Francis Tolentino Says: Ballot Boxes In Calbayog City Contained 2013 Ballots

October 21, 2017
Former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman and incumbent presidential political adviser Francis Tolentino on Friday claimed several ballot boxes in pilot precincts in Calbayog City, Samar contained ballots during the 2013 midterm elections.
"As per revision merong mga ballots na 2013 elections, we are referring to the 2016 elections. So kinukwestyon namin yun bakit yung laman nung iba is 2013 ballots," Tolentino said in an interview outside the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET).
"Iba yung kulay ng 2013 ballots e at iba rin yung sine-shade na pangalan. 'Di naman ako kandidato nung 2013, wala ngang presidential elections noon. Paano nakasali yung 2013 sa 2016? Pagkatapos ng election inaalis na yun e unless merong (electoral) protest," he added.

The SET started the manual recount of more than 600 ballot boxes on Wednesday as part of Tolentino's electoral protest against the victory of detained Sen. Leila De Lima.

Tolentino, who ran as an independent candidate, lost to then-candidate De Lima of the Liberal Party by more than 1.2 million votes for a spot in "Magic 12" winning candidates.

Tolentino said De Lima's lead is already doubtful since the gap between the 12th and 13th candidate is only around 40,000 votes, based in history.
"Kahit review-hin niyo physically, lahat ng labanan sa 12 to 13 ang lamangan diyan 40,000. Ngayon lang biglang nag-balloon ng one million," he said.
Tolentino also questioned why he received zero votes in several areas of Basilan -- Isabela City, Sumisip, and Tabuan-Lasa -- and Maguindanao -- Datu Sinsuat, Parang, and Matanog.
"For instance yung Maguindanao, province-wide I won so statistically improbable naman na may towns ka na zero when you won in the province," Tolentino said.
The former MMDA chief added that no votes were also tallied for him in Turtle Island, Tawi-Tawi.

Tolentino further said at least one polling precinct in Bocaue, Bulacan showed he led De Lima, who is detained at the Philippine National Police Custodial Center on drug charges, by at least 30 votes after the recount.


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