Marcos files complaint vs Comelec for data ‘stripping’

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‘ILLEGAL STRIPPING’ Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesman of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., talks to reporters after filing a seven-page manifestation asking the Supreme Court to take the Commission on Elections to task for defying the tribunal’s order to preserve and protect election data and equipment. He also bared attempts to pressure witnesses in Marcos’ election protest into backing out.

‘ILLEGAL STRIPPING’ Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesman of former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., talks to reporters after filing a seven-page manifestation asking the Supreme Court to take the Commission on Elections to task for defying the tribunal’s order to preserve and protect election data and equipment. He also bared attempts to pressure witnesses in Marcos’ election protest into backing out.

FORMER senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Monday sought the help of the Supreme Court amid his ongoing election protest, accusing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of defying the high court’s order to preserve and protect all data and equipment used during the May 9 elections.

In a seven-page manifestation, Marcos said the Comelec issued a “highly irregular” order to strip the data in the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) and Canvassing and Consolidation System (CCS) laptop units.

This was despite the Precautionary Protective Order (PPO) issued by the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), which is hearing Marcos’ allegations of election fraud against Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo.

Vic Rodriguez, spokesman of the former senator, said the Comelec pushed through with the stripping even after the Marcos camp wrote the poll body four times asking it to preserve and secure all the data and audit logs contained in servers used during the elections.


“Instead of replying to the written requests and complying with its Constitutional mandate to preserve the integrity of the elections, the Comelec decided to unilaterally issue its highly questionable resolution on 12 July 2016,” Rodriguez told reporters after the filing the manifestation.

Rodriguez pointed out that on July 12, the PET publicly announced that it had granted Marcos’ prayer for a protective order in accordance with PET rules.

However, Marcos found out that on the same day, the Comelec issued a resolution approving the backup of SD cards and CCS units in connection with the stripping of the VCM and CCS scheduled on July 16.

“Was the timing of the same merely coincidental or was it meant to indirectly violate the terms of the PPO? Second, (since the stripping activity would be done on July 16, or four days after the public announcement of the PPO) was the Comelec trying to fast-track the stripping activity before the PPO could be officially served on them?” the Marcos manifestation said.

Rodriguez said the stripping of the VCMs and CCS units raised the possibility that election data could be tampered with because the Comelec resolution itself had admitted that “the audit logs during the election will be modified to include the activity performed after election.”

He also noted that the Comelec limited the stripping activity to its warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna when there
were six other warehouses—in La Union, Albay, Cebu, Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Oriental and South Cotobato—which were said to have been kept secret from political parties and candidates.

Rodriguez also claimed that many of Marcos’ witnesses were harassed by supporters of Robredo.

Witnesses from Quezon, Cavite, Leyte, Masbate, Northern Samar, Cebu City and Zamboanga City complained that they were being forced to recant their statements in exchange for money, he said. Others were threatened with criminal cases for perjury or falsification.

“Next week, protestant Marcos will be submitting an additional manifestation to this honorable tribunal and submit the testimonies of the complaining witnesses,” Rodriguez said.

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  1. Bautista and his co-hort really need to answer the public. No, Duterte should hang them really for their bold and daring crime against the voting public.

  2. high crime to tamper with the cornerstone of democracy–the votes of the people.

    this is not just Marcos’s fight– it is the fight of all the Filipinos

  3. The COMELEC is committing many questionable and illegal acts and they are getting away with it.

    • Indeed. Whats wrong with the backward thinking SC. They should void the election results for the VP elections since its already questionable. They know that it needs to be investigated that’s why SC ordered them to guard it and don’t touch it yet until further notice. The only solution for this is to void the whole election results for VP and re-run the election again. Look at Austria’s presidential election, their constitutional court voided the initial presidential election and they repeated the voting…not once but twice. This should not be a problem anymore since Aquino and his minions cannot control the results–he’s no longer in Power. The people needs transparecy and this Leni Robredo is shameless and does not want to cooperate to really get to the bottom if there’s really an anomaly that transpires during the election. Everyone hates the Yellow LB party. Why do they even want to elect Leni Robredo? I’m really at awe. Seriously. I’m not pro Marcos at I feel that the Filipino needs an answer. Anyway, check out this sites belos or google austrian presidential election 2016.

      The Austrian presidential election shows no evidence of fraud. We …
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/we-checked-austri…The Washington Post
      The election was ordered to be rerun by the Austrian Constitutional Court.

      The Austrian presidential election shows no evidence of fraud. We …
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/we-checked-austri…The Washington Post
      The election was ordered to be rerun by the Austrian Constitutional Court.

  4. I don’t think Marcos was robbed of election victory. Had the Aquino administration possessed the power to cheat the last elections, they would not have bothered to do it in favor of VP Robredo, because a VP is almost a useless position, except if the President dies, incapacitated, resigns, or is removed from office. Instead, they could have focused on the Presidency, like they could have distributed the lead of DU30 in favor of Roxas, Poe & Binay, thus, paving the way for a Roxas victory. Had Roxas won via cheating, any complaint by the losers would be for nothing, as Roxas and company would be in control of the seat of POWER. The claims that Robredo cheated is nothing but a ploy to condition the people that indeed there was CHEATING. I wonder if the FRIENDSHIP of Marcos and DU30 would come into play in the Robredo vs Marcos fight.

    • PRRD must remove Bautista by all means..This Comelec Chairman clearly shows impartiality and bias.He clearly demonstrates favoring one party.

  5. Those illegal moves of stripping the May 9 election computer data and failure to follow the SC order to guard the only record casts by all Filipinos. by Chairman Bautista and his cohorts are clear evidence that they have something to hide and afraid to be discovered that the election was totally rigged to derail Marcos from winning.The Venezuelan named Garcia admitted guilt to the insertion of new script and if Comelec is not corrected for its grave violation therefore Comelec has lost its credibility to protect the Filipino peoples votes and therefore the Philippine democratic system is broken

  6. This move of Comelec Chairman Bautista and his cohorts stripping the computer data clearly shows that they have something to hide and for him to say “Nililinisan na” = means Stripping , even after the SC ordered to guard the results of the election tantamounts to a willingness to commit unlawful acts and evade the SC order. to cover up how they rigged the May 9 election .This is unlawful acts which is punishable by law.

  7. comelec knows that there is a pending case why they do that and also back up only if something wrong with the other machine but once you use it that nothing wrong with the other vcm its no longer called back-up or reserve it should be automatic disqualification no more argument