LP urges House to probe Binay's involvement in alleged electoral fraud

May 19, 2010 8:05 pm 

MANILA, May 19 — The Liberal Party on Wednesday urged the House of Representatives to include in its inquiry the alleged P1.4 billion election fraud scheme engaged in by Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino vice-presidential candidate Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay to ensure his victory.

LP Director General Chito Gascon said both Congress and the Commission on Elections must look into allegations of a witness, by the name of ‘Robin’, that Binay’s camp had contracted his groups’ services to pad votes for the mayor by 7 million.

“Allegations like this destroy the credibility of the May 10 elections, which our Asian neighbors and other big nations all over the world have lauded. We cannot leave a cloud of doubt on the success of our first automated elections.”

He said a legislative inquiry would not only shed light into the matter to maintain the integrity of the elections but also give justice to the rightful winners in last week’s national and local polls. “We have to make sure that the real winners are proclaimed, not those who may have employed fraud to win,” he added.

He called on members of the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reform to include Robin’s claims in their scheduled hearing Wednesday afternoon. House Speaker Prospero Nograles had announced the committee inquiry would convene today, nine days after the May 10 polls, and look into reports that last week’s electoral exercise was tainted with election irregularities.

Nograles said officials from the Comelec and from poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Asia have been invited to answer questions on election fraud allegations.

Gascon said the House inquiry would highlight the weaknesses of automated polls and help guide lawmakers in crafting corrective measures to improve automated elections. (PNA)



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