Robredo: Election fraud allegations impossible

Pia Regalado, ABS-CBN News

Vice-President elect Leni Robredo takes communion at a thanksgiving mass at St. Peters Church in Quezon City on Monday. Robredo attended the mass before attending her proclamation in Congress. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA -- For Vice President-elect Leni Robredo, allegations of election fraud against her camp are hard to believe.

Robredo, in a live interview on TV Patrol Monday night, said the numbers cited by alleged witnesses presented by Council on Philippine Affairs secretary-general Boy Saycon do not add up.

In a press conference hours before the proclamation, the three "witnesses" claimed they were asked to reconfigure the SD cards containing votes from Quezon province.

One witness claimed that administration pick Mar Roxas gained 400,000 votes while Robredo, his running mate, got 300,000 votes. He also claimed said that Robredo's rival, Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., lost some 200,000 votes when the SD cards were manipulated.

When pressed for proof, Saycon said they did not bring to the press conference their alleged evidence.

Robredo said that according to her legal counsel, the numbers presented by the "whistleblowers" are questionable.

She said her opponent, Marcos, has a right to file an election protest but added that his allegations are a disservice to voters.

"Karapatan naman niya maghain ng anumang reklamo, pero 'yung sa akin, tingin ko, disservice sa ating kababayan na sinasabi niyang hindi siya naniniwala kung saan ang aking boto."

She added, "parang insulto naman iyon sa kanila na tinatawaran ang kanilang efforts at tulong."

If Marcos' camp will push through with an electoral protest, she hopes that will be based on the side of truth.

"'Pag nagsasalita siya, maniniwala sa kanya ang kanyang mga supporters. 'Yung mga naaapektuhan, hindi naman ako, pero 'yung mga taong napapaniwala sa kasinungalingan," she said.

"Mabuti kung mag-file ng actual na kaso para makita natin 'yung talagang testimony nila at mabigyan din kami ng pagkakataon na madepensahan ang aming sarili," she added.

Robredo won with 14,418,817 votes based on 167 certificates of canvass (CoCs). Marcos, the son of the late dictator, lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes.

'FIGMENT OF WILD IMAGINATION'

Robredo's lawyer, Atty. Romulo Macalintal, also questioned the numbers cited by Saycon's "witnesses".

"Kung nadagdagan tayo ng boto na 500,000, dapat sana nag-exceed ang number of voters who actually voted," Macalintal said in an earlier press conference Monday.

He added that the Marcos' camp allegation is "a figment of his wild imagination."

Macalintal also explained that it is impossible to transmit votes from a warehouse to transparency servers.

"Imposible iyan kasi para makita mo ang transmission ng result, dapat nandoon ka sa transparency server o kaya nandoon ka sa Board of Canvassers at nakikita mo ang dating ng resulta ng elections."

He asked Marcos' camp to show valid proof to support its allegations.

"Huwag po kayo maniniwala sa sinasabing ganyan. Para malaman natin kung may daya o mali, ang dapat ipakita ng mga nag-aakusa ay 'yung isang election return (ER) na hindi tumutugma sa election return ng transparency server."

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