Tolentino says poll fraud robbed him of Senate seat in 2016
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga – Administration senatorial bet and former Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino said the alleged irregularities during the 2016 elections prevented him from securing a seat in the upper legislative chamber.
Tolentino’s statement came during the kick-off rally of Hugpong ng Pagbabago’s senatorial slate at the Pampanga Provincial Capitol Building in San Fernando City.
“Sayang! Natulog lang po ako ng 11:30 p.m., pag-gising ko po ng 2:30 a.m., no. 13 na ko nun. Napag lingkuran ko na sana,” said Tolentino.
The former cabinet official earlier asked the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) to nullify 1.3 million votes alleged to have padded then former Justice Sec. Leila de Lima’s lead over him to take the 12th seat at stake in the 2016 elections, citing “fraudulent and sham.”
Tolentino urged those who voted for him in 2016 to help him secure a Senate seat in this year’s election.
Results of The Issue and Advocacy Center’s (Center) latest “Pulso ng Pilipinas” survey showed Tolentino leapfrogged beyond other well-known contenders to land in the ninth to 10th place—tied with former Interior Sec. Mar Roxas.