Malacañang on Saturday gave assurances that President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not allow cheating on Monday.
In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Quezon 3rd said that Aquino will make sure that the voice of the Filipinos will prevail.
“Alam na po natin at sinabi na rin ito ng Pangulo na ang number 1 obligation ng pamahalaan ay siguraduhin na mapayapa, malinis at walang duda ang ating eleksyon [We already know, and that President has also said, that the number one obligation of the government is to ensure that the elections will be peaceful, clean and credible],” Quezon said.
He issued statement following reports that there will be massive cheating amid the use of a computerized system.
Quezon said that they are one with the Comelec in achieving a peaceful, orderly and clean elections.
“Wag nating kalimutan na ang primary responsibility ay nasa Comelec. Dine-deputized nito ang iba’t ibang mga institusyon upang tumulong dito at alam po natin ang track record ng Pangulo at kanyang sisiguraduhin na magiging malinis at credible ang elections na ito [Let us not forget that the primary responsibility is with the Comelec. It is deputizing various institutions to help it. We know the track record of the President, and he will ensure that these elections will be clean and credible],” he said.
The Manila Times on Friday reported that the Liberal Party has allegedly hatched a plot to “steal” the elections and ensure victory for administration candidates led by Manuel Roxas 2nd and his vice presidential running mate, Camarines Sur. Rep. Leni Robredo.
Efren Villaseñor, the national chairman of the Philippine Coconut Producers Federation (Cocofed), said he has received complaints from the field about rigged results of test polls using Comelec ballots and Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).
He said their affiliates from Marawi City (Lanao del Sur), Cotabato City and Maguindanao — all in southern Mindanao — have reported to them that during the VCM tests, the results were for Roxas and his team even when the names of other candidates in the ballots were shaded.
“Even here in Lopez, Quezon, we have the same observation. Many actually shaded the names of [Davao City Mayor Rodrigo] Duterte and [Sen. Grace] Poe but the VCM receipt indicated that the votes went to Roxas,” Villaseñor said.
“The VCM has a new name, Vote Cheating Machine. Let’s expect massive cheating on May 9. Imagine this is only a test, yet very clearly we can see how the machines are being manipulated,” he added.