Four senatorial bets who lost in 2013 polls ask Supreme Court to nullify election results because of alleged "dagdag-bawas"

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The Philippine Star reports that defeated senatorial aspirants Ricardo Penson, Hans Christian Señeres, Rizalito David and Baldomero Falcone have asked the Supreme Court on Monday (March 31) to void the results of the senatorial polls "for alleged glitches in the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines."


The report explained that the four senatorial bets claimed in their petition that based on the findings of election watchdog TEC, "dagdag-bawas" or padding of votes occurred in 2013. The automated fraud was supposedly carried out through the existence of lines that caused "additional votes for candidates even if there were not votes for the candidate" and "loss of votes for candidates who received votes which were not counted because the line caused an over-vote."


Since the election results cannot be considered credible, the petitioners added that the Commission on Elections committed grave abuse of discretion when it proclaimed the senators-elect in the 2013 polls because it failed to resolve the existing questions on some election returns.


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