The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo dismissed claims of poll rigging in Quezon province that allegedly padded her votes.
“That’s the first time I have heard of that. And even so, if I make the computation, I would have started having negative [votes]if my votes were indeed padded. Hindi siya makatotohanan (That is ridiculous),” Robredo told reporters after her proclamation.
Her lead counsel, Romulo Macalintal, said the supposed whistleblowers are lying through their teeth because shaving the other candidates’ votes to increase Robredo’s votes would destroy the whole system and the discrepancy will be reflected in the transparency server.
“The whistleblowers are lying. What they are saying is a figment of their wild imagination. I challenge them to prove that. If that really happened, the number of voters [for Robredo]would have exceeded the number of voters,” Macalintal argued.
“What they are saying is impossible. And they did it inside the warehouse? You can only monitor the transmission of results if you are seeing it from the Provincial Board of Canvassers and the Comelec Transparency Server [in the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting]. Besides, what do they think of themselves that Smartmatic and the Comelec (Commission on Elections) would trust them to do that?” he said.
If rigging really occurred, Macalintal added even one of the 94,000 Election Returns would have a discrepancy.
Robredo’s closest rival, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., had threatened to file an election protest because of the reported poll fraud and huge undervotes.
But Macalintal said an election protest will be costly.
“I say to Mr. Marcos, do not believe these whistleblowers because they won’t do you any good. As a practicing lawyer, I strongly advice against Mr. Marcos filing an election protest. It will take him a long time, P100 million, and three years. What would happen if he would like to run for the Senate again? His protest will be deemed moot and academic,” he added.