Comelec officials face new charges before Ombudsman

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New charges were brought on Thursday against top officials of the Commission on Election (Comelec) before the Office of the Ombudsman, this time for the alleged lack of safety measures in the May polls.

The complaint was filed by the Tanggulang Demokrasya and Bagumbayan.

The groups named as respondents Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes and commissioners Christian Robert Lim, Lucenito Tagle, Elias Yusoph, and Grace Padaca.

Also indicted were former Comelec chairman Jose Melo and commissioners Nicodemo Ferrer, Armando Velasco, Rene Sarmiento and Gregorio Larazabal, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting chief Henrietta de Villa, and Smartmatic Corp. executives Antonio Mugica, Cesar Flores, Jose Mari Antuñez, Juan Villa Jr., Salvador Aque, and Nilo Cruz.

The groups’ lawyer, Rodolfo Reyes, said the Comelec removed five safety measures that should have safeguarded the sanctity of the ballot.

The safeguards are the review of the source code, the digital signature, the voter verification, the paper trail audit, and the random manual audit.

JOHN CONSTANTINE G. CORDON

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