COMELEC Bautista to whistleblowers: Bakit ngayon lang?

COMELEC Bautista to whistleblowers: Bakit ngayon lang?

Andres Bautista, Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman, suspects the unlikely appearance of the three (3) whistleblowers who alleged that there has been a manipulation of votes for presidential candidate and administration bet Manuel Roxas and Vice President-elect Maria Leonora “Leni” Robredo.

"Parang ang pumasok sa aking isipan, ewan ko, iyun bang too late the hero. Bakit ngayon lang? Kung mayroon talagang ebidensya at pruweba ng dayaan, bakit ngayong lang lalantad?" Bautista said.

Bautista also said that although it is easy to make accusations, backing them up with proof is the usual problem.

COMELEC Bautista to whistleblowers: Bakit ngayon lang?

COMELEC Chair Bautista to poll fraud whistleblowers:

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"Parang ang pumasok sa aking isipan, ewan ko, iyun bang too late the hero. Bakit ngayon lang? Kung mayroon talagang ebidensya at pruweba ng dayaan, bakit ngayong lang lalantad?" Bautista said.

Bautista also said that although it is easy to make accusations, backing them up with proof is the usual problem.

"Napakadali pong mag-accuse, napakadali pong magtapon ng putik. Nangyayari parati iyan. ang problema ay iyung pruweba. Sana ang mga tao, responsable. Kapag may sasabihin silang accusation, dapat talaga sinusuportahan iyan ng tamang ebidensya," Bautista said.

(It is so easy to accuse. It is so easy to throw dirt. It always happens. The problem lies with proofs. I hope people are responsible. If they are to make accusations, they should be supported by correct and sufficient evidence.)

The whistleblowers or ‘witnesses’ are claimed to be public employees who were demanded to reconfigure the SD cards which contain votes coming from the Quezon province. One of them said that they put 400,000 votes for Mar Roxas while 300,000 are added for Leni Robredo. They, however, did not succeed in presenting evidence.

COMELEC chief said that their claims are virtually impossible because of the protections executed by the poll body. One of these protective measures is the issuance of voter’s receipts. It allowed the voters to validate whether their votes were casted correctly by the vote counting machines.

Currently, the poll body is conducting a random manual audit (RMA) with the goal to ascertain whether there is any difference between the automated and manual vote counting.

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Robredo dismissed Marcos' allegations

Meanwhile, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Robredo's lawyer, insisted that the numbers from Saycon's "witnesses" do not add up.

"Kung nadagdagan tayo ng boto na 500,000, dapat sana nag-exceed ang number of voters who actually voted," Macalintal said in a press conference on Monday.

Apart from the latest allegations against Robredo, Marcos' lawyers have repeatedly claimed possible electoral fraud due to the unoficial change in the hash codes, which according to them may have compromised the results of the vice presidential race.

Marcos himself has also questioned the "undervotes" of nearly 4 million, the zero Marcos' vote in some areas, the nationwide malfunction of some vote-counting machines (VCMs), and the alleged vote-buying in some areas.

READ: Experts debunk claims of Marcos-Robredo electoral fraud; call for responsible data science

Senator Marcos' camp has also reportedly considered filing an election protest to contest Robredo's victory.

Robredo responded to such statements by saying last Monday that though Marcos has a right to file an election protest, his allegations may be considered a disservice to voters.

"Karapatan naman niya maghain ng anumang reklamo, pero 'yung sa akin, tingin ko, disservice sa ating kababayan na sinasabi niyang hindi siya naniniwala kung saan ang aking boto."

She added, "parang insulto naman iyon sa kanila na tinatawaran ang kanilang efforts at tulong."

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