Lacson urges Comelec to address con artists' poll-rigging scam

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) — Presidential aspirant Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson urged the Commission on Elections on Tuesday to address the issue of con artists who claim they can rig elections for a fee.

"It is true that there are con artists claiming they can manipulate the election system for a fee," Lacson said in a statement.

He said the so-called "Meet-me Room" put in place during the past two or three national elections — which some sectors fear could be a venue where poll results could be tinkered with — cast doubt on the integrity of the automated elections.

"While it goes without saying that candidates should not fall for this scam, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should face the challenge through utmost transparency," he added.

Lacson was reacting to the poll body's call for politicians not to fall for claims of people who say they can ensure an election victory.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said such a feat was not possible.

Senate President Vicente "Sotto" III, Lacson's vice president for next year's polls, acknowledged that such scams have been around for a while.

"Meron pa rin kumakagat," he said

[Translation: There are still people who believe it.]