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February 22, 2017


Kapihan sa Manila Bay

Hosted by Marichu Villanueva, Columnist & Editor of the Philippine Star
Cafe Adriatico, Remedios Circle, Malate, Manila
February 22, 2017
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Atty. Romy Macalintal, Atty. George Erwin Garcia and Atty. Ferdinand Topacio


PET Protest

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  • Atty. Macalintal: We have a gag order on issues regarding the vote counting machines but we do have updates on the cases that we are handling.
  • Atty. Macalintal: once the technicalities are done, the lawyers can start calling in the witnesses and showing the proof. From there you can select 3 provinces which clearly demonstrate fraud and irregularities. They will start with that. Once that is done the Sc will see if Marcos made substantial discovery enough to warrant to open the rest of the regions. If there’s no substantial proof is seen, then VP Leni Robredo may win the protest.
  • Atty. Garcia: This is the first time where you’re challenging the computerization of elections for a national position.
  • Atty. Garcia: The final analysis of the election recount will benefit the Filipino people. The only way to test the machine is to count the ballots.
  • Atty. Garcia: There’s no SC decision wherein there’s a pending case and then gets appointed to an executive position. Will it be deemed as an abandonment of an election protest? it is still open ended. Considering one is an elected position and the other is appointed.
  • Atty. Garcia: We are still using the Omnibus Election code wherein that was made for the manual counting, not electronic counting. We don’t have new rules covering this computerized system.
  • Atty. Garcia: There’s a need to update the Omnibus Election code to fit the computerized system and that is what our lawmakers should prioritize.

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