Comelec, PPCRV dispel claims of anomalous patterns in May 2022 poll results

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 11) --- The Commission on Elections and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting quashed claims that the automated election was rigged as netizens claim irregularities between the votes of presidential candidates Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and Vice President Leni Robredo.

"Mahirap i-prove 'yan kapag sinabi mong may cheating with regards to that percentage," said Comelec Commissioner Marlon Casquejo in a media briefing Tuesday

"Unang-una, 'yung system natin dumaan ‘yan sa ating certification," he explained. "So meron tayong local source code review. How can you insert such percentage na ipanalo mo 'yung kandidato mo or matalo 'yung kandidato mo?" .

[Translation: It’s hard to prove that there was cheating with regard to that percentage. First of all, the system went through a certification. So there was a local source code review. How can you insert such percentage to make your candidate win or lose?”]

Casquejo made the comment after supporters of Robredo said they noticed that her votes had consistently accounted for 47% of Marcos, who is leading the race by a wide margin.

Meanwhile, some people also took to social medial their concerns over an alleged 68:32 ratio transmission of vote results favoring the late dictator’s son.

Casquejo also pointed out that Comelec’s servers received results from different clustered precincts.

"If you receive the results, and there will be a percentage lead, most likely ganoon na rin 'yung lead when it comes to completing the transmissions," he said.

He added that the consistent margin between the votes of Robredo and Marcos is “statistically probable.”

"I'm not a statistician, pero pwede naman nating makita 'yung (but we can look at the) transmission," he said. "Hindi naman siya by baluarte or by region 'yung transmission (It was not by bailiwick or by region)."

"If they really insist, pwede naman natin i-check 'yung each election returns in each province. Unang-una, magtra-transmit naman si National Board of Canvassers papuntang Congress. Makikita natin per province kung ilan 'yung percentage doon," he added.

[Translation: If they really insist, we can check the election returns in each province. First of all, the National Board of Canvassers transmits to Congress. We will see how much the percentage is per province.]

‘No irregularity’

For its part, church-based election watchdog PPCRV said that experts from the Ateneo de Manila University and the University of Santo Tomas have found no irregularities with the pattern of poll results.

“We asked experts from the math department of Ateneo and UST, they were here today...As of the last few cycle around, 6:30 [p.m.], they have not found any irregularity in the transmission patterns that people have seemed to talk about in social media,” said PPCRV chairperson Myla Villanueva in an interview with CNN Philippines’ Politics As Usual.

But the PPCRV said that it will look into the reports of the alleged voting pattern in the partial and unofficial tally of the elections.

PPCRV spokesperson Vann dela Cruz said their IT team is already coordinating with Comelec.

“We've actually already communicated our request sa Comelec to request for what they called a system log server," Dela Cruz told reporters. "Doon po natin makikita and to verify din po kung merong any anomaly (That’s where we can check and verify if there were any anomaly). But right now, it's no cause for concern."