Drilon to UNA: Concede
MANILA, Philippines - The campaign manager of the administration slate Team PNoy asked the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to concede the elections, noting UNA has "not questioned the result of 9-3 in favor of the ruling party."
This way, "we can work toward a common agenda for the good of the people," Sen Franklin Drilon told reporters on Thursday, May 23.
He said it would be best if UNA members, "as responsible citizens of the country," acknowledge the message of the voters in the last elections.
Various election watchdogs and IT experts have also questioned the seeming pattern of a 60-30-10 win for Team PNoy bets in the national tally. This means 60% votes for the administration's bets, 30% for UNA's candidates and 10% for independent bets.
Drilon slammed such accusations as useless, noting that surveys have consistently predicted a 9-3 win for Team PNoy.
He also pointed out the 60-30-10 pattern was present even in local areas where their LP bets lost. "If we were going to manipulate, why would we leave [our local bets] out," he said.
Drilon blamed UNA's failure to concede as the reason "conspiracy theories" on the legitimacy of the elections are surfacing, and said he is "not surprised" the pattern is being raised because "conspiracy theories always...attract public attention." - Rappler.com