How did five presidential bets get identical votes in Manila precincts?

GOTCHA - Jarius Bondoc - The Philippine Star

Five presidential candidates got identical votes in the capital city Manila in Election 2022. That’s another proof of cheating that must be averted in future balloting.

“Statistically impossible,” said former information-communications technology secretary Eliseo Rio. “It could only have been done by manipulation.”


• Bongbong Marcos got exactly 165 votes in each of 23 precincts. He got 177 votes in each of 21 others. And 187 votes in each of 21 more.

• Isko Moreno got 133 votes in 15 precincts, 157 votes in 15 others and 201 votes in 15 more.

• Leni Robredo got 90 votes in 31 precincts, 93 votes in 29 others and 95 votes in 28 more.

• Ping Lacson got 5 votes in 214 precincts, 4 votes in 213 others and 6 votes in 212 more.

• Manny Pacquiao got 2 votes in 327 precincts, 1 vote in 304 others and 3 votes in 282 more.

Rio’s team of mathematicians and statisticians analyzed the numbers. Conclusion: fakery.

Manila had 1,846 precincts in May 2022. Each precinct had 200 to 800 voters. A candidate could have gotten anywhere from 0 to 800 votes.

“Too many similar votes in too many precincts is incredible,” Rio said. More so since Lacson, a senator for 21 years, and world boxing champ Pacquiao, senator for six years, got zero in dozens of precincts.

“Anyone with average IQ will easily see fraud in the identical votes,” Rio said. “Did someone arbitrarily assign numbers to the five?”

His volunteer info technologists also reviewed the presidential votes for Metro Manila, the National Capital Region. As well, for vice president. Again, identical results in scores of precincts.

Ninety-eight percent of Manila’s precinct results were transmitted to Comelec’s Transparency Server via IP address That internet protocol address is private, use of which violated the 2008 Automated Election Systems Law.

“That IP address is a man-in-the-middle, or fraudulent manipulator,” Rio said. “Comelec cannot justify it.”

On the national scale, Comelec’s Transparency Server received 39,512 precinct results, representing 20,676,855 presidential votes. Fifty-one percent of those came from IP

Oddly, Smartmatic’s machines counted more votes in that first hour than in succeeding ones. It was the first time ever since electronic elections in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Rio’s team discovered IP from Comelec’s website in July 2023. At that time Rio, ex-Comelec commissioner Gus Lagman and ex-Financial Executives Institute president Franklin Ysaac were asking Comelec to release Election 2022 transmission logs.

Retired colonel Leonardo Odoño, backed by 125 ex-generals, joined the trio’s petition. Comelec Chairman George Garcia handed instead the reception logs, which the four rejected as worthless.

Whereupon, a whistle-blower uploaded raw transmission files on Comelec’s website. Info technologists have copied it for further study.

Comelec cannot take it down, lest it appear to quash evidence of deceit.

Garcia later claimed at the Senate that IP came from Globe, one of three telcos Comelec had contracted for results transmission. But Globe never used that IP address; neither did Smart.

Recently, Garcia admitted that DITO did not participate in Election 2022 transmission, Rio said. That in effect contradicted Comelec’s claim that Election 2022 results were the fastest ever because three telcos joined.

Manila’s presidential results were similar to the mayoralty race in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. Four candidates there copped identical votes in 153 precincts.

Three incumbents, the vice-mayor and two councilors lost even in their home-barangays and precincts. Comelec proclaimed as winner a political tyro (See Gotcha, 26 April 2024).

The three declared losers are petitioning Comelec for a manual recount. Rio, Lagman, Ysaac and Odoño are asking the poll body to recount as well the presidential votes there.

Comelec as far back as November 2023 had promised the four such a recount. It has not done so, and is now flimsily alibiing to avoid its commitment. Sto. Tomas townsfolk say that a proclaimed winner is very close to one of seven Comelec commissioners.

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