Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. could only win the vice presidency if there will be poll rigging in the official canvassing of votes in Congress, the camp of vice presidential race frontrunner Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party said Thursday.
Georgina Hernandez, the spokesperson for Robredo, noted that it is puzzling why Marcos is claiming that he is ahead of the race when Robredo is the clear winner by 262,429 votes based on the hard copies of the certificates of canvass (COC) and election returns (ER) they are in possession of, as well as the COC and ER data uploaded in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website as of Thursday morning.
According to Hernandez, there are only 11,615 votes still to be counted from one municipality, Rizal, Laguna, and these would be inconsequential if the final count puts Robredo as the victor.
“Ang aming inuulat ay hindi galing sa unofficial count ng PPCRV. Ito ay galing sa COCs na available sa Comelec website, at mayroon rin kaming kopya ng COCs at ERs (election returns). Ito ang mga opisyal na gagamitin sa Kongreso kaya tiwala kami na walang mababago [The figures we give you are not from the unofficial count of the PPCRV. These are from the COCs available in the Comelec website, of which we also have hard copies, as well as the ERs. These are the same documents that will be used in Congress, so we are confident that our victory won’t be reversed],” Hernandez pointed out.
PPCRV is the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting who did volunteer work for the Quick Count of the 2016 Election Results based on data from the Comelec Transparency Server.
“Kung ito po’y maiiba sa kanilang pabor, alam na po natin kung ano ang nangyari.
Tandaan natin kung sino ang may record ng pandaraya sa halalan. Noong 1986, nag-walk out ang mga tabulators dahil hindi nila maatim ang talamak na dayaan noon para mapanalo ang tatay ni Marcos [If the results will change to their favor, we already know what happened. Let us remember who has the record of poll rigging. Back in 1986, the Comelec tabulators walked out because they couldn’t stomach the tampering of election results to make the father of Senator Marcos win],” Hernandez added.
The House of Representatives and the Senate will convene in a joint session on May 23 as members of the National Board of Canvassers for the official counting of the votes for President and Vice President at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City. The result of the congressional canvassing is the only official result of the May 9 polls.
“Based on the COCs, we won the contest. The winning senators and party-list groups were proclaimed this afternoon, and this just proves that there is no doubt on the results of the elections. The votes for vice president will come from these same ballots. That’s why we expect that the same results will be reflected in the [official]canvassing of votes next week,” Hernandez argued.
Still, Hernandez admitted that the fight is far from over.
“Sa ngayon, kung anu-anong tsismis ang ikinakalat at mga walang katotohanang panghuhusga. Kaya mahalagang maging mapagbantay tayong lahat, mula sa pagbibiyahe ng mga balota hanggang mabilang ang huling boto sa Kongreso [There is a lot of gossip going around, passing judgment (on Cong Leni). That’s why it is important that we remain watchful, from the moment the ballots are transported until the last vote is counted],” Hernandez said in closing.
Hernandez was referring to repeated claims from the camp of Senator Marcos that the results for the vice presidential race could have been tinkered with.
Marcos’ camp, however, is yet to illustrate how exactly the supposed poll rigging benefited Robredo.