Minority lawmakers back call for probe of 2016 polls

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 07 2018 04:45 PM | Updated as of Nov 05 2018 12:22 PM

MANILA- Minority lawmakers on Wednesday joined Senator Tito Sotto's call to investigate alleged anomalies in the 2016 elections.

Sotto, in a privilege speech at the Senate on Tuesday, said he received information from a "concerned and impeccably reliable" source that there was an early transmission of votes and foreign access to the election servers used.

Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez and Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza called for a probe into the results of the 2016 polls, suspecting that there was cheating. 

"Just means one thing: may nanalo nung 2016 na di dapat manalo at may natalo [na] di dapat natalo because of the dagdag-bawas," Suarez told reporters.

"May nanalo rin na di dapat nanalo, babae," Atienza said of the senatorial race.

Suarez added that he suspects President Rodrigo Duterte's lead against other candidates may have been larger if not for the supposed election fraud.

Atienza meanwhile claims that he was cheated in the 2010 polls when the country first made use of the automated election system.

"Biktima ako ng Smartmatic. I know what I speak of," he said.

Atienza ran and lost to Alfredo Lim for mayor of Manila in 2010.

During the 2016 polls, technology provider Smartmatic faced criticism after the controversial alteration of the script of the transparency server of the automated election system.

Suarez has filed a resolution seeking a congressional investigation into the supposed 2016 elections irregularities.