MANILA—Allegations of fraud during the 2016 elections do not only affect political candidates but the whole electoral system, Vice President Leni Robredo said Friday.
Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto bared recently that he received reliable information that there was an early transmission of votes and foreign access to the election servers used in the polls two years ago.
Robredo said Sotto's allegations must be investigated because they affect the outcome of the electoral process on the national and local levels.
"Tingin ko iyong accusations seryoso. Tayo, sa lalong madaling panahon, dapat sana maimbestigahan ito, kasi hindi naman ako iyong apektado dito. Ang apektado dito iyong buong electoral process — mula kay pangulo hanggang sa pinakamaliit na councilor sa pinakamaliit na munisipyo," she told reporters at University of the Philippines-Visayas in Iloilo city.
"Ako, kasing-interesado ni Senator Sotto na sa lalong madaling panahon ma-eksplika ng Comelec (Commission on Elections) kung mayroon talagang katotohanan iyong mga allegations."
Robredo's victory in the 2016 polls is still being contested by her political rival, former senator Bongbong Marcos.
Marcos has alleged that Robredo committed fraud by manipulating computerized vote-counting machines. He lodged a poll protest before the Supreme Court, as Robredo responded with a counter-protest.
Marcos lost to Robredo by 263,473 votes in the May 2016 elections, the closest race for the vice presidency in recent history.
Sotto, meanwhile, disagreed with Robredo's comments, saying only votes affected by the supposed early transmission were doubtful.
"Siguro ang magka-cast ng doubt ay 'yung laman ng tina-transmit na di pa dapat nagta-transmit," he said.
The senator said the alleged poll fraud should not cast doubt on other election winners since his source told him that only 6 candidates at the national level were affected by the supposed early transmission.
Sotto added that his source might have revealed the information to him since the senator has nothing to gain.
"Tingin ko ako ang walang pakinabang. Nanalo ako, di ako tatakbo ng 2019. Di rin ako tatakbo ng 2022, tapos na term ko," he said.
The Comelec has said that Sotto's documents outlining the alleged irregularities during the 2016 elections were not enough to say that there was poll fraud.
Sotto vowed to present more proof to support his claims on Monday.
— With a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News