Tingting: PNoy knew about digital cheating

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 04 2013 05:19 PM | Updated as of Oct 05 2013 01:19 AM

MANILA - Former Tarlac Governor Margarita "Tingting" Cojuangco accused on Friday the Commission on Elections and poll machine supplier Smartmatic of rigging the May 2013 elections.

She also claimed that her own nephew, President Benigno Aquino III, knew about the cheating.

Cojuangco is the wife of Jose "Peping" Cojuangco, the uncle of the President. She ran under the United Nationalist Alliance in the May elections but lost.

In an interview with radio dzMM, Cojuangco said she and an election watchdog examined voting patterns all over the country and found that Liberal Party candidates got a 6.78 percent vote share from polling precincts while the rest of the votes went to the other bets.

"What we saw is that whoever put this together was either Smartmatic or Comelec. Sila po ang nag ayos nito," she said.

Asked if President Aquino knew about the cheating, she said: "Oo. You cannot do this kasi e. Siyempre si (Comelec) Chairman (Sixto) Brillantes will be too afraid to do this unless he was directed to do it and he will be protected."

This is not the first time that allegations of poll cheating have been raised about the results of the May 2013 polls. Nine Team PNoy bets and 3 UNA bets won the elections.

In the interview, Cojuangco noted that the vote manipulation started on Election Day when the poll tallies from Comelec showed discrepancies.

She said her own investigation showed that some of the votes for her were shaved off in the polls.

Cojuangco accused Malacañang of releasing P30 million in intelligence funds to Comelec to allegedly cover up the cheating in the polls.

She said the money was supposed to be used to print extra ballots so that the numbers in the offices of the municipal and provincial treasurers' offices would match those reflected in the Comelec website.

The former governor also claimed that the votes of one of the leading bets in the Senate race were manipulated in the Comelec website to reflect lower numbers.

Cojuangco said her group will continue to expose the alleged anomalies in the voting process, which she said is endangering the country's democracy.

"Elections is the only time that all Filipinos can voice out what they want, who should run the country. If there are manipulations by the powers-that-be who can control this, then we don't have true democracy. In our findings, those who won this election actually won through a manipulation of the [precinct count optical scan machines] and were digitally elected," she said.