THE United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) on Sunday called on other political camps to join forces against an alleged plot by the administration party to rig the results of today’s elections in favor of Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and his team.
In a statement, UNA secretary general JV Bautista warned political operators of the Liberal party that it will not hesitate to expose any underhanded schemes to manipulate the results of the May 9 national elections.
Bautista enjoined the PDP-Laban, Partido Galing at Puso (PGP) and the People’s Reform Party (PRP) to form an alliance to thwart any form of electoral irregularities and malpractices by the LP.
“The Aquino administration and the Liberal Party are already in panic. We can already sense their fear and desperation, that’s why we need to come together and unite against electoral fraud,” he said.
Bautista revealed that UNA has received reports that the administration is targeting known bailiwicks of presidential bet Vice President Jejomar Binay in Mindanao and Luzon.
“It seems that this administration cannot guarantee the people of a clean and honest elections. Vice President Binay’s call is for each Filipino to rally behind the flag. ‘Wag nating hahayaang manaig ang kasamaan at ang pandaraya’ [Let us not allow evil and cheating to prevail]. Together with Sen. Poe, Mayor Duterte and Sen. Santiago, we can have a united front to prevent Mar Roxas and other sinister groups from stealing the people’s real choice. This is our call—to protect democracy!” Bautista stressed.
During Saturday’s UNA miting de avance in Makati, Vice President Binay already warned of possible cheating on May 9.
“Mahalaga rin na bantayan at pangalagaan ang ating boto. Ngayon pa lang ay may nababalitaan na tayong mga pangyayari lalo na sa Mindanao na nakakabahala. Kaya’t ang aking panawagan sa ating lahat, magbantay at pangalagaan ang ating boto. Ngunit ang mas malaking responsibilidad para tiyakin na walang dayaan, na walang panggigipit, na walang karahasan sa araw ng halalan, ay nakasalalay sa pamunuan [It is also important to guard and take care of our votes. Even now, we already hear of worrisome events in Mindanao. So I ask everyone to guard and take care of their votes. But the greater responsibility to ensure that no cheating, violence or terrorism takes place on election day falls on the administration],” Binay said.
“Mr. President, ako po ay nakikiusap sa inyo hindi bilang Pangalawang Pangulo kundi bilang isang karaniwang Pilipino. Sana po ay gamitin ninyo ang inyong kapangyarihan bilang Ama ng ating bansa upang tiyakin na malinis at mapayapa ang halalan sa darating na Lunes [Mr. President, I make this request, not as the Vice President, but as an ordinary Filipino. I hope you use your power as father of our country to ensure honest and peaceful elections this Monday],” the Vice President urged.
According to Bautista, UNA has its team of lawyers, poll watchers and volunteers in every precinct and barangay who have been directed to immediately report any irregularity or suspicious activity associated in the conduct of elections.
Bautista noted that the Liberal Party will exploit the flaws of the electronic elections.
“There are already reports that the receipts that the VCMs printed showed results favoring Mar Roxas. They know that the weakest links are the misprinted or missing voters’ list, unreadable ballots, and faulty SD cards—and we haven’t factored in yet power failures. These are the kinds of retail cheating that come before the votes are counted,” he pointed out.
On Saturday, The Manila Times reported about a supposed plot by the LP to “steal” the elections and ensure victory for administration candidates.
Efren Villaseñor, the national chairman of the Philippine Coconut Producers Federation (Cocofed), on Friday said he has received complaints from the field about rigged results of test polls using Commission on Elections (Comelec) ballots and Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).
Cocofed is the oldest coconut industry association in the country, formed in 1947 as the Philippine Coconut Planters Association by coconut planters from Quezon and Laguna.
It was renamed Cocofed in 1956 and in 1971 became the government-recognized national organization of coconut farmers with the largest membership.
At present, it counts more than one million members from various provinces, with over 900 chapters nationwide.
Villaseñor said their affiliates from Marawi City (Lanao del Sur), Cotabato City and Maguindanao–all in southern Mindanao–have reported to them that during the VCM tests, the results were for Roxas and his team even when the names of other candidates in the ballots were shaded.
“Even here in Lopez, Quezon, we have the same observation. Many actually shaded the names of [Davao City Mayor Rodrigo] Duterte and [Sen. Grace] Poe but the VCM receipt indicated that the votes went to Roxas,” he added.
“The VCM has a new name, Vote Cheating Machine. Let’s expect massive cheating on May 9. Imagine this is only a test, yet very clearly we can see how the machines are being manipulated,” the Cocofed official said.
These findings, according to Villaseñor, led many in the two cities and two provinces to decide not to vote at all.