Loading
Philippines’ electronic vote results were manipulated, Catholic archbishop charges
Archbishop Oscar Cruz / Filipinos voting in the country's first electronic vote.
Archbishop Oscar Cruz / Filipinos voting in the country's first electronic vote.

.- A retired Catholic archbishop in the Philippines has said he has witnesses proving that results of the country’s May 10 national elections were manipulated in some regions. The elections mark the first time an electronic voting system has been used in the country.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz, former head of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, said a former member of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) told him that election fraud plotters were trying to rig the country’s first automated polls. The official gave him a list of areas where alleged fraud was planned.

“And it’s true … it really happened here and there,” he claimed, according to CBCP News.

The archbishop said he has another witness who knows the “operators and consolidators” of the poll fraud. He added that it was beside the point who gained or who lost because of the fraud. Rather, he wanted the issue to become public to correct the mistake.

“I want these cheating (operations) to be known not to favor one candidate or to discredit the victory of another,” the archbishop clarified. “It is correcting the mistakes of the first automation.”

According to the Christian Science Monitor, Comelec contracted with the Venezuelan company Smartmatic to set up a computerized system to count the votes as they are cast.

Archbishop Cruz also questioned the delay in canvassing the remaining 10 percent of the total votes.

Results in the vice-presidential race are very close between Liberal Party Senator Manuel Roxas and Mayor of Makati Jejomar Binay of the party Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino. Binay presently leads by around 800,000 votes.

Another reputed whistleblower has claimed he was part of vote padding and vote shaving operations during the elections. The operation allegedly targeted the presidential race.

However, Archbishop Cruz and some losing candidates do not find the witness entirely credible, CBCP News reports.

The archbishop said that “naming names” was not fair and that there was a “political angle” to the video of the whistleblower, which was released by a columnist during a Manila forum organized by Catholic Church-based media organizations.

The one who brought the compact disc to the forum had not been invited, the archbishop reported.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
18

Liturgical Calendar

April 18, 2014

Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday)

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42

Gospel
Date
04/18/14
04/17/14
04/16/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Is 52:13-53:12
Second Reading:: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9
Gospel:: Jn 18:1-19:42

Homily of the Day

Jn 18:1 - 19:42

Homily
Date
04/18/14
04/17/14
04/16/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: