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                                                                                                          Refer to: Ms. Dale Zapata


26 September 2005

Vice President Noli “Kabayan” de Castro has urged for the expediting of the investigation of the alleged
theft incident involving the padlocks used for the ballot boxes in Tabogon, Cebu, as well as the prosecution of the alleged election offenders.

The Vice President has asked the Commission on Elections to take every measure necessary to protect the integrity of ballot boxes and other election paraphernalia, with the primary aim of upholding the sanctity of the ballots contained therein.

Insofar as the pending Election Protest is concerned, the lawyer of the Vice President, Atty. Armando M. Marcelo of the Andres Marcelo Padernal Guerrero and Paras Law Offices, said that De Castro humbly submits to the sound discretion of the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) on how the case shall be handled in light of the recent developments.

Atty. Marcelo said that the Vice President has no objection to the use of the ballots or other authentic
copies of the election returns to resolve the case, subject to the proposal of Sen. Loren Legarda and the concurrence of the PET.

“The Vice President is confident that the PET will ultimately confirm the truth that he has received the mandate of the Filipino people as their duly-elected Vice President,” Atty Marcelo added.

Previously, De Castro has manifested his interest to maintain the integrity of the ballots when he vigorously opposed the move by Sen. John Henry Osmeña to cause the transfer of ballot boxes to the Senate Electoral Tribunal.  On the other hand, Sen. Loren Legarda failed to do anything to oppose the move. 

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