Melanie Marquez alleges cheating in vice presidential elections

MANILA, Philippines - Beauty queen-actress Melanie Marquez, a known supporter of vice-presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., has alleged switching in the tally of votes between frontrunner Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and Marcos for the vice-presidential race.

Melanie Marquez alleges cheating in vice presidential elections
The former Miss International 1979 Melanie Marquez has claimed something fishy in the tally of votes in the vice-presidential race.
The former Miss International 1979 repeatedly posted screen grabs of the tally of votes taken from and GMA News website in her social media accounts. According to Marquez, the votes for Marcos and Robredo were switched in the partial and unofficial tally.

While the tally from shows that Marcos was leading with 12,999,399 votes and Robredo had 12,964,944 votes, the tally of votes from GMA News website showed that the votes for the two rivals were interchanged.

In the caption of her Facebook post, Marquez wrote: “Itong simpleng tanong ko, na paki-explain ang pag-switch ng pangalan sa resulta at kung bakit ihahalal na Bise Presidente itong si Leni R..., e maliwanag pa sa buwan ang pandarayang ginawa nila!!”


(Here’s a simple question. Can you explain the switching of names in the result and why we should vote Leni R as vice president when it’s very clear that cheating occurred?)

Marquez also posted the screen grab in her Instagram account.

A photo posted by Mimilanie Laurel Marquez (@melaniemarquez16) on

TV networks GMA News and CNN Philippines earlier apologized for mistakenly decreasing the vote count for Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero in a tally released saying it was a typographical error. However, GMA Network has not yet addressed the issue raised by Marquez as of this writing.

The camp of Marcos has suspected poll cheating in the vice-presidential race after a change in the hash code of the transparency server coincided with the rise in Robredo’s votes. According to his lawyer, Atty. Francesca Huang, the change in the system resulted to increase in the votes for Robredo.

However, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) quickly denied their claims saying that the “cosmetic” change in the program didn’t affect the integrity of the results.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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