CARITAS: Suspend proclamation of senators amid alleged fraud

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The Philippine Catholic Church’s social justice arm called out on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to append the proclamation of winning senators as accusations of fraud loom over the mid-term elections.

Caritas executive secretary Father Edwin Gariguez stated, “We are calling to suspend the proclamation of winning senatorial candidates until the allegation of fraud is resolved.”

After Caritas acknowledged reports on suspected fraud because of glitches that involved more than 900 vote-counting machines, as well as the transparency server that relayed unofficial election results, it was Gariguez who gave this call.

Myla Villanueva, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chair, stated PPCRV would like to see the logs of the transparency server. As to avoid a repeat of the 7-hour glitch that blocked media from receiving unofficial tallies.

“I agree with PPCRV,” Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon stated on social media.

Guanzon earlier said added that she and Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia have opted for a third-party audit of the transparency server to erase doubts about the election process.

“I can assure you that personally, there is no cheating or magic,” Guanzon assured.

Comelec is currently in the process of canvassing votes for senators and party-list groups. The poll body has canvassed 85 out of 167 COCs as of 11:15 pm on Wednesday, May 15.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez surmised the poll body is targeting to proclaim the 12 new senators next week.

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