Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz, campaign adviser of Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. today said he is certain Marcos would win in the official canvass of the votes despite the slim lead posted in the unofficial count by his rival, Rep. Leni Robredo.
“We are certain that after all of these things, we will emerge victorious. We are very certain,” Dela Cruz said in a press briefing.
He noted that the exit polls of the Social Weather Stations and other transparency groups have confirmed their own internal polling that showed Marcos getting 34.9 percent of the votes compared with Robredo’s 32.2 percent.
“So we are certain that once the official canvas starts, we will be emerging victorious. And that is the reason why this morning we requested, and we are reiterating our request, for the Comelec (Commission on ElectionS) to, number one, to already put an end to this unofficial canvass,” he said.
Dela Cruz explained that the request was meant to prevent a situation where the unofficial quick count results and the official canvass of the National Board of Canvassers would differ and create confusion as well as create doubts on the result of the elections.
He said they also requested the poll body to identify the areas where the votes reflected in the transparency servers were coming from to prevent the possibility of double entries.
Dela Cruz pointed out that since 10:00 p.m. yesterday, Sen. Marcos’ numbers were going up at a reasonable rate but after an hour, the numbers began to decrease at a regular rate of between one to two percent every succeeding updates of the unofficial count. “All I can say is this is very suspicious,” Dela Cruz remarked.
What is even more striking, according to Dela Cruz, is the decrease in the lead of Sen. Marcos which began after what Comelec said was a glitch that delayed the updates of the transmitted votes in the transparency server.
Likewise, Dela Cruz pointed out that there were still many votes that have yet to be transmitted in various areas, including those that are known bailiwicks of Sen. Marcos such as Ilocos Sur, with 11 percent; La Union, 11 percent; Nueva Vizcaya, 12 percent; Apayao, 18 percent; Abra 11 percent; Lanao del Norte, 12 percent; Zamboanga del Sur, 9 percent; and Sultan Kudarat 22, percent—all as of 9:30 this morning.
“So as I said we are certain that once the official count progresses, we will emerge victorious” said Dela Cruz.
Atty. Amor Amorado, head of the BBM for VP "Quick-Count" center pointed out that their internal count is based on the copy or picture of Certificate of Canvass which their people on the ground have gathered.
Meanwhile, former Biliran Cong. Glenn Chong also said the Comelec and the Smartmatic must explain the reduction in the votes of Sen. Chiz Escudero and the apparent addition of an almost similar amount of votes to that of Robredo.
He noted that at 5:30 a.m. this morning, votes for Sen. Escudero went down from 4,486,335 as of 4:59 a.m. to 4,449,913 votes or a deduction of 36,442 votes while at the same time the votes for Robredo rose from 13,014,447 to 13,050,113 votes. He said the reduction in Escudero’s vote of 36,422 votes is almost identical to the addition of to 35,668 votes for Robredo.
Since there cannot be any transmission of a negative vote, Chong said it was not possible for the vote of one candidate to go down.
He pointed that the said results came out in two major television networks but had since been removed.
Chong, who claimed to be a victim of poll cheating in the 2010 elections, is now one of the leading transparency advocates in the automated elections.
He urged the camp of Marcos and other candidates who suspect poll irregularities to get audit logs of the votes from the precincts and the municipal board of canvassers as well as the statistical reports and transmission reports so investigators can cross-match the figures.