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‘Poll fraud benefited LP’

Tingting: Cheating rampant last May The election watchdog led by President Benigno Aquino III’s aunt Margarita Cojuangco on Sunday accused the ruling Liberal Party of cheating in the May 2013 elections, saying LP candidates benefited from 70 clustered precincts that had a 100 percent voter turnout—and where even the votes of the dead were counted. Isang Bayan Isang Boto co-convenor Worthy Acosta said cheating was rampant nationwide. “Electoral fraud was discovered nationwide, particularly in areas that were declared ‘zona libre’ (free zones) where the President’s allies slugged it out with the Liberals,” Acosta told the Manila Standard. Among the clustered areas that had 100 percent voter turnout were Abra, Apayao, Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu, Acosta said. In these areas, Acosta said the senatorial and congressional candidates belonging to the opposition United Nationalist Alliance obtained zero votes, which was statistically impossible. “Most of these clustered precincts with 100 percent voter turnout were in opposition bailiwicks where UNA candidates obtained zero votes and the Liberals, 100 percent of the total votes cast,” Acosta said. In some areas, the Liberals obtained 99 percent of the total votes cast while the UNA and the independent senatorial and congressional candidates would share 0.50 percent and 0.18 percent, respectively. Cojuangco said they found evidence to prove that the 60-30-10 voting pattern was consistent with the results in that the Team Pnoy candidates getting 60 percent of the total votes cast, the UNA bets getting 30 percent and the rest of the independent bets sharing the remaining10 percent. “The Team PNoy senatorial candidates were digitally elected and the real voters were disenfranchised,” Cojuangco charged. Cojuangco ran but lost under the banner of UNA, whose president is Vice President Jejomar Binay. At least 110 LP candidates won House seats. But Cojuangco said Binay had nothing to do with her group’s nationwide probe of the May elections. Cojuangco reiterated that the government is now spending P30 million “to fix the mess and cover up the crime.” Among those who most benefited in the fraud was Senator Grace Poe, who ranked No. 1 in the recent polls. Cojuangco said she had brought the issue to the attention of Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., who chose “not to dignify” her accusations. “I do not want to answer your queries,” Brillantes told Cojuangco in a letter, in response to her question as to why safeguards for the automated polls were “deliberately ignored.” “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. Cojuangco urged her nephew-President to investigate the matter, considering that it was his team that benefited from the electoral fraud. “The President was indignant of the alleged electoral fraud that happened during the previous administration. It is therefore incumbent upon him to be indignant of the electoral fraud that took place under his watch,” Cojuangco told the Manila Standard.
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