Osmeña: Poll whistleblowers' claim 'credible'

THE three whistleblowers that surfaced at the Senate and claimed that they have participated on the alleged election fraud are credible, according to losing senatorial candidate Sergio Osmeña III.

"[They are] so far credible," Osmeña, who met with whistleblowers on Tuesday, said in a chance interview. "With their allegation, they somehow have the credibility".

On Monday, the three unidentified men, allegedly members of the bloc-voting Iglesia ni Cristo, admitted their first-hand involvement in the alleged rigging of election results to favor candidates of the Liberal Party (LP), including Senate President Franklin Drilon who got the most number of votes in the Senate race.

They alleged that a "high-ranking government official" from LP had instructed them to import fixed number of votes from separate SD cards, which were then transmitted to the central servers by the machines of poll service provider Smartmatic.

Asked if he was told who the LP official was, Osmeña said: "My lips are sealed in the meantime".

Osmeña, however, said he was not surprised by the accusation hurdled against the "active" LP member.

"I would not mention his name because by process of elimination, you can identify him and he might as well flee," he said.

Osmeña said a "deeper" investigation must be conducted to identify whether such claim is true.

"We still have to investigate some more because you know, it's complicated [to discuss]… It seems that this is part of a bigger effort to manipulate the results of the elections," the senator said.

Asked then if he, who lost in the 2016 senatorial derby, would use the allegation as a basis for electoral protest, he said it would be "useless" and added that more than that, he wanted to amend the current Automated Elections Law.

"Never mind me. Personally, that’s useless to me because I can rest. What I want is future elections will be credible," Osmeña said.

"What I only want is to amend the law because the process is not transparent," he added. (Sunnex)

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