Binay calls for vigilance vs 2016 poll cheating

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Vice President Jejomar Binay has upheld the credibility of the information he received about plans for massive cheating in the 2016 elections.

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“It’s sad because it’s not the will of the people that will prevail,” said Binay after the 35th Meeting of the Asean Senior Officials on Drug Matters in Makati on Tuesday.

Binay also said the people need to be vigilant and guard their votes to ensure that such plans do not succeed.

“We can stop it. Let us unite in vigilance. Let’s bring back the election fever in 1986. Some walked out because of social consciousness, civic spirit,” he said.

Binay added that the warnings he received have been consistent.

He also denied that his proclamations of cheating, which he first revealed during the Joint Convention of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Western and Eastern Visayas in Iloilo, was a form of mind conditioning to sway public opinion in case he lost in the upcoming elections.

“In every election there’s cheating. Let’s unite to stop wholesale election fraud,” Binay said.

He also expressed apprehension over the use of the precinct counting optical scan (PCOS) machines over reports that many of the machines were obsolete and non-functional.

Binay urged the immediate release of funds to purchase new machines.

However, he added that while the PCOS machines could be manipulated, the Philippines should not revert to manual counting of votes.

Instead, the Commission on Elections should acquire machines that have been proven in other countries and cannot be tampered.

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