By Elizabeth Marcelo | GMA News Online
Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Sunday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to explain the alleged discrepancies between actual votes on the ballot and the printed voters’ receipts during the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV).
“Sana mabigyan tayo ng paliwanag ng Comelec. Sabi nila hindi mangyayari ang tulad nito. I'm afraid to say and sad to report na it has happened. They have done very little at nandiyan na naman nangyayari,” Marcos told reporters in Ormoc City, Leyte.
Marcos said he received reports from concerned Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) about the alleged incidence of discrepancies between the vote on ballot and the voter's receipt, especially in Hongkong, Dubai, Kuwait and Japan.
Marcos said reports reaching his office claimed the votes that were supposed for him were being credited in the receipts to United Nationalist Alliance candidate Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan.
Marcos claimed that one of the reports came from a sibling of a Smartmatic employee.
Marcos had earlier bared in a previous statement that a female OFW in Hong Kong who hailed from Ilocos Norte cast a vote for him, but her receipt showed that vote went to Honasan.
Marcos said a video circulating in social media shows an OFW complaining about the incident to the election officers but they did nothing and instead was told that she could not vote again because the poll body is implementing a one ballot, one voter rule.
Marcos said he received report that a similar incident happened in Okinawa, Japan this morning.
“Just this morning, we received another report from Okinawa of the same incident. We are seeing a pattern here,” Marcos said.
“I hope that the Comelec and Smartmatic will give us some kind of explanation and assured us that that the counting will be an honest one, that the votes that will be registered by our overseas workers will be properly counted. Sana maipaliwanag kung ano ang nangyayari dito sa mga lugar na ito,” Marcos added.
Marcos said his office already informed the camp of Honasan about the matter and the fellow senator assured him that they are also looking into it.
“Senator Honasan is a very honest man and I know that he would not like that votes not for him are being given to him,” Marcos said.
Meanwhile, Marcos reiterated his earlier call to the Comelec to lay down the rules in case a voter encounters a discrepancy in the vote receipt from the actual vote casts.
“If a voter says the content of the receipt is wrong, what shall he or she do? How will he or she make the complaint? What’s the procedure? Kailangan gumawa ng hakbang ang Comelec para pagpasok ng botante sa mga presinto ay alam na nila ang gagawin kung sakaling magkaroon ng ganitong problema,” Marcos said.