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Karen Davila, Mel Tiangco Viral for Swipe at Counting Machine Fiasco

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by The reportr team
May 9, 2022
Photo/s: ABS-CBN/GMA
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Rival news anchors Mel Tiangco and Karen Davila were trending at the close of voting Monday night as they took the Comelec to task for malfunctioning VCM or vote-counting machines that caused long lines in the summer heat.

Comelec refused to extend the 7 p.m. for some 65 million registered voters to cast their ballots in a bitterly fought vote that puts the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr's son, Bongbong, as the survey frontrunner with Vice President Leni Robredo seeking a come from behind win.

"There has got to be a very good reason na sasabihin ng Comelec kung bakit nagkaganyan-ganyan sunod-sunod. Kanina pang umaga VCM na nang VCM nang VCM nang VCM ang problema," GMA Network's Tiangco said in a live exchange on "24 Oras" with reporter Tina Panganiban-Perez, who was at the Comelec.

On ABS-CBN's "TV Patrol", Davila grilled Comelec Commissioner George Erwin Garcia on the body's refusal to heed calls to extend voting until 9 p.m.

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"Mind you commissioner hindi kasalanan ng pandemya kung bakit nagkaganito ang pila. Ang mga V-C-M machine po, apat na oras nakatayo sa linya ang mga tao para bumoto. Panno naging kasalanan ng tao yun at paano naging kasalanan ng pandemya yun?" Davila said.

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Tiangco told Panganiban-Perez: "Yung ganung mga aberya, bagaman ang tingin ng ilang mga taga-Comelec e maliit na bagaya o isang bagaya na hindi ganoong makakapekto sa sitwasyon natin, sa botohan, hindi mo maiiaalis lalo na sa mga poll watchers, sa mga citizen's arm, dun sa mga nagbabantay para aayo ay magkaroon ng malinis at magandamng kalakaran ngayong eleksyon."

"Hindi mo maiaalis yun, pagduduhan pag ganyang nagiging suspect, kaya bago tayo mag-eleksyon nagkaroon yan ng malawakang pag-examen sa mga VCM na yann para maiwasan precisely ang ganitong mga kaganapan, para sa ikagaganda ng ating pagtinign o ng ating pagtiwala sa nagaganap na botohan. Ano daw ba anfg kulang at bakit hindi nakamit yoon?" she said. she said.

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