The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) was unfazed by the initial strong showing of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, saying it will wait for the result of elections in areas where Vice President Jejomar Binay is strong.
UNA campaign spokesman Rico Quicho said they will have a better picture of the poll outcome on Tuesday.
“We’re still waiting for results…and based on our own calculations, once that gets in then we will be have a better position but as of now it is still early, we have to wait for results coming from our bailiwicks,” Quicho said.
“Tomorrow we will know, at least we will have a better picture of what will happen or what will be the results and until then, with guided optimism, we know that our volunteers work round the clock, they went house to house to urge each and every one to vote for vice President Jejomar Binay. We honor them, we thank them. And tomorrow we will have a better and clearer picture of the results,” he added.
Quicho said that it is difficult to play with numbers.
“It is as it is. So just like you, we wait with bated breath the coming of the results. But we feel that at this point, it is still too early for us to say so let us wait until tomorrow,” he said.
But UNA communications director Joey Salgado expressed confidence that Binay will win despite the reported wide lead of Duterte.
Binay’s camp also said that it received reports of alleged election-related irregularities.
“At present we are collating the supporting documents evidencing these irregularities in order to determine whether the same show a systematic and widespread pre-conceived plan to sabotage the electoral process and mute the electoral will,” UNA spokesperson Mon Ilagan said in a news briefing.
Most of these reports involved malfunctioning Vote Counting Machines (VCM).
“In Makati City alone, there were 28 defective machines that resulted in confusion and long queues that discouraged voters to cast their votes,” Ilagan said.
He added that they also received similar reports from South Cotabato; Valenzuela City; Manila; Oriental and Occidental, Mindoro; Parañaque; Virac, Catanduanes, Talang, Masbate; General Santos City; Surigao del Sur; Sangandaan; Biliran; Pangasinan; Zamboanga Sibugay; Danao, Cebu; and Rizal.
There were also reports on the mismatch of voting receipts generated by the VCM with the actual votes cast.
“Voters from different localities across the country have reported that they voted for a particular candidate like Vice President Binay but received a receipt generated by the VCM indicating the name of “Mar Roxas”,” Ilagan said.
He said there was also a report that voters in Isabela City, Basilan who were supportive of Binay were allegedly intimidated and stopped from voting.
“Every step of the process, UNA will be there watching and checking and verifying these incidents to make sure that the votes of the people are protected and counted,” Salgado said.