Thursday, March 15, 2007
The Cheating has Started
Try surfing Votester. It is a beta site that allows Yehey members to vote their preferred senatoriables and party-lists representatives.
Francis Escudero has been leading the tally for quite some time. He is followed by fellow oppositionists Antonio Trillanes IV and Panfilo Lacson. Yesterday (March 14), the 2bU section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer published an article regarding the website. It mentioned that although the votes of Chiz is not an indicator whether he would be the next Mr Palengke, it still show that the youth are indeed watching the election season.
I browsed Votester and to my surprise Mike Defensor placed second. It would not have come as a surprise except that he never figured in the Top 6. What is more shocking is that he suddenly reached the 100 vote mark. As one fellow Team Chiz member observed, Chiz received a normal 20-30 votes in one day while Mike gathered around 50-60 votes.
Since I am a big CSI fan, I decided to investigate. Based on the testimonials of Defensor in the site, most of his 'supporters' visited Votester from March 14 to 15. On the other hand his critics commented on March 3 or 4. See the discrepancy? In addition, noticed that the 2bU article was published on March 14.
I would not be surprised if Tol's 'supporters' voted in droves as a reaction to the article.
But this was not the first time. Remember ANC's Face-Off? For some unexplainable reason, despite the competence of Escudero the former presidential chief of staff kept on piling the text votes.
The cheating has definitely started.
But I guess most Filipinos know the truth. They know it very well that they are rewarding the Sorsogon lawmaker a high ranking in the surveys.