Macalintal: BBM estopped from raising ‘square’ issue
Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, lead counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo, bared on Tuesday that the camp of senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. snubbed a Commission on Election’s (Comelec) pre-election briefing where the poll body explained the “square” feature in the 2016 ballot images.
“The squares enclosing the votes are a new feature of the 2016 elections. These squares capture those markings that meet the minimum 25 percent threshold set by Comelec,” Macalintal said at a press conference.
“This was discussed by Comelec during a briefing attended by different political parties before the elections,” Macalintal said.
“Hindi sila [Marcos camp] umattend. Tapos sasabihin nila kalokohan po yun?…Maybe Mr. Marcos was ill-advised,” he added.
Previously, Marcos described as “disturbing and mysterious” the squares that appeared in their copies of ballot images.
He claimed that the squares conspicuously appeared beside the name of Vice President Leni Robredo.
But Macalintal lamented that Marcos has been cherrypicking those electoral issues that would only favor him.
“Pag boto nya binilang immaculately clean. Pag kay Robredo there is fraud,” Macalintal lamented.
Robredo won the vice presidential race in the May 2016 polls with 14,418,817 votes or 263,473 more than Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes.