Tribunal shall prepare for the use of decrypted ballot images in the revision proceedings," it said.

Once the remaining ballots are revised, the PET said it will, then, rule on all objections and claims of Marcos and Vice President Leni Robredo's camps through appreciation proceedings.

Results of the revision and appreciation proceedings will determine the merit of Marcos' case, as stated under the 2010 PET Rules.

"Under Rule 65, the Tribunal shall determine, after an examination of the ballots and proof, and after making reasonable allowances and taking all circumstances into account, whether protestant Marcos will most probably fail to make out his case," PET said.

"If he will most probably fail to make out his case, the Tribunal may dismiss the protest without further consideration of the other provinces mentioned in his protest. If he will most probably make out his case, the Tribunal may move forward with the remaining provinces subject of the protest," it added.

The recount began in April 2018, two years after Marcos brought his electoral protest to the Supreme Court sitting as the PET. He lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes.