Robredo still tops VP, doubts continue

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Rep. Leni Robredo. Photo from facebook
Rep. Leni Robredo. Photo from facebook

By Angelica De Mesa

LEGAZPI CITY, 14May2016 (BicolToday.com) – Five days after the elections, vice-presidential candidate Leni Robredo still tops against Bongbong Marcos on the partial and unofficial result of Comelec.

Far from the SWS surveys when they were still campaigning, administration candidate and Camarines Sur Rep .Leni Robredo was back then climbing to get on top. But now, based on the partial and unofficial result of the Comelec as of May 14, she is leading against her opponents garnering 14, 014, 440 votes or 35.1%.

Senator Chiz Escudero with 4,811,125 or 12.1% votes accepted his defeat in vice presidential position considering there was already a far difference of garnered votes out of the partial and unofficial result. Asking who would he wanted to win the position, the Sorsoganon politician directly answers he prefer Bicolana Robredo to take the chance to lead as vice president.

Aside from Escudero, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano with 5,676,902 or 14.2% votes had already gave way to Robredo. Cayetano will return to the Senate to serve for three years.

“I humbly concede my vice presidential bid to Representative Leni Robredo, who by all accounts and with 96% of the votes are already tallied is our county’s presumptive vice president -elect . Rep. Leni is not only leading the race, she has already won it”, Senator Cayetano said.

Despite of this, Robredo’s rival Marcos still hoping for status change in the ongoing vote counting. Marcos was bit curious why the ranking suddenly change which from top rank he shifted on rank 2.

Garnering 13,798,059 or 34.6% of the votes, he stated that his team observed that the servers command suddenly change and it may affect the counting. But the PPCRV said that computer command change won’t affect poll results.

The Commission on Elections reiterate that no cheating occurred on May 9 elections despite Smartmatic changing their data server scripts vote counting machine. COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista clarified the accusations of vice presidential candidate Marcos about the irregularities in the counting of votes, for he was overtaken by the rival candidate Robredo .

As of May 14, Leni had led the race against Marcos with over 220, 000 votes. Questions arose after discovering that a script in the transparency was altered. Election Commissioner Rowena Guanzon accused Smartmatic for the said changes without informing the COMELEC.

Even though the counting is still ongoing, Robredo already thanked those who supported and voted her. Despite of the bashes she had received, she is happy that she is still leading.

Papalampasin na lang. Hindi pa nila ginagawa, pinapatawad ko na sila. Mas malaki ang responsibilidad na kailangan nating harapin kaysa makipag-away sa social media,” Robredo said.

Meanwhile, Bong-Bong Marcos still hopeful to excel above Robredo in terms of votes since there is a minimal difference between their scores. He said the change in voting pattern to Robredo from Marcos after the new computer command was activated in the server was “statistically highly improbable.”

Supporters of Marcos protested because of the allegedly cheating of Liberal Party.

“I find it astounding that Marcos should have led in the vice-presidential surveys for many months, until the penultimate month, when suddenly the administration could jump up survey results to finally overtake him,” Santiago said in a statement released on Wednesday.

After the certain allegations, Robredo said she is interested to know how cheating can be done in an automated election but neglected that she had done it.

“If there is cheating, I would be the first one to oppose that. For now, I cannot imagine how cheating can take place,” the vice presidential candidate said.

In order to dismiss doubts, Marcos team asked Information technology expert and lawyer Glenn Chong to come over to Comelec because of his similar experience in 2010 when he ran for congressman in Biliran.

However working independently, Chong presented the decline of Marcos’ lead over his closest rival Robredo after the new script was added to the Comelec server.

He called on Comelec to open its systems and platforms to the public in order to dismiss doubts on vote counting in the elections.[BicolToday.com]

(The author is a journalism student of Bicol University who is writing for Bicol Today as part of her internship)

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