EXIT polls that supposedly put Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. in the lead in the vice-presidential race are unreliable, the camp of Liberal Party bet, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, said Wednesday.
Georgina Hernandez, Robredo’s newly designated spokesperson, noted that exit polls have outlived its usefulness because of the speedy transmittal of the election returns to the Commission on Elections’ transparency servers.
“We can’t use the exit polls as basis because exit polls results were already overtaken by the results reflected on the transparency servers,” she stressed. “In fact, the conduct of the exit polls weren’t finished because of such speedy transmittal.”
“So it would be wrong for Sen. Marcos to claim that there is discrepancy [in the results of the exit polls and the transparency servers],” Hernandez added.
As of 4:45 p.m., Robredo leads Marcos by 231,179 votes based on partial and unofficial count of the Comelec transparency server. Both candidates have 13 million votes.
Robredo’s camp also dismissed claims by the Marcos team that a new script, if not a computer command, was introduced to the Comelec’s transparency server that could have affected the election results to the detriment of the votes for Marcos.
“If they will use this new script that they are talking about that supposedly came at 7:30 p.m., Sen. Marcos’ numbers continued to rise after that. His largest lead actually came at 8:25 p.m., when he led us by 935,838 votes,” Hernandez pointed out.
“Besides, if they have concerns, they should clarify it before the Comelec, not before the media,” Hernandez added.
In the same news conference, Robredo’s camp presented statistician and Ateneo de Manila professor Alyson Yu, who predicted that Robredo is in fact on pace to beat Marcos by 226,000 votes.
Yu explained that while Marcos built an early lead, it wasn’t insurmountable at that point since the votes coming from Robredo’s bailiwicks were yet to be received by the Comelec transparency server. LLANESCA T. PANTI