Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. believes that the May 13 elections were generally positive.
But even as he expressed this assessment, he also took note of the massive vote buying, PCOS machines glitches and the incidents of election-relatedviolence.
“The conduct of the elections I think was generally positive, maganda naman ang patakbo. Of course lagi naman may instances ng political violence pa rin. May mga question pa rin na lumabas dito sa PCOS, syempre it’s been questioned by many,” he said.
However, the senator said he is worried about the trend that emerged in the elections, in particular the massive vote buying that occurred in many areas.
Marcos suggested a thorough study of the issue and the formulation of a process to prevent it from happening again in the future elections.
“Ang lakas ng bilihan ng boto. At saka in some instances nagtatayo ng tolda sa presinto mismo. ‘Tapos bago makaboto yung tao idadaan muna sa tent nila tapos memagic na nangyayari doon. And that is very worrisome because dati naman kahit may vote buying hindi ganyan kagarapal,” Marcos noted.
He believed that cheaters resorted to vote buying because the PCOS machines are seen to be accurate and are not susceptible to traditional methods of manipulation to influence the result fo the election.
“‘Yun ang mga kelangan nating pag-isipan when we are talking about modifying the process, improving the process,” Marcos stressed.
He added: “But we have to see what the general picture is. As far as the process is concerned, I think that (it’s positive) overall.”