Bayan Muna could be victim of vote shaving

Members of Bayan Muna Party-list hold a protest. (Source: Bayan Muna/Facebook)
Members of Bayan Muna Party-list hold a protest. (Source: Bayan Muna/Facebook)

Progressive party-list and consistent seat-getter Bayan Muna (Nation First) speculates that their group was likely “targeted by massive electronic vote shaving.”

“After assessing the conduct and outcome of the May 9, 2022 elections, we have come to believe that Bayan Muna's loss in the party list elections might have been caused by massive vote shaving via electronic cheating in the 2022 flawed automated elections,” Representatives Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite, and Eufemia Cullamat said in a joint statement.

Bayan Muna has consistently won seats for the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2019. In all of the elections, except for 2016, the group managed to acquire three seats. This recent election gave them no seats at all.

Source: Wikipedia. Graph by Mark Ernest Famatigan.
Source: Wikipedia. Graph by Mark Ernest Famatigan.

The party-list pointed out that their votes were cut by an “unbelievable and unacceptable” 80%, something that has never happened in the history of the party-list.

Source: Wikipedia. Graph by Mark Ernest Famatigan.
Source: Wikipedia. Graph by Mark Ernest Famatigan.

The last time Bayan Muna votes registered such a significant decrease was in 2016 elections. From 946,000 plus in 2013, its counted votes was 606,000 in 2016, but, still far more than enough to get a seat in Congress,” they said.

The party-list pointed out that even despite all the red-tagging, black propaganda, and dirty tricks against the party-list by the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), they still managed to get three seats in the 2019 elections.

The group committed to protest against the conduct of the 2022 elections.

“We will continue to protest the massive fraud and terrorism in the 2022 elections as we will continue to investigate and uncover various fraud including massive electronic cheating,” they said.

The party-list group is not the only one who was calling out the conduct of the elections. Even Kontra Daya (Against Fraud), an independent election watchdog, claims that there is electoral fraud in the 2022 elections. Numeral protests were also held immediately after Marcos Jr. began leading the live results.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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