Robredo camp asks PET to junk Marcos' opposition to use decrypted ballot images

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 14) — The lawyers of Vice President Leni Robredo have asked the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to junk the opposition of former Senator Bongbong Marcos to use decrypted ballot images in the recount of votes in connection with his poll protest.

In their counter-manifestation, Robredo's lawyers argue that Marcos has not presented any evidence to substantiate his claims.

Marcos pointed out that the decrypted ballot images are "compromised and should no longer be used."

In opposing the use of the ballot images, he also questioned the presence of boxes in the ovals beside the names of candidates containing shades.

But, Robredo's lawyers said the Commission on Elections already explained that the squares merely mean that the shades met or exceeded the threshold.

The Vice President's legal counsel also pointed out that Marcos, in his preliminary conference brief, also sought the "recount, revision, and re-appreciation" not only of the official ballots but the ballot images as well.

They stressed  that the decrypted ballot images would confirm the victory of Robredo and Marcos' defeat, saying Marcos is "assailing the integrity of his own evidence."

Marcos lost to Robredo by over 263,473 votes in the 2016 vice presidential elections. He claimed fraud in various media briefings, citing anomalies in the ballots.