Youth groups protest against perceived election irregularities offline

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – A day after the elections, Tuesday, May 14, netizens took to Twitter to protest against the perceived irregularities in the midterm elections. On the same day, they have taken it offline – specifically to the streets. 

Netizens are raising doubts over the integrity of the elections following the back-to-back transmission delays, technical glitches, and cases of election violations. In fact, a major glitch involving the Commission on Elections transparency server lasted 7 hours on Monday night, halting the relay of results to media organizations, watchdogs, and political parties. 

At 3 pm on Tuesday, more than a hundred youth advocates and students also trooped to Comelec to raise their concern over the reported elections irregularities.

Women’s rights group Gabriela pointed out how the glitch that stopped Comelec from sending data to the transparency server for more than 7 hours affected the credibility of results.

COMELEC PROTEST. Partylist and militant groups troop the Comelec office in Manila to protest perceived election fraud on May 14, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

COMELEC PROTEST. Partylist and militant groups troop the Comelec office in Manila to protest perceived election fraud on May 14, 2019.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

 

ELECTION IRREGULARITIES? Several groups including Anakbayan, Kabataan Partylist, and Gabriela troop outside Comelec in Intramuros to protest suspected election fraud in the 2019 polls on Tuesday, May 14. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

ELECTION IRREGULARITIES? Several groups including Anakbayan, Kabataan Partylist, and Gabriela troop outside Comelec in Intramuros to protest suspected election fraud in the 2019 polls on Tuesday, May 14.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

GLITCH. Women's rights group Gabriela says the 7-hour glitch that affected the transparency server raises question over the integrity of the election results.  Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

GLITCH. Women's rights group Gabriela says the 7-hour glitch that affected the transparency server raises question over the integrity of the election results.

Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

The Youth Act Now Against Tyranny group noted that "such a rare, conspicuous and suspicious error is highly questionable for an election process that promises to be fast and accurate, and preparations must have been done days or weeks before."

"Ngayon ang mga mamamayang Pilipino ay magpapakita ng pagkakaisa para labanan ang ganitong atake sa ating karapatan sa malaya at payapang halalan," Raoul Manuel from Youth Act Now Against Tyranny said.

(Today, Filipino people will unite to fight against these attacks to our right to credible and peaceful elections) 

Other protests were held at the University of the Philippines - Diliman in Quezon City, University of Santo Tomas in Manila City,  University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga and at the  Cebu Provincial Capitol. 

Below are photos from the simultaneous protests nationwide: 

RESIST. A number of University of the Philippines students gather in front of Palma Hall to express their post-election concerns. Photos by Josiah Antonio/Rappler

RESIST. A number of University of the Philippines students gather in front of Palma Hall to express their post-election concerns.

Photos by Josiah Antonio/Rappler

PAMPANGA. Various progressive groups gather at the University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga to amplify their voices against the u0022Comelec ni Duterte.u0022 Photo by Hazel Gil

PAMPANGA. Various progressive groups gather at the University of the Philippines Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga to amplify their voices against the u0022Comelec ni Duterte.

u0022 Photo by Hazel Gil

UST. Panday Sining's Angelo del Rosario speaks before protesters at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Photo by Jomar Villanueva/Rappler

UST. Panday Sining's Angelo del Rosario speaks before protesters at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

Photo by Jomar Villanueva/Rappler

UP DILIMAN. A number of UP students voice out their concerns on the alleged irregularities during the midterm elections. Photo by Josiah Antonio/Rappler

UP DILIMAN. A number of UP students voice out their concerns on the alleged irregularities during the midterm elections.

Photo by Josiah Antonio/Rappler

CEBU. Cebuano youth stage a protest in front of the Cebu Provincial Capitol to denounce the alleged 'blatant and massive election fraud.' Photo by Christian Ilustrisimo

CEBU. Cebuano youth stage a protest in front of the Cebu Provincial Capitol to denounce the alleged 'blatant and massive election fraud.

' Photo by Christian Ilustrisimo

 

BULACAN. Youth groups at the Bulacan State University also hold protest in relation to the midterm elections. Photo courtesy of Anakbayan-BulSu

BULACAN. Youth groups at the Bulacan State University also hold protest in relation to the midterm elections.

Photo courtesy of Anakbayan-BulSu

LAGUNA. Groups at the University of the Philippines Los Bau00f1os denounce the perceived irregularities in the midterm elections. Photo by Rosemarie de Castro/Rappler

LAGUNA. Groups at the University of the Philippines Los Bau00f1os denounce the perceived irregularities in the midterm elections.

Photo by Rosemarie de Castro/Rappler

CEBU CITY. Students from various schools  led a protest at Cebu Capitol Grounds. Local chapter of Kabataan Partylist estimated a total of 110 attendees in the said protest. Photo by Chad Booc

CEBU CITY. Students from various schools led a protest at Cebu Capitol Grounds. Local chapter of Kabataan Partylist estimated a total of 110 attendees in the said protest.

Photo by Chad Booc

ILOILO. Some students and progressive youth groups of the University of the Philippines Visayas hold an indignation protest on the suspected electoral fraud in the 2019 polls. Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

ILOILO. Some students and progressive youth groups of the University of the Philippines Visayas hold an indignation protest on the suspected electoral fraud in the 2019 polls.

Photo by Carl Don Berwin/Rappler

BACOLOD CITY. Youth leaders of various organizations take to the streets demanding transparency on the 2019 election results. Photo by John Philip Rollo /Rappler

BACOLOD CITY. Youth leaders of various organizations take to the streets demanding transparency on the 2019 election results.

Photo by John Philip Rollo /Rappler

– with reports from Josiah Antonio and Jomar Villanueva/Rappler.com