Senator Imee Marcos: The Filipinos excel in hybrid achievements.
Hybrid Election System
Senator Imee Marcos explains her election bill in an analogy. She says that Filipinos are achievers of hybrid inventions. We have Filipino beauty queens with traces from foreign lands. Butterfly sleeves in our national dress. And international champions from the streets. The automation in 2008 did not give the people democracy. So, it’s time to go back to the manual and digital combination added the Senator. The digital process can speed up the counting while the manual ones prevent cheating. Marcos’s brother, Bongbong Marcos claims that he lost the VP race in 2016. This is allegedly due to massive fraud through the PCOS machines.
Massive Cheating in 2016
The people are aware that there was massive cheating in the 2016 elections. It is said that the President survives it because of the landslide votes. However, the winning VP at that time did not. Bongbong Marcos’ initial lead of one million deminishes after the 3-hour period in the wee hours the very next day. The feelings of betrayal was so strong that the presumptive VP is now known as the Fake VP.
Improvements are Welcome
Senator Marcos chairs the Electoral Reforms Committee. She endorses the Hybrid Election Act. This is to make it transparent and credible. The people are open about the developments. They closely follow this in social media. Filipinos are good at improving things. But detest fake ones.
Hybrid Election Pill already in the Senate, said Senator Imee Marcos.
Preventing Fraud Using Hybrid Election System
Senator Imee Marcos chairs the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms and People’s Participation. She endorses Senate Bill 1950 or the Hybrid Election Act recently. The plenary may approve it soon. This is to ensure the transparency and credibility of the electoral process. It aims to make fraud impossible to happen. Just like her brother, Bongbong Marcos’ case against the sitting VP, Leni Robredo in 2016.
Vying for the Experience of Advanced Countries
Marcos said that other countries like Hongkong, Germany, the UK and other countries adapt this manual and digital combined processes after their unsatisfactory experience with the total election automation. We should follow suit, said Marcos.
The technicalities might be a bit complicated but she trusts her colleagues in the Senate to facilitate their respective responsibilities. Senators Grace Poe, Ping Lacson, and Bato dela Rosa to name a few. Marcos is certain that this change can truly provide people the results they voted for. Thus, retaining democracy in the country.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Atty. Glenn Chong’s fight for clean election did not stop when he fails to grab a Senate seat during the recent 2019 elections. He now openly campaigns to declare Bongbong Marcos as the real Vice President through social media. Recently, Chong argues with Comelec spokesperson, James Jimenez on the digital election fraud that allegedly happens during the 7-hour transmission interruption. Jimenez calls it Chong’s alternative theory. Marcos, on the other hand, pushes the Hybrid system that Chong recommends even before the mid-year poll.
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Parallel Thinking on the Hybrid System
BBM explains the advantage of a hybrid system for the next elections through his vlog. The voting and counting must be manual he said. This allows spectators to witness the actual count. Then, the transmission results from the precincts to the Comelec can be through digital transmission. Marcos said that Comelec’s mistake is evident on the use of additional servers. It is necessary that the report must go directly to the poll agency without interruption from voting centers to discourage alteration, he added. This is in line with Chong’s presentation earlier.
The President’s Recommendation
President Rodrigo Du30 recommends to the Comelec not to use Smartmatic anymore for the 2022 Presidential elections. This is exactly the advocacy of Atty. Glenn Chong. Since both the LP and the pro-administration candidates are not happy with Smartmatic, there’s no reason any more to keep it. Although the poll body is an independent entity from the government, it is open to the idea to stop using Smartmatic.
The Election Fraud is Right Inside the Machine
Jimenez and former congressman Chong are at the Chamber of Representatives during the hearing of the House committee on public accounts. This is after the former Biliran Representative’s complaints about why there are 7 hours of break away from the media during the transmission of results. Chong also said that his name was not in the template. This is the reason why his name can’t come out in the receipt even though he was voted. The cheating is therefore right inside the machine, he insists.
The Real Score
The real score between Marcos and Chong is simple. Both of them know that they were cheated during the particular elections. They also have evidence to prove such accusations. Therefore, it is understandable that they can work together towards a common goal.
It’s Up to the Congress
Jimenez comments that it is up to Congress to create a law on using a hybrid system for the upcoming elections. He did not show any refusal nor disagreement to President Du30’s suggestion to totally scrap Smartmatic. This is contrary to some posts on social media. He also added that election fraud accusations must be dealt with using actual facts and not alternative truths. It is very important that the people would continue to watch if he will “walk the talk” or not. Is he really against election fraud?