Marcos camp claims excess ballots were ‘pre-shaded’ for Robredo

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  • The Marcos camp has claimed some unused ballots were pre-shaded for Robredo
  • These were discovered from the ballots coming from Camarines Sur
  • It was the third allegation raised by Marcos camp since the manual recount started

MANILA, Philippines – It was only the third day of the ongoing manual recount, but the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos claimed to have discovered another proof of poll irregularities.

This time, Marcos lawyer and spokesperson Vic Rodriguez said they discovered that some unused and excess ballots for the 2016 election were pre-shaded in favor of Vice President Leni Robredo.

These ballots were reportedly found in the ballot boxes from polling precincts in the town of Baao, Camarines Sur; a known Robredo bailiwick and one of the three pilot provinces in Marcos’ electoral protest.

Also reportedly found inside the boxes were ballots cut into half, which means these are unused or excess ballots.

However, Rodriguez did not say how many ballots of this kind were discovered.

It was the third allegation by the camp of Bongbong Marcos against Robredo in as many days; purportedly proof that irregularities were committed during last election where the former lost to the Vice President by a little over 260,000 votes.

Rodriguez told CNN Philippines they are hoping to uncover around 290,000 votes in the three pilot provinces, majority of which were supposedly votes for Marcos.

On Monday, Rodriguez also revealed they found some ballots coming from the same town were wet and unreadable while audit logs were missing from the ballot boxes.

Robredo’s legal counsel, Romulo Macalintal, has said these are not proof of irregularities since ballot images are readily available and could easily be accessed for cross-reference.

As for the latest allegation, Macalintal said they will look into it; hoping it will not be another ‘fake news’ from the rival camp.