• Comelec readies PCOS for cheating – coalition

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    GUARDING THE BALLOT  Former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong, now vice chairman of Reform Philippines Coalition, warns that if security features of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for use in the 2016 polls that had been removed in two past elections are not restored, next year’s electoral exercise would be anything but honest  and credible. Chong, a lawyer, raised the alarm during a news conference at the Manila Yacht Club on Thursday. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    GUARDING THE BALLOT
    Former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong, now vice chairman of Reform Philippines Coalition, warns that if security features of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines for use in the 2016 polls that had been removed in two past elections are not restored, next year’s electoral exercise would be anything but honest and credible. Chong, a lawyer, raised the alarm during a news conference at the Manila Yacht Club on Thursday. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) and  technology provider Smarmatic-TIM Corp. are priming up the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) counting machines for cheating to favor administration  candidates in the 2016 polls, according to a broad coalition  group calling for credible elections.

    The Reform Philippines Coalition (RPC) has demanded that the Comelec restore four major security features that, in the last 2010 and 2013 elections, it removed or effectively diluted, thus undermining the legitimacy, integrity and credibility of the Automated Election System (AES).

    RPC is a broad coalition of Catholic Church members, lawyers and active and retired military, police and government officials, among others.

    It counts among its supporters the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the Philippine Constitutional Commission, Archbishop Oscar Cruz, former military chief Hermogenes Esperon, former senator Francisco Tatad, former Comelec Commissioner Manolo Gorospe and retired Admiral Damian Carlos.

    In a three-page demand letter, the coalition asked  Chairman Andres Bautista to order the  return of the  security features stipulated by Republic Act (RA) 939 or the Automated Election Law, particularly the ballot verification or ultra violet detectors, the source code review, the voter verified paper audit trail and the digital signature.

    RPC spokesman Glenn Chong explained that without the four features, the 2016 elections would be an exercise in futility and would  even be worse than the alleged fraud and manipulation committed in the 2010 and 2013 polls.

    He pointed out that the general mode of cheating in  2010 was a combination of transmission cheating for national candidates and pre-loaded CF (compact flash) cards for local bets, while 2013 gave birth to the so-called “60-30-10” scheme wherein in 60 percent of senatorial slots went to the Liberal Party, 30 percent to United Nationalist Alliance and 10 percent to independent candidates.

    “[The year] 2013 was a different matter. It was a malware inside the CF cards,” Chong said.

    He further explained that the digital signature feature is intended to authenticate all transmitted election results and prevent the transmission of fake election results via  authorized network intrusion  or hacking, while the voter verified paper audit trail would assure the voter that his  votes had been correctly read and counted by the voting machines.

    The source code review,  on the other hand, is intended to ensure the integrity and credibility of the AES by subjecting the source codes of the entire AES to independent review, testing and forensic examination.

    The ballot verification is meant to prevent use of fake ballots and pre-loading of spurious votes into the CF (compact flash) cards.

    According to Chong, the Comelec and  Smartmatic have repeatedly refused to address said public concerns despite clear and uncontroverted evidence they have presented and the filing of numerous complaints before the Supreme Court (SC), the Joint Congressional  Oversight Committee on the AES, the Department of Justice and the  Office of the Ombudsman and the Philippine National Police by different civil society  groups and personalities over the course of five years since 2010.

    “With the  coming 2016 elections, its legitimacy, integrity and credibility are again seriously threatened by the very same controversial removal and/or dilution of the AES security features and the  very same flagrant violations of our election  laws by those entrusted with [the elections’]conduct and  management,” he said.

    Greco Belgica, who also speaks for RPC, said they are giving the Comelec chairman 15 days to comply with their demand before implementing their next course of actions if nothing happens.

    “We will be filing a mandamus case before the Supreme Court [if we get no favorable response from Chairman  Bautista]  to restore all the  security features prescribed by law that were removed in 2010 and 2013 elections,” Belgica added.

    Instead of filing another sabotage case, he said, they would  follow up  a similar case filed in 2010 before the Ombudsman by former senator Richard Gordon, and   hold mass actions as well.

    “Exactly 15 days after today,  we will be gathering people  to pray and  demand, ask the Lord and chairman of Comelec to do what is right. We are  not asking for  illegal or drastic actions, in fact we are asking for something legal,” Belgica said.

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    1. Salamat sa pagmamalasakit ninyo para sa kapakanan ng taong bayan at mabuhay kayo, RPC. Tutukan at manindigan tayo laban sa mga mandaraya ngayong darating na 2016 eleksiyon. Para ito sa kinabukasan ng mga susunod na henerasyon.

    2. Sirain ang lahat ng PCOS machine pag hindi ibalik ni Comelec Chair Andy Bautista ang mga security features nito. Lahat ng mga botante hihikayatin natin na pagdating ng PCOS machine sa mga voting precincts agad itong sirain para maging manual ang election to make it clean, honest and credible. Sanay magising tayong lahat. Tayo ang hari ng bayan sa araw na iyon kaya ito ang dapat nating gawin. Sana ang Panginoon ay palagi tayong tutulungan na maitama ang mali ng administrasyong ito.

    3. The CF Cards (compact flash) can be manipulated and it has designed to receive data from a remote area such as in the computer center of Malls. There is no way that the 2016 election will be an honest election this is clearly to trample our democratic system anchored in choosing our leaders thru a clean, honest and credible election. There it was I suspect a secret encryption designed in the CF Cards only to receive manipulated votes. I also suspect that the manufacturer of that PCOS and CF Cards are one, lets say that this manufacturer is a filipino own that manufactures a chip and everything that contain in smart phones worldwide and in computers do this manufacturer will not protect their interest? This filipino owner has manufacturing facilities in South America, if my memory is rights its in Venezuela and in Europe.
      Recently, their was a purported survey conducted by Makati Business Club (MBC) and the result favors their choice candidate Mar Roxas. Hence, the said candidate for president was the No. 1 in dubious surveys this was designed to condition the mind of the electorate. No way this candidate could win a honest, credible and clean election, except thorugh PCOS. You judge for yourself

      • Right. Please look into the TIM (Total Information Management) owners. Who are Pol Aquino and Nilo Cruz?