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Roxas hits Binay over electoral fraud claims

Vice President Jejomar Binay and Interior Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas II will go head-to-head in the 2016 presidential race. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines - Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Manuel "Mar" Roxas II has assailed Vice President Jejomar Binay for saying that there might be cheating in the 2016 polls and for implying that administration bets would violate the law on election spending.

Roxas claimed Binay is just trying to divert attention away from the corruption allegations against him. 
 
“What do we expect from someone who does not face the allegations against him? He will just muddle the discussions and make accusations without proof,” Roxas said on the sidelines of the Liga ng mga Barangay convention in Pasay last Tuesday.
 
“We do not have any history of doing such things,” he added.
 
Earlier, Binay said he would launch a “people power” protest in the event that he loses his presidential bid in 2016 due to cheating.
 
Binay, the presidential candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), said there have been talks that poll fraud would be committed through the precinct count optical scanning machines.
 
He also called for strict implementation of laws on election spending as candidates backed by the administration have an advantage over their opponents.
 
Roxas, however, claimed that he was the victim of poll fraud in 2010.
 
“In fact, I was the one who filed a protest during the previous election because there were two million null votes for the vice president and all of them were in the Visayas,” the LP presidential candidate said.
 
“As a victim of cheating, I will fight for a clean, orderly and honest election,” he added.
 
Binay defeated Roxas during the vice presidential race in 2010 by about 740,000 votes.
 
Roxas, however, questioned the election result, saying it did not reflect actual votes because of “anomalously high incidence” of null and misread votes in the certificates of canvass in all precincts.
 
Roxas claimed counting the null votes would have made him overtake BInay’s 727,084-vote lead. 
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