By Mario Casayuran | Manila Bulletin
As the election fever winds down despite isolated but high-profile cases of the May 9 votes being questioned, vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand ‘’Bongbong’’ Marcos, Jr. said on Saturday (May 14, 2016) that his volunteers and supporters deserve commendation for helping him in the campaign and keeping the faith as he fights for the integrity of the elections.
‘’With a considerable number of votes that have yet to be transmitted, we have to remain vigilant yet calm and sober to ensure that the true will of the people will be reflected in the results of the elections,’’ Marcos said.
The senator also said he wanted ‘’to profusely thank our volunteers and our supporters for their selfless act of giving their time and effort in helping ensure free, honest and credible elections.’’
With about 95 percent of the unofficial votes tallied so far, Marcos trails frontrunner Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo by about 200,000 votes in the six-person race for the vice presidency.
Marcos earlier urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to stop the on-going quick count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) after reports that a script was introduced into the transparency server of the poll body that altered the hash codes without prior authorization of top Comelec officials.
Marcos said the prayers and words of encouragement of his volunteers and supporters nationwide continue to inspire him to keep on seeking the truth.
“Ako’y nagpapasalamat sa mga suporta at sumusuporta pa rin, mga nagdasal at patuloy na nagdadasal at asahan po ninyo na kayo ang aking inspirasyon na patuloy na ipaglaban ang tunay na boto ng sambayanang Pilipino. Thank you for keeping the faith (I am thankful for your support and prayers which serves as my inspiration as we continue to fight for the real and accurate results of the elections),” he said.
Marcos appealed for continued vigilance not only from his supporters but also from the election watchdogs as well, as he cited reports that as of Friday (May 13, 2016), over 3,800 Vote-Counting Machines (VCMs) still could not transmit election results.
In a press statement, Marcos said: “A total of 555 VCMs from polling precincts in the Middle East and Africa still have to transmit results, 310 from North and Latin America, 339 from Asia and 152 from Europe. These VCMs should supposedly account for around 980,000 registered voters.”
“Likewise, 333 VCMs from Lanao del Sur still need to transmit election results, 207 from Surigao del Sur, 158 in Maguindanao and 160 in Sulu,” it added. “I will rest when I am satisfied that the results that are being counted, that are official, are actually validated by the results as we can certainty confirm it from local reports that we get from the different precincts.’’