Poll ex-official bares 2013 fraud

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A former official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday claimed that the poll body attempted to cover up widespread electronic manipulation of vote results in the 2013 mid-term elections.

Lawyer Melchor Magdamo, executive assistant to then-Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, said the electronic “dagdag-bawas” (vote padding and shaving) was discovered during a random manual audit conducted by experts from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

He added that Sen. Aquilino Pimentel 3rd and evangelist Eddie Villanueva were among the “victims” of the “electronic dagdag-bawas” in the 2013 senatorial polls, where Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines acquired from Smartmatic were used.

Pimentel was among the 12 winners proclaimed, having landed in eighth place. Villanueva secured the 19th spot.


The senatorial race last year was topped by Grace Poe, who got 20,337,327 votes.

“They [Comelec] tried to cover up the results,” Magdamo said.
He noted that Pimentel and Villanueva no longer filed a protest because of late discovery of the anomaly.

The former poll official said current Comelec Chairperson Sixto Brillantes Jr. questioned the authority of DOST officials when the technical report on the manual audit was presented to the Senate in December 2013 fover reports of discrepancies in the PCOS and manual count of votes.

Magdamo added that the results of the senatorial elections may have been pre-programmed in the PCOS machines as indicated in the report of the Technical Evaluation Committee composed of IT experts from DOST.

The evaluation found lines in the digital images of the counted ballots produced by almost all counting machines that compromised the vote count for senators, he said.

“It was discovered to be widespread in ballots all over the country, there are mysterious digital lines that affected the vote count,” the co-convenor of election watchdog group Citizens for Clean and Credible Election (C3E), said.

C3E is among the groups pressing for the disqualification of Smartmatic from participating in the bidding for 23,000 additional voting machines to be used in 2016.

The Comelec has started the bidding process for the P2-billion supply contract and the refurbishment of the existing 83,000 PCOS machines.

Magdamo said the presence of digital lines had the effect of an “electronic dagdag bawas” in that they added or subtracted votes for a particular candidate.

Blank ovals were counted as votes for particular candidates once the vertical lines on the electronic image of the ballot were detected.

Magdamo said in n investigation by the Joint Congressional Committee to determine the cause of the digital lines, it was found out that Pimentel would have ranked higher were it not for the vertical lines that substantially shaved his votes.

The former poll official sat as observer in the joint congressional probe.

He said the digital lines were clearly one source of the fraudulent election results.

“Definitely. [This was confirmed by DOST in a report, a government report, that leaked out],” Magdamo added.

He was referring to the December 10, 2013 report prepared by a six-man support work group of DOST’s technical evaluation committee headed by Dennis Villorente.

The report was later submitted to the Senate.

Not true
But Comelec Senior Commissioner Lucenito Tagle denied Magdamo’s allegations, saying the poll body has not received any complaint from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) or DOST.

“[That is not true. Those critics are repeating those allegations. We have fixed that, there is no electronic padding and shaving of votes. How can that happen]?” Tagle said in a phone interview also on Wednesday.

He added thatMagdamo’s group is making noise because it is pushing a new election system for the 2016 polls.

“Maybe they want us to adopt an election system that they are proposing,” Tagle said.

Instead of resurrecting such accusations, the poll official advised Magdamo’s group to help the Comelec ensure clean and honest elections in 2016.

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14 Comments

  1. The way the electronic system facilitated the toppling of local political dynasties is reason enough to support electronic voting. Theres no reason for 10-20 years political families to not have facilitated cheating if it was possible.

  2. Bonifacio Claudio on

    Bakit hindi busisiin uli ang mga hocus pcos machines para makita at mapatunayan ang “dagdag-bawas” na systema na nakaugit sa mga ito? ANG MALAKING PROBLEMA lang ay ang ang maanomalyang “PAGLILIPAT” ng mga nakatagong hocus pcos machines mula sa unang pinaglagakan sa isang lugar sa kabilang kalsada. Siguradong binura na nila ang mga “MEMORYA” nito hinggil sa “dagdag-bawas”. Nasasabi nga ito dahil sila sila lang naman ang nakakaalam tungkol sa “LIPAT-LUGAR” na ito at kung ano na ang mga nangyari mula roon. Why are the yellow congress & senate nonchalant about this?

  3. …”the poll official (Tagle) advised Magdamo’s group to help the Comelec ensure clean and honest elections in 2016.” Look, what Tagle is requesting Atty Mel Magdamo’s group to do is PRECISELY what his group is doing: “help the Comelec ensure clean and honest elections in 2016” first by citing past automated election fraud so as to prevent it from happening again in 2016. These Comelec officials must be COMPELLED by the Filipino people to shed their deliberate/false innocence on the truth about the Smartmatic AES. Think again Tagle, this time objectively and clearly, if you still have that capability.

  4. Feliciano M. Bautista on

    On the subject of alleged 2013 poll fraud, I rely on Henrietta De Villa as an objective, credible and unbias source of information. So far, I think she and PPCRV are generally pleased with the results.

  5. Any kind of electronic voting system does not belong in the Philippines. We need a transparent voting system that can be seen and watched by independent groups.

    • precisely! the voters SHOULD have verification that their ballots were counted correctly by the machine, as machine glitches do occur. to the very least, at the precinct count level, the voters’ right of suffrage should be ensured. this would also make random counting for checking/verification credible, which with the smartmatic pcos system that’s been used in 2010 and 2013 is altogether impossible. Voters do not need a “Congragulations, you have voted” message.

  6. Leodegardo Pruna on

    The integrity of the Hokus-PCOS machine can no longer be relied on. The many questions among them the 60-30-10 and dagdag bawas issues raised against it and the many unanswered questions plus the on-going abnormality caused by the machine in the Municipality of Paniqui are convincing proofs that the hocus-PCOS Machine should be dumped. In the news today reads that three European countries have junk the use of automated machines in their election proceedings. What about the Philippines. Is it sticking to “IT’S MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES” more so during election time. God bless the Philippines.

  7. It seems that in the philippines there just isnt anyone left with any integrity, everyone here is corruptable. Now seeing as you all believe in god i hope you all accept that its his will that causes this, so you the filipino people must be very bad for him to put you to these trials.

  8. Of course Tagle will defend the Comelec obviously because he and the other “commissioners” especially their boss Sixto, profited from the Smartmatic machines. His gesture is so elementary.

    • Mabuti pa siguro babalik na lang tayo sa ”Mano-Manong Bilangan” na babantayan ng mga mamamayan na hindi nasusuhulan !!! … naniniwala ako na nakakarami pa rin ang mga Henerales at mga Pulitikong mapagkakatiwalaan !!!

  9. Wala pa naman NANANALO sa election sa atin mula pa nuon 1946 election hangang ngayon at sa SUSUNOD NA ELECTION kundi meron NADADAYA, di ba mga Sirs sa COMELEC AT DATU PUTI?
    NAME ONE ELECTION WE HAD NA WALANG NAGREKLAMONG NADAYA, DI BA STANDARD NA SA ATIN MGA POLITIKO ANG MANDAYA MULA PA NUON 1046 HANGANG NGAYON SA PAG GAMIT NI GGG ( GUNS, GOONS AND GOLDS ) at NGAYON GAMIT ANG HUKOS PCOS MACHINES, DI BA DATU PUTI?
    BALITA-BALITA NGA NG MGA ELECTRONIC EXPERT MERON NA DAW NAKABILI NG SOURCE CODE NG HUKOS PCOS MACHINE NA SYANG MANANALO SA 2016, TUTOO BA ITO SIR DATU PUTI?
    ANG IBIG SABIHIN BA NITO AY MERON NA DIN TUMALO SA PAGBILANG SA DATING COMELEC CHAIR LEONARDO PEREZ KAYA NASABI NI RAMON MITRA NA HINID SYA MAGPARTIPATE SA ELECTION HANGANG DI MATUTO ANG COMELEC MAGBILANG, ALAM MO BA ITO SIR DATU PUTI? NGAYON WALA NG BILANGAN AT AUTOMATIC NA ANG DAYAAAN, TUTOO BA ITO DATU PUTI AT MELO-N PA BA BILANGAN NG BOTO?

  10. This Comlec Commissioner is just like his Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. They have to pretend that everything is fine with the Venezuelan corporation’s Smartmatic AES System using the PCOS machines maybe because there are millions of reasons for them to be loyal to Smartmatic/ But the most im[prtant reason is that if they admit that they allowed vote manipulation to happen through the machines and its chips and cards, they would be crimially liable!!!
    Meanwhile, they don’t care if the PCOS machines are making our electoral democracy nothing more than a pile of SH!T.