Former Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes questioned the credibility of the elections.
On their social media posts, both Taguiwalo and Reyes said that the election happened yesterday is full of anomalies because of the many errors occurred in the middle of the voting period.
Reyes pointed out several signs that the election was “not free and democratic” and also “far from being clean” and “far from being truly credible”.
In his post he listed five things that might prove his beliefs:
1. Pagpalya ng 1,000 SD cards sa araw ng eleksyon na nakaapekto sa 400-600 vote counting machines
2. Disenfranchisement ng mga botante
3. Pagpalya ng transparency server sa maagap na pag-tally ng boto
4. Malawakang bilihan ng boto at paggamit ng resources ng gobyerno para paboran ang mga kandidato ng administrasyon
5. Pananakot at intimidasyon, kasama na ang garapal na electioneering ng AFP at PNP laban sa mga progresibong partylist
Ang lahat ng ito ay nagbibigay duda sa resulta ng eleksyon at nagpapakita na hindi tunay na demokratiko ang proseso. Kapag namamayagpag ang bilihan ng boto at pera ng mga makapangyarihan, sabayan pa ng pananakot para impluwensyahan ang resulta, hindi tunay na malaya ang halalan. Marumi ang halalang naganap.
Sa panahong ito, makatwiran na kwestyunin ang kabuuang kondukta at resulta ng halalang pumabor sa mga makapangyarihan at administrasyong nasa poder.
Meanwhile, Taguiwalo who served President Duterte several years ago as DSWD Secretary was not convinced by the results of the election.
She claimed that several voters complained that their votes were rejected by the vote counting machine (VCM) and experienced many irregularities during the voting process.
“The May 13 elections has been clearly compromised. Reports continue to come in about how thousands of voters have been disenfranchised, how their votes were not read, and how generally chaotic the entire process of voting was being loaded with irregularities on the side of the Comelec and its machines.” Taguiwalo said.
“The administration and its defenders think that the results are already definitive; and to some degree they are: they now define even more clearly that right-thinking, patriotic Filipinos have to escalate protests in all available legal and democratic venues to oppose what is coming,” she added.
Taguiwalo and Reyes both supported defeated senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares who reached the 24th spot in the unofficial tally.