‘Hocus-PCOS,’ claims group on Roxas’ gain

THE group Anakbayan on Wednesday warned of an alleged plan to cheat in the 2016 elections stemming from the apparent gain of Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel Roxas II in the presidential preferential polls.

The group called the cheating plan “Hocus-PCOS.”

“They are creating the illusion that the massively unpopular and consistently kulelat[tail-ender] Mar Roxas is gaining momentum and will easily beat the other presidential contenders come the May 2016 polls,” group chairman Vencer Crisostomo said.

He made his statement even as it appeared that the ruling Liberal Party was running out of a potential running mate for Roxas.


LP stalwarts admitted Tuesday that the party leaders were having a hard time convincing Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo to accept the offer to run as the administration’s vice president.

City Rep. Bolet Banal, an LP stalwart, confirmed there will be no fireworks in today’s scheduled LP convention at the LP headquarters in Balay, Quezon City.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino said he would be submitting his resignation letter to President Benigno Aquino III in preparation for his plan to run for senator in next year’s elections.

He made his announcement Tuesday in Manila during a meeting with several local government officials from Cavite who urged him to run for a higher position.

“I accept the challenge and your endorsement and I hereby declare my candidacy for senator,” said Tolentino who recently came under fire and was asked to resign by various sectors over the worsening traffic problems in Metro Manila.

Crisostomo on Tuesday asked how the polling body SWS framed its September polls in which it asked the respondents to name three people who they thought  would succeed Aquino as President.

Roxas gained six points in the SWS survey and advanced from his previous 15-percent ranking.

“This way, those who don’t support Roxas might be inclined to include him in those three names given that Aquino anointed him,” Crisostomo said.

“On the other hand, asking for only three names would increase Roxas’ share by reducing the number of contenders in the list.”

Crisostomo said despite the people’s growing anger over Aquino’s incompetent handling of the MRT-LRT breakdown, the balikbayan box fiasco and the Mamasapano massacre among other explosive issues, Roxas still managed to leap in the preferential polls.

He warned that the cheaters were one step nearer in employing the “yellow magic” through the DAP-funded poll fraud and “hocus PCOS” automated poll cheating.

In reaction, said the SWS could better explain his apparent rise in the preferential polls and dismissed the claims they would be rigging the 2016 polls.

“SWS made that survey. I think it would be better if they could explain why would their questions be like that,” Roxas said. 

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