There could be point saving (dagdag-bawas) in the unofficial transmission of votes by the Commission on Election (Comelec).
The camp of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. raised this possibility on Tuesday, May 10, as Marcos was overtaken overnight on Monday by Liberal Party vice presidential bet Leni Robredo in the unofficial count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
The PPCRV count had Marcos initially leading the race.
In a news conference, Marcos’ camp reiterated its earlier call for the Comelec to stop the unofficial transmission of votes because it might create confusion when votes are officially canvassed.
“From 5 pm up to 10 pm, Senator Marcos’ numbers were increasing at a very, very reasonable rate and then towards 11 pm, his numbers were already decreasing at a pace that is quite incredible,” reelectionist ABAKADA Party-list Representative Jonathan Dela Cruz, Marcos’ spokesman, said.
The Marcos camp also pointed out a discrepancy in the votes of Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero reported by GMA News. The network’s infographic showed that as of 5:20 am May 10, Escudero’s votes went down from 4,479,913 to 4,449,038.
Transparency advocate Glenn Chong, who joined Marcos’ representatives in the Tuesday news briefing, highlighted that Escudero lost 36,442 votes; at the same time, Liberal Party bet Leni Robredo’s numbers rose to 35,000.
Chong said this can be a form of point shaving.
Dela Cruz said they are “gravely concerned” Marcos’ votes may be used in this form of cheating.
They also noticed that when Marcos was leading by a million, Comelec reported a glitch in transmission. After this malfunction, the senator’s votes stayed in a plateau while Robredo’s numbers rose.