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‘Election machines tampered with’

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AN election watcher on Tuesday accused the Commission on Elections of lying when it said that 1,356 extra vote-counting machines (VCMs) kept in a Santa Rosa, Laguna warehouse were not used in the May 2016 polls, following the discovery that some secure digital (SD) cards in the machines contained data.

Lawyer Glenn Chong, a former Biliran congressman, said at least one SD card was tampered with, which he said was evidence the election system provided by Comelec contractor Smartmatic was “very much open to hijacking or sabotage.”

In a statement, Chong pointed out that at an average of 500 votes per SD card, 5,000 extra SD cards could have produced 2.5 million votes for favored candidates by switching machines.

“With 5,000 unnecessary extra SD cards accompanying 5,000 extra VCMs, switching bogus results contained in these extra SD cards with the genuine results under the guise of replacing malfunctioning VCMs is a feat that is all too easy to accomplish. All it requires is for the cheats to feign a malfunction in order to get a replacement machine with an SD card bearing bogus results in it,” he said.


Chong backed the statement Monday of the camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who is protesting the election victory of Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

Marcos lawyer Vic Rodriguez said the discovery of data in the SD cards was proof of fraud.

Stripped

To recall, 127 SD cards in the same number of VCMs that were “stripped” last October ahead of their return to Smartmatic were found to contain either intact or corrupted data.

On Monday, the Comelec scheduled the decryption of the 127 suspect SD cards. But the Senate Electoral Tribunal, which is hearing the election protest of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino against Sen. Leila de Lima, ordered that 93 of these SD cards be preserved, so only 26 suspect SD cards were decrypted.

“Of these 26, 13 were found to be blank while the remaining 13 indeed contained data. The question arises as to how come an initial determination having been made three months ago that these 13 suspect SD cards contained data, they have suddenly become blank three months later. Definitely, someone is pulling dirty magic tricks right before our eyes,” Chong said.

Chong revealed that of the 13 suspect SD cards that contained data, at least one, with Serial No. BUF0631C, was tampered with.

Smartmatic’s representative, he noted, confirmed that they used only the Linux operating system in formatting SD cards. “Yet, this one showed evidence that it was accessed using a Windows operating system (OS). The Windows OS left its visible telltale marks on this SD card for everybody to see,” Chong said.

Yet the poll body, he noted, assured all parties that the chain of custody of all SD cards from Laguna to Intramuros was never broken.

“BUF0631C clearly exposed this lie of the Comelec,” Chong said.

‘Bionic mind’

The Robredo camp on Tuesday dismissed the allegations.

“The camp of Marcos must have a bionic mind or bionic eyes to be able to read these encrypted data and immediately claim that there were electoral frauds committed in the said election. For sure, no electoral fraud was committed by Vice President Robredo,” said Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lawyer.

“We stand by our position that all the votes cast for and received by Robredo were valid votes and we are confident that the results of the verification and examination of the ballots will confirm her victory and the defeat of Marcos in the last election,” Macalintal added.

An election protest, he argued, is not decided on the basis of SD cards, but the ballots cast in the VCMs with the results compared with election returns, statement of votes and other election documents.

Robredo beat Marcos by 263,473 votes in the May 2016 polls.

Rodriguez, however, countered: “The Filipino people should not be faulted if they conclude that these tampered SD cards are truly Robredo’s so called ‘silent majority,’” he said.

“The unused and undeployed VCMs with unused SD cards should not contain data at all since they are supposedly ‘virgins and sealed’ as certified by both Comelec and Smartmatic. The discovery of programs and/or files in them suggest only one thing, there was tampering,” said Rodriguez said.

Decryption reset

Chong said the decryption process was reset to another day because the decryption script or tool did not work. Decryption is the process of converting encoded or encrypted text or data into text that a person or a computer can read and understand.

“In plain language, the computer said it cannot decrypt what is not encrypted in the first place. There may be several reasons for these to happen but two possibilities stand out. One, the decryption script or tool was poorly made resulting in this kind of problem. Two, the decryption script or tool refused to recognize an already tampered SD card. BUF0631C strongly makes a case for the second possibility to explain why the decryption tool or script did not work at all,” he explained.

Marcos lawyers had opposed the stripping of the unused VCMs as it was supposedly conducted in violation of the protective precautionary order issued by the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, to preserve the integrity of the ballot boxes and other equipment used in the last elections.

Despite the objections of the Marcos camp, the Comelec proceeded with the stripping and turnover of the VCMs last October 26.

WITH LLANESCA T. PANTI

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  1. As we all know, an Operating System is a program that acts as an interface between the user and the computer hardware and controls the execution of all kinds of program. Linux platform have so many advantages if you constantly battling viruses, malware, slow downs, crashes and licensing fees. Linux is also distributed under the open source license, meaning having a freedom to run program for any purpose. This Operating System performs all the basic tasks like the file management, memory management, process management, handling input and output, and controlling peripheral devices such as disk drive and printers.

    Most people already concluded that the election machines were tampered, but cannot really explain how was it tampered and the results of the tampering. The closest explanation that these morons have given was ” very much open to hijacking and sabotage” and by this statement alone, hijacking and sabotage have not happened, but susceptible and it can happen. The technicians, computer experts, and legitimate IT experts have not given any public statement that the COMELEC network was hijacked and election results were compromised. Who are these people giving statements that election machines were tampered? that massive cheating such as dagdag-bawas have taken place? that the server was hijacked? These are the lawyers and the so called experts and bonehead followers of former Senator Marcos.

  2. Roldan Guerrero on

    Linux is a free Operating System that cant be considered a Stand-Alone Operating System. It requires a Base OS and normally windows OS serve as one. Since it is a free Operating System, it is most vulnerable to hacking and manipulation. I just wonder why Smartmatic uses a free OS despite the SKY-HIGH COST os the contract it got with Comelec.

  3. If there is doubt in the election of the Vice President because of supposed tampering of the machines, ballots, etc. does that not mean that there could be doubt in the election of every other official (including the President) during the elections? Rather than pointing the finger at the VP, the whole election process should be scrutinised, and if there is any wrong doing the perpetrators should be dealt with. Hopefully that will preserve the integrity of future elections.

  4. Desperate times require desperate measures. The yellows wanted to remain relevant after all those years of lies and thieving. They would rather have their arrogance overrule them than admit the fact that they are no longer needed. Power, once ingrained and continuously usurped, becomes part and parcel of one’s character which, eventually, develops into an incurable disease and is impossible to get rid of. The yellows’ stubborn refusal to admit defeat and fraudulently propelling Leni to the vice-presidency so they could hold on to power again would only further degrade their already tarnished reputation.

  5. Desperate times require desperate measures. The yellows wanted to remain relevant after all those years of lies and thieving. They would rather swallow whatever pride that remains of them than admitting to the fact that they are no longer needed. Power, once ingrained and continuously usurped, becomes part and parcel of one’s character which, eventually, develops into an incurable disease and is impossible to get rid of. The yellows’ stubborn refusal to admit defeat and fraudulently propelling Leni to the vice-presidency so they could hold on to power again would only further degrade their already tarnished reputation.

  6. Manila Times is full of paid trolls. And this election watcher / lawyer CHONG suddenly is a computer expert and has cast judgment the COMELEC as ‘liar’. Can’t he keep his statements confined within the limits of being a watcher. He suddenly became an interpreter and a judge at that. Lawyer pa naman. Hay naku.

  7. The thief in the night is PNoy! Over his dead body would he want to see a Marcos in Malacanan! With the help of the thieves, he instructed them to do the manipulation in the early AM. BBM would be Vice President in 2017 and D30 would be very pleased.. PNoy & his cohorts would go to Veterans Memorial Hospital as inmate/ prisoner.

  8. Leodegardo M. Pruna on

    But who is Makalintal? Probably it is wise to look at his record as election lawyer and how he has conducted himself in servicing his clients. Leni should better shut up and focus her attention on what really happened to her deceased husband whose name brought her to where she is. She has to do something big being in a position of influence. God bless the Philippines.

  9. Charges should be filed against Chairman Bautista and the rest of the Comelec. They clearly were accomplices to the cheating. After all, they were beholden to the Liberal Party.

  10. Noong May 2016 pa ang halalan pero hanggang ngayon ay wala pang nabilang kahit isang boto. Dilaw na reyna ng korte suprema, sadyang pinatatagal mo ba ang proseso para umabot sa katapusan ng termino ng VP? O di kaya ay pinaaabot sa ginagawang pagtanggal kay DU30? Hoy kumilos kayo diyan sa korte suprema! Napakabagal ninyo! Sayang ang ibinabayad namin na buwis para sa suweldo ninyo!

  11. Sana mapabilis na ang resulta sa protest ni bbm….para d na makapghasik pa ng lagim ang mga demonyo….

  12. “An election protest, he argued, is not decided on the basis of SD cards, but the ballots cast in the VCMs with the results compared with election returns, statement of votes and other election documents.”

    Well said, Atty Macalintal.

  13. Sakristan dati on

    These morons accusations are getting old and they cannot even present a concrete evidence that there was cheating involved during the last presidential election. Every moron in Marcos’ team have not produced a single evidence up to this date. However, they have produced a lot of accusations or trash talks that the court would not even entertain as evidences. They were able to convince also, hundreds of their followers, that indeed, cheating occurred and blame on the liberal party. I am sorry to say that hundreds of their die hard followers are not well informed themselves, I mean just a bunch of idiots that love to talk trash.

  14. So where exactly is the proof that the SD cards were tampered to favor Robredo over Marcos? Somebody please tell Marcos and his clueless camp what an SD card does. An SD card is NOT a software. It does not count nor tally the votes. It merely stores the data (votes) counted by the machine. It is the software (not the SD card) of the machine which counts the votes, prints the tallies and sends them to various servers. If we follow their reasoning that the SD cards were compromised then that means the entire election should be invalidated. That means all elected officials including the Duterte are not legitimate winners. Ugh

  15. If the rule of law in our country must be followed and implemented rightfully, mostly of the Liberal Party will be charged and put in Jail, esp. the previous retarded president . Mr. President , preserve the Rule of Law in our land and execute the big politicians for graft, corruptions and treason..

  16. ano ba ang nakalagay sa data? na si marcos ang nanalo..?!! hehehe…we want to see even a small evidence na si marcos ang nanalo at maniwala na kmi…puro lng publicity..!

  17. Robredo camp, shut up and prepare your legal defense! Your press releases only belie your fear that your cheating is being uncovered. Let the real winner of the VP race take his rightful place in government soon!!!

    • The burden of proof lies with the Marcos camp. They have to prove that the machines were tampered to favor Leni. A tampered SD card does NOT prove that. Moreover, the Marcos camp has to prove that tallies in the printed election returns and those transmitted in the servers were incorrect. So far, the inutile Marcos camp has done NO such thing. Please try being INFORMED instead of just opinionated.

  18. Inbestigasyon, investigation, Inbestigasyon, investigation…. Maronibedensya, totoo yan, pero ano mangyayari after…WALA DI BA?

    Yan ang gobyarno natin na kailangan ituwid… Maraming kaso ang dinadaan sa delaying tactics hanggang manahimik, kaya tuloy tuloy pa rin sa gobyarno ang dayaan at curruption hanggang sa ngayon.

    The new president now has the capability to stop this nonsense, kaya tayo mga kapwa tuwid na Pilipino suportahan natin si Pres. DU30…

  19. That’s it. at the end the TRUTH will prevail and the votes of the Filipino majority for the VP will be validated. This also confirms the statement of noy2 aquino that will not tolerate that one of the Marcos will get a high position in the government. Whoever was the brain and the executioner, should be charge and JAILED!!!!

  20. The real deal here is why the Commollect still proceeded with stripping the SD cards inspite of the BBM protest. That Andy has a lot to do with this. There should be a lifestyle check and a money laundering investigation of this Commollect chairman.

  21. A yan na! There will be a first in the Philippines where VP will be stripped off the title before her term ends! S no kaya ang me buhay na Dyos. Pag di nag tagumpay si BBM sa politika, me mas malaking mission para sa kanya! May our authentic leaders triumphed!

  22. that, folks, is how you steal government positions overnight – during blackouts / brownouts.
    now, who’s the thief in the night?