Comelec to investigate plot to rig 2016 polls

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Malacañang on Monday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to look into Vice President Jejomar Binay’s claims that a high-tech plan to cheat in the 2016 presidential elections has been hatched.

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Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda asked the Vice President to give more details on his allegations, saying the government will not allow a repeat of the alleged rigging of the 2004 presidential polls.

“Maybe it’s best for the Vice President to clarify. That has been from the very start our advocacy, clean and free elections. We do want to avoid the situation in 2004. And the legitimacy of the elected official, the legitimacy of someone as a public official is always based on the legitimacy of the elections,” Lacierda said in a news briefing.

“So public officials are elected at the sufferance of the governed. So we want to make sure that the process is legitimate. We want to make sure that the elections are clean and honest. And, therefore, of course, it is something that everyone will be glad [about]if everybody will join our advocacy and I think it’s a no-brainer for anyone not to join our advocacy for clean and free elections,” he added.

Lacierda urged Binay to take up his concerns with the Comelec.

“It is the role of Comelec to ensure clean, free and honest elections,” he said.

On Sunday, Binay, who had bared plans to run for President in 2016, cited “disturbing reports” about the possible high-tech tampering to favor certain candidates especially for high offices in 2016.

He did not say what group is behind the plan.

“If this is true, such an act will be an assault on the people’s sovereign power to confer their mandate on the leaders of their choosing,” Binay added.

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