COMELEC Chair Andres Bautista and some senators dismiss the poll fraud allegations made by three witnesses from Quezon province, saying that their accusations are hard to believe.
Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista questioned the allegations of the three whistleblowers who claim to have evidence of vote cheating in the Quezon province.
Among these safeguards were the Comelec website feature that allowed the public to check the almost real-time election returns from the 92,509 precincts nationwide, and the voting receipts issued to the voters so that they can double check their ballots.
The Comelec chairman also put into question the timing of the whistleblowers in trying to expose the alleged vote manipulation – already three weeks after the May election and on the same day when the presidential and vice-presidential winners were to be proclaimed.
The supposed cheating witnesses were brought to the Senate on Monday by Pastor “Boy” Saycon Jr. of the Council for Philippine Affairs. However, the whistleblowers were not able to tell their story to Senators Nancy Binay, Sergio Osmeña III, and Teofisto Guingona II because the three senators were not around.
One of the three witnesses spoke to the reporters instead. He revealed that an official of the Liberal Party (LP) ordered the manipulation and rigging of votes in Quezon to help administration presidential bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and his vice-presidential running mate Leni Robredo win the election.
Roxas lost by a wide margin to Rodrigo Duterte but Robredo was able to win against Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. by a narrow lead.
Senator Franklin Drilon commented that he did not want to waste his time investigating the allegations while Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III found the cheating accusations implausible.