NOW it can be told!
A former election officer has exposed what he considered as fraudulent scheme in the conduct of the 2004 synchronized local and presidential elections that seemingly favored former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
In his sworn statement dated August 9, 2011, Alfredo Elmer Doblas, former election officer, alleged that during his own check around the towns on May 11 to 13, 2004 he “discovered massive irregularities in the statement of votes (SOVs) and the election returns (ERs) wherein the total number of registered voters in most precincts minus those who actually voted did not tally or were marked zero.”
Doblas resigned from his post and ran for provincial board member under the banner of KNP of then presidential bet Fernando Poe, Jr. but lost.
For his part, Rene Relampagos (now 1st district congressman) in a text message hastened to say, “We welcome it along with others so the truth will come out and we can avoid that it will happen again.”
Relampagos, then head of the LDP Bohol reportedly coalesced with KNP, lost to then governor now congressman Erico Aumentado (2nd Dist) at that time in his rematch bid for governor.
In his affidavit, Doblas said that he inquired with his former fellow election officers why the discrepancy of the votes of GMA and those of FPJ. But he was told of the “common reply was that they were instructed to do so: either zero or no figure at all (blank).”
Doblas however failed to identify who the election officers were. This prompted him to inform the KNP headquarters of this and asked for an investigator “to check the massive irregularities in the municipal election returns,” he said.
Few days later, probers came and then governor now congressman Rene Relampagos instructed him to meet the investigating team composed of a general, a Muslim and a lawyer, whose names he could no longer remember at Metro Center Hotel in this city, he related. After the said meeting he executed a sworn statement and he “promised willingness to testify should there be congressional inquiry in the future.”
Doblas said that he gathered evidence of SOVs and ERs in the towns of Pilar, Sierra-Bullones, Carmen, Batuan, Bilar and Loboc, all of interior towns, believed to where the fraudulent elections results took place.
He said the evidence (SOVs and ERs) on hand that were brought to Manila himself showed the irregularities. “Mr. Tambayoyong, NBI fingerprint expert, showed and proved the existence of rampant election fraud when seen under the naked eyes, SOVs are clear but when placed under U. V. (ultraviolet) light and on wider screen, pink markings were seen at GMA’s score and blue markings were for Noli De Castro, signifying dagdag operations were effected,” Doblas said in his affidavit.
After that, he said FPJ’s brother Conrad Poe offered him escort for security reasons under the government protection program in the event of congressional inquiry.
He said he went back home while waiting for a call from Horacio Morales, the former point man of FPJ’s KNP or Harriette Demetriou, “but to no avail.”
This was not first that irregularities in the 2004 elections have allegedly taken place. Some election officers have exposed alleged wrongdoing involving their fellow election officer. But nothing has been heard of since it was filed last year with the Comelec. (RVO)