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Comelec officials welcome Bongbong’s poll protest

Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials on Wednesday welcomed the electoral protest filed by losing vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

"We welcome the protest and we will follow any directive of the Supreme Court," Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista told GMA News Online.

Commissioner Luie Tito Guia, meanwhile, said the protest allows a chance "to resolve this issue."

"The filing of the case will give an opportunity for all parties to really prove or disprove the allegation," Guia told reporters.

Asked if it will affirm the proclamation of Robredo, the commissioner replied: "She was proclaimed based on the count that was done. Ang sabi ng nagprotesta, hindi dapat siya ang nanalo. So those are things that will be resolved in the context of the case."

"Filing of the protest is part of the electoral process, actually. Questioning results is part of the electoral process," he added.

Marcos filed the electoral protest at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), a day before Robredo assumes as vice president.

The outgoing senator is asking the PET to set aside Robredo's proclamation and instead declare him as the winner of the vice presidential race, where he lost by just 263,473 votes.

Marcos claimed that there were a series of electoral frauds, anomalies, and irregularities during the last elections to ensure the administration bet's victory.

He said they have gathered numerous testimonial and documentary evidence to establish violations committed by both the Comelec and technology provider Smartmatic, notably in line with the "cosmetic" change made on the transparency server on election day. —ALG, GMA News