Academic experts see nothing irregular in pattern of VP votes

Marcos and Robredo
Marcos and Robredo

At least 100 academic experts and data science professionals have attested that they do not see any irregularity in the pattern of votes received by Vice-Presidential candidates Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. during the May 9 local and national elections; saying that the V-shaped graph showing the number of transmitted votes per region is actually the expected turnout.

In a Facebook post, Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) lecturer Reinabelle Reyes shared a joint statement made by several members of the academe.

We assert that an inverted V-shaped graph of the difference of votes between vice-presidential candidates Marcos and Robredo, plotted against the percentage of votes transmitted, does not amount to evidence of fraud,” the statement read.

The message further adds, “Given that the votes came in from different regions at different times, the shape of the graph is, in fact, the expected pattern. Many individuals and groups carried out independent analyses and communicated technical and logical arguments arriving at this conclusion.”

Days after the actual polls, former ADMU economics instructor David Yap alleged that an election fraud could have occurred after Robredo’s votes caught up with Marcos’.

However, he did not pursue with speaking about the matter on a public forum after he cited several security concerns.

Meanwhile, House Majority Floor Leader Neptali Gonzales II said on Wednesday that despite the allegations coming from Marcos’ camp, there will be no special canvassing that will be conducted solely for the vice-presidential race.

I am not aware that there are separate COCs for president and vice president. As far as I know, there’s only one COC for the president and vice president,” Gonzales said; adding that both the president-elect and vice-president-elect will be proclaimed by the Congress at the same time.