A high-ranking employee of Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Friday said the agency is now on panic mode, after former COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., announced he will represent vice presidential bet Bongbong Marcos during the official canvassing of election returns by the Congress.
Asked why the management is in panic mode, the official of 13 years who asked not to be named said “they don’t know what to do if there is a big discrepancy on VP race”.
Some people in the camp of administration bet, Leni Robredo, raised concern over Brillantes, hiring, saying it is not fair because most of the people, including high-ranking officials worked under him for more than four years.
“Hindi yon ang ikinakatakot nila e, yong malaman kung totoong may daya nga kasi mahirapan silang makalusot kay Chairman Brillantes just in case lang”, the official said.
Representing Robredo, on the other hand, is another veteran election lawyer: Romulo Macalintal.
Only Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers can officially tally the votes for presidential and vice presidential candidates starting May 23.
The presidential and vice-presidential tallies reported by media as of Friday, May 13 – even if coming from almost 96% of polling precincts – still emanate from the Transparency Server. This is an unofficial source meant to allow media groups, political parties, and election watchdogs to countercheck official results.
Brillantes and Macalintal, two of the Philippines’ most sought-after election lawyers, already faced off in previous elections.
The Aquino administration is accused of rigging the result in favor of Robredo.
Brillantes was succeeded by the current COMELEC chairman Andres Bautista, cousin of Aquino, and former campaign adviser of Mar Roxas (according to Teddy Locsin Jr).
“Everything will be clear once the official results come out”, the official said. /Makie Biglete/