- Marcos questioned the latest requirement laid down by PET for revisors
- Head revisors are now required to undergo psychological test
- The latest PET requirement is being blamed as the cause of delay of the manual recount
MANILA, Philippines – Defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos has questioned the move of the Supreme Court, which sits as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), ton require revisors to undergo psychological test before the manual recount can be started.
The PET announced last week it will start manual recount of ballot boxes in question this coming March 19. The process was originally scheduled for February but was eventually moved due to PET’s new requirement.
“Biglang nagkaroon ng psychological test, biglang kung anu-ano ang mga requirement na bago,” Marcos said in an interview with reporters on Monday. [Suddenly psychological test was required (for revisors), new requirements just popped out suddenly].
“Wala naman sa batas, wala naman sa rules, at lahat ng requirement na ‘yun, nung 2016 pwede na nilang ginawa ‘yun, ba’t ngayon lang, malapit nang magsimula,” the former senator said.
[It’s not in the law, not in the rules and all those requirement should have been done during 2016, why only now when the recount is about to start.
Marcos they were expecting the recount to begin so some of his supporters trooped to the Supreme Court to hold a vigil.
“Kaya sila andito [The reason they’re here is] to hold a vigil but the recount was moved to next month again. This prayer vigil turned into a protest to show displeasure,” he added.
The son of the late president lamented almost two years have passed yet not a single ballot was opened. Nevertheless, he expected the recount to begin next month without further delay.
Marcos’ lawyer, Vic Rodriguez, also clarified psychological tests are required only for head revisors. Revisors are the personnel tasked to examine the ballot boxes.