'Anti-bobo' crusader Gadon claims poll cheating in senatorial race

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 14 2019 06:40 PM | Updated as of May 14 2019 07:57 PM

Lawyer Larry Gadon guests on DZMM's "Ikaw Na Ba?" Senatorial candidates' interview, Dec. 4, 2018. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA - Lawyer Larry Gadon, a self-proclaimed crusader against stupidity, claimed Tuesday that he was cheated in the midterm elections as he trailed in partial and unofficial results. 

Gadon, in a Facebook video, blasted Monday's polls as "napakarumi at madaya" (dirty and unfair).

"Naniniwala ako na nabiktima ako ng dagdag-bawas. Na-shave ang aking mga boto upang idagdag sa mga admin (administration) candidates," he alleged.

(I believe that I'm a victim of election cheating. My votes were shaved and added to the candidates of the administration.)

"Ako ay nadaya. Ang boto ko ay nadagdag sa mga admin na mahina," he added.

(I was cheated. My votes went to weak candidates of the administration.)

 

Gadon, who is running under the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan party, has been in 28th place in the senatorial race with 3,337,896 votes as of 5:53 p.m., based on election returns from 95.17 percent of clustered precincts nationwide. 

Gadon expressed frustration at his dismal election performance and claimed that he always topped mock polls in universities.

But this claim is false as Gadon was not included in the top 12 preferred senatorial candidates in pre-election surveys in several universities such as the University of the Philippines-Diliman, University of Santo Tomas, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, De La Salle University-Manila, and Far Eastern University.

"Mula pa noon sa social media at sa mga mock elections sa malalaking unibersidad palagi akong nagto-top, top 1 o top 5," he said.

(I was always topping surveys in big universities and on social media. I was always either top 1 or top 5.) 

It was not clear which particular surveys he was referring to. 

"Sa pagikot-ikot ko sa lahat ng mga siyudad at probinsya talagang pinagkakaguluhan ako, even in those far places na hindi ako nagkaroon kahit isang poster," he added.

(In my campaign visits to the provinces, people always went crazy over me, even in far places where I didn't have a poster.)

Gadon is known as the man behind the impeachment complaint against ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. He previously said that his bid for the Senate was brought about by the presence of several unqualified lawmakers in the chamber, making reference to opposition senators.