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Two recent YouTube videos have falsely claimed that the 2016 vice presidential election was fraudulent despite the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s (PET) ruling that there was no evidence of cheating.

The Supreme Court, sitting as the PET, unanimously junked on Feb. 16, 2021 the electoral protest filed by former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The high court dismissed the petition “for lack of merit,” saying:

(P)rotestant (Marcos) still failed to substantiate his allegations of massive anomalies and irregularities in protestee’s (Robredo) favor. Instead, he chose to make sweeping allegations of wrongdoing and submitted incomplete and incorrect data.

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