- Comelec Chief Andres Bautista criticized the whistleblowers of alleged election fraud
- He asks why did they appear just now after the official canvassing of votes for all positions
- The whistleblowers showed up before the Senate office on Monday before the proclamation of president and vice-president
“Why only now?”
This was the reaction of Commission on Elections Chairman Andres Bautista to the whistleblowers of alleged electoral fraud who presented themselves before the Senate on Monday.
“If they really have evidence of fraud, why did they come out only now? It has been three weeks since the elections. They should have come out immediately,” the poll body chief said in a radio interview with DZMM.
Rappler said in a story that hours ahead of the proclamation of president and vice president, a group of people who claim to be election riggers said they manufactured the votes in Quezon province to favor Liberal Party bets Manuel Roxas II, Leni Robredo and Franklin Drilon.
The group of masked men was accompanied by Pastor Boy Saycon of the Council of Philippine Affairs (COPA) who denied that they coordinated with the camp of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
They claimed they worked on padding the votes of vice president-elect Leni Robredo by at least 300,000 votes in Quezon province. But Robredo’s camp dismissed this allegation as a lie, saying that she had to start with negative votes if this was true.
They also said that they rigged the elections through a vote-counting machine (VCM) hidden in a building in the province.
Even Bautista himself didn’t help but question the truthfulness of the whistleblowers’ claims.
“There are many checks and balances, several safeguards [in place in the Automated Election System That’s why I cannot believe these kinds of accusations and claims,” he was quoted in a GMA News Online story.
He also stressed that there were vote receipts printed for the voters to check if the names they chose registered in the VCMs.