Thousands of Iloilo voters support Leni’s 25-percent threshold stance
Some 5,000 registered voters from the province of Iloilo urged the Presidential Electoral Tribunal to uphold the 25 percent shading threshold being pushed by Vice President Leni Robredo.
Led by actress and long-time Robredo supporter Cynthia Patag, the voters side with the vice
president’s argument that voters would be disenfranchised if PET would stand by the 50-percent threshold.
“Our votes will be disenfranchised and our voices will not be heard if the PET continues to insist on using the 50-percent threshold in the manual recount of votes,” they said in a letter to acting Chief Justice and PET chair Antonio Carpio.
They pointed out their constitutional right to vote “should and must not be taken away from us” by the PET’s ruling setting the threshold to 50 percent.
“We are ready to fight fiercely for this invaluable right which gives our voices a chance to be heard, to level the playing field for ordinary citizens like us,”s read the letter, which included their signatures.
Marcos filed the protest on June 29 2016, claiming that the camp of Robredo cheated in the automated polls in the May 2016 national polls.
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.