Monday, May 21, 2007

Namfrel chief assuages Trillanes’ fear of fraudulent counting

National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) Chairman Edward Go on Monday assuaged the fear of opposition senatorial candidate Antonio Trillanes IV and his supporters that the election watchdog is into fraudulent counting of election results.

“I want to assure him that we will not allow our organization to be used by anybody. If they know someone, tell us, so we can act accordingly," Go told reporters in an interview.

Go said he is willing to visit Trillanes in his detention cell to explain to him how Namfrel operates its quick count. “We don't do any kind of trending. The number of votes we tally depends on the flow of the reports coming from the volunteers in the field and the speed on verification of data."

Earlier, a handful of supporters of Trillanes picketed in front of the La Salle University in Greenhills, San Juan to denounce the alleged "trending" of Namfrel’s operation quick count.

In an interview with GMANews.TV Monday, Sonny Rivera, Trillanes' spokesman, said "Oplan Mercury Rising" is using the Namfrel’s quick count to precondition the mind of the public that two to four Team Unity senatorial candidates would have a chance to enter the Magic 12.

Mercury Rising is a plot allegedly for dagdag-bawas operation in certain areas in Mindanao, particularly in the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and Visayas regions to pad at least 2 million votes for Miguel Zubiri, Prospero Pichay, Ralph Recto and Mike Defensor.

"Our informants have told us that Recto and Defensor seem to be giving up hope that they could still enter the magic 12, so the Mercury Rising is still operating for Zubiri and Pichay," Rivera said. - Fidel Jimenez, GMANews.TV