Marcos: There was massive, unprecedented poll fraud

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos slams the alleged "massive" and "unprecedented" cheating in the recent elections, blaming the current administration for allowing such fraud to happen.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Weeks before the Presidential and Vice Presidential Inauguration, losing vice presidential candidate Sen. Bongbong Marcos is certain: there was "massive, institutionalized, and unprecedented cheating" in the 2016 elections.

In a press conference on Saturday, Marcos said although poll irregularities are not uncommon, he was caught off guard by how the alleged fraud in the recent polls was carried out.

"I could not imagine that anyone could be so cavalier about the electoral protest and again this partisan effort over the elections was something that is unprecedented," Marcos said.

"And I think it reflects a lack of concern as to what people think. Walang pakialam talaga. Kahit na alam ninyong lahat na nadaya kami, wala silang pakialam. Parang ganun ang naging attitude.”

[Translation: "And I think it reflects a lack of concern as to what people think. They had no qualms. Even when everyone knows that we have been cheated, they still didn't care. That was apparently their attitude."]

Marcos said his legal team is optimistic that they have sufficient evidence to prove their claims, as a number of people reached out to them and offered their help by presenting evidence of the alleged cheating.

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Aside from vote buying, the senator claimed there was also wholesale ballot shading and tampering with the transmission system.

"Marami kaming pruweba tungkol sa 'yung mga ginagawa sa ibang lugar na hindi nakaboto. At bukod pa diyan, ay doon nga sa pagbibilang ng boto at pag-ta-transmit ng mga boto. Sa ngayon ay maraming nawawalang boto at hindi nga natin makita kung saan napunta," Marcos said.

[Translation: "We have many proofs of anomalies in areas where people were not able to cast their votes. There are also issues on the counting and the transmission of votes. There are still many missing votes that have yet to be found.]

There were three million votes that were not counted, according to his camp.

Marcos blamed the current administration – through the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and service provider Smartmatic – for allowing the alleged poll cheating.

“We see that the problems were with Comelec and the problems were with Smartmatic. Now who was behind all of that? I think we will slowly be able to show that, because the only people who can institutionalize this kind of cheating is the Administration,” Marcos said.

The lawmaker is set to file an electoral protest on June 28.