Comelec to critics: you doubt election results’ credibility? ask PPCRV

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday stressed no less than the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and other election stakeholders has already vouched for the accuracy and credibility of the May 9, 2022 elections.

At a news conference, Acting Comelec spokesperson John Rex C. Laudiangco issued the statement to put to rest doubts raised by some groups about the outcome of the  recent democratic exercise.

Among the concerns, which were posted on social media platforms, were videos showing some people shading or destroying multiple ballots as well as the reported 950 defective vote counting machines (VCM) on Monday’s elections.

Likewise all TV reports quoted PPCRV as saying that their matching rate ended up at 100 percent, even as many of these volunteers are young and presumably “kakampinks,” or active supporters of Vice President and presidential candidate Leni Robredo.

In a separate statement, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, in an effort to console them, said that despite our grief, we shouldn’t be stopped from continuing to help people.

Manual audit, statistical assessment

Laudiangco, however, maintained such incidents did not affect the accuracy of the outcome of the elections as seen by the ongoing manual audit of election returns (ER) being conducted by PPCRV.

As of Thursday, PPCRV was able to manually encode and examine 16,820 elections returns and matched these with the ERs  transmitted to the Comelec transparency server.

Currently, the server already contains 106,008 or 98.35 percent of the 107,785 ERs.

“This is a testament to the accuracy and credibility of our elections and we perceived no issues in their remaining ERs [which will undergo manual audit],” Laudiangco said.

Likewise, he also cited the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Statistics, which  came out with a statement dismissing the so-called 68:32 transmission ratio as evidence of cheating in the polls.

“We thank the UP  School of Statistics. They said, without a clear and unequivocal context, this percentage pattern is not an evidence of cheating in the elections,” Laudiangco said.

The poll official said this was on top of the statement issued by the United States, lauding the country for holding an election, which complied with international standards.

“Remember, the international community will not issue a statement if they have no basis for it. Some of them have been staunch critics of Comelec, but now, as early as now, on the fourth day, they already stated and accounted for the credibility of the elections,” Laudiangco pointed out.

Proper forum

Several groups gathered on Friday near the  Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, where Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, is conducting the official canvassing for senators and party-list groups.

They decried Comelec’s alleged mishandling of the recently concluded national and local polls.

Laudiangco encouraged the groups to bring their election protests to proper venues, including the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal, Senate Electoral Tribunal, and the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

“There are many ways to ventilate these issues from counting to canvassing as well as anomalies constituting election offense. Let us avail of these measures,” Laudiangco said.