MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Donald Trump is now the presumptive Republican nominee for president of the United States, but it appears he is also running for president of the Philippines.
In recent weeks, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has been testing the new Vote Counting Machines (VCM) that will be used in Monday’s presidential elections. The VCM will automatically print ballot receipts so that the voter can check to make sure that his or her vote was credited to the correct candidate.
Several incidents were reported wherein the printed ballot receipts didn’t reflect the candidates chosen by the voters. This disturbing discrepancy has happened during early voting by overseas Filipinos as well as during local dry-runs of the machines by election officers.
But the most disturbing of the incidents happened during a dry-run in one of the polling places in Metro Manila. The elections officer “voted” for frontrunner candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, but when the receipt was printed, it showed a vote not for Duterte but for Donald Trump.
COMELEC officials suspect that the VCM in question was hacked by the Internet group Anonymous which earlier warned of dire consequences if the Aquino government would resort to cheating or fraud in order to ensure the victory of its standard bearer Mar Roxas.
In previous incidents, voters or poll officials voted for Duterte, but the vote was credited to Roxas in the ballot receipt.