'Fight Hocus PCOS': Duterte launches campaign vs. poll cheating

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Presidential candidate Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The camp of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is wary of possible cheating in the upcoming polls.

This prompted them to begin a campaign called "Fight Hocus PCOS" to fight any effort to manipulate election results.

The logo of the campaign is the Facebook profile photo of Peter Laviña, Duterte's spokesman.

 

The Duterte camp is calling on all Filipinos who hold sacred their right to suffrage.

They are urging supporters to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to implement an important feature of automated voting — the printed ballot receipt that should be issued to every voter.

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The Duterte camp is sensing some rigging of online polls following Sunday night's (February 21) debate.

Laviña said Duterte was the top choice of netizens in these polls, but the results show a different candidate at first place.

For Laviña, this is a clear effort to cheat.

He said Duterte's party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), their lawyers and IT experts are already looking into this.

One Duterte supporter who is an IT expert told the mayor there's a big potential the upcoming polls may be rigged.

The presidential candidate said he will not take this lightly.

He's counting on intelligence groups in the police and the military to also find out if there are indeed plans to manipulate election results.

Duterte and his running mate Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano are in La Union Tuesday (February 23).

It is the mayor's third visit here since the start of the official campaign period and it could be an indication that he's keen on securing votes from the north.

The tandem will be addressing the Rotary Club of La Union to discuss their platform.