When the voting started, the most common complaints were the cases of added names. Some people have complained that after they voted, they noticed there were other names of candidates inserted in their votes when they checked their voter’s receipts. When a celebrity shares this experience of her friend, you know it’s closer to home and not isolated cases.
But before we continue, let’s go back to where this whole scam might have started:
(Disclaimer: this is an opinion blog, not a news article, and as such, it may or may not reflect the truth. So I hope a newly “elected” senator will not make himself look like an idiot by calling this a fake news. And since it’s impossible to trace the owners of the photos and memes used on this blog, they are given “C.T.T.O.” or credit to the owners. – Lulu Mendez)
From the outset, there were some strange things happening in relation to the 2019 elections. First, the Social Weather Station (S.W.S) was conspicuously absent during the whole election period. But from December 2018 to March 2019, 3 fake S.W.S. surveys started to appear in succession. For what purpose? You shall see. We will start from here.
1. The Mysterious Absence of S.W.S. and the Emergence of Fake S.W.S. Surveys
(Charts dominate this section so they will take lots of space but the texts are not that long, so please be patient. This section shows what effort “they” took to condition the minds of people into believing that Bong Go will win at the 3rd spot.)
In a strange twist of event, the S.W.S., which had always been active during election seasons was absent from the poll scenes. On February we emailed S.W.S. and learned that its last senatorial preference survey results (which also turns out to be their last for this election) were issued on September last year:
We will present this particular survey later on this blog.
But why did the S.W.S. stop at those surveys? Perhaps, the next surveys can answer the question. Around December 2018, a fake S.W.S. came out showing Mr. Bong Go at around 15th spot.
Then, on January 2019, another fake S.W.S. came out, this time showing Bong Go at around 5th-6th spot, an unbelievable leap of ten points in just little over a month! Now you are probably starting to see the bigger picture.
Then, on February 2019, Mr. Go went up further to the 3rd spot! (See the 2nd section), which is exactly the same spot he landed in the actual election:
But unfortunately for the people behind these fake surveys, the S.W.S. itself disowned this particular one, which had already circulated all over the media including all the major ones. Unbelievably, they were all taken for a ride, including all the respected media outfits.
Bong Go now number 3 in alleged “SWS survey;” SWS says it’s not theirs
We had difficulty looking for the old news articles on this. When we googled “sws disowns survey bong go,” many of the articles listed, when clicked, were already gone, meaning, deleted. We found this article by Rappler confirming the deletions, which goes on to show what these people can do:
Therefore… this is just my speculation: I think the S.W.S. might have been pressured or even threatened not to issue senatorial preference surveys so that some people – and you know who they are – can make their own “S.W.S” surveys. How else can we explain the absence of S.W.S.?
“I think the S.W.S. might have been pressured or even threatened not to issue senatorial preference surveys so that some people – and you know who they are – can make their own [mind-conditioning] “S.W.S” surveys…”
And now, back to the old question, but why? Obviously, they were issued to condition the minds of the people that Mr. Bong Go will make it to the magic twelve. It is obvious that the people involved desperately want Bong Go in and at a relatively high position at that. After they were exposed by the S.W.S., they opted for Pulse Asia, a poll firm with a dubious past that it has come to be known as “False” Asia, perhaps meaning that they are open for manipulation of survey results, just my opinion. Pulse results started with Go at 5th spot and 3rd-5th just few days before the elections. And not surprisingly, Go landed 3rd in the actual election – 5, 4, 3 seems to be the pattern they programmed, looks very natural. Unlike S.W.S., I never trusted Pulse Asia and so I never took the effort to email them for the confirmation of the surveys in question… But there is a more sinister side to this issue – Mar Roxas was moved far back to the 17th spot.
To balance this a bit, let’s go back to the last authentic senatorial survey from S.W.S., which came out September last year, a bit old but we have no choice as this is the only senatorial survey I consider to be authentic:
Here, Mar stands at a more reasonable 7th spot, considering that he has been out of the limelight for more than 2 years! Now that he has been showing his face everyday on television campaign ads, his standing should have risen, or at least stood still, or at the worst, went down few notches but still within the winning circle. But instead, he went down to the 17th. Is this possible? And please also consider that when he ran for the senate, he was a topnotcher, winning then with a record-breaking number of votes, and he also beat Grace Poe – now standing at 2nd, and who was another topnotcher senator also with a record breaking number of votes – in the last presidential election. It’s all right if the variation or the switch of position was reasonable, but this switch of position between Mar and Go is quite extreme, and therefore, unbelievable, especially considering the fact that the fake SWS survey showed Bong Go leaping from 15th to 5-6th in just a month between December and January, and up to 3rd about a month later – a spot where he actually landed. This looks more like a fraud than anything else and this is what prevailed or made to prevail in the last election. The people involved want us to believe Mar went down because he opposed the extremely popular president, whose ratings on surveys are nothing extraordinary to justify such claim. Do you believe that? It’s up to you. So to wrap up this section, you may say that this was a mind-conditioning scheme to make the public believe that Bong Go will win and land at around 3rd place and Mar Roxas will lose. It’s all too obvious that the administration wants the top opposition guy out, and its favorite son in, the Senate.
As a reference, though this is just my opinion, how can this man who has absolutely no charisma get 20 million plus votes that broke Grace Poe’s old record. Bong Go has active Twitter account for about 10 months but as of the election day, May 13, he had only 773 followers, by far the lowest among well-known personalities. The number was so low that it almost made me cry…
2. Suspicious Voluntary Withdrawal of Namfrel
First off, consider these facts: Joey Concepcion (III), the son of one of the NAMFREL founders, and its key figure, chairman emeritus Jose Conception, Jr., is the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship. Secondly, a relative of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo, Ricardo Romulo, serves as its lawyer. Without implying anything, let’s ask this question: why has Namfrel folded up so easily, without giving up any fight? Everybody who knows the history of Namfrel knows that this organization used to do everything, even fighting tooth and nail, just to get the accreditation. But this time, why has it decided to give up so easily. This is very suspicious. Are they in collusion with the powers-that-be?
3. Choosing a Party of Majority Coalition as Dominant Minority Party instead of the Usual Opposition Party by Comelec
One member of Comelec reportedly dissented saying that it should be the opposition party which should be declared as the dominant minority party. Why is this important? According to some opinions, with the loss of the dominant minority status, the opposition loses some of the privileges accorded to the dominant minority particularly with regard to the safeguarding of their votes. Meaning, this may make it a bit easier for the administration to cheat against the opposition. (Update: This part has been disputed so let me just say that the selection of Nacionalista Party, instead of the opposition Liberal Party, as the dominant minority party is still very questionable. This is indeed a legitimate complaint, as attested to by this post of Kiko Pangilinan, L.P. President, on Twitter, where he complained about it on his 8 complaints against Comelec:
(We added some additional “signs” at the update section below on the lower-most part of this blog, and therefore, the original “7 signs” have been augmented.)
4. The Defective SD Cards and the Breakdown of Vote Counting Machines (V.C.M.)
In the first place, would a professional government institution purchase defectives items? I don’t think so but to be realistic, it is possible. Just before the election, at least 686 SD cards were found to be defective. “SD cards are used to store the encrypted image of the ballots fed inside the VCM’s on the election day.” (Could this mean that in cases similar to that of Ms. Huessaff’s friend, defective SD cards won’t be able to copy the images of their ballots, thereby leaving no record or evidence of whom they really voted for? Just asking.) And to make it worse, many V.C.M.’s broke down. Weren’t these machines the newer ones? So the crucial question is: can these defective SD cards and the V.C.M.’s that broke down be used, one way or the other, for cheating? I believe so but I will leave it up to the experts to explain this as this is beyond the scope of my knowledge, technically speaking. It is enough to say that it is highly suspicious and anomalous.
II. The Grand Result – Election and the Post-Election Anomalies
5. Dagdag Boto
Now we go back to where we started on this blog. There were reportedly other dagdag boto incidences similar to the one mentioned by Solenn Huessaff. This example is from Twitter, recalling similar incident during the trial run:
and these, during the election:
This means that there were possible dagdag operation of votes in the voting and if this is true, the possibilities are almost limitless, as you are all aware that most people do not fill up all the 12 slots for senators on their ballots. My layman’s take on this is that the VCM’s might have been manipulated or reprogrammed to add names of administration’s chosen candidates whenever the voters chose not to fill up the entire 12 slots, probably in the order of Bong Go, Bato, etc., etc. If the cheaters can fill up the unfilled slots for the voters, they can add almost unlimited number of votes to suit their programmed voting pattern. And no match-auditing could detect this fraud as the manipulation was done inside the VCM’s themselves. But the planners might have made one big mistake: if they are not careful, especially in manipulating millions of votes, the numbers can get out of control and this seems to be what happened in election 2019. More on this on section 7.
6. The Suspicious Standstill of Counting for about 7 Hours and its Magical Return
The counting started and at 6:25 PM (May 13th), it all of a sudden went into a standstill for about 7 hours after the counting reached just 0.38 percent, “due to technical glitches” but seemingly after already establishing a trend where the administration candidates monopolized the results. It was reported that, by then, Comelec had already received 70% of the election returns, leaving some people to conclude that they were manipulating the results. Counting returned almost magically at more than 90% level at around 1 AM next morning. Many people were surprised when they woke up the next morning, the counting had already breached 90% level and the earlier trend established at mere 0.38% level remained intact! particularly at the top 5 level, where the top allies of this administration stood, Bong Go at 3rd and Bato dela Rosa at 5th.
“Many people were surprised when they woke up the next morning, the counting had already breached 90% level and the earlier trend established at mere 0.38% level remained intact! particularly at the top 5 level, where the top allies of this administration stood, Bong Go at 3rd and Bato dela Rosa at 5th.”
This is also somewhat questionable. Trends normally cannot be established at mere 0.38% level but it did hold like a magic. Amazing! The quip of the day was this: “when I woke up, China won!” Many people on social media became very suspicious of the standstill and its seemingly magical return, weaving all sorts of conspiracy theories, and who can blame them. This delay needs full explanation and even warrants a full investigation, but who will do the investigation?
Delay in transmittal of votes raises doubts, says Pangilinan
7. The Next Anomaly, which Could Turn out to be a Bombshell – the Unusually High Number of Votes Received by Top 3 Candidates
In previous senatorial elections, the top winners got an average of 18 million to 19 million votes, with 20 million being the previous record held by Grace Poe since 2013. (See the top 5 winners of three past senatorial elections below.)
This is where the possible cheating shows its tail. When you manipulate millions of numbers, something ought to go wrong somewhere and I think this is it. On this election, the top candidate’s vote reached whopping 25 million for Cynthia Villar, more than 21 million for Grace Poe, and Bong Go is on the way to breaking the old record of 20,337,327 held by Poe herself. Or more simply, 3 candidates breaking the old record on the same election! Unbelievable, and highly improbable. The people involved will probably try to excuse their way through technical gobbledygook, but let me make this clear: I will never accept this abnormal rise in number of votes as something legitimate; it’s a clear product of fraudulent manipulation.
“…but let me make this clear: I will never accept this abnormal rise in number of votes as something legitimate; it’s a clear product of fraudulent manipulation.”
What makes this more laughable is that former record holder, Mar Roxas, who beat number 2 Poe in the last presidential election, just got around 10 million votes. For me, Mr. Roxas is, without a doubt, a victim of “bawas” operation.
“For me, Mr. Roxas is, without a doubt, a victim of “bawas” operation.”
My pre-election prediction on my previous blog came true. The facts are,
- There has never been such a big rise in the number of votes for a top-notcher, where Villar beat the old record, held by Poe, by nearly 5 million votes. It is clearly anomalous.
- No recent elections (and most probably all other elections) had 3 candidates breaking the old record number of votes in a single election. And,
- And if you combine these two improbable occurrences, the improbability further multiplies, leaving the election results highly questionable ones.
Taken together with all the other anomalies listed here, this election becomes highly questionable.
Court of Public Opinion versus Court of Law
Yes, these “signs” may not be enough to pass the scrutiny of a court of law, especially in the Philippines where the odds are always stacked heavily in favor of the powerful, as these “evidences” – not strictly in legal term – are mostly circumstantial in nature. It is more of a case of a fox showing its tail than the fox being caught. But they nevertheless provide more than enough basis for a serious investigation, more so, under this administration which is known for resorting to all sorts of deceptions or tricks, like fake news, false accusations (as in the case against Senator de Lima, et al), outright lies, and now, possibly even rigged election, to obtain its desired ends. Let’s make this clear: we are primarily after the court of public opinion, not the court of law where hardly anything involving powerful politicians gets resolved. You don’t have to be lawyer to know that Ninoy Aquino and Senator Leila de Lima are innocent. But if you follow the law, they are, or could be made to be, guilty. So the most important question for the public is this: after reading this blog, can you say that this election was, with reasonable certainty, an honest and clean one? This is a political question, not a legal one, for all of us to answer.
“…we are primarily after the court of public opinion, not the court of law where hardly anything involving powerful politicians gets resolved… So the most important question for the public is this: after reading this blog, can you say that this election was, with reasonable certainty, an honest and clean one? This is a political question, not a legal one, for all of us to answer.”
Let’s just leave the legal question to the corrupt system, where it will be resolved only after eons, almost always favoring the powerful in the end. Just like how the Americans might put it, “the heck with the law and the lawyers.”
And, every politicians interested in running in future elections must expose this possible fraud, or else, they will be the future victims of this type of rigged election. Beware, you have been forewarned. Our biggest problem is: who will do the investigation? Of course, the ones who cheated or who benefited from that cheating. Where to now, Philippines? It is up to our political leaders. Will they fight for us or will they leave us to fend for ourselves…
My Plea to the Opposition Leaders – You have to Stand up and Fight for Us, Your Precious Supporters
With this highly anomalous election in front of you, where many of your supporters are dejected and have already expressed their resignation, you must stand up for them. Even this blogger decided to write this blog precisely to give hope to our fellow anti-administration activists and to encourage them to stand up and fight once again. I saw their dejection and hopelessness, and I thought this was really bad, and felt I had to do something, something really quick, to turn the situation around. Now is the crucial time for you to inspire them with your words and deeds. Please don’t let them down.
“Now is the crucial time for you [the opposition leaders] to inspire them [your dejected followers] with your words and deeds. Please don’t let them down.”
The Patriotic Citizens – the Administration Should be Afraid, Really Afraid
During the 1986 snap election, a group of patriotic computer operators walked out to protest the poll manipulation they were made to perform. To cut the story short, that act eventually led to the ouster of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos through People Power revolution. The administration should be afraid, really afraid.
…and Lastly, My Impassioned Plea to My Fellow Anti-Administration Activists
Because this is urgent, I will throw away humility and modesty outside my window. Please trust me. Everyone who knows me, particularly on this M.C.I. blog and Twitter, knows how many times I’ve accurately predicted political scenarios here in the Philippines and occasionally abroad. Therefore, I will look straight in your eyes and without batting my eyelashes, I will tell you that this election was a fraudulent one. So please pick up yourselves, gather your strength and be prepared to fight again. Why am I so desperate? Because next, as I predicted on the last blog, there is a real possibility that the administration will try to remove Vice President Leni Robredo, either through impeachment – which is possible now that they have almost absolute control of the Senate – or, through Quo Warranto. We have to be vigilant and be ready to protect our Vice President Leni and the office she holds, our last bastion of democracy under this administration. Let’s wipe our tears, get up and go!
“Why am I so desperate? Because next, as I predicted on the last blog, there is a real possibility that the administration will try to remove Vice President Leni Robredo, either through impeachment – which is possible now that they have almost absolute control of the Senate – or, through Quo Warranto. We have to be vigilant and be ready to protect our Vice President Leni and the office she holds, our last bastion of democracy under this administration. Let’s wipe our tears, get up and go!”
(Note: Excuse me a bit but if you see some space after some links, it is because sometimes, the link comes with the cover photo of the article and if I don’t leave a space there, the photo will overlap with the succeeding texts and these texts will be covered up by the photo.)
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Other news about possible cheating are starting to come out, the most prominent being the news about 1. pre-shaded ballots:
’Pre-shaded’ ballots video may discredit automated elections – Lente
2. Good analysis from Superficial Gazette:
3. 74.89% Turnout – the Lowest Among Last 3 Elections but…
The turnout, at 74.89%, is the lowest among the last 3 elections:
2013 – 77%
2016 – 81.95
but… it produced 3 record-breaking votes, meaning, there were 3 senators who received more votes than any other senator in the past elections. Highly improbable, or nearly impossible!
Voter turnout in May 13 midterm polls at 74.89% – Comelec
4. (Update June 11) Column of Julie Yap Daza on Manila Bulletin
5. I just found out the photo-meme of Ms. Solita Monsod at the top comes from a news article, here is the link:
Was there tampering and manipulation?
6. The COMELEC’s “meet me room” controversy:
(Excuse me, a bit late, but there are lots of articles on this controversy. Please just google: “meet me room” comelec.
A steamy ‘Meet-me-room’
7. (Update July 25) Here’s a column of Jejomar Binay on Manila Bulletin – Comelec on Trial:
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