DEFEATED presidential candidate Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago came to the rescue of her vice-presidential tandem, Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., who accused the ruling administration party of manipulating polls results for the vice-presidential election.
“The roller coaster ride of vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. invites comparison with a garrison state,” Santiago said in a statement. “In such a state, the authoritarian government feels free to manufacture numbers as they are needed.”
Marcos, who had enjoyed a 1-million vote lead over Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, of the Liberal Party, was now trailing the latter by 200,000 votes.
“I find it astounding that Marcos should have led in the vice-presidential surveys for many months, until the penultimate month, when suddenly the administration could jump up survey results to finally overtake him,” she added.
Santiago said this type of machinations “will cause the peoples of the democratic world to shake their heads and question the values of the society it produced.” JAIME R. PILAPIL