Leading vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo said on Thursday, May 12, that the allegation of automated electoral fraud thrown to her camp by her closest contender Senator Bongbong Marcos is only set to condition the minds of the voters.
Amidst the tight vice presidential race with Marcos, Robredo denied that the Liberal Party manipulated the election results to cause her to lead in the partial and unofficial tally.
Robredo advised Marcos to report to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) instead of going to the media and accusing glitch in the national elections.
“Ako, naghihintay din ako ng paliwanag ng Comelec kasi gusto ko ring maliwanagan. Ang klaro lang sa akin, wala kaming ginagawang masama. Hindi kami party sa kahit ano. Kung ano ang accusations nila, kailangan nilang i-substantiate,” Robredo said in a phone patch interview with GMA News’ morning program “Unang Hirit”.
(I also am awaiting the explanation of the Comelec because I want to be enlightened. What is clear to me, however, is that we have done nothing sinister. We are not party to anyone. We have to substantiate whatever their accusations are.)
Robredo refused to comment about the alleged server anomaly in the Comelec transparency server that supposedly reduced the number of votes for Marcos while increased those of her votes. She reasoned that she is not an expert to make a valid statement on the accusation.
However, Robredo insisted that IT professionals have noted it would be a hard task to cheat on the elections just to increase the number of votes of only one candidate.
“Palagay ko, hindi kami ang dapat ang sumagot niyan dahil wala kaming access sa server. Pero nababasa ko iyong mga reaksyon ng eksperto sa eleksiyon, mga IT experts, nagsasabi sila na parang napakahirap gawin iyon kung isang kandidato iyong ang makikinabang,” Robredo said.
(I think we’re not in the position to answer that because we have no access to the server. But I have read the reaction of election experts, the IT experts, and they said it might be very hard to do that if only for the benefit of a single candidate.
Based on to the latest unofficial and partial count in the Comelec transparency server as of May 12, 4:00 pm, Robredo kept her lead with over 200, 000 votes versus Marcos.