Macalintal cautions Senate from probing alleged cheating in midterm polls

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Lawyer Romulo Macalintal on Wednesday cautioned the Senate from proceeding with its plan to conduct an inquiry into the supposed glitches on the vote counting machines (VCM) during the recently-concluded elections.

During the weekly Kapihan sa Manila Bay forum, Macalintal said a Senate hearing could negatively affect the credibility of the election results, saying losing candidates could also use the probe to claim that the result of the electoral exercise was rigged.

“Siguro mag usap yung oversight committee pero di na kailangan ng public hearing baka akala ng taong bayan kung ano nangyari sa ating eleksyon,” Macalintal said

Ironically, Macalintal is losing in the senatorial race under the opposition Otso Diretso party as the Top 12 was being dominated by administration and independent candidates.

“I would suggest executive session na lang. Just make a press release on what happened. Kung magkakaron ng public hearing, anjan na naman mga lawmakers mag grandstanding at the expense of the Comelec, at the expense of the electoral public. Dapat iwasan yan,” he added.

“If you conduct a joint public hearing now, the losing candidates can use it in saying that they were cheated,” Macalintal continued.

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