Marcos worries about reports of cheating in overseas polls

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos II is worried over reports of possible cheating in the ongoing overseas absentee voting.

Marcos said his camp received reports about losing votes cast for him in Hong Kong, Dubai, Kuwait, Japan, and California.

The senator mentioned an incident in California where a supporter voted for him, but a different name appeared on his vote receipt.

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When the voter complained, the election officer reportedly got angry, tore up the receipt, and ordered the complainant to leave.

"The worrisome part is ang nakukunan lamang ng boto ay ako. Hindi ako nadadagdagan ng boto, Hindi pa nangyari na nawala boto ng ibang tao at napunta sa akin. Ang lahat ng report ay nawawalan ako ng boto, napupunta sa ibang kandidato. Siyempre, you will not be surprised, talagang naaabala ako," said Marcos.

[Translation: The worrisome part is I am the only one who's losing votes. Votes for me do not increase. An incident where someone else lost his or her vote then transferred to me has yet to happen. All reports say I am losing votes, and are being transferred to other candidates. Of course, you will not be surprised, I feel really uneasy about this.]

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Marcos said his camp already wrote to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), Smartmatic, and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to ask for an explanation, but they had not responded yet.

"I'm asking Smartmatic, I'm asking Comelec, I'm asking DFA what's happening... It's about those reports we are getting in social media, from our friends over the telephone saying ganito ang nangyari, may binoto ako, iba ang lumabias," said Marcos. 

"Gusto namin malaman, ito ba ay pagkakamali lang? Baka naman 'yung voter 'yung nagkamali. Baka naman machine ang may problema. Baka naman BEI. They're DFA, they're diplomats, they made a mistake. That's what we want to know."

[Translation: We'd like to know, is this just a mistake? Maybe the voter is at fault. Maybe the problem is with the machine. Maybe BEI (Board of Election Inspectors). They're DFA, they're diplomats, they made a mistake. That's what we want to know.]

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Meanwhile, Marcos said if he wins the vice presidency, he would not support calls to prosecute President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III or any other elected or appointed public official.

Marcos, whose main campaign message is national unity, said he would leave it up to the judiciary to handle such matters.

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He said as vice president, his tasks would be to implement actions, policies, and programs.

"Let the courts decide. If a citizen wants to file a complaint of a former president, of a former secretary, go ahead. Mahusgahan sila sa korte. Let them do their job. We, on the otherhand, are there to implement actions, policies programs of laws and that in the executive is what we should do. I think we should return our focus on that," Marcos said.

[Translation: "Let the courts decide. If a citizen wants to file a complaint of a former president, of a former secretary, go ahead. Let them be tried at the court. Let them do their job. We, on the otherhand, are there to implement actions, policies programs of laws and that in the executive is what we should do. I think we should return our focus on that.]

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