Overseas absentee voters urged to be more vigilant amid reported anomalies

22 April 2022

A RECRUITMENT industry leader on Tuesday called on overseas Filipinos, who are qualified to participate in the ongoing overseas absentee voting for the May 9 presidential elections, to exercise more vigilance amid reports of anomalies marring the said election process in some countries.

Recruitment consultant Lito  Soriano, president of LBS E-Recruitment Solutions and president emeritus of the Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI), one of the largest associations of licensed recruitment agencies in the country, urged overseas absentee voters, especially overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), to protect their votes.

“We have received such reports and we are still verifying them. Nevertheless, I am calling on overseas absentee voters to be more vigilant to ensure the integrity and sanctity of their votes. Lodge a report or complaint immediately if you encounter any anomaly,” he said.

Videos of OFWs complaining of anomalies in the overseas absentee voting, which started last April 9, swarmed social media recently.

There were complaints that they shaded the circle for Marcos on the ballot but it was not reflected in the voter-verifiable paper audit trails that came out of the machine after their ballots were inserted,

“Sabi nila baka nagkamali daw ako ng shinade. Hindi ako magkakamali, si BBM ang binoto ko. Kung nagkamali ako bakit lahat ng senatoriables ko lumabas? Bukod-tanging ‘yung presidente ko lang ang hindi lumabas, an outraged female OFW said.

“Kaya agad akong nag-file ng complaint sa taas. Hindi ito fake news dahil sa akin mismo nangyari,” she added in one of the videos about the elections that went viral.

Soriano also called for a more intensified campaign to ensure that the wide lead of presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. will be maintained.

“Let's intensify campaigning to maintain BBM’s enormous lead – 60 percent lead. This will be record-breaking in the history of our overseas absentee voting. Let us campaign some more,” he declared.

“BBM does not let up in his tiring campaign, hence we should follow his lead. BBM deserves the massive support he is getting We continue to campaign to get more support for him from our OFWs,” Soriano stressed.

The recruitment consultant is also current vice president of KBL-Sectoral Organizations, president of Kay BbM Lagi, - a parallel-group with more than 300,000 registered coordinators and members.

He was also co-convenor of Alyansa Duterte Bongbong (AlDuB) a parallel campaign group in the 2016 presidential elections.

Soriano also predicted that the forthcoming May 9 synchronized polls will be unprecedented in Philippine elections, with Marcos and his running mate Inday Sara Duterte garnering an overwhelming mandate and winning margin for president and vice president.

He also forecasted that the OAV voter turn-out in this election could be the highest since it was implemented in 2004.

“With BBM’s enormous lead, this will be record-breaking in the history of our overseas absentee voting,” Soriano said.

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FILIPINO VERSION

OVERSEAS ABSENTEE VOTERS HINIMOK NA MAGING MAPAGBANTAY

NANAWAGAN ang mga lider ng recruitment industry sa mga overseas Filipinos na kwalipikadong makakaboto sa isinasagawang overseas absentee voting para sa May 9 presidential elections na maging mapagmatyag, sa gitna ng mga balitang nagkakaroon ng anomalya sa proseso ng halalan sa ibang mga bansa.

Kaugnay niti, hinimok ni Lito Soriano ang mga overseas absentee voters, lalo na ang mga overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), na protektahan ang kanilang boto.

Si Soriano ay isang recruitment consultant at presidente ng LBS E-Recruitment Solutions at president emeritus ng Philippine Association of Service Exporters, Inc. (PASEI), isa sa mga pinakamalaking asosasyon ng mga lisensyadong recruitment agencies sa bansa.

“We have received such reports and we are still verifying them. Nevertheless, I am calling on overseas absentee voters to be more vigilant to ensure the integrity and sanctity of their votes. Lodge a report or complaint immediately if you encounter any anomaly,” sabi ni Soriano.

Kumalat ang ilang mga video sa social media kung saan nagrereklamo ang mga OFWs tungkol sa anomalyang nangyayari sa overseas absentee voting na nagsimula noong April 9, 2022.

Reklamo nila na minarkahan nila ang bilog para kay Marcos sa balota ngunit hindi ito makikita sa voter-verifiable paper audit trails na lumabas sa makina pagkatapos maipasok ang kanilang mga balota.

“Sabi nila baka nagkamali daw ako ng shinade. Hindi ako magkakamali, si BBM ang binoto ko. Kung nagkamali ako bakit lahat ng senatoriables ko lumabas? Bukod-tanging ‘yung presidente ko lang ang hindi lumabas,” galit na sabi ng isang babaeng OFW.

“Kaya agad akong nag-file ng complaint sa taas. Hindi ito fake news dahil sa akin mismo nangyari,”dagdag ng isang babae sa video tungkol sa halalan na agad na nag-viral.

Hinikayat din ni Soriano na paigtingin ang kampanya upang masigurado na mananatili ang pangunguna ni presidential frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr.

“Let's intensify campaigning to maintain BBM’s enormous lead – 60 percent lead. This will be record-breaking in the history of our overseas absentee voting. Let us campaign some more,” deklara niya.

“BBM does not let up in his tiring campaign, hence we should follow his lead. BBM deserves the massive support he is getting We continue to campaign to get more support for him from our OFWs,”dagdag pa ni Soriano.

Si Soriano na isang recruitment consultant ay bise president rin ng KBL-Sectoral Organizations, presidente ng BbM Lagi, - parallel-group na may mahigit 300,000 rehistradong coordinators at miyembro.

Siya rin ay co-convenor ng Alyansa Duterte Bongbong (AlDuB), isang parallel campaign group noong 2016 presidential elections.

Inaasahan din ni Soriano na magiging kakaiba ang mangyayaring halalan ngayong May 9 sa kasaysayan ng Philippine eleksiyon, si Marcos at ang kanyang running-mate na si Mayor Inday Sara Duterte ay makakakuha ng malaking kalamangan sa kanilang mga kalaban.

Tingin din niya na ang OAV voter turn-out ngayong eleksyon ay posibleng mas mataas ang turn-out keysa noong nakaraang mga halalan.

“With BBM’s enormous lead, this will be record-breaking in the history of our overseas absentee voting,” sabi ni Soriano.

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