PET wants CamSur officials to explain irregularities in ballots

MANILA, Philippines - Camarines Sur local officials have been directed by the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) to answer alleged irregularities spotted by revisors in the ongoing initial recount of vice presidential votes.

The PET promulgated a 9-page resolution on June 19, a copy of which was obtained by media only on Thursday, July 5, asking officials from Tinambac, Tigaon and Iriga in Camarines Sur to explain the alleged irregularities.

In Tinambac, there were:

In Tigaon, there were:

In Barangay San Francisco, Iriga, there were:

Camarines Sur is the province of Vice President Leni Robredo.

In April, the PET asked local officials from Bato, Sagñay, Garchitorena and Ocampo to explain why ballots were wet or damaged.

Former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr lost to Robredo by only 263,473 votes in the 2016 vice presidential election. He filed this electoral protest soon after.  (READ: TIMELINE: Marcos-Robredo election case)

An initial recount is being conducted on ballots from Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental. The results of the initial recount will be the basis of the PET to either terminate the protest, or proceed to do recount on other provinces. –