PPCRV, Comelec speak up on alleged '68:32 magic'

MANILA, Philippines – The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) stated that for now they are standing by the partial and unofficial election results amidst claims of alleged cheating.

PPCRV chair Myla Villanueva said "no irregularities" have been found on the 2022 polls results between presidential aspirants Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos and Leni Robredo.

Leni vs BMM in 2022 elections

Earlier, the social media was abuzz over an alleged "68:32 magic pattern." According to viral posts on the internet, the 68:32 refers to the ratio of voters for Marcos compared to Robredo's. The claim was that based on every electoral return counted, it seems to have a consistent 68% for Marcos and 32% for Robredo. Many called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to look into the alleged fraud and cheating.

The 68:32 magic
The 68:32 allegedly refers to the ratio that Marcos and Robredo will get for every electoral return counting | Photo Courtesy: Facebook

Villanueva said they sought the advice of academic experts on the claims and they confirmed that there were no irregularities found.

She said, "The question was the 68:32 issue or pattern that people are talking about in social media. So, when we saw that this morning, I kindly already asked some academic institutions and I’m very grateful to Ateneo and [the University of Santo Tomas] for visiting us today."

"At the moment, since their time this afternoon, they have reported no irregularities in that pattern," she added.

Villanueva said they are also open to listen and hear the explanation of other academic experts on the claims.

Earlier, Robredo also broke her silence on the allegations and said she and her team are already in consultation with experts to look into the issue. She said they will release their findings to the public soon.

She tweeted, "Mulat ako sa mga tanong na nananatiling nakalimbitin sa situwasyon. Sinisimulan na namin ang pagkausap sa mga eksperto upang maaral nang husto ang mga ulat at alegasyon na nababasa natin sa social media. Agad naming ibabahagi ang anumang resulta ng pag-aaral."

On Tuesday night, the Comelec assured that there's no cheating in the 2022 polls amid cheating allegations.

As of Tuesday, Marcos maintains its lead against his rival Robredo.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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