Comelec analyzes the viral video of a supposed previous shading of the ballots.
(Philstar.com) – May 16, 2019 – 2:27 pm
Manila, Philippines (Update 2, 4:15 p.m.) – The Elections Commission is starting an investigation into a video that shows a supposed shadow of the ballots, the spokesman of the electoral body said on Thursday.
The 39-second video that is shared online shows a woman who is supposedly shading several votes. The post said that the alleged incident occurred in Lanao del Sur.
Users of social networks were alarmed by the video, noting that such an incident raises questions about the credibility and integrity of this year's elections.
This publication has been deleted, but the video is from garapalang pandadaya to Lanao del Sur. Kung nagagawa nila, malamang ginawa din sa iba. Malaking kalokohan ang eleksyong & # 39; a. pic.twitter.com/O16fYcO9yO
– iya (@sitzfleisch_) May 15, 2019
"I saw that video this morning, we're really starting [an] research on that, "Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said in an interview on GMA News TV's" News to Go. "
He said, however, that the post lacks vital information.
He added: "However, there are some things that should be taken into account on that particular video, there is no internal evidence to show where it happened, who did it and when it happened."
In a previous tweet, Jiménez sought "help to investigate this video and the content it shows."
– James Jimenez (@jabjimenez) May 15, 2019
Observe the little information we have about the video and what it shows. We do not know who raised it; we do not know with certainty when it was loaded; no idea who the people are; we do not know where the video was recorded, etc. For that we need help. #VoterEd # NLE2019 https://t.co/HbrpJgAzLE
– James Jimenez (@jabjimenez) May 16, 2019
At a press conference on Thursday, the presidential spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said Malacanang will not interfere in the investigation of the incident.
Monday's election was marred by issues with faulty vote count and SD card counting machines and a one-hour delay in updates to Comelec's transparency server.
"The video can not be dismissed as false"
In the same press conference, Jimenez said that the video still can not be dismissed as "false".
"We will request assistance from Facebook and perhaps we will send it to the corresponding authorities for forensic analysis, but we are not dismissing it as false, we are not ready to make that determination yet," he said.
Jiménez urged those who have information in the video to file a complaint.
"If it's the original charger, then much better," he said.
The spokesman of the electoral body also said that it is "difficult to imagine" that the incident shown in the video affects midterm elections in general.
"Hindi ka pwedeng kumukha ng isang incident sa isang place in i-po-project mo sa buong Pilipinas. "The problem of Kung Ito and Nangyari Dito, Kailangan Nating Malaman is, first of all, Gaano Ba Kalaki and operoyong Ito in Kung Ma-Ident Natin Kung Saan & # 39; Yung Problem, Yung Ang iQ-quarentine Natin na", said Jimenez.
(You can not use an incident from one place and project it to reflect the whole country.) If it really happened, we must first know how big the operation is, if we identify where the problem is, we will quarantine the result.)
He added: "Is it possible that we suspend the elections there? Why not? If it can be proved that the ballots used were false, then yes. We are going to suspend the elections there by all means. But will it affect everyone else? It is unlikely, "said Jiménez. – Gaea Katreena Cabico