Saycon claims poll fraud, wants Rody-Leni proclamation deferred

Adrian Ayalin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 30 2016 02:44 PM

MANILA - Council on Philippine Affairs secretary-general Boy Saycon on Monday asked Congress to defer the proclamation of the President and Vice Presented-elects as he presented three men who allegedly rigged votes in the May 9 polls.

In a press conference hours before the proclamation, the three "witnesses" said they are government employees and were asked to reconfigure the SD cards containing votes from Quezon province

One witness claimed administration pick Mar Roxas gained 400,000 votes while his running mate, incoming Vice President Leni Robredo, got 300,000 votes through the operation.

He also also said that Robredo's rival, Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., lost some 200,000 votes when the SD cards were manipulated.

The "witness" said they rigged the votes using a Smartmatic machine in Quezon.

However, he said they did not bring their evidence of electoral fraud during the press conference.

Despite this, Saycon insisted Congress should postpone the proclamation of Robredo and incoming President Rodrigo Duterte due to the allegations.

"Ayaw nating hintayin ang katotohanan, bakit tayo nagmamadali?" he said.

He added that he and the witnesses coordinated with the offices of Senators Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, Serge Osmeña and Nancy Binay, but not with Marcos.

The group said they approached Saycon because they trusted him. They also asserted they were not paid by anyone to expose the alleged fraud.