THE scheduled hearing of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System that would have focused on the illegal and unauthorized software script change in the transparency server of the Commission on Elections was cancelled. Why? Because Smartmatic, the guilty party—and the immensely rewarded creator of the untrustworthiness of our purportedly democratic elections, gave a last-minute notice that its officers could not attend.
The aim of the hearing was to begin finding out why Smartmatic allowed one of its men to alter the software script of the AES system’s transparency server—at the egregiously forbidden time when the counting and canvassing process was going on. This act makes the whole process and the results questionable.
Everyone, except the people who stand to benefit from whatever manipulated changes in the true count Smartmatic man’s tinkering with the system caused, has called for an investigation—not just a politically clouded congressional hearing. Everyone who truly cares for our democracy wants a full-scale forensic examination and criminal investigation of Smartmatic’s system and platform.
ITG experts, and we support them, want a thorough analysis of each and every movement that happened inside the Smartmatic machines before and after its man accessed the server while counting, consolidation and canvassing were going on.
We repeat our exhortation to readers: Those who have not read the Let’s Face IT! (LFIT!) column on Wednesday May 18, by Namfrel’s Lito Averia, who is one of our country’s topmost information technology and election process experts, to visit our online edition and read the column.
Columnist Averia tells us that the dreadful alteration of our election process, data and facts, did not only happen in the May 9 election. Smartmatic did it also in the ARMM election before the 2010 national elections, then in the 2010 elections and again in 2013.
A full-blown investigation of Smartmatic and the entire election system, process, machines and the software must be conducted.
We are not just after finding out if Senator Bongbong Marcos was cheated by those who want to make sure that Rep. Leni Robredo becomes the Vice President-elect because President Aquino, his dear friend and collaborator former secretary Mar Roxas and the other Liberal Party bosses will work for our next President Rody Duterte’s impeachment and replacement by Ms. Robredo.
We are not just after making sure that the winners in the senatorial election contest are the people’s true choices.
Our electoral democracy has been trifled with and trampled upon. And the Aquino-led gang will further debase it by what they will do to popularly elected Rody Duterte.
We must fight them.
But we must also be sure about the integrity and credibility of our Automated Election system. And the first thing to do now is to insist to the Comelec to open everything up. To let patriotic IT experts review and examine the faulty system and machines Smartmatic sold us Filipinos for scores of billions.
This must be done for the sake of our Republic. This horribly bad system that we have used in our national elections since 2010 cannot be allowed to continue destroying our democracy.