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This time, it’s not just water, but chemicals

The evidence of massive cheating in Camarines Sur is growing, and all indications point to an organized effort to stall the manual recount being undertaken by the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, and prevent the unseating of Leni Robredo as Vice President in the near-term.

This surfaced last week when revisors discovered more wet ballots from the towns of Canaman ang Garchitorena in Robredo’s home province. This time, however, the ballots were not soaked in water; these were found to be powdery and smelly, and nothing could be read anymore.

The Philippine Star published this report in its April 30, 2018 edition. Here’s the full report. “PET finds ballots soaked in chemicals, jumbled voters’ receipts.”

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What “systematic decrease” of votes is Leni talking about?

Leni Robredo is becoming “praning”, apparently after tell-tale signs of the massive cheating in the May 9, 2016 elections for Vice President have emerged after just four days into the manual recount being conducted by the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

On Thursday (April 5, 2018), Robredo’s lawyers filed a motion before the PET to consider 25% shading of the oval before a candidate’s name as sufficient to credit that vote for her, and not 50% as in the past. The timing for filing this motion is curious. It comes just after the camp of Bongbong Marcos raised the issue of pre-shaded ballots.

Could there be a connection between the issue of pre-shaded ballots and Leni’s motion on partial shading?

Keep in mind that Leni is from Camarines Sur, and if voters in her own province really rooted for her, they would have taken extra care in shading the oval across her name. I think that is only logical. I would imagine voters even doing drills in shading just to make sure not a single vote for Leni would be lost due to inadequate shading.

How big a percentage of the ballots were not shaded completely for Leni? If it’s a substantial number then there might be a link to the pre-shading issue. Pre-shading must have been done in such a hurry that the cheating personnel did a poor job in shading the oval across Leni’s name.

The PET should take this possibility into consideration. That Leni is “praning” is full of meaning. It could be her fear of the cheating being exposed in full view of the public is pushing her to the edge.