Bongbong Marcos' internal "quick-count" to help monitor elections

9 May 2016

Expresses Concern Over Numerous Cases of Malfunctioning VCMs

Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. is closely watching the conduct of elections through his own "Quick-Count" center in his campaign headquarters in Mandaluyong.

Arriving in Manila after casting his vote in Batac, Ilocos Norte, Marcos went straight to his campaign headquarters along Edsa in Mandaluyong City to oversee the preparations being made by monitoring center located at the building’s fourth floor.

Marcos, in a press briefing, said his own "quick-count" center will enable him and his team to closely monitor the elections and the election results.

“The reason why we invited the media is for everyone to see that we have our own internal "quick-count" para mabilis ang aming nakikitang resulta at para talagang mabilis din ang pagkumpara sa Comelec (Commission on Elections) official results,” he informed.

Lawyer Amor Amorado, head of the BBM for VP "Quick-Count" center, who was present during the press briefing explained that raw data from the election returns will be given to the "Quick-Count" center by people from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) who are connected to a server.

“We have people in the PPCRV who are connected to the Transparency Server who will give us raw data from the elections return from the VCMs,” Amorado said.

Amorado added that they likewise have volunteers in different parts of the Philippines who will give them real time elections results.

Amorado also noted that they have divided the center into two groups – the Legal and Non-Legal teams. “We have the Legal and Non-Legal groups. Those manning the Non-Legal team are call center agents who will get the real time election results as they are transmitted from the field while the Legal team are Lawyers who will receive reports from all our 200 Lawyers nationwide on the provincial canvassing as well as in highly urbanized and independent component cities,” he explained.

He said the center is open 24/7 and will receive reports until they have gathered all pertinent data.

Marcos, however, expressed alarm over the numerous reports of malfunctioning vote counting machines in many parts of the country. He said he has already instructed his team to investigate the breakdown of many VCMs.

Amorado also expressed worry over the technical glitches saying it could pave the way for cheating. “As part of their protocol, the BEIs (Board of Elections Inspectors) let voters shade the ballots while waiting for the machines to be fixed with the BEIs being the ones to feed the ballots in the VCMs. This where the danger lies because the new machines can be pre-programmed already and so we have to call on all watchers from all parties to watch those replacement machines and watch out for those feeding the ballots because we might have serious problems,” he cautioned.

Marcos also took particular notice on voters having the same identification number. He however, refused to give more details pending their own investigation. “This is a serious concern and we are beginning to see, yung pare-parehong ID sa iba’t-ibang botante. We are going to get more details on this and talk to the people complaining,” he said.

He then reiterated his call to all voters to exercise their right to vote and continue being patient despite the presence of many glitches in the voting.

“Iboto ninyo kung sino ang gusto ninyo na lider at kahit maraming nababalitaang problema, ay dapat konting tiis at mag-antay tayo. Be patient, konting pasensya kasi importante na marinig ang boses ng bawat mamamayang Pilipino dito sa halalang ito,” Marcos concluded.