Claims Team PNoy ‘digitally elected;’ P30m to fix mess
The aunt-in-law of President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday accused Palace and military officials of conspiring to commit “electoral fraud” allegedly by manipulating the results of the automated 2013 mid-term polls that made nine Team PNoy candidates win the senatorial race.
Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco shows what she claims to be evidence of electoral fraud in the last election.
Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, wife of President Aquino’s uncle Jose Peping Cojuangco, said the government is now spending P30 million “to fix the mess and cover up the crime.”
In an exclusive interview with Manila Standard and its sister-company The Journal, Cojuangco said election watchdog Isang Bayan, Isang Boto, which she heads, conducted a “discreet investigation” nationwide and had found evidence to prove that the 60-30-10 voting pattern was consistent with the results, which showed Team PNoy candidates getting 6 percent of the total votes cast, the opposition United Nationalist Alliance bets getting 30 percent and the rest of the independent bets sharing the 10 percent.
“The Team PNoy senatorial candidates were digitally elected and the real voters were disenfranchised,” Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco, who ran but lost under the banner of UNA, urged her nephew-President to look into the fraud allegedly perpetrated by the President’s men.
Cojuangco said one of those who most benefited in the fraud was a senatorial candidate who emerged among the top winners in the race.
“My A1 source said the government deliberately made this senator lead the polls,” said Cojuangco who claims to have “many meaningful and good friends” in the Aquino administration.
Cojuangco said another leading senatorial bet was also pre-programmed to be padded to enable him to land in the 12-slate.
Cojuangco’s votes, she said, had been reduced even in areas considered as her and the opposition’s bailiwicks.
Asked if the President was aware of the alleged fraud, Cojuangco said her sources said he was made aware by at least two officials involved in the fraud.
They had to ask the President for P30 million to cover up the mess,” Cojuangco said.
“I love my family, including the President, but I love my country more. I had been fighting for democracy and I cannot be stopped now. I need to expose this fraud so this will not happen again in 2016 presidential elections and all elections after that,” Cojuangco said.
“After these two officials sought the President’s approval for P30 million, a few days later, the Palace announced that a military general has been granted P30 million in intelligence funds,” Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco, along with her members former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, Worthy Acosta and lawyer Melchor Magdamo, showed photos of unused printed
ballots that they said would replace the original ballots that contained the “true votes.”
They said the fraud was carried out by a ranking Commission on Elections official, who issued memorandum and resolutions ordering his subordinates to disregard the safeguards that were put in place by law to protect the results of votes cast that passed through the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) and servers.
“We have sufficient reasons and evidence to believe that the 2013 elections were rigged. That massive and nationwide election cheating happened. That cheating was done using pre-programming of PCOS and servers casting doubts on the integrity of the 2013 elections. That the election results were not credible from the proof I have,” Cojuangco said.
“The winners of the 2013 elections may not have been popularly voted, but may have only been digitally elected. That the popular mandate of proclaimed candidates is questionable,” Cojuangco said.
“The 60-30-10 pattern is not coincidental,” Cojuangco said.
Cojuangco said her group is now investigating the results of the elections, including the alleged “excess printing of ballots” by the Comelec to cover up and change the real and actual ballots so that manual count will match the apparent programmed results.
Cojuangco said her group tried to count the votes manually.
“For example, in the manual count, this leading senatorial candidate obtained 193 votes but in the PCOS count, the candidate got 388 votes or an additional 185 votes,” Cojuangco said, showing the evidence she said were acquired during their investigation.
The rest of the Team PNoys also got padded votes, she said, while UNA candidates got reduced votes.
“Thus the need for the extra ballots. They have to match the pre-programmed results with those in the ballots,” Cojuangco said, showing photos of the excess printed ballots.
Cojuangco and her group also questioned the high turnout of the polls when historically, the turnout of the mid-term polls was lower than the presidential polls.
Acosta cited that in 70 clustered precincts, with 500 voters per precinct, the turnout was 100 percent.
“We found out that in those 70 clustered precincts, there were voters in the list who were already dead, voters who chose not to go to the precinct to vote but their votes were counted,” Chong said.
Cojuangco said she wanted the government to penalize those who deliberately violated the safeguards set by Republic Act 9369 or the Automated Elections Act.
Asked if she wanted to nullify the proclamation of the senators, whom she branded as “digitally elected,” Cojuangco had this to say: “It is now up to the President to decide what’s the right thing to do. He was appalled by the rampant cheating that he said happened in the previous administration, and so he should also condemn the manipulation done in the recent polls.”
For his part, Acosta said the source code of the PCOS machines used in the 2013 polls was not allegedly reviewed and certified in violation of the automated law.
The review, he said, should have been done three months before the May 13, 2013 polls.
“There was no review and certification of the source code in the PCOS machines that were used in 2013 elections,” Acosta protested. “What was reviewed and certified was the source code for 2010 polls.”
Magdamo also questioned the Comelec’s decision to remove the digital signature of the Comelec officials in the transmitted election returns as guaranteed by RA No. 9369.
The decision was made through Resolution No. 8786, Magdamo said. The Comelec, he said, also removed the ultraviolet lamp that would have allowed the PCOS to identify fake from authentic ballots.
“The Comelec Resolution specifically orders the Board of Election Inspector (BEI) not to place Digital Signature. The authentication of the documents had been put to question,” Magdamo said.
Cojuangco vowed to bring to the public the manipulation and fraud that took place in the 2013 polls.
Cojuangco denied that Vice President Jejomar Binay had anything to do with her advocacy since Binay is president of UNA. She also said the opposition was not behind her campaign.
“No vested interest groups are behind our advocacy to promote clean and honest elections and uphold democracy,” Cojuangco said.