By Xave Gregorio
One of the resource persons invited to a Senate probe on allegations of poll fraud in the 2016 elections has represented former Senator and vice presidential race loser Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, letters obtained by Politiko show.
The letters, which were also presented by Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon during a Senate probe Tuesday (July 31), show that Marcos’ lead counsel George Erwin Garcia named abogado Glenn Chong of the group Tanggulang Demokrasya as one of the representatives of the Marcos camp for the decryption of secure digital cards.
“Please be informed that we will be sending … Atty. Glenn Chong … as regular and alternative representatives of protestant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. for the diagnostics of the election management system servers,” Garcia wrote former Commission on Elections commissioner Christian Lim in a February 2017 letter.
Drilon, a Liberal Party stalwart, told Chong, “You are known with the counsel of Bongbong Marcos.”
However, this was denied by Chong, who said, “I may have been nominated but I did not accept the nomination, sir.”
Chong, a former district representative of Biliran province, has long been alleging that there had been anomalies in the 2016 elections.
A Rappler report in May 2016 shows that Chong had once joined the Marcos camp for a press conference, where he alleged that some 36,000 votes for Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero were “shaved,” while Robredo gained 35,000.
During the Senate probe, Chong rehashed poll fraud allegations which has been brought up by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III in two privilege speeches in March.
Chong, who was brought by Sotto as his resource person, insisted on his allegations that there were transmissions made to the election server before the May 9, 2016 polls, that there was foreign access to the server, and that a queuing server existed.
He claimed that the vote counting machines from Ranay, Camarines Sur which logs obtained by Sotto showed were making transmissions on May 8 were actually shut down on that date.
“Bakit may nagta-transmit when there is supposed to be no transmission on that day? ‘Yun po, malinaw po na labag po ‘yun sa batas, labag po ‘yun sa protocol nila,” Chong said.
But Commission on Elections executive director Jose Tolentino dismissed this, saying the logs showed by Chong would still have to be verified.
Tolentino added, “I think the most important thing here, your honor, is to find out where the transmission or did the transmission send any result to the consolidation and canvassing system.”
Marcos has an ongoing electoral protest against Robredo before the Supreme Court, sitting as PET.
Robredo won over Marcos with a slim lead of around 219,000 votes.