‘We are being fooled by the Comelec’

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THE people governing the nation were elected by machines supplied by foreigners and not by the sovereign people of the Philippines.

This is how a civil society group and IT (Information Technology) experts viewed the results of the May 13 elections as they lamented the alleged fraud committed during voting which the Commission on Elections (Comelec) did not prevent.

In a forum held at the Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City on Monday, former Comelec official Melchor Magdamo admitted that overprinting of ballots was done when he was still with the poll body.

But he said the extra ballots were meant to be used in areas that have failure of elections which was usually in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and in other areas in the South.

Magdamo claimed that the overprinting was unlike the anomaly done by the Comelec when it printed millions of extra ballots at the Holy Family printing press.

For Ado Paglinawan, convenor of Tanggulang Demokrasya (TANDEM), President Benigno Aquino’s Daang Matuwid is a “straight path to hell” because the sovereignty of the country was at stake during the elections which was marred by fraud and malfunctioning Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

He cited the 60-30-10 trend that favored the senatorial candidates of the administration.

Paglinawan said that what strikes them most is the canvassing of 304 votes that showed some 94 million people were able to vote.

IT expert and former Comelec official Ernie del Rosario, on the other hand, said that there is a big possibility that the PCOS machines were preloaded with a program since the source code has not been shown to parties that has stake on it.

He said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and other poll officials only showed the media the disc that they said was the source code but it was not shown.

Another IT expert, Toti Carino, said that the same thing happened during the 2010 elections where some 9,000 PCOS machines were missing. He also observed that in Bacoor, Cavite, there was no transmission of votes but the local candidates there were proclaimed.

He said the Comelec is fooling the people because what happened in the 2010 elections also happened in the 2013 elections.

“We are being fooled by the Comelec because the program they used in 2010 is the same program used in the May 2013 elections,” he told reporters.

He also scored the Random Manual Audit conducted by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and Comelec two months after the elections.

“How can you conduct a good audit if the one you are going to audit was told that they would be audited and the conduct was not random but pre-selected,” he said.

Former Biliran Rep. Glen Chiong said that they monitored two transmissions in 2010 and they concluded the network being used can be subject to intrusion.

He explained that they cannot identify which among the two
transmissions was authentic because they came from different sources.

He said the errors they observed in 2010 were also present in 2013.

He cited the Spanish-coded errors which they raised in 2010 that should have been corrected by the Comelec.

“Hindi kinorek ni Chairman Brillantes ang Spanish error so how can you understand the language? Hindi naman tayo marunong mag-Espanyol,” Chiong said.

The group said that with the glaring errors and evidence of fraud, the 2010 and 2013 elections were a failure.

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