Celebrities appeal to Comelec to push for dismissal of VP poll protest

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A few celebrities including Agot Isidro, Enchong Dee, Iza Calzado and others sent a letter to the Commission on Elections on Wednesday urging the agency to abide by its rules and push to dismiss the vice presidential poll protest of former Senator Ferdinand "Bong Bong" Marcos based on the results of the recount. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 28) — A few celebrities including Agot Isidro, Enchong Dee, Iza Calzado and others sent a letter to the Commission on Elections on Wednesday urging the agency to abide by its rules and push to dismiss the vice presidential poll protest of former Senator Ferdinand "Bong Bong" Marcos based on the results of the recount.

"We firmly appeal to the Comelec to uphold the implementation of PET Rule 65 and Comelec Resolution No. 9720 so as not to disenfranchise millions of voters and to preserve our election processes and the faith of the Filipinos that justice has no color," the letter stated.

It was signed by Isidro, Dee, Calzado as well as co-showbiz personalities Pia Magalona, Carlos Aguilos, Kalila Aguilos, producer Noel Ferrer and musicians Bayang Barrios-Villegas and Maychelle Baay.

The Supreme Court has already ordered Comelec to comment on the electoral protest before it resolves the issue.

Rule 65 of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal and the Comelec Resolution No. 9720 states that a poll protest should be dismissed if there is no substantial recovery on the votes of the complainant, Marcos in this case, in the pilot provinces he has chosen.

After losing to former Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo for vice president in the 2016 polls, Marcos lodged an electoral protest questioning the results.

In October 2019, after a recount, Robredo’s lead even grew by around 15,000 votes or a total of 278,566 votes from the 5,415 clustered precincts in the pilot provinces of Camarines Sur, Iloilo, and Negros Oriental.