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Leni calls Sotto expose ‘serious’ that must be probed soonest


By Raymund Antonio

The allegations of election fraud in 2016 were so serious that it must be investigated not only by the Senate, but also by an independent body, the country’s second highest official said.

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke about her experience during the years of Martial Law and the EDSA People Power Revolution, and the importance of youth participation in nation-building, at the University of Santo Tomas Senior High School’s 1st Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Advocacy Lecture on Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo by OVP)

Vice President Leni Robredo (Photo by OVP)

Robredo, a lawyer, called for an independent body to look into the expose of Senate Vicente Sotto about the alleged irregularities in the May 2016 national automated elections.

Like the senator, the Vice President said she is also interested in the explanation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as to whether there was any truth to the poll fraud allegations.

“If you question the integrity of the 2016 elections, you are questioning the victory of all winning candidates in 2016. That’s why at the soonest time, it must be investigated,” she said in an interview in Iloilo City.

The Vice President was the latest politician to join the mounting calls for the conduct of an investigation on the alleged irregularities during the 2016 elections.

In the conduct of the probe, she indicated that the investigating body must be independent and apolitical since the affected personalities are politicians.

Sotto, who is the Senate majority leader, said a concerned and impeccably reliable source handed him confidential documents pointing to irregularities that allegedly altered the results of the last elections.

According to the senator, his source alleged that the there was early transmission of votes and election servers were also accessed by a foreign entity “before, during, and after” the elections.

Robredo emphasized the need to investigate the matter since the “whole electoral process is affected – from the President to the councilors of the smallest municipalities.”

“I think the accusations are serious. For me, I hope it will be investigated at the soonest time because I’m not the only one affected here,” she said in Filipino.

The Vice President said she believes the poll fraud allegations raised by Sotto have nothing to do with the grounds used by her rival, former Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., in his election protest.

“It looks like the grounds are different. Senator Bongbong is saying a different thing. This allegation of Senator Sotto is new,” she said.

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