Otso Diretso supporters on Twitter suspected that the results for the 2019 senatorial elections were rigged by Commission on Elections, saying that the malfunctioning vote counting machines might be contributed to the inaccuracy of the tally.
The top #HalalanDayaan2019 became the number one trending topic on Twitter, showing the sadness of many Otso Diretso supporters who campaigned their bets via social media.
Here are some of the comments of netizens on Twitter who used the said hashtag.
“hey were rejected by the majority, but it’s more of rejection to change and progress. We lost brave and courageous candidates who are willing to fight for us and stand against the administration. Let’s educate others and make it happen in 2022!#HalalanDayaan2019” @_lancekeane remarked
Meanwhile, actress Leah Navarro also joined the netizens who questioned the credibility of the elections.
“Are those counts genuine? How does anyone know? The reason it’s called a ‘transparency server’ is clear, but it’s going offline for hours is very unclear, and suspicious. @COMELEC needs to explain why this could be #HalalanDayaan2019.” she said.
Senator Risa Hontiveros also urged COMELEC to explain about the malfunctioning VCMs.
“I am extremely alarmed and disappointed over reports that some 400 to 600 vote-counting machines were replaced in this year’s midterm elections,”she said.