VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his cousin senatorial candidate Martin Romualdez continue to lose votes from voting precincts abroad due to alleged irregularities.
The young Marcos, the only son of former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr., said he is already in possession of at least 10 complaints from Overseas Filipinos based in Hong Kong, China; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; California, United States of America; and Japan who have discovered the OAV irregularities.
Marcos revealed that they will soon file the appropriate complaints before the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Commission on Elections (Comelec), and vote counting machine service provider Smartmatic for proper and official investigation.
“We have ten complaints and we will submit it to them immediately. What is disturbing is we are the only candidates (with votes) being deducted. We are saddened and we are worried about this,” said Marcos.
Marcos said he is alarmed over the discrepancies in the votes cast in the ballots and the results indicated in the printed receipts of the OAV. He said he has received reports that his votes were credited to his opponent Senator Gregorio Honasan.
“This can’t happen, but this is happening. I am worried and I am saddened it has happened. We would be happy if this is just a rumor. We are asking the proper authorities, give us some kind of explanation and assure us that the counting was an honest one, properly counted,” he said.
When asked if he think the ruling party has something to do with the incident, the senator said he initially thought of that.
“That’s what we thought but we want to know what really happened….that is why we asked the Comelec to act on this. This is very sad and we are worried about it,” said Marcos.
Romualdez, for his part, asked members of the media to be vigilant in the upcoming elections.
“We want to you to be our partners in reporting any irregularity during this election. This happened affecting the mandate of our OFWs. We should not tolerate this, perhaps they are too many. Very troubling, we are being robbed. Let’s get into the bottom of this and secure the integrity of the election,” Romualdez said.
The cousins urged all voters and poll watchers from the opposing political camps to actively join in the effort to ensure clean, honest and credible elections.
Marcos said voters should carefully inspect the printed receipts of their votes to determine if there is any discrepancy in their votes and the results in the receipt.
“If there is a problem, don’t hesitate to complaint, tell the watchers and members of the Board of Election Inspectors to investigate it,” he said.
At the same time, Marcos reminded his poll watchers to request from the BEI a copy of the election results (ER) once voting in the precinct is over.
“Kung hindi kayo makakuha ng kopya ng election results (ER), piktyuran ninyo yung election results—lahat naman tayo me camera na sa cellphone,” Marcos said.
The ER, Marcos explained, is supposed to be posted in the precinct after the voting and should be available for public viewing so taking a picture of the ER is not prohibited. He said the pictures can be compared with the results in the precinct and the results reported to the Comelec to ensure that there will not be any discrepancies.
If there are problems noticed in the ERs, Marcos said voters or watchers may please report this to his Headquarters so his legal team, who will be ready, can provide assistance.