SC urged to order Smartmatic probe

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A group of taxpayers asked the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to prosecute Smartmatic officials who tampered with the Automated Election System (AES).

The three—Bishop Reuben Abante, lawyer Eduardo Bringas and Moses Rivera also want Smartmatic to explain the upsurge and abrupt fall of votes in the vice presidential race.
The group, in their petition for mandamus and certiorari, urged the High Court to give the public access to the source codes in the May 9, 2016 elections.

They want Comelec “to provide the complete data of the updates of the elections for the position of the president and vice president from the time the votes were transmitted on May 9, 2016 up to the time before the actual canvassing of Congress in the same sequential order of updates received by the network, indicating the places where the votes came per update result.”

If investigation will show that Smartmatic personnel tampered with the counting machines, these personnel and their conspirators should be prosecuted, they added.


The petitioners said Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista and the commissioners who already made conclusions on the case should recuse themselves from the investigation.

The camp of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said it is consolidating evidence that will support allegations that he was cheated.

Marcos identified 113 precincts where he got zero votes, including areas where there were voters belonging to the Iglesia Ni Cristo that endorsed his candidacy. The senator’s camp has yet to say if it will file an electoral protest against Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.

Marcos said among the 113 precincts where he got zero votes are areas identified as his bailiwicks such as two towns in Eastern Visayas where his mother Imelda, now Ilocos Norte lawmaker, was a former congresswoman.

He also got zero votes in Western Samar, another bailiwick of the Marcoses.

Marcos has 60 days from May 9 to file a protest at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal.

Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s lawyer, however brushed aside Marcos’ threat to file a poll protest, saying it would be a “waste of millions of money.”

Macalintal said he will quit as a lawyer if Marcos will be able to show proof that he was cheated.

The election lawyer said there was nothing irregular with the undervote phenomenon, saying it happened in previous elections.

In 2010, he said there was 2.9 million undervotes or 7.8 percent of total ballots cast; in 2004 (a manual election) there was 3.18 million undervotes or 9.5 percent of total ballots cast.

Macalintal also dismissed the motion of the Marcos camp demanding a system audit.

“It will not prosper because they don’t have evidence. It is difficult to prove cheating due to manipulation of the automated elections,” he said.

However, he said cheating could have been done manually by pre-shading ballots.

Also on Monday, Vice President Jejomar Binay’s camp expressed support to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting’s (PPCRV) call for the Comelec to probe alleged irregularities in the recent elections.

In a statement issued on Monday, the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) also hit the Comelec’s “dismissive attitude” and said that this showed a lack of interest.

“The lack of interest of the Comelec to investigate election irregularities raises suspicion.

Do we take the Commission’s dismissive attitude as a passive rejection, or an intent to ignore legitimate claims from concerned parties like the PPCRV and other poll watchdogs?” UNA spokesperson Mon Ilagan said.

“ Videos and evidence of irregularity in the previous elections are already posted on social media. Shouldn’t they be already starting an investigation and to find out whether these are true and to find evidence? ” Ilagan asked.

With REINA TOLENTINO

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7 Comments

  1. Juan T. Delacruz on

    Rizalde F. Laudencia

    It would have been much better if you can contribute or say something about the article. By giving your comment on somebody’s comment that is not even related to the issue being discussed is a sign of arrogance. However, I am not surprised at all when I encounter few arrogant morons like yourself because quite a few of you still exists. Please pardon my English.

  2. Report above says that Marcos got zero vote in Western Samar. If this is true, then, indeed there is a need to validate election results because i personally checked the receipt before i dropped it in the box and my vote for Marcos was clearly printed in the receipt. I also know friends who voted for him

    • I checked the comelec website, Marcos d’dnt get zero votes in Western Samar. As of May 18 COC , Marcos got 128,401 while Robredo got 132,775. In the municipality where i cast my vote, Marcos won. He received 22,705 votes against Robredo who got 10,391 votes. In effect, the posted news which triggered my earlier comment is not true. Aren’t reporters supposed to validate their news before printing?

  3. Rizalde F Laudencia on

    Mr. Delacruz,

    I think “neither connected with nor have any interest in Smartmatic . . . ” is better English.

    I don’t think you are “opinionated.” My notebook’s dictionary says that the word means “characterized by conceited assertiveness and dogmatism.”

  4. Juan T. Delacruz on

    Your request to the Supreme Court is DENIED! for lack of evidence. Three impostors from Sen. Marcos camp is on fishing expedition again, just to find something so they can initiate their legal complaints. These complaints against SMARTMATIC and COMELEC are getting old and it has to stop somewhere because it is not going anywhere. However, I read an article somewhere that the Supreme Court asked the COMELEC to look into the IP address and MAC address of the Smartmatic computers used during the election. Let me share my UNSOLICITED knowledge about IP and MAC addresses.

    IP and MAC addresses are considered “fingerprints” of individuals in cyberspace. IP address is a numerical label assigned to each device participating in a computer network that uses IP for communication. MAC address is also called physical address assigned by the manufacturer of a ‘Network Interface Card” (NIC) and are stored in its hardware. A MAC address encodes manufacturer’s REGISTERED ID NUMBER. Therefore, a computer cannot communicate to other computer when connected to the internet WITHOUT Network Interface Card or NIC.

    Self proclaimed computer experts, programming experts, or IT experts can say “I / we can hack the COMELEC’S VCMs and SERVERS because I/we know their IP addresses”. Personally, I do not think this can be done because SMARTMATIC have installed “MAC Filters” as part of their security measures.

    On wireless network, a process called MAC filtering is a security measures to prevent unwanted network access by hackers and intruders. In MAC address filtering, the router is configured to accept traffic only from specific MAC addresses. This way, the computers whose MAC addresses are approved will be able to communicate through the network, even they were given a new IP address by DCHP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol). Therefore, a hacker(s) who’s hijacked a network IP address will be blocked because their MAC address will not be on the approved list and will be filtered out.

    Disclaimer: I am not connected nor have interest with Smartmatic Corp. However, I am an opinionated Manila Times reader.

    • send this fact to BOBONG MARCOS and his loyalist.

      marcos the son of the family of cheaters ,thieves and looters is a big loser. these thieves will die many many times but the good ones will dies only once.

      look at this tyrant father he has been dying and dying many many times but Ninoy Sr. died only once. this happens to the cowards also.