Press Release
May 14, 2010


Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Senator Mar Roxas today slammed the non-stop manufacture of lies and black propaganda of the camp of rival Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay despite the end of the three-month campaign period.

Roxas stressed neither he nor any of the Liberals would stoop down to the shameless conduct of vote rigging to obtain victory in Monday's national and local elections.

"Kalokohan 'yan. (That's foolishness) That is part of the black propaganda that they have been throwing ever since the campaign. (These are) baseless lies. Senator Noynoy, (and me) Senator Mar, we have ran a record of clean, honest governance. Not once has any anomaly been attached to our names," he said.

He insisted: "We will not, in any circumstance, even for an electoral disgrace, pull any of that. We have started this journey nine months ago, and even before that, to ensure that our country is on the right, straight path. That is what we have been working on, and that is what we will have."

Roxas also said the Binay camp's allegations were part of a desperate mind-conditioning tactic to cast doubt on a Roxas vice presidential victory once all votes cast are canvassed by the congressional National Board of Canvassers, which is scheduled to convene on May 31.

He noted that most votes from his bailiwicks - which include Regions 6, 7 and 8, among others - have not yet been canvassed due to delays in the transmission of the election results, caused mainly by PCOS malfunction or signal difficulties.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting has so far tallied 85% of all election returns, with 15% yet to be canvassed. This means roughly five million voters in more than 11,000 precincts nationwide have yet to be taken into consideration. Of this, roughly half are expected to come from Roxas' bailiwick regions.

LP General Campaign Manager Florencio "Butch" Abad had earlier said data from the party's internal canvass monitoring team show that Roxas would lead by as much as 2.18 million votes once votes come in from Region 6 composed of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental and Region 7 that groups Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Siquijor.

Citing reports coming from the ground, votes garnered by Roxas in the 10 provinces alone were at least 3.5 million, while Binay cornered only 1.3 million votes, which translates to a 2.18 million votes, according to Abad.

Abad was convinced that if the tally would include the said provinces alone, the LP vice presidential candidate would surpass Binay's current lead of 800,000 based on partial and unofficial tally of the Comelec.

"The race as between me and my closest competitor is indeed very tight. However, it is not for me, or anybody for that matter, to say if we've already lost, or if we will win in the end. It is up to the sovereign will of the people. Tuloy ang pagbabantay. Sama sama po tayo, hindi natin pababayaan ang isa't isa, tuloy ang laban (We remain vigilant. Together, we will continue the fight)," he stressed.

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