MANILA, 2Dec2015 — Youth group Anakbayan today said the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) Second Division disqualification of presidential frontrunner Grace Poe is part of the administration party’s “dirty tricks” against opponents of its candidate, Mar Roxas.
“The Liberal Party and the Aquino administration is so desperate, knowing fully well that their candidate Mar Roxas will not have a chance without them employing black propaganda and massive cheating operations. The yellow COMELEC commissioners are kabarkadas and kabarilans of LP leaders. Minamagic ang eleksyon for Mar,” said Vencer Crisostomo, national chairperson of Anakbayan.
Crisostomo said Aquino is terrified of the possibility of being jailed after his term over corruption cases, like the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), that he will do anything to make sure Roxas wins.
He said there should be an investigation into the background of the COMELEC commissioners who voted to disqualify Poe, specifically Al Parreno and Arthur Lim, which was reported to be fraternity brothers with LP leader Franklin Drilon and administration lawyer Avelino Cruz. Drilon, Cruz, Parreno, Lim are members of the Sigma Rho Fraternity. Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio, who voted against Poe in the Senate electoral Tribunal is also a fraternity brother.
“We should look into the background of the commissioners who are being used by the Palace for their dirty operations to hijack and control the elections,” he said.
He challenged other presidential candidates and the Filipino people to stand up against the administration’s “cheating machinery.”
“Whether or not you support Poe, you should fight the yellow COMELEC’s hijacking of the elections. The LP is set to eliminate all other candidates either by disqualification, black operations or predetermined vote results. The Filipino people should rise up against fraudulent elections,” he said.
Anakbayan is set to hold mass protests against “MARuming eleksyon” and “yellow” COMELEC.