- Cong. Karlo Nograles claimed that during the final testing of the VCM in Lanao del Sur, votes for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte were read as Roxas votes
- Atty. Kris Ablan refutes the allegations; saying such reports are unverified
- The final testing and sealing of VCMs is still ongoing after it started on May 2 and to end on May 6
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Cong. Karlo Nograles in a Facebook post on May 5, Thursday, revealed that during the final testing of the vote counting machine (VCM) in Lanao del Sur 1st District, the votes for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte were allegedly counted to Liberal Party standard bearer Mar Roxas. He said in a brief post:
“In Lanao sur 1st district. During final testing of pcos machines the votes for Duterte is credited to Roxas by the PCOS. Same in Mati city.”
His post has already gone viral; having been shared nearly 28,000 times and liked for more than 10k times as of posting.
Some online users were enraged over the allegations and reported that the same incident happened in Tagbilaran City while others reported that the VCM testing in their area was a success.
However, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) through Atty. Kris Ablan later refutes Nograles’ claims; saying they have coordinated with the election supervisor in Lanao del Sur about the matter and stated that no such issue has been reported to them, says ABS-CBN News.
“We called up the Provincial Election Supervisor in Lanao Del Sur and he said there is no such incident of Duterte votes read as Roxas votes. The reports circulating in social media are unverified”.
He confirmed though that some VCMs were defective and that they have done the necessary action. He said: “However, some VCMs have been found to be defective, and we have already informed the National Technical and Support Center (NTSC) to fix or replace them”.
Meanwhile, in an article published by Pinoy Trending News, an IT expert from the Ateneo de Manila University technically explained how a vote for Duterte is credited to Roxas. Read his explanation here.
The final testing and sealing of VCMs is still ongoing. It started on May 2 and will end on May 6 and is open to the public.