Poll watchdog PPCRV to start matching physical and digital election returns by May 12

Published May 11, 2022, 3:55 PM

by Betheena Unite

Poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) will start matching election returns received from various places to the digitally transmitted results from the transparency server on Thursday, May 12.

Volunteers work on the physical election returns brought to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting command center at the Quadricentennial Pavilion in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. (Photo by Betheena Unite)

“Whatever we have by tomorrow, we will start with the matching,” PPCRV legal affairs director Vann Dela Cruz said. He was referring to the number of election returns (ERs) arriving at the command center at the Quadricentennial Pavilion in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the church-based poll watchdog has received a total of 15,505 election returns from various dioceses and headquarters in Metro Manila and Luzon.

This is 14.39 percent of the more than 107,000 election returns from all precincts in the country.

According to PPCRV Chairperson Myla Villanueva, the bulk of these ERs came from Manila, Quezon City, and Cavite while others came from Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Sorsogon, Cavite, Rizal, Pasig, and Batangas.

Of the 15,505 ERs received by the organization, 8,962 of these have been encoded as of 12:40 p.m. Wednesday.

“Since yesterday, dumating na po ang malaking bahagi ng NCR (National Capital Region) yung mga election returns na physical piece of papers na siyang nakuha natin sa VCM (vote-counting machine) nung gabi ng election. ‘Yan po ang ginagawa ng ating mga volunteer ay kinokumpara po ‘yan sa election return na digital na pinadala naman po ng VCM (Since yesterday, the bulk of election returns from NCR, which are physical pieces of paper from the VCMs on the night of election. What our volunteers do is to compare that to the digital election returns transmitted by the VCM),” Villanueva explained.

Villanueva said they can’t promise that they will be able to obtain 100 percent of the election returns in one week due to the varying situations in the origin of the election returns.

“Hindi po namin pinapangako, sa PPCRV, na makukuha natin yung 106,000 returns in one week kasi ang iba pong voting centers ay sa kabundukan, mga isla. Basta a big majority po ay tuloy tuloy kami sa QPAV until May 20 (We, at the PPCRV, are not promising that we will be able to obtain all the 106,000 returns in one week because some voting centers are from mountainous places and islands. A big majority is that we will continue our operations here at QPAV until May 20),” Villanueva said.

They are also expecting to receive election returns from Visayas and Mindanao by Wednesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 12.

As of Wednesday, only the unofficial tally electronically transmitted results are being shown at the big screens inside the command center.

In the digitally transmitted results, presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and running mate Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte lead their respective races by a wide margin.