ELECTIONS 2022: COMELEC says 'hard to prove' claims of electoral fraud against Marcos

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People take part in a rally calling for a honest election in front of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) main offices in Manila on May 6, 2022, ahead of the May 9 presidential election. (Photo: CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images)
People take part in a rally calling for a honest election in front of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) main offices in Manila on May 6, 2022, ahead of the May 9 presidential election. (Photo: CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images)

It is “hard to prove” that the automated election was rigged in favor of Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., said Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner Marlon Casquej at a media briefing on Wednesday (May 11).

Casquejo added that the poll body’s system had been certified, and that COMELEC’s servers had received results from different clustered precincts, according to CNN Philippines.

He was speaking in response to supporters of Vice President Leni Robredo, who noted that her votes had consistently accounted for 47% of Marcos. The son of the late former dictator is currently leading the race with more than 30 million votes, while Robredo has garnered around half of Marcos' votes.

"Mahirap i-prove 'yan kapag sinabi mong may cheating with regards to that percentage. Unang-una, 'yung system natin dumaan ‘yan sa ating certification. So meron tayong local source code review. How can you insert such percentage na ipanalo mo 'yung kandidato mo or matalo 'yung kandidato mo?" said Casquejo.

(It’s hard to prove that there was cheating with regards to that percentage. First of all, the system went through a certification. So there was a local source code review. How can you insert such percentage to make your candidate win or lose?”)

Casquejo added that the consistent margin between the votes of Robredo and Marcos is “statistically probable.”

"If they really insist, pwede naman natin i-check 'yung each election returns in each province. Unang-una, magtra-transmit naman si National Board of Canvassers papuntang Congress. Makikita natin per province kung ilan 'yung percentage doon." (If they really insist, we can check the election returns in each province. First of all, the National Board of Canvassers transmits to Congress. We will see how much the percentage is per province.)