MANILA — The camp of administration standard bearer Mar Roxas II on Monday deplored the apparent ploy of the camp of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to condition the public’s perception that the controversial mayor is the winner of the presidential elections even though official election returns are still beginning to come in.
Daang Matuwid spokesman Rep. Barry Gutierrez, in a press conference, said it is very alarming that the camp of Duterte has been waging a massive disinformation campaign in social media and called on them not to undermine the credibility and integrity of the elections.
“Ang nakakalungkot dito ay puro disinformation ang ginagawa ng mga Duterte supporters pasimula pa lang ang botohan. First, they are saying that their candidate have already 8 million votes while his rival only have 1 million even though voting have just began. They are also jumping on every unfounded complaints purporting na may dayaan na nangyayari,” he lamented.
He said that although there are sporadic reports of irregularities, these were all unsubstantiated and have been investigated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and other concerned agencies.
The Daang Matuwid spokesman noted that Duterte’s camp were quick to jump on every election issue that arose in the course of the day in an apparent attempt to “fan the flames” of disenchantment.
“If they are really confident that they would win the elections, why would they try very hard to undermine it? Perhaps they know of something that is unfavorable to their candidate,” Gutierrez mused.
Because of this, the party-list lawmaker urged netizens and the public at large to be discerning and double check the sources of dubious posts and reports as he pointed to the accessibility of transparency servers where official tallies are posted as they come in.
“Dapat tayo’y maging mapanuri and we should rely on credible and official sources. Lahat tayo, regardless of who we are supporting, gusto natin ng clean and honest elections. Let us not allow anyone to undermine the credibility of the elections,” he said.
“For whoever will win — and we are assuming that the winner will win by a plurarity — siya dapat ay maupo ng may credibility,” Gutierrez said. Cielito Reganit/PNA/northboundasia.com