A multi-sectoral group is planning to gather one million "clean" warriors to volunteer in the fight against electoral fraud in the May 9, 2016 national and local elections in the country.
The plan was disclosed during the recent Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt wherein the umbrella organization will be the Coalition of Clean Air Advocates of the Philippines (CCAAP).
This will serve as the umbrella association of organizations coming from the healthcare, interfaith, business, indigenous people, transport, information technology sectors and the civil society.
Called Mata sa Balota (eyes on the ballot), the informal alliance seeks to work against wholesale electoral fraud, perceived by many to occur in the upcoming elections, by doing nationwide voters education and actual poll watching activities on election day.
CCAAP chairman and former Philippine Medical Association president Dr. Leo Olarte explained "through the Mata sa Balota we would like to mobilize not only our members (from the 700 strong associations comprising our rainbow alliance) but most importantly our people in general to be watchful and vigilant against electoral fraud in the coming national and local elections."
He said their plan is Malinis na Halalan tungo sa Malinis na Gobyerno para sa Malinis na Pilipinas (Clean Elections towards Clean Governance for a Clean Philippines). Corruption in government starts during dirty elections.
"In the light of the massive online data hacking of the Comelec last month, wherein critical personal information of 55 million voters who registered at the Comelec were compromised," Olarte said.
With this, the group aired their appeal to the electorate to wake up and open their eyes on the real issue of vulnerability in the electronic electoral process to fraud and dirty wholesale electronic cheating.
Olarte said the forming of an umbrella organization came after details of rumblings of wholesale cheating reached them.
He disclosed the plans are geared to frustrate the real voice of the people this coming May 9, 2016 and all of these worry and alarms the group.
Olarte added the Philippines visit last year of Smartmatic International Chairman Baron Mark Malloch-Brown, who is also an international political operator associated with billionaire speculator George Soros, who allegedly had lunch with President Aquino during his visit equally alarms them.
"We would like to bring this matter of wholesale election fraud on the May 9 elections directly to our people and we appeal to our people to act accordingly," Olarte added.
Malloch-Brown is an international political operator associated with the billionaire speculator George Soros in bringing down "unwanted governments," according to the group, saying he once worked for the late President Corazon Aquino during and after her campaign against Marcos in the 1986 snap presidential elections.
And report had it that he had lunch with current President Aquino at the Pangarap Guest House during his visit, though the report was denied by some Smartmatic regional official, but not by MalacaAang.
Also during the forum, Biliran representative and clean election crusader Atty. Glenn Chong said "we went to the Supreme Court to fight (and we won) for the implementation of the Voters Verification Audit Trail or the voters receipts. Now we are asking Comelec as an act of good faith to allow these voters receipts to be randomly counted by an independent body so that we can have verifiable comparison between digital and printed results of the May 9, 2016 elections.