Nearly 1,500 'flying voters' in Pasay: election lawyer


Posted at Feb 28 2018 05:04 PM

MANILA - There are some 1,458 suspected "flying voters" in Pasay, an election lawyer claimed Wednesday, less than 3 months before May's village and youth council elections.

The flying voters had declared addresses in odd areas in Barangay 97, said Atty. Romulo Macalintal, citing a complaint by his client, Yok Tin So.

Macalintal said 275 of the voters reside at 2802 Taft Avenue, based on Commission on Election records. 

ABS-CBN News checked this address, but it turned out to be that of an LRT station. Documents from the Pasay Assessors Office confirm the address is registered to LRT's management. 

"Hindi ko malaman kung paano puwede tumira dito kasi ito ay isang LRT station nga. Patunay 'yan na may mga taong nagsisinungaling lamang na sila ay residente ng Pasay City sa kanilang application for registration as voter," said Macalintal's co-counsel, Ace Bautista. 

(I can't understand how you can reside there because that is an LRT station. That is proof that some people lie about being residents of Pasay in their application for registration as voter.) 

The address given by 330 other voters was a building along Zamora Street that is too small to accommodate that many people. 

Tenant Carol Del Rosario told ABS-CBN News that there were less than 20 registered voters in the apartment-type facility. 

Another 207 registered voters identified the office building of a cellphone company as their address.

The firm's operations officer, Ivan Gonzales, denied that such a number of residents or voters live in the building. 

Eleven other registered voters gave an address in Zamora Street, where ABS-CBN News found an abandoned house. 

Two security guards at the house said no one had lived there for a long time. 

The address given by 224 other voters, meanwhile, turned out to be a bed spacing facility, which according to its caretaker only housed 30 registered voters, some of whom had already changed their address. 

Another 260 voters gave the same address as the house of one Jose Serafico Ang, the village captain of Barangay 97. 

ABS-CBN News tried to get Ang's side, but his staff told the news team that he was attending to personal matters in Pampanga. 

His staff referred the news team to a certain "Grace," an aide of the local official, but she said she could not confirm if there were 260 people living in Ang's house. 

Macalintal and Bautista filed a complaint before the Pasay City Prosecutors Office against the 1,485 suspected flying voters for violation of the Omnibus Election Code.

Pasay election officer Ramon Rosello said his office would cross check the data of registered voters, but admitted he was short on time and manpower.

Report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News