Rep. Leni Robredo is beginning to worry that there could be efforts to rig the official canvassing of votes in Congress.
Robredo on Wednesday noted that her fear stems from statements made by Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his camp that there may have been cheating even if no evidence has been presented to prove it.
The House of Representatives and the Senate will convene as the National Board of Canvassers on May 23 for the official counting of the votes for President and Vice President at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.
“Sa akin lang ano… sana wala silang binabalak na pandaraya na gagawin sa canvassing.
Kasi yung wino-worry ko ngayon klaro naman yung numero pero parang mina-mind condition nila. Hindi ko alam yung precursor ito. Pero sana hindi [What I am saying is…I hope that they are not planning to rig the canvassing of votes. What I am worried about is that while the numbers are clear, they are doing mind conditioning (that there’s rigging). I don’t know, this could be a precursor. But I hope not],” Robredo said in an interview before boarding a plane back to Manila.
She recalled that there were also efforts from the camp of then-President Ferdinand
Marcos to rig the results of the 1986 snap elections that were won by Corazon Aquino.
Tabulators at the Philippine International Convention Center walked out of the canvassing area in protest of the poll rigging by the camp of then-President Marcos.
Aquino won in the National Movement for Free Elections unofficial Quick Count with 7,502,601.
She, however, lost in the canvassing of the Commission on Elections.
Marcos’ victory, however, was eventually nullified by Congress.
“I don’t know where their [Marcos camp] script is getting into. Sana lang walang balak na pandaraya. Kasi alam naman natin na may history na ganun. Hindi natin makakalimutan yung nangyari nung 1986 na siguro kung hindi nag walk out yung mga tabulators baka nadaya nga tayo [I just hope that there is no plan to rig the counting. We all know that they have a history of that. We can’t forget what happened in 1986. Had the tabulators not walked out, they could have rigged the polls],” Robredo said.
The lawmaker declared victory on Sunday, saying she leads Marcos by 257,567 votes.
But she added that it now appears that her camp’s tally of votes is different from that of Marcos.
“Yung sa akin, nagwo-worry ako yung numero nila iba sa numero namin, iba sa numero ng Comelec. Nagtatanong lang ako bakit ganun… SD [secured digital]cards ito. Iisa lang naman dapat yung pinanggalingan. Bakit iba yung numero nila [I worry because their numbers contradict ours, and it is also different from the Comelec’s. I wonder why. These are all from SD cards. It came from the same source. Why is their count different]?” Robredo said.
The lawmaker said she does not oppose auditing of votes because it will boost the credibility and integrity of the conduct of the polls.
“I don’t see nothing wrong with the system audit [of our votes]. I am in favor of that, so as to remove all the doubts on the integrity of the election process. What I am not okay with is the careless accusation of poll rigging without basis,” Robredo added.