Manila Bulletin - NAMFREL’s Lagman supports Sotto’s Hybrid Election Bill

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin

The Hybrid Election Bill filed by Senate President Vicente Sotto III gained the support of the head of the National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL).

NAMFREL Chairman Gus Lagman said he has long been pushing for the hybrid election system.

“I designed a hybrid system that NAMFREL has sent to the Senate, House, and some media outlets. So, obviously, I do support that kind of system,” he said.

Lagman believes the polls will be more transparent and credible under a hybrid system.

“It will become more transparent and more accurate, therefore, more credible,” he said.

Under the hybrid election system, voting and counting will be manual while transmission and canvassing will be automated.

The Namfrel head expressed hope that the measure will be passed into law and implemented before the 2022 presidential elections.

In the past, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo also pushed for the adoption of a hybrid election system convinced that it is more transparent.

“We have long been calling for manual voting and counting in the precinct level and automated transmission and canvassing (of election results),” he said.

The Hybrid Election Bill was among the 10 priority bills filed by Sotto on Monday.