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1/4 shading for Leni is cheating, period.

How difficult is it to shade a small oval to indicate a voter’s choice among candidates for a political position? Well, with the use of a marking pen, it doesn’t take one second to fully shade the blank space inside the oval. It would be more difficult keeping the shading from spilling out of the oval itself. Hence, it is hard to imagine how a voter, even the old who might have difficulty holding the marking pen, could possibly shade only 1/4 of the oval.

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That’s especially when we consider that the candidate is a local bet aspiring to be Vice President of the Republic. If the voters, thousands of them in Camarines Sur in this case, really rooted for Leni Robredo, they would have taken extra care in shading the oval just to make sure their votes are properly credited to her.

It must also be recalled that for months before the elections, the Comelec and media organizations, especially TV, aired voter education activities, and much airtime was spent showing voters how to properly shade the oval. Nothing was left to chance, and shading the oval just 1/4 of the space simply cannot be justified.

This is the reason the efforts of Leni to get the Supreme Court, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to accept her argument that 25% shading of the oval is sanctioned by Comelec. With the small size of the oval, 1/4 is more like a dot using the marking pen. It is not the kind of shading a voter would make to express his or her vote. It is more consistent with haste and rush to mark hundreds, if not thousands of ballots, by one individual.

What this indicates is fraud, especially because it involves thousands of ballots found with only 25% shading. It unmasks the gigantic cheating to add votes for Leni and enable her to catch up with her rival, Senator Bongbong Marcos, who had led by 1.9 million votes going into the third day of the national canvass in May 2016. As experience has shown time and again, a trend is established early in the first six hours of an electronic canvass, and never is reversed in the way Robredo squeaked past Marcos.

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Leni won by “systematic cheating”

It is now a downhill ride for Leni Robredo towards oblivion. The “systematic cheating” that propelled her to a hairline victory over former Senator Bongbong Marcos in the May 9, 2016 elections is now being uncovered in the ongoing manual recount before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). What she has described as “systematic decreasing” of her votes in her motion asking the PET to apply the 25% threshold is merely reversing the outcome of the cheating. She is now becoming the victim of her own — and the Liberal Party’s — cheating machinery.

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Photo credit: Philippine Daily Inquirer

Yesterday (April 20, 2018), a debate broke out on my Facebook wall over a report that Leni has already lost as much as 5.000 votes in the first two weeks of the manual recount. Two rabid supporters of Robredo joined the thread and claimed this report about the 5,000 votes was “fake news”. Now that is amusing, because at least two national newspapers quoted insiders at the PET as the source of this information. And Leni herself used the term “systematic decrease” to describe what is happening.

The PET denied her motion. She has appealed. By the way she sounds now, it’s as if her survival depends on persuading the PET to allow the 25% shading to be counted as valid.

Of course, the issue about shading isn’t the only factor that will lead to Leni’s defeat. Already, evidence on the large-scale cheating have surfaced: ballots being soaked in water, tampered ballot boxes, etc. This is just for Camarines Sur. Marcos has also asked the PET to do a manual recount for Iloilo and Negros Oriental. With her narrow margin of 263,000 votes — a really thin hairline difference — Leni could find herself in the loser’s box once the PET is done with these three provinces.

There is a lesson here: cheating does not work. As one friend remarked on Facebook: “Bad karma is real”. Leni is slowly being tortured by karma.

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.

Robredo’s lawyer missed science class on water evaporation

If Atty. Romulo Macalintal were to be believed, the ballots that were found wet and unreadable at the start of the manual recount for the votes for Vice President got soaked months ago and stayed that way until the ballot boxes from two towns in Camarines Sur were opened earlier this week.

Macalintal wants us to believe that this is normal. He wants to convince us that we are too dumb and stupid to know the truth. But even an elementary pupil knows that the wetness on the ballots would have evaporated after a while unless, of course, there was quite a level of water inside that could have taken long to turn into vapor.

If the water penetrated the ballot boxes because these were stored without roof cover (which would still be improbable because of the sealed condition of the ballot boxes), then it follows that these would be exposed to sunlight, too. In that case, the extreme heat would still have caused the water inside to evaporate, and in due time, the ballots would have dried up.

This is elementary science. Well, I guess Macalintal missed his science classes on evaporation. Or he is really hell-bent on fooling the Filipino people to cover up the cheating that took place in Camarines Sur.

Now, here’s the beef: pre-shaded ballots for Leni

As the manual recount for the contested votes in Camarines Sur reached its third day yesterday (April 4, 2018), more evidence of the rampant cheating that took place in the May 9, 2016 elections have surfaced. This time, the revision committees that opened ballot boxes from the municipality of Baao, Camarines Sur discovered pre-shaded ballots — some torn in half indicating that these were excess or unused ballots — mixed with valid ballots. Aside from this, two clustered precinct ballot boxes were found wet, with the ballots badly damaged and the data contained no longer readable.

The pre-shading of ballots for President and Vice President — Mar Roxas for President and Leni Robredo for Vice President — is not exactly news. A former staff assistant for Mar Roxas accidentally mentioned to me that he delivered “ballots” to several tThe carpenterowns in Iloilo and Aklan a few days before election day. Of course, I didn’t press for details; I just pretended I didn’t catch it. What he did add was that mayoralty candidates in some towns complained when only one of the two got a share of the ballots. Certainly, these couldn’t be sample ballots. Why would such a chore be handled by a trusted aide, personally delivered? And now that there is evidence of pre-shaded ballots, what he told me now makes sense. The Liberal Party did distribute pre-shaded ballots to ensure a landslide victory for Mar and Leni in controlled areas.

This is getting to be more interesting, and revealing, of just how widespread the cheating that took place was.

The Liberal Party was really desperate to make Leni win, with Senator Franklin Drilon as number one among senatorial winners.