More wet ballots, grass found in Naga

As the recount of 2016 vice presidential polls continues, more wet ballots were discovered in ballot boxes from Naga City, Camarines Sur.

Aside from wet ballots, the camp of former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said cut grass was also discovered in ballot boxes from the hometown of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

The ballot boxes from Naga were opened last Friday, April 6. The manual recount and revision of ballots started on Monday, April 2, and is part of the electoral protest Marcos filed against Robredo.

During the first week of recount, several wet ballot boxes were reportedly found from Bato and Baao towns in Camarines Sur.

Marcos’ spokesman, Vic Rodriguez, remarked that the discovery of more wet ballots in Naga City, in addition to Bato and Baao towns, bolsters their allegations of fraud during the 2016 national elections.

“With the discovery of extra votes added to Robredo in clustered precinct in Bato, Camarines Sur and the wet ballots in several clustered precincts, we are convinced that more evidence of fraud, ballot box tampering and vote padding are to come out, validating our case that the 2016 election for vice president is the worst in history,” Rodrigez said.

In his poll protest, Marcos accused Robredo’s camp of committing massive electoral fraud through pre-shading of ballots, pre-loaded Secure Digital cards, and misreading of ballots, among others, during the May 2016 polls.

Robredo won the vice presidential race with only 263,473 more than Marcos’.

Camarines Sur is among the three pilot provinces Marcos tagged in his poll protest. The other two were Iloilo and Negros Oriental.

The result of the revision on the three pilot provinces will determine whether the recount should proceed to cover the remaining 31,047 contested clustered precincts.

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