March 18, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. today urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to dismiss all talks of postponement of the May 9 polls.
He said the Comelec should also not think of returning to manual voting and just comply with the Supreme Court (SC) decision requiring the poll body to issue voter receipts.
On Thursday, the high court decided to junk the motion for reconsideration of the Comelec and affirmed its ruling on printing voter receipts.
“The Supreme Court’s swift action on this crucial issue is laudable,” said Marcos.
“Now that these issues have been settled the Comelec should stop floating scenarios that would cast doubt on the integrity and credibility of the coming elections,” he added.
Marcos said all these talks about “po-el” or postponement of elections and “ma-el or manual elections “are just fueling speculations about possible plans to frustrate the will of the electorate.”
The senator earlier pointed out that the Comelec’s suggestion to move the date of the elections is contrary to the constitutional provision that the elections should be held on the second Monday of May.
He said that while Congress has the power to set another date of the polls, this is no longer possible for the coming elections since the legislature is not in session to pass the appropriate law.
Likewise, he reiterated that the law calls for automated and not for manual elections.
“The Comelec now has no choice,” Marcos said.
“It has to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling and do everything possible to fulfill its mandate to conduct a clean, honest, and credible elections,” he added.