Roxas bares pressure to postpone elections
By Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines—Keep a record of those phone calls.
Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II Wednesday said he had received reports that “high-ranking officials both from the (ruling) political (party) and the Executive” had called Comelec officials to pressure them to postpone Monday’s elections.
In a press conference, Roxas urged Comelec officials to keep a record of the alleged phone calls so that these Palace officials could be exposed.
“Information coming from our sources in the Comelec show that high-ranking officials from Malacañang are calling Comelec commissioners to influence their deliberations on whether the elections should be postponed,” he added
Another LP official, who declined to be named for lack of clearance to speak on the matter, claimed that the party had received reports that two Comelec commissioners were “pushing” for the postponement of the elections.
On the other hand, the official said, three commissioners including Comelec Chair Jose Melo had threatened to resign if the elections were postponed.
“A postponement would be an admission that they were negligent in their work,” the official said.
Reached for comment, Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle dismissed Roxas’ allegation as “baseless.”
“Nobody from any party called us. Personally, I have not received any calls,” Tagle told the Inquirer.
“They can tap my phone and they won’t get anything,” he added.