Friday, May 14, 2010

Surprise! Jamby says Villar was cheated

Surprise! Jamby says Villar was cheated*

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo "Jamby" Madrigal does not believe that her most hated presidential candidate, Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, is that far behind Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the tallies of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

Madrigal, in an unexpected statement over ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda on Friday, said he thinks Villar’s votes may have been shaved.

“Maski si Villar na ayaw ko ay hindi natin mapaniwalaan na ganyan din lang ang kanyang boto (Even Villar, who I hate, I don’t believe that he would only get votes that few),” said Madrigal, who had asked Filipinos not to vote for Villar because of his alleged corrupt and immoral acts.

The senator has joined other tail enders, Ang Kapatiran’s John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes and environmentalist Nicanor Perlas, in questioning the results of the elections.

The three are even trailing a disqualified candidate of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (KBL), Vetallano Acosta, based on the tallies of the Comelec and PPCRV. (Click here for story.)

'Unbelievable results'

During interviews on ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, the 3 presidential candidates said they cannot believe Acosta would get more votes than them.

The 3 presidential bets said that with “evidence from the ground,” they will file petitions before the Comelec and ask for proof that the May 10 automated elections was clean and credible.

De los Reyes said that his 40,283 votes were “unbelievably small” while Perlas, with 49,174 votes said that he was expecting “at least a few million” votes. These figures are as of May 13, 8:15 p.m. with votes from nearly 90% of precincts already counted.

Madrigal, who has 42,283 votes, claimed cheating in the automated elections was done by pre-programming the flashcards for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and by printing additional ballots that do not have security features.

De los Reyes, for his part, said Ang Kapatiran Party noticed that alleged cheating in this year’s election was done by “shaving off votes in small places.”

The 3 presidential candidates said that they are raising the possibility of electronic cheating, not because they were expecting to win against the big wigs.

They said they are fighting for the people’s vote and for the next automated elections.