President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday used his Easter Sunday message to call on Filipinos to “choose what is good and uplifting” during the May 13 elections
“It is truly an occasion of hope and inspiration for all of us as we commemorate the narrative of the Savior’s sacrifice on the cross and how He restored us to the fullness of life,” he said in his message.
“May this time of new beginnings inspire us to always choose what is good and uplifting,” he said. “I trust that this season of Easter will be a blessed time for us to rekindle our shared commitment in nation-building, especially in the upcoming midterm elections.”
“May it become an exercise of integrity and reflect the true will of the people,” he added. “It is my hope that the evil caused by the societal ills we are confronting today will be swept away by our strong faith in the Almighty.”
Meanwhile, the election transparency watchdog Mata sa Balota petitioned the Commission on Elections to use the Verified Paper Audit Trail or VVPAT to ensure clean polls on May 13 and avoid widespread cheating as was alleged for the 2016 elections.
Melchor Magdamo, one of Mata sa Balota’s lawyers, also asked the Comelec to enforce the Supreme Court ruling on the VVPAT.
He said the law allows a voter’s VVPAT to be photographed to be used as proof of potential cheating on the results of the vote counting machine or VCM.
Magdamo said according to Section 179 of the Omnibus Election Code, poll watchers and even the public are allowed to take photographs of the proceedings or any incident inside a voting precinct.
In reviewing the results of the 2016 national elections, Mata sa Balota said a lot of irregularities in the voting process were uncovered.
One of these was the early transmittal of results from a voting precinct in Camarines Sur using a different Internet Protocol address than what was registered for it, Magdamo said.
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