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Keep faith in modern election system ? Saludo

Manila (21 May) -- Malacanang spokesman Secretary Ricardo Saludo yesterday (May 20) called on the people to be circumspect and not lose faith in the country?s resolve to modernize its electoral process because of minor and still-unproven allegations of electoral fraud.

"Hindi dapat hayaan ang pahayag ng isang tao at mga problema sa ilang mga dokumento at materials na mapawalang bisa ang buong halalan (We should not allow hollow allegations of one and a few purported documents of fraud to undermine the results of the recent elections), " said Saludo in a press briefing today.

He said the issue is already being addressed in the ongoing committee investigation at the House of Representatives following accusations of electoral fraud from a still-unidentified "whistle blower".

Saludo said that the recently conducted elections is widely accepted by the people as credible and recognized as a success by foreign observers.

He shared the view of the private-based poll watchdog, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), that the accusations be followed by proof, under the principle "that the burden of proof lies in the accuser."

Saludo also reminded that there are proper venues to address electoral concerns. He added that the minor problems on the electoral process should not in any way hinder the canvassing and proclamation of election winners.

He said that the unhampered canvassing of votes is important because there is a constitutional deadline for the proclamation for the country's new set of leaders.

Saludo said he hopes that the proclamation of winners could proceed on schedule so that there will be smooth and proper transition of governmental power to the next President by June. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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