Smartmatic, PPCRV officials charged

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Officials of Smartmatic and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) were charged with poll sabotage on Wednesday at the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the change of script in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) transparency server while votes were being canvassed.

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Charged were Smartmatic project manager Marlon Garcia, PPCRV Chairman Henrietta de Villa and several John Does and Jane Does from the Comelec and technology provider Smartmatic.

The complaint was filed by Rodolfo Javellana Jr. of the Mata Sa Balota Movement.

“Irrespective of whether or not the change in the script altered the results of the electoral process, the mere change thereof is a prohibited act under Section 28 of Republic Act (RA) 9369,” Javellana said.

In the complaint, he alleged that there was conspiracy among the respondents.

“The switching in the script could not have been made alone by the respondent Smartmatic IT personnel except for and with the connivance of a Comelec personnel who was responsible for the safekeeping of the password [match code]which he provided to the former,” Javellana said.

He noted that “the respondent commissioners and PPCRV chairman were adamant in suspending the canvass to pave the way for the necessary investigation and rectification.”

The complainant said the respondent commissioners who were not named in the complaint failed to conduct a Random Manual Audit (RMA) in order to determine the need for a manual count and allowed the canvass to continue instead.

“The intentional manner within which a new computer script or program was introduced in the computer system and the premeditated refusal on the part of respondent commissioners to act justly and swiftly either simultaneous or subsequent to the switch are sufficient circumstances to prove conspiracy,” according to Javellana.

He said the respondent commissioners were also administratively liable under RA 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees because they “failed to perform and discharge their duties with the highest degree of excellence, professionalism, intelligence and skill.”

Meanwhile, private individuals Bong Guro and Lito Soriano also asked the Ombudsman to investigate the Comelec and Smartmatic.

The two submitted an open letter to the Ombudsman also on Wednesday.

“It is worthy to note that an officer of the tech firm Smartmatic broke protocol and the laws when it changed a part of the code at a server handling unofficial election results.

These unauthorized acts were highly irregular and can raise doubts about the credibility of the national elections,” they said.

“This was neither a mere violation of protocol nor a cosmetic change, it was in fact a blatant violation of the Automated Election System Law (RA 9369), the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, the Code of Conduct for Public Officials and other laws. Aside from the Venezuelan IT expert, there were several Comelec personnel who were involved and being public officers, they fall under the investigative jurisdiction of the Ombudsman. A comprehensive investigation is in order so as to determine if there was a conspiracy to tamper with the election results,” Guro and Soriano said in the letter.

Running priest Fr. Robert Reyes, who was with Javellana and who is a convenor of the Mata Sa Balota Movement, said he is “anti-Bongbong.”

“I fought against the Marcoses. I’m not here for any presidential, or any vice ‘presidentiable’ or any senatorial [candidate]. I don’t have any color,” he told reporters.

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6 Comments

  1. I am sorry, Father Robert Reyes, anong sasabihin mo wala kang color and you and now sasabihin mo anti bong bong ka. You are ASSHOLE.. Sabihin mo wala kang kinikilingan,iyan ang terminology dyan, ,Pathethic..

  2. Dapat unang sampola ni DU30 si Marlon Garcia ng Smartmatic, itumba na agad yan, pag hindi kumanta na agad yan PPCRV at Comelec to the tune ” Si Aquinong kalbo ang may utos”

  3. Juan T. Delacruz on

    This lawsuit will not materialize because the alleged charges did not exists. There were NO “altered script”, “changed script”, “switching script” that occurred. However, “added script” was introduced to rectify a minor discrepancy. Therefore, there were no violation(s) of RA 9369, as mentioned in the complaint. The added script did not interfere in vote counting in any way, shape or form because the script program was executed by the existing program. The only way to manipulate the votes is when a program downloaded and executed by the computer’s CPU and then compiled. The compiler puts out 1(ones) and 0(zeros), to address the hard drive, where the votes are stored.

    There are no specifics mentioned on the charges besides the word SABOTAGE. Therefore, the Ombudsman should “TRASH” this complaint for insufficient basis. They have thrown everything on the wall and they are watching which one will stick. This is lawyer’s technique, when there are no specific charges.

    Javellana and Reyes are claiming to be anti-Bongbong but their motives said it all. The same lines were used by Contreras and dela Cruz, but that are on Bongbong’s payroll. These people will ultimately say ” trabaho lang, walang personalan”.

  4. Cruel-World on

    There’s no need to file charges to Smartmatic foreign personnel. Put them behind the bar right away and take their passports like other countries do, why pampered them? Feed them to Abu Saayaf Group and sure as the sun rises from the East, these foreigners will sing Tony Orlando’s “Tie a Yellow Ribbon around the Ole Oak COMELEC”. Their contract fees will be good for their ransom money.

  5. also asked the Ombudsman to investigate the Comelec and Smartmatic.
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    That is going to be a problem, The Ombudsman does whatever Aquino tells her to no matter if it’s legal or not.
    Ombudsman Morales will junk those cases and say there is not enough evidence or some such nonsense.
    As soon as possible Duterte should replace the Ombudsman, there can be no justice with Morales shielding the liberal party from their crimes.
    Ombudsman Morales has been protecting Aquino and his corrupt administration the past 6 years and will continue to do so until kicked out of office.