No matter how you look at it, the message of the headlines of the majority of mainstream media including GMA News is telling Marcos and his supporters to quit because the manual recount of the votes has clearly spoken.
And that Leni Robredo’s win over Marcos in the 2016 VP race was legit and the result of the manual recount just validated that.
Well, don’t tell that to the face of lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles!
In a Facebook post, GMA News receive a mouthful from Angeles for their obviously Robredo-leaning headline announcing that Robredo’s lead over Marcos widened after recount in 3 provinces.
Angeles said that in law school, students are taught that “the result is only half the story. As important to the establishment of jurisprudence (or the law of the case) is HOW that conclusion was reached.”
Angeles cited the 15,000 votes gained by Robredo over Marcos after manual recount of the 3 provinces as an example.
Angeles asked 3 probing questions to test the validity of the 15,000 figure cited by the Caguiao Report, which has been used by the Leni camp as the basis for their media offensive.
For example, were ballots interpreted using the 50% shading rule or the 20% that the Robredo camp insisted? Did they count the ballots that were lost or destroyed after the elections?
In short, this headline (hello GMA News!) and Leni’s subsequent statements tell only half the story. The public Angeles insisted needs to know how the number used by The Caguiao report was reached. And in this headline, Angeles said the public needs to know how Caguiao determined that Robredo’s lead over Marcos widened.
You may read Trixie Cruz-Angeles original article below.
One of the first things you learn in law school is, the result is only half the story. As important to the establishment of jurisprudence (or the law of the case) is HOW that conclusion was reached.
Now let us say in this instance, a number is produced. Lets say 15,000.
How were those numbers counted?
How were the ballots interpreted? (50 percent shading? 20 percent?)
How did they count the ballots that were lost or destroyed AFTER the elections?
So this headline, and Leni’s subsequent statements tell only half the story. We need to know how the number 15,000 was reached. And in the case of this headline, we need to know how Caguioa determined that Robedo’s lead widened.