Senator Nancy Binay said Thursday that defeated presidential candidate Mar Roxas could have benefited from the alleged irregularities in the 2019 elections, based on data presented to her by a group of automated election experts.
Binay said her father, Vice President Jejomar Binay, has already accepted his defeat in the last presidential election but he did not expect his votes to be that low.
“Tanggap naman na niya talaga na natalo siya pero di niya matanggap bakit ganun lang ang boto nya. Nakarating din sa kanya ‘yung report na maraming presinto na zero vote sya. So interesado siyang malaman,” Binay said in a news forum at the Senate.
“Tanggap naman namin na hindi siya nanalo pero ‘yung number of votes kasi andaming feedback na maraming presinto na zero siya. Meron din kasing IT group na kaalyado namin na may ganung report din sila na zero vote,” she added.
GMA News Online has sought Roxas’ comment but has yet to receive any as of posting time.
Binay said that a group of experts presented to her last year documents about the irregularities in the election.
She admitted that she didn’t fully understand the presentation because she was not an expert in information technology.
“May nagpresent din sa akin pero parang ayaw din nila i-name ‘yung source n’ung documents nila. Hindi ako techie person so di ko alam ‘yung truth. May ipinapakita silang surge of votes, print outs pero hindi ko alam kung reliable ‘yung source nila,” Binay said.
She said she was told that the supposed irregularities happened during the regular transmission of votes and not on the initial transmission as earlier divulged by Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III in a privilege speech.
Binay later said that the source of documents was somebody from the Commission on Elections.
Asked who benefitted from the irregularities, the senator said, “Sino ba ang number two?”
Asked if it was Mar Roxas, Binay said he was with the ruling party at that time and had the capability.
Roxas placed second in the 2016 presidential elections.
“I guess kasi sila naman ang may capability,” she said.
Binay added she was surprised that Roxas placed No. 2 in the polls.
Asked if Roxas was behind the irregularities, Binay said, “Hindi naman siya (ang nasa likod) parang napaboran lang.”
She said she cannot say who was behind it as she is not a techie person.
GMA News Online sought comment from Roxas and senators who are members of the Liberal Party but they have yet to reply.
The Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System (AES) is set to conduct a hearing on the matter and on the privilege speech of Sotto in the coming days.
Sotto, for his part, said his source was willing to tell all in an executive session and not in a public hearing.
In the last hearing of JCOC, Escudero claimed a witness — a former election official — had given him data recorded by vote counting machines in three regions that showed discrepancies.