By Jefferson Antiporda Reporter
THE Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) on Tuesday condemned what it considered as a blatant abuse of power on the part of the current administration to ensure the victory of its candidates particularly in the province of Cavite and Leyte in the May 13 elections.
Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Lakas-CMD president said that elections have never been worse in terms of the government’s use and abuse of its resources, including the local Philippine National Police (PNP).
Romualdez noted that, the present administration has utilized the Commission on Elections (Comelec) deputized enforcement agencies, like PNP, in assisting its own candidates in the commission of election violations such as vote buying and harassment of voters to make sure its candidates win.
Romualdez first cited the incident that happened in Cavite wherein the government deliberately denied protection to the basic rights of Lakas-CMD Chairman Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., and instigated conflict by instituting political propaganda, planting fabricated allegations against the truth that should have prevailed.
“Instead of protecting the security and safety of our Chairman and his family, the administration threw its arm by falsely accusing him of crimes he never committed only for some political agenda,” the Lakas-CMD chair said.
In Leyte, Romualdez claimed that administration candidates freely roved around their towns side by side with PNP officers buying votes, creating fear in voters by flaunting firearms.
Assuming its role as deputized Comelec elections enforcers, police officers instead pioneered the institution of election violations in specific towns and cities such as Babatngon, San Miguel and Tacloban.
“We have personal accounts of witnesses and video footages to prove that police officers escorted administration candidates right in front of polling places in broad day light buying votes,” Romu-aldez added.
But he maintained that the party will never back down and expressed optimism that that justice will always prevail no matter how powerful their foes are.
“As Lakas-CMD political party, we remain steadfast in keeping our principles unbridled as we reiterate our efforts for fairness and equality, for justice, honesty truth and peace,” Romualdez stressed.
Administration candidates got the support of the known 10 “vote-rich provinces,” with a huge turnout of their candidates compared to the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
According to partial and unofficial results from PPCRV/KBP mirror server, nine of the pro-administration senatorial bets got into the “Magic 12” in Cavite, where there are 1.6 million registered voters. In Bulacan, there are 1.4 million voters; Nueva Ecija has 1.2 million; Laguna has 1.4 million registered voters; Rizal has 1.2 million; Pangasinan has 1.3 million registered voters; Batangas with 1.3 million voters, and Davao del Sur with 1.4 million voters.
There are 10 candidates from the Malacañang senatorial lineup who are ahead in the province of Cebu where there are 2.5 million voters and Negros Occidental with 1.5 million.
The provinces cited has a total of 16 million registered voters or one-third of the total of 52 million voters in the Philippines.
Ahead in the senatorial race is Grace Poe who garnered huge votes in Cavite, Batangas and Rizal.
The UNA party failed to get the support of their bailiwick province of Cebu. Only two candidates got in the Magic 12 from the province, which were Nancy Binay and former Sen. Migz Zubiri. From the Team PNoy slate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano, Bam Aquino, Grace Poe, Loren Le-garda, and Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel were those who got in the Top 5 spot.
With report from Sheila T. Mañalac