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IT EXPERT: POLL FRAUD PROBABLE WITH TWEAK; CALLS AUDIT OF AES
[RELATED: ‘Audit system now’! IT expert says code changes imperil poll credibility]


MAY 14 -Neither Smartmatic, nor the Commission on Elections, nor the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) nor even the former Comelec commissioners should downplay the change in the system since it can mean that Smartmatic could have introduced other changes in the system, an Information Technology (IT) expert and a transparency advocate said, as he yesterday called on the Comelec to open the automated election system (AES) for the conduct of an independent audit of the platform and the system. This was the call made by lawyer Glenn Chong, an IT expert and member of transparency watchdog AESWatch, after the admission of the Comelec that the hash code of the data packet in the Transparency server was indeed changed in the evening of May 9 while votes were already being transmitting the results from the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs). Chong also stated that the Comelec cannot just downplay the change in the system because it means that Smartmatic may have introduced other changes in the system. He stated that the change may have either been made in the Network Operating Center NOC), which is the “super” command center of the AES, or in the Redundancy Server or the backup system about which the public does know. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, however, said the change, which was from “?” to “ñ, characters was merely cosmetic in nature and did not affect the integrity of the elections. But Chong, who is also a member of the Reform Philippines Coalition (RPC), belied this, saying that by admitting, they (Smartmatic and Comelec) indeed introduced changes in the system which they have as the reason for the hash code change, the whole electoral process has been put under a cloud of doubt. A hash code is the key or seal to any system. If it changes, it means the system was modified by someone. In the case of the elections, Bautista admitted that a Venezuelan technician from Smartmatic changed the script in the system without proper authorization from the Comelec, contrary to law and rules. He said the admission that the rule on protocol was violated by Smartmatic means that there was a breach in the system which should alarm the Comelec. READ MORE...RELATED, ‘Audit system now’! IT expert: code changes imperil poll credibility...

ALSO: Marcos fights for political future
[RELATED: Comelec exec seeks probe of Smartmatic Company personnel barred from PICC]


MAY 14 -The son and namesake of late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos is fighting for his political future as the nation awaits the outcome of a cliffhanger vice presidential race against a novice politician. A win for Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 58, would have been the family’s biggest political victory since its humiliating downfall in 1986 after a “People Power” uprising ended 20 years of human rights abuses, election fraud and the plunder of state coffers. It was also widely seen as part of a long-term strategy to become president. But the count for Monday’s vote has dragged, and on Friday Marcos was 217,000 votes behind Rep. Leni Robredo, a widow thrust into politics after her well-regarded interior-minister husband died in a 2012 plane crash. With a million votes left to count, Marcos has refused to concede defeat while he accused President Benigno Aquino’s government of manipulating the results for Robredo. “If you add up all the votes that had not been transmitted, it would show that I won by a large margin,” Marcos said this week as his near-one-million lead early in the count evaporated. On Friday, Marcos’s camp said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should explain why hash codes in vote counting machines were changed in the middle of the counting. It said the Comelec’s failure to guard the Automated Election System has “cast a cloud of doubt over the integrity of the entire process.” “We call on the Information Technology experts to help us make sense of this very serious issue. This is not just about guarding the votes of Senator Marcos but the integrity of the whole electoral process,” it added. It slammed Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista for saying that he did not know about the changing of new hash codes. “This is a matter of grave and immediate concern. We do not agree with Chairman Bautista’s claim that the change was something innocuous,” the senator’s camp said. It cited Section 28 of Republic Act 8436 which provides that “any form of utilization without authorization or tampering with electronic devices or their components used in the automated elections is prohibited and punishable by law.” “Were there other modifications made? By whom and upon whose authority? Why were the changes done by a Venezuelan Smartmatic technician rather than a Filipino Comelec-authorized personnel?” it added. Nearly 96 percent of the votes have been counted. READ MORE...RELATED, Comelec exec seeks probe of Smartmatic Company personnel barred from PICC...

ALSO: Robredo camp claims victory in VP race
[RELATED: Marcos leads overseas absentee votes...]


MAY 15 -Vice presidential front-runner Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo reached 14 million in votes in unofficial counts as of Sunday morning, maintaining a margin of 200,000 votes from Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. ranked second. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, File
The camp of Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo said Sunday that her lead over Sen. Ferdinand Marcos in the vice presidential race has become insurmountable as it declared victory after a mass at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.
"Malinaw na po, hindi na kakayaning habulin pa ni Senator Marcos ang lamang ni congresswoman Robredo at hinding-hindi po nagsisinungaling ang mga numero," Boyet Dy, Robredo's head for policy, told supporters and members of the media at the gathering. "Kahit ibigay pa natin ang lahat ng natitirang boto kay Senator Marcos, batay sa tala na official Comelec mismo ang naglalathala, kabilang na ang [Overseas Absentee Voters] at [Local Absentee Voters], lamang pa rin si congresswoman Leni Robredo ng 24, 341." He said as of 2 p.m. yesterday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accounted for 99.51 percent of Certificates of Canvass. According to Dy, only nine towns have yet to transmit their COCs namely Rizal, Laguna; Allen, Northern Samar; Catarman, Northern Samar; Lope de Vega, Northern Samar; Binidayan, Lanao del Sur; Masiu, Lanao del Sur; Tamparan, Lanao del Sur; Indanan, Sulu; and Bacungan, Zamboanga del Norte. The nine towns have a total of 168,988 registered voters. “Based on the latest Comelec count including the OAV (overseas absentee voting) and LAV (local absentee voting), congresswoman Leni is leading by 257,567,” Dy said. “It is clear that Senator Marcos can no longer overtake congresswoman Robredo even if he gets all the remaining votes,” he added. READ MORE, RELATED, Marcos leads overseas absentee votes...

ALSO: Comelec holds special polls


MAY 14 -The Commission on Elections on Saturday is holding special polls in 55 clustered precincts with around 19,000 affected voters. Philstar.com/File photo
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday is holding special polls in several areas where the poll body declared a failure of elections due to logistical and security concerns.
Special elections will be held in 55 clustered precincts with around 19,000 affected voters in Cebu, Sarangani, Marinduque, Antique, Samar, Lanao del Sur and Sulu. View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow The Freeman ‎@TheFreemanNews Ongoing special elections for clustered precinct 33 at Gabi Elementary School in Cordova town, Cebu #cebuvote2016 12:51 AM - 14 May 2016 Retweets 2 2 likes Some incidents that forced Comelec not to hold elections include a shooting incident in Lope de Vega, Northern, Samar which left a soldier killed. In some areas in Cordova, Cebu and Antique, elections did not take place due to lack of printed ballots. Several precincts in Maitum, Sarangani and Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, meanwhile, postponed the voting since ballots were swapped. In Matuguinao, Western Samar, armed men stormed the voting center in Barangay Nagpapacao, destroying and burning the vote-counting machines (VCMs) and other election paraphernalia. READ MORE...

ALSO: Overseas votes transmission ongoing; Marcos leads
[RELATED: Comelec: Tally of overseas votes complete]


MAY 14 -Hundreds of ballot counting machines that were used in Monday's presidential elections are temporarily stored in a gymnasium at presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte's hometown in Davao city in southern Philippines Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Duterte, a brash and tough-talking mayor who has pledged to kill suspected criminals and end crime within six months has secured an unassailable lead in an unofficial vote count. AP/Bullit Marquez
  About 96.05 percent of the total votes in 90,555 clustered precincts have been transmitted as of 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server used by the Parish Pastoral Council on Responsible Voting (PPCRV).
As of writing, presumptive President-elect Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte has sealed his win with 15,956,395 votes while the vice presidential race remains tight. Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is still leading the vice presidential race with 14,014,440 votes while Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. ranks second with 13,798,059 votes. Marcos, however, has been leading Robredo by more than 75,000 votes as of press time. Based on the GMA7 mirror server, Marcos is leading the overseas votes with 75,140 as of 10:54 a.m. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano ranks second with 53,403 followed by Robredo with 31,117 votes. Sen. Chiz Escudero has obtained 6,025 while Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Sen. Gringo Honasan registered 1,167 and 1,049 votes, respectively. Duterte, meanwhile, drew whopping figures in the overseas absentee voting from around the world with 121,128 votes. — Patricia Lourdes Viray FULL REPORT. RELATED, Comelec: Tally of overseas votes complete...


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IT expert: Poll fraud probable with tweak; Calls Comelec for independent system and platform audit of AES

MANILA, MAY 16, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Charlie V. Manalo Saturday, 14 May 2016 00:00 - Neither Smartmatic, nor the Commission on Elections, nor the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) nor even the former Comelec commissioners should downplay the change in the system since it can mean that Smartmatic could have introduced other changes in the system, an Information Technology (IT) expert and a transparency advocate said, as he yesterday called on the Comelec to open the automated election system (AES) for the conduct of an independent audit of the platform and the system.

This was the call made by lawyer Glenn Chong, an IT expert and member of transparency watchdog AESWatch, after the admission of the Comelec that the hash code of the data packet in the Transparency server was indeed changed in the evening of May 9 while votes were already being transmitting the results from the Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).

Chong also stated that the Comelec cannot just downplay the change in the system because it means that Smartmatic may have introduced other changes in the system.

He stated that the change may have either been made in the Network Operating Center NOC), which is the “super” command center of the AES, or in the Redundancy Server or the backup system about which the public does know.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, however, said the change, which was from “?” to “ñ, characters was merely cosmetic in nature and did not affect the integrity of the elections.

But Chong, who is also a member of the Reform Philippines Coalition (RPC), belied this, saying that by admitting, they (Smartmatic and Comelec) indeed introduced changes in the system which they have as the reason for the hash code change, the whole electoral process has been put under a cloud of doubt.

A hash code is the key or seal to any system. If it changes, it means the system was modified by someone. In the case of the elections, Bautista admitted that a Venezuelan technician from Smartmatic changed the script in the system without proper authorization from the Comelec, contrary to law and rules.

He said the admission that the rule on protocol was violated by Smartmatic means that there was a breach in the system which should alarm the Comelec.

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Independent audit by IT experts on system essential

He said an independent audit of the system and the platform is necessary to erase all doubts about the integrity of the elections.

To speed up the process, Chong added, the Comelec can just give them the Internet Protocol (IP) address so they make the audit.

“The Comelec has to do the audit now before the official canvassing starts, to erase any doubt,” he stressed.

The Comelec and the PPCRV had earlier denied the hashcode in the Transparency server was changed but when a video of the change circulated online, they were forced to admit it afterwards.

Chong added that he could not see any overriding reason for Smartmatic to introduce changes in the system that had surely put doubt in the integrity of the elections.

“What is the overriding necessity, what is the compelling reason why the integrity of the election was risked just to change ? to ñ. Because we all agree, we understand, that was a typographical error but if that was only cosmetic, why would he have to do that? He could have just left it as it was since this (tweaking) did not cause any effect to the counting, as they claim” said Chong.

“Why risk the whole integrity of the elections for just a mere typographical error?” he said.

Chong also presented a graph showing how the insertion of a change in the script or system coincided with the steady drop of the lead of Sen. Bongbong Marcos until he was overtaken by Rep. Leni Robredo at 3:08 a.m. on May 10.

He said from the first to the fifth update, Marcos was able to build a substantial lead of around 1 million votes. But when the change in the script was introduced between 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., his lead suddenly slowed down.

Thereafter, beginning at 8:59 p.m., his lead decreased and after four updates, his lead was down to just 5,000 votes.

“This is from 922,000 to 700,000 to 298,000 then it was halved, then decreased further by 150,000. This one 142,000. By 3:08 a.m., Senator Marcos was leading by only 5,000 votes,” he said.

On the other side, Chong pointed out, Robredo kept her lead beginning at 3:30 p.m. and went on a uniform, steady and slow rise like a ladder.

“This one slide showing the lead of Congresswoman Robredo, beginning at 3:30 a.m. and up to 26 updates until 5:51 p.m. of May 10,. Her build up was in a very slow and steady rise like a ladder.

“This is very uniform. There was a slight landing, then it emulated a ladder again. There was no instance wherein Senator Marcos was able to bring down the lead of Robredo. There was no aberration there. It was a continuous pattern except on the plateau,” Chong explained.

Other changes in the NOC could be done

Chong also stated that the Comelec cannot just downplay the change in the system because it means that Smartmatic may have introduced other changes in the system.

He stated that the change may have either been made in the Network Operating Center NOC), which is the “super” command center of the AES, or in the Redundancy Server or the backup system which the public is unaware of.

“Every system has to have a redundancy server or a duplicate copy or backup running parallel to the NOC because when the main system crashes, you can have another system to back you up and the system will still work.

“In the case of the AES, we don’t know where this redundancy server is and who controls it. So it may be that the script was changed not in the NOC, which Comelec said is heavily-guarded, but in the redundancy center,” he said.

He added the script can only be changed in the NOC and the redundancy server. “It cannot be changed in the transparency server because it is just a repository of data. It is just a slave system so you cannot introduce changes there. If the hash code of the date packet of transparency server was changed, then it means the system was changed in either the NOC or the redundancy server,” he pointed out.”

Chong added that the opening of the NOC system and the redundancy platform is important in order for everyone to see what changes were introduced that had warranted the change in hashcode. “There we could see the logs made in the system as well as the command made. We will then know what happened in the system and its effects on the numbers transmitted,” he said.

He also said that he was able to establish a theory of an “electronic dagdag bawas” (vote add, vote decrease) not only in the vice presidential race but also among the senatoriables but declined to explain further saying he was still completing the data.

“After the injection, I will show that there is clearly the vote share for all the candidates that is highly suspicious. It will come, I will show you how they did it,” he said.

When asked why he was speaking in favor of Marcos, Chong said he came to make the public disclosure because of a personal reason. “This same incident happened to me in 2010 when I initially enjoyed a lead in the evening only to lose it in the morning and my questions have never been answered,” he said.

He said he is not part of the camp of Senator Marcos and was only helping out because “this was the right thing to do and is in the interest of the Filipino people.”

“If this incident happened to the side of Congresswoman Robredo, I will also expose this because it is my duty as a citizen of this country to preserve the votes and the integrity of the elections,” he said.

Marcos fighting for future in VP race

The son and namesake of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos has been fighting for his political future Friday after a cliffhanger vice presidential election contest against a novice politician.

A win for Marcos Jr, 58, would have been the family’s biggest political victory since its humiliating downfall in 1986 after a “People Power” uprising ended 20 years of human rights abuses, election fraud and the plunder of state coffers.

It was also widely seen as part of a long-term strategy to become president.

But the count for Monday’s vote has dragged and on Friday Marcos was 217,000 votes behind Leni Robredo, a widow thrust into politics after her well-regarded interior-minister husband died in a 2012 plane crash.

With a million votes left to count Marcos Jr. has refused to concede defeat, while accusing President Aquino’s government of manipulating the results for Robredo.

“If you add up all the votes that had not been transmitted, it would show that I won by a large margin,” Marcos, an incumbent senator, said this week as his near-one-million lead early in the count evaporated.

Late Thursday he urged the state election body Comelec to investigate the alleged “tampering” of a computer software that received data for the count in Manila.

However the poll body rejected allegations of cheating, saying the fix did not in any way change the result and was meant to add a Spanish letter for some candidates’ names.

Alan Cayetano, who was running third in the race, also dismissed the allegations on Thursday as he conceded victory to Robredo.

Nearly 96 percent of the votes have been counted.

The remaining one more million have not been counted yet because of a delay in tallying those votes or because some polling booths did not operate on Monday because of violence or technical glitches. Those 2,000 precincts will re-stage their elections on Saturday.

Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte won the presidential vote by a landslide.

The Marcos family fled to US exile after the “People Power” revolution ended the dictator’s one-man rule, in which thousands of critics were thrown in prison.

But his family has made a surprising political comeback, rebuilding its base in his northern bailiwick of Ilocos Norte province.

In Monday’s vote the dictator’s widow, Imelda Marcos, swept to a third term at the House of Representatives representing Ilocos Norte.

Her daughter, Imee Marcos, was also elected as provincial governor there for the third time.

Marcos Jr was elected to the Senate in 2010 and his term runs out on June 30. With AFP

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‘Audit system now’! IT expert: code changes imperil poll credibility posted May 14, 2016 at 12:01 am by Joel E. Zurbano and Sara Susanne D. Fabunan


Unauthorized. Smartmatic project manager Marlon Garcia (left) and Smartmatic project director Elie Moreno maintain that the script they inserted in the Commission on Elections server was harmless although they admitted that they did so without the express approval of the poll body. LINO SANTOS

A computer expert with the poll watchdog AES Watch on Friday urged the Commission on Elections to open its automated election system to an independent audit to determine what really happened to the system during the counting of votes on the eve of Election Day.

“This [audit] should happen now. We can’t wait for another six years to resolve this issue,” said lawyer Glen Chong, an information technology expert and a member of the transparency watchdog AES Watch.

The appeal came on the heels of the poll body’s admission that the hash code of the data packet in the transparency server was indeed changed on the evening of May 9 while they were already transmitting the results from the vote counting machines.

Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that Smartmatic project manager Marlon Garcia made the unauthorized change for a “cosmetic” reason—to change the “?” in some names to “ñ,” and said this did not affect the outcome or integrity of the elections.

But the camp of vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. issued the same challenge to the Comelec.

“It has become clear that our assertion that hash codes had been changed at 7:30 p.m. on May 9 is true. This is a matter of grave and immediate concern,” said Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, Marcos’ campaign adviser.

Dela Cruz said two witnesses confirmed there were alterations made and a video has been circulating on social media that changes indeed were made, prompting Bautista and officials of Smartmatic, the poll body’s partner in the automated election system project, to admit that changes in the system had indeed been made.

But Chong of AES Watch said assurances from the Comelec and Smartmatic that the changes were merely cosmetic were not enough. Nor was it enough to show the original and change script to prove there was no cheating.

 
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“Any IT expert worth his salt will not accept that,” Chong said.

Dela Cruz said the insertion of a new script put in question the results of the close vice presidential race as well as the senatorial contests.

“We do not agree with Chairman Bautista’s claim that the change was something innocuous,” he said.

Dela Cruz said the law prohibits any form of unauthorized tampering with electronic devices or their components used in the automated elections.

Furthermore, he said, Comelec rules also provide that changing the hash code requires an en banc resolution but as admitted by Bautista himself, even he was not informed about it.

“In addition, if the alteration was something innocuous, why did they have to change it in the first place while in the middle of transmission? Why did they deny the change only to admit it later on?” Dela Cruz demanded.

He said the inability of the Comelec to safeguard the AES system from unauthorized tampering has cast a cloud of doubt over the integrity of the entire process.

AES Watch co-convenor Bobby Tuazon described the recently concluded election as a “disaster.”

“After monopolizing the election technology in three automated elections [2010, 2013, 2016], it is time for Smartmatic to call it quits,” Tuazon said.

He added that Smartmatic “practically counted the votes by using a system that is not transparent thus leaving the country’s millions of voters in the dark whether their votes were properly and accurately counted.”


Furious commissioner. Commissioner Rowena V. Guanzon scores Smartmatic for tampering with a Commission on Elections server and insisted that the poll agency mount a formal investigation that should include determining accountability for the incident. LINO SANTOS

Tuazon said the AES Watch had alerted the public on the following scenario that might happen during and after the May 9 elections.

Among them:

-There will be danger of double transmissions.

-The manual delivery of 92,509 SD cards from the precincts nationwide was vulnerable to double transmissions, tampering, and delayed ERs transmitted;

-Tampering of the system:

-Transmission failures.

-Vote Counting Machines malfunction.

-Improper and delayed final testing and sealing.

“In just three days after the elections, more than 2,000 machines have been reported malfunctioning, and possibly more not disclosed… resulting in manual voting, [that affected] 1.5-million voters,” Tuazon said.

Chong, also a member of the Reform Philippines Coalition, said the changes Smartmatic made threw the entire electoral process under cloud of doubt.

A hash code is the key or seal to any system. If it changes, it means the system was modified by someone.

Bautista has admitted that the Venezuelan technician from Smartmatic, the Comelec’s IT service provider, had changed the script without proper authorization from the Comelec, contrary to the law and to the agency’s rules.

Chong said the admission that the protocols were violated means there was a breach in the system, which should alarm the Comelec.

He said an independent audit of the system was necessary to erase all doubts about the integrity of the elections.

To speed up the process, Chong added, the Comelec can just give them the Internet Protocol address so they make the audit. “The Comelec has to do the audit now before the official canvassing starts to erase any doubts,” he said.

The Comelec and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible had earlier denied the hashcode in the transparency server had changed but when a video of the change circulated online, they were forced to admit the changes.

Chong added that he could not see any overriding reason for Smartmatic to introduce changes in the system that had surely put the integrity of the elections in doubt.

“What was the overriding necessity to put the integrity of the entire elections in doubt just to change the question mark to an ñ?” he said in Filipino.

“We all understand that this was a typographical error, so if the change was cosmetic, why would you do it? You could let it go without any effect. Why risk the whole integrity of the elections for just a mere typographical error?” he said.

Chong also presented a graph showing how the insertion of a change in the script or system coincided with the steady drop of the lead of Marcos until he was overtaken by administration candidate Rep. Leni Robredo at 3:08 a.m. on May 10.

He said from the first to the fifth update, Marcos was able to build a substantial lead to around 1 million votes. But when the change in the script was introduced between 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., his lead suddenly narrowed. Thereafter, beginning at 8:59 p.m., his lead decreased and after four updates, his lead was down to just 5,000 votes.

On the other side, Chong pointed out, Robredo kept her lead beginning at 3:30 p.m. and went on a uniform, steady and slow rise.

“This one slide showing the lead of Robredo, beginning at 3:30 a.m. and up to 26 updates until 5:51 p.m. of May 10, built up in a very slow and steady rise like a ladder. This is very uniform…. There was no instance in which Marcos was able to bring down the lead of Robredo,” Chong said.

Chong also said the Comelec could not just play down the change in the system because it means that Smartmatic may have introduced other changes as well.

He stated that the change may have either been made in the Network Operating Center (NOC), which is the “super” command center of the AES, or in the redundancy server or the backup system, which the public does not about.

“Every system has to have a redundancy server or a duplicate copy or backup running parallel to the NOC because when the main system crashes, you can have another system to back you up and the system will still work. In the case of the AES, we don’t know where this redundancy server is and who controls it. So it may be that the script was changed not in the NOC, which Comelec said is heavily-guarded, but in the redundancy center,” he said.

He added the script can only be changed in the NOC and the redundancy server. “It cannot be changed in the transparency server because it is just a repository of data. It is just a slave system so you cannot introduce changes there. If the hashcode of the date packet of transparency server was changed, then it means the system was changed in either the NOC or the redundancy server.”

Chong said the opening of the NOC system and the redundancy platform is important so that everyone can see what changes were introduced that led to the change in the hashcode.

“There we could see the logs made in the system as well as the commands made. We will then know what happened in the system and its effects on the numbers transmitted,” he said.

He said he was also able to establish a theory of electronic vote shaving and padding, not only in the vice presidential race, but also in the senatorial race.

“After the injection [of the new script], I will show you that there is a change in the vote share of the dubious candidates. I will show you how they did it,” he said.


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Chong said he was not part of the Marcos camp, and was disclosing the breaches in the AES because a similar incident happened to him in 2010, where he was leading in the evening, but lost in the morning.

“This was the right thing to do and in the interest of the Filipino people,” Chong said. “If this incident happened to the side of congresswoman Robredo, I will also expose this because it is my duty as a citizen of this country to preserve the votes and the integrity of the elections,” he said.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said she would push to hold Smartmatic accountable for altering the program in automated elections ystem, but insisted that these changes did not affect the outcome.

In a press briefing, Guanzon said that she and her fellow Comelec commissioner will request for a formal investigation against Smartmatic’s action in violating the agency’s protocol.

“I personally along with another commissioner, will request for a formal investigation of this matter so that we can determine that this Smartmatic has financial and other liabilities under their contract for breaching the protocol,” Guanzon said.

“This automated election system is not own by Smartmatic, it is owned by the Commission on Elections, representing the people of the Philippines, it is owned by the government. They were not supposed to change anything without our knowledge and permission,” the poll commissioner said.

She noted that Smartmatic has a performance bond which the Comelec has the power to decide whether or not they will release the P1.2-billion contract to them.

“I can vote to refuse payment, unless I am satisfied that the breach was benign,” Guanzon said.

She said the controversy of the “cosmetic tweaking” would not help, because the vice presidential race was so hotly contested.

“When the people are guarding their votes, and the candidates are guarding their votes, and Senator Marcos and Congresswoman Leni Robredo are in a very tight race, it doesn’t help,” Guanzon said, adding that her knees grew weak when she heard about the incident.

On Wednesay, Marcos’ lawyer Francesca Huang bared that the transparency server from which the partial and unofficial count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRv) had been breached and allegedly gave out corrupted results favoring Robredo.

But Guanzon reiterated that the changes made in the programming script did not alter the automated election system as well as the results of the elections as feared by Marcos.

“Thank God that the result of the elections were not altered as a result of their unauthorized action,” she said.


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Marcos fights for political future May 14, 2016 2:30 am by AFP and Jaime Pilapil

The son and namesake of late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos is fighting for his political future as the nation awaits the outcome of a cliffhanger vice presidential race against a novice politician.

A win for Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., 58, would have been the family’s biggest political victory since its humiliating downfall in 1986 after a “People Power” uprising ended 20 years of human rights abuses, election fraud and the plunder of state coffers.
It was also widely seen as part of a long-term strategy to become president.

But the count for Monday’s vote has dragged, and on Friday Marcos was 217,000 votes behind Rep. Leni Robredo, a widow thrust into politics after her well-regarded interior-minister husband died in a 2012 plane crash.

With a million votes left to count, Marcos has refused to concede defeat while he accused President Benigno Aquino’s government of manipulating the results for Robredo.

“If you add up all the votes that had not been transmitted, it would show that I won by a large margin,” Marcos said this week as his near-one-million lead early in the count evaporated.

On Friday, Marcos’s camp said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should explain why hash codes in vote counting machines were changed in the middle of the counting.

It said the Comelec’s failure to guard the Automated Election System has “cast a cloud of doubt over the integrity of the entire process.”

“We call on the Information Technology experts to help us make sense of this very serious issue. This is not just about guarding the votes of Senator Marcos but the integrity of the whole electoral process,” it added.

It slammed Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista for saying that he did not know about the changing of new hash codes.

“This is a matter of grave and immediate concern. We do not agree with Chairman Bautista’s claim that the change was something innocuous,” the senator’s camp said.

It cited Section 28 of Republic Act 8436 which provides that “any form of utilization without authorization or tampering with electronic devices or their components used in the automated elections is prohibited and punishable by law.”

“Were there other modifications made? By whom and upon whose authority? Why were the changes done by a Venezuelan Smartmatic technician rather than a Filipino Comelec-authorized personnel?” it added.

Nearly 96 percent of the votes have been counted.

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Some polling booths failed to function properly on election day Monday because of violence or technical glitches, causing delay in tallying the votes. About 2,000 precincts have been allowed to conduct new elections on Saturday.

In Monday’s elections, former first lady Imelda Marcos won a third term at the House of Representatives, representing the Ilocos Norte province.

Her daughter, Imee Marcos, was also elected governor of the province for the third time.

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To the Max says:
May 14, 2016 at 8:17 am
BBM is on an uphill battle because the lead of Leni still grows by the day. It is now more than 200,000 votes. The remaining votes are now being guarded and no manipulation will happen when the votes are this close. It is hard for BBM to accept defeat knowing they put in a lot of resources in this election and be beaten by a novice Leni. The voters still remember Martial Law and BBM cannot shake the monkey off his back. That is the life in politics, there are no guaranteed winners but there are sure losers.
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artemio gonzales says:
May 14, 2016 at 5:03 am
And Smartmatic must be penalized with mon-payment!
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artemio gonzales says:
May 14, 2016 at 5:01 am
The fact that a script (computer program) was replaced by a person without authority and without approval, proves that any script can be modified/replaced maliciously by anyone having physical access to the VCM/Server!
Totally 100% unacceptable.
Verbal / written assurances by human beings are irrelevant.
The counting for both VP and all senatorial candidates must be stopped ASAP.
All Scripts ( Computer programs) to be used in the official re-canvassing must be officialy re-tested first with authorized TESTDATA. The result of the test must be verified against the expected results.
If they match, then the retested scripts can used in the canvassing. All machines must be secured under lock and key from un-authorized access.
If this is not done, the whole elections results from the president down to councilors are 100% INVALID.
Why? Because the scripts can be modified/replaced easily by anyone who have physical access to every election machine deployed across different locations in the Philippines and abroad.
The 2016 elections are automatic, electronic, and extremely fast.
Thus, retesting scripts, verfication of test results and recounting the votes is very easy,and quick which must done.
If this is not done, the whole automated election process is invalid because of the fact that a person who has access was able to replace a script without duly authorized. This fact proves the security control is extremely weak.
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L A says:
May 14, 2016 at 2:51 am
Indeed and so is the count for the senatorial positions. With the people’s repudiation of Dung Ma Tweed, it can not be possible that people allied with the LP were “winners”. How can the Tesda guy top the post when he has plenty of cases filed against him? Beneegno wants us to believe that this guy, with all due apologies to him, has more votes than Pacquiao? Isinusuka na nga ng tao si frank ay nasa “winning colum” pa rin sya? With this discovery, surely, if this were done for votes in the vice presidential race, it could have been done also for the votes for the senators. Now, they are rushing the proclamation of the senators to make it a fait accompli to deter any protest? PI. Aalis na nga si beneegno ay bababuyin pa ang halalan. Eto naman mga alipores nya ay nagpapakagago na sinusunod ang sintu-sinto. If Mr. Dee Gong is for a clean government, while the “unofficial count” may have made him the presumptive president making him gain a lot of political capital, he should speak now with no minced words and warn those cheaters in the Comelec that they will also face his wraths if they are not doing the proper thing. Or is he also afraid that if he speaks now, the official tally may even change – and he may also have been an accomplice for which his hand of reconciliation is a very subtle signal that he will also not prosecute beneegno?
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Comelec exec seeks probe of Smartmatic; Company personnel barred from PICC By Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 14, 2016 - 12:00am 7 140 googleplus1 0


Smartmatic project manager Marlon Garcia holds the flash drive containing the hash code that was introduced to the election transparency server that allowed for the ‘ñ’ character to be used. During a press briefing at the PICC yesterday, Smartmatic insisted the script in no way affected the vote tallies. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines - Smartmatic should face investigation for changing the script in a transparency server without informing the Commission on Elections – a move that has put into question the results of the tallying of votes in the May 9 elections, a Comelec official said yesterday.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon made the recommendation after the Venezuela-based firm admitted making changes purportedly to correct an error.

Smartmatic has provided the automation technology for the past three elections.

Its officials and personnel have been barred from the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) where the official canvassing of votes is being held.

“Smartmatic in my opinion has breached our protocol and for that they should be held liable to the Comelec, to the people,” Guanzon told a press briefing.

“We will request for a formal investigation of this matter with the en banc so that we can determine if Smartmatic has financial and other liabilities under their contract,” she said.

“What they (Smartmatic) should have done is that if they saw an error, they should have asked permission from the en banc first. They could have explained the problem and the solution, and if these were acceptable to us, then we would have given the permission to do the change,” she pointed out.

“This automated election system is not owned by Smartmatic. It is owned by the Comelec representing the people of the Philippines. It is owned by the government and they are not supposed to change anything without our knowledge and permission,” Guanzon maintained.

“We are just grateful there are no alteration of the election results. Nevertheless, I think we owe it to the people and to the government to have a formal investigation on the possible liabilities of Smartmatic under the contract and under our laws.”

She said Smartmatic has a performance bond that the government can withhold or forfeit.

“I can vote to refuse payment unless I’m satisfied that the breach was benign. Technically, it’s benign. There is no alteration but you know when the people are guarding their votes and the candidates are guarding their votes since Sen. (Ferdinand) Marcos (Jr.) and Cong. Leni Robredo are in a very tight race, then it doesn’t help,” she pointed out.

Guanzon added she would like to know from Smartmatic how it was able to get the needed password to initiate the change in script.


Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, file photograph by Jamin Verde

“I am still saying that this is unauthorized and it doesn’t change a thing that they were given part of the password or one password because they asked for it,” she said.

“That initiative to change a minor thing did not come from Comelec. It came from them for they had the last touch on that program. Thank God that it did not alter the results.”

Lacking vigilance

The Comelec official likewise reminded election watchdogs like the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and the National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) of their duties.

“Regardless of our protocol, the PPCRV, the Namfrel, all political parties and IT experts should be helping the people watch the elections,” she said.

“I asked if they were there and our people said ‘yes they were there.’ Probably they didn’t know it was going to be changed right there and then because precisely Smartmatic didn’t ask the Comelec en banc or the project director first and inform them that there is a problem, that’s probably why the PPCRV and the others didn’t stop him or didn’t think there was anything wrong with what he is going to do,” she said, without specifying who in Smartmatic she was referring to.

“But that’s precisely why we accredited them as guardians of the elections, so that they can be vigilant for the people,” she added.

Earlier, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista confirmed that the script for the transparency server was changed but stressed “the change made in the script of the transparency server is merely cosmetic and will not in any way affect the results, the counting, canvassing of votes and in the source code of the automated election system.”

The correction was made after an observer noticed the presence of question marks in some candidates’ names where the letter ñ should have appeared.

Marcos’ camp alleged the new script “introduced to the transparency server” may have “altered” the hash codes of the Comelec’s packet data.

They said the senator’s lead of about one million votes began to erode after the change in script was made.

Earlier, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez called on the public not to confuse the hash code with the source code used in the automated elections.

He explained the new hash codes brought about by the change in script would not affect election results.

The Comelec, together with representatives of Smartmatic, held a demonstration at the Comelec transparency server at the Pope Pius XII Center in Manila Thursday night in the presence of representatives of political parties.

PPCRV’s communications director Ana Singson last night admitted there were reports of double entries but there was no dagdag-bawas (vote padding and shaving).

The double entry votes, once clarified, would be corrected in the official tally, she said.

Singson said this would not affect the total votes in their tabulation because “once resolved, the correct number of votes would be returned.”

She said it was a good thing they were also doing a manual audit of the election returns to cross check any possible tampering done in the transmission of votes.

Banned

In an letter to Smartmatic Philippines general manager Elie Moreno, Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said that Smartmatic “personnel shall not be allowed access” to the consolidation and canvassing system (CCS) station at the PICC “unless with specific prior authority from the National Board of Canvassers or the Project Monitoring office.”

“As a precaution measure in the midst of numerous concerns and speculations as to the integrity of the CCS being used for the 2016 national and local elections, please be reminded that the NBOC has the sole and absolute control over the CCS workstation,” Lim, who is also the Comelec project director for the 2016 polls, said.

The letter was also addressed to Smartmatic project manager Marlon Garcia, who initiated the changing of the script.

Lim added that access to the facility “shall always be under the direct supervision of duly designated Comelec personnel.”

“Furthermore, kindly be reminded that as to any other equipment or system you may need to examine, please secure the consent of the undersigned prior to doing any action,” he maintained.

Despite the Comelec’s downplaying the effect of the change in script on elections results, an IT expert said the procedure has actually tainted the credibility of the elections.

“They should not have tweaked it,” Mac Yanto of the Computer Professionals’ Union told The STAR in Filipino. “That is not acceptable. The system is already running, it is already on the critical stage because it is already summing up (the votes).”

The hash code serves as the digital fingerprint of an electronic document.

Reports said those receiving the data packets from the transparency server have noted a mismatch in the hash code.

In a statement, Namfrel said its verification showed that the change in the hash code has not affected the actual value of electoral returns.

“The allegation of fraud is focused on the problem on the hash code. All parties have copies of the ERs from the transparency server. It would be prudent if they can show even a single VCM/ER changed during the time they are complaining about the error,” said the watchdog.

In a statement, Namfrel also slammed Smartmatic for the changes in script without informing poll officials or the watchdogs.

“The main and real issue here would be last minute changes in process and codes as well as lack of quality control by Smartmatic. The system is a multibillion-peso system and the error was so amateurish,” it said.

Yanto also criticized the technology provider, as well as Comelec, for failing to anticipate such issues during the preparation phase.

“They should have seen this before,” he said, stressing that everyone involved – including Comelec commissioners – should have been informed first before a change was implemented.

He said Smartmatic should not be allowed to handle automated elections in the future.

Election watchdog Kontra Daya also said Smartmatic should be investigated after thousands of VCMs malfunctioned during the polls.

“The Philippine government should withhold the remainder of the P8-billion payment to the foreign private firm Smartmatic,” the group said in an earlier statement.

“We call on the Philippine government to ban Smartmatic from future Philippine elections. Allowing a foreign firm to run an exercise of Philippine sovereignty is an anomaly. Allowing the same firm to run our elections three times with the same problems is a tragedy,” it added.

The watchdog also hit the so-called 90 percent transmission rate, saying many election returns were brought to canvassing centers where contents of the SD cards were manually uploaded.

“These, however, would appear in the Comelec transparency servers as ‘transmitted’ results. Comelec and Smartmatic should disclose how many returns were actually transmitted from the precincts and how many were manually brought and uploaded at the canvassing centers,” it said.

Another IT expert, meanwhile, proposed a review of the source code itself to determine if any alteration in the script could have tampered election results.

“Best way to do it is to review the source code,” said independent information forensics expert Drexx Laggui.

“Hash codes are so valuable that they are used as evidence for cybercrime offenses, which can be used from investigation up to the prosecution of the accused,” he said.

Laggui agreed with Guanzon that “somebody messed up with the change management.”

“Before we make changes into a program, we fill out a form first, then we would wait for our bosses before we do the changes,” he explained.

“Such mess could be caused by simple mismanagement, or negligence, or even malice,” he said.

He recalled that in 2010, he was one of the forensic investigators tasked by the Senate to check on the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines allegedly being kept by a Smartmatic employee.

“We later found out that the document showing the correct hash codes matched with those from the PCOS, and the binaries we extracted were correct, and the methodology was correct,” he said.


The camp of vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo downplayed concerns on the credibility of the polls.COURTESY OF RAPPLER.COM

Meanwhile, Robredo’s camp called on the public to trust the electoral process, noting that poll officials have given assurances that the changing of the hash code has not affected the results.

“Let us have faith in the process and the democratic exercise. Whether there are doubts or none, the number of votes did not change,” Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez said.

“We do not know the objective of those making allegations. But as far as we are concerned, we are not worried,” she added.

Hernandez said Robredo is continuously monitoring the canvassing results while spending time with her daughters.

“She is hopeful that the canvassing will be finished soon and she remains confident that everyone will respect the results of the elections.” – Sheila Crisostomo, Janvic Mateo, Alexis Romero, Ghio Ong, Evelyn Macairan


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Robredo camp claims victory in VP race By Alexis Romero (philstar.com) | Updated May 15, 2016 - 5:06pm 21 1325 googleplus0 0


Vice presidential front-runner Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo reached 14 million in votes in unofficial counts as of Sunday morning, maintaining a margin of 200,000 votes from Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. ranked second. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV, File

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 6:49 p.m.) - The camp of Camarines Rep. Leni Robredo said Sunday that her lead over Sen. Ferdinand Marcos in the vice presidential race has become insurmountable as it declared victory after a mass at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

"Malinaw na po, hindi na kakayaning habulin pa ni Senator Marcos ang lamang ni congresswoman Robredo at hinding-hindi po nagsisinungaling ang mga numero," Boyet Dy, Robredo's head for policy, told supporters and members of the media at the gathering. "Kahit ibigay pa natin ang lahat ng natitirang boto kay Senator Marcos, batay sa tala na official Comelec mismo ang naglalathala, kabilang na ang [Overseas Absentee Voters] at [Local Absentee Voters], lamang pa rin si congresswoman Leni Robredo ng 24, 341."

He said as of 2 p.m. yesterday, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has accounted for 99.51 percent of Certificates of Canvass.

According to Dy, only nine towns have yet to transmit their COCs namely Rizal, Laguna; Allen, Northern Samar; Catarman, Northern Samar; Lope de Vega, Northern Samar; Binidayan, Lanao del Sur; Masiu, Lanao del Sur; Tamparan, Lanao del Sur; Indanan, Sulu; and Bacungan, Zamboanga del Norte.

The nine towns have a total of 168,988 registered voters.

“Based on the latest Comelec count including the OAV (overseas absentee voting) and LAV (local absentee voting), congresswoman Leni is leading by 257,567,” Dy said.

“It is clear that Senator Marcos can no longer overtake congresswoman Robredo even if he gets all the remaining votes,” he added.

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“For now, no one can stop Leni Robredo. She is the next vice president of the country.”

Robredo: Time to move on, support next president

Robredo thanked her supporters for believing in her and vowed to treat them as “partners” in serving the country.

“Pakiusap ko po, para sa bayan, huwag na tayong makipag-away kasi panalo na tayo (I urge you, let us not engage in bickering because we have already won),” she told supporters at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

“It’s now time to move on for the country,” she added.

Robredo said her victory would not be possible without the help of her supporters. "This is truly a people's campaign," she said.

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Earlier, Marcos questioned Robredo’s surge in the canvassing and claimed to have received reports that the results were changed due to the tweaking of a computer command. He claimed that Robredo overtook him at around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday because of the change in the code.

The Comelec and its technology provider Smartmatic, however, claimed that the changing of the code did not affect the voting results. They said the “cosmetic change” was done because the system could not recognize the "ñ" in the names of candidates.

Despite the explanation, Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon believes Smartmatic breached the protocol when it introduced a new script without the approval of the poll body.

She said the incident should be investigated even if the change in computer script did not alter the results.

Critics have accused Robredo of acting like the winner of the vice presidential race even if the canvassing of results are not yet completed. The Robredo camp, however, denied this and vowed to respect the results of the election.

Robredo reiterated that she would not tolerate any effort to rig the election results.

“I know that you believed in me because you are aware that I won’t allow myself to become an instrument or recipient of cheating,” she said.

Robredo also joked about Marcos’ claim that the LP has a “Plan B” that involves pushing her to win as vice president and preparing an impeachment complaint against leading presidential bet and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

“Some claim that I have a plan B. But my staff said that my plan B is about my bangs,” she said.

Robredo also urged her supporters to support and pray for Duterte, who has gained close to 16 million votes as of yesterday.

“Let us also support the president. Let us pray for him because he has a very difficult job to do,” she said.

Before claiming victory, Robredo and her daughters Aika, Patricia and Jillian attended mass at the Church of Gesu at the Ateneo de Manila University.

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Marcos leads overseas absentee votes posted May 14, 2016 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan


Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos

VICE presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos leads the overseas absentee voting over rival administration bet Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, an official of the Commission on Elections said Friday.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said Marcos has officially garnered 144,392 votes while Robredo only got 77,574.

“We are awaiting for the remaining 66,818 votes from Hongkong and Tel Aviv [Israel],” Guanzon said.

Based on the partial and unofficial count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, Robredo so far leads the overall tally 14,003,003 votes while Marcos got 13,779,849 votes.

Guanzon noted that the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, is not responsible for canvassing the votes for president and vice president.

It is the Congress, which is scheduled to resume session on May 23, that is mandated to canvass the votes for the top two government posts in the land. There are a total of 429,802 Filipinos overseas who were able to cast their votes during the month-long OAV.

Meanwhile, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said there is no proof to support the claim of a Filipino-Japanese that there were irregularities, discrepancies and problems during the OAV in Tokyo and Okinawa in Japan.

“It seems there is no other basis for their allegations,” Jimenez said, in response to the claim of women’s rights advocate Socorro Yuko Takei that the the supposed irregularities in Japan were aimed mainly against supporters of Marcos.

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On Wednesday, Takei, of the Crusade for the Protection of Philippine Interests in Japan and the Philippine Women’s League of Japan, enumerated the alleged bias against the supporters of Marcos, who claim to form a majority of Filipino expats in that country.

However, Takei and her fellow poll watchers were surprised when they received unofficial results showing that Marcos came in second to Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, the running mate of leading presidential contender Rodrigo Duterte.

“Senator Marcos only came out second to Alan Cayetano when we expected him to win with Mayor Duterte,” Takei said, adding that the embassy refused to give them a copy of the certificate of canvass.

Jimenez asked Takei to issue a complaint or affidavit and submit the report to the Comelec officials who were posted there.

The poll spokesman also said that so far they have already received the COC from Tokyo but Okinawa has yet to transmit the vote result.

The head of the Comelec of the Office for Overseas Voting also defended the board of election inspectors and other staff of the embassy over allegations of discrepancies and irregularities.

The Comelec Office for Overseas Voting head, lawyer Maria Juana Valeza, said the people manning the automated elections abroad will not ruin their careers just to rig the result for one candidate.

“Tell us how? Because right now we don’t even know what it is they want to tell us because they are conditioning the minds of the people that there was a cheating,” she allegedly said.

Meanwhile, Migrante Japan slammed Comelec and the Philippine embassy in Tokyo for grossly neglecting Filipinos in Japan who went out of their way to register to vote in this elections.

“Contrary to the embassy’s misleading claim regarding the increase in voter’s turnout, data reveals that about 75 percent of the registered voters failed to make it. This massive disenfranchisement was brought on by the inefficiency of both agencies in reaching out to the people to inform them, clearly and accessibly, of the voting process,” Migrante stated in its statement.

The group said plenty of Filipinos there took the pains to register.

For this election, the group said that the claim of the Philippine embassy in Japan that registered voters has increase by 300 percent or 39,369 in 2004 to 2013.

But Migrante said the figures did not match to the actual voters who voted during the month-long overseas absentee voting.

“Voting was surprisingly low,” the group said.

Th group said there are only 8,580 voters who casted their ballots in Tojyo our of 21,175.

“This is terribly a dismal turnout,” it said.


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Comelec holds special polls By Kristine Daguno-Bersamina (philstar.com) | Updated May 14, 2016 - 2:48pm 2 18 googleplus0 0


The Commission on Elections on Saturday is holding special polls in 55 clustered precincts with around 19,000 affected voters. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday is holding special polls in several areas where the poll body declared a failure of elections due to logistical and security concerns.

Special elections will be held in 55 clustered precincts with around 19,000 affected voters in Cebu, Sarangani, Marinduque, Antique, Samar, Lanao del Sur and Sulu.

View image on Twitter View image on Twitter Follow The Freeman ‎@TheFreemanNews Ongoing special elections for clustered precinct 33 at Gabi Elementary School in Cordova town, Cebu #cebuvote2016 12:51 AM - 14 May 2016 Retweets 2 2 likes Some incidents that forced Comelec not to hold elections include a shooting incident in Lope de Vega, Northern, Samar which left a soldier killed.

In some areas in Cordova, Cebu and Antique, elections did not take place due to lack of printed ballots.

Several precincts in Maitum, Sarangani and Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, meanwhile, postponed the voting since ballots were swapped.

In Matuguinao, Western Samar, armed men stormed the voting center in Barangay Nagpapacao, destroying and burning the vote-counting machines (VCMs) and other election paraphernalia.

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A fire incident was reported at Dilausan Primary School in Tamparan, Lanao del Sur which prompted officers not to proceed with the election.

Three out of six voting centers in Binidayan, Lanao del Sur were demanded to be transferred by contending parties without Comelec authorization. Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) were also reportedly harassed and intimidated prior to the opening of VCMs and ballots.

BEIs also failed to appear on election day in some areas in Sulu.


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Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they will wait for the results of Saturday’s special elections before proclaiming the 12 winning senators and party-list groups, which is likely to be held on Tuesday or Thursday next week.


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Overseas votes transmission ongoing; Marcos leads (philstar.com) | Updated May 14, 2016 - 11:56am 22 834 googleplus0 0


Hundreds of ballot counting machines that were used in Monday's presidential elections are temporarily stored in a gymnasium at presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte's hometown in Davao city in southern Philippines Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Duterte, a brash and tough-talking mayor who has pledged to kill suspected criminals and end crime within six months has secured an unassailable lead in an unofficial vote count. AP/Bullit Marquez


MANILA, Philippines — About 96.05 percent of the total votes in 90,555 clustered precincts have been transmitted as of 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) transparency server used by the Parish Pastoral Council on Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

As of writing, presumptive President-elect Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte has sealed his win with 15,956,395 votes while the vice presidential race remains tight.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo is still leading the vice presidential race with 14,014,440 votes while Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. ranks second with 13,798,059 votes.

Marcos, however, has been leading Robredo by more than 75,000 votes as of press time.

Based on the GMA7 mirror server, Marcos is leading the overseas votes with 75,140 as of 10:54 a.m. Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano ranks second with 53,403 followed by Robredo with 31,117 votes.

Sen. Chiz Escudero has obtained 6,025 while Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Sen. Gringo Honasan registered 1,167 and 1,049 votes, respectively.

Duterte, meanwhile, drew whopping figures in the overseas absentee voting from around the world with 121,128 votes. — Patricia Lourdes Viray

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Comelec: Tally of overseas votes complete By Kristine Daguno-Bersamina (philstar.com) | Updated May 15, 2016 - 7:54pm 57 2085 googleplus0 1


The voter turnout of overseas absentee voters for the 2016 elections is 432,706, representing around 40 percent of the 1,376,067 registered voters. Philstar.com/File photo

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Saturday said they have completed the tally of overseas votes.

In a press briefing, Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim said all of the certificates of canvass (COCs) have been sent to the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).

“They (COCs) have been presented to the parties present, legal counsels, authorized representatives. Yan po ay nasuri nila, natingnan nila, kadalasan ay kinukunan pa nila ng picture at maayos po ang pagka-tally,” Lim said.

“Lahat po ng 58 na certificates of canvass mula sa 82 posts worldwide ng overseas voting ay nandirito na po,” he added.

The poll body will sum the total votes for each candidate which will be presented officially through a canvassing report prepared by the NBOC.

“I think by Monday at the latest you will have the formal canvassing report for the overseas vote,” Lim said.

The Comelec also reported that many Filipinos abroad cast their votes for the 2016 polls.

The voter turnout of overseas absentee voters (OAVs) is 432,706, representing around 40 percent of the 1,376,067 registered voters.

The turnout of overseas voters is the second highest record since the poll body has implemented overseas voting in 2004.

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, meanwhile, said in her Twitter account that all OAV votes are in.


Aside from the voter turnout of OAVs, her notes posted online include unofficial tally of votes for Liberal Party's Leni Robredo and Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos.

Marcos and Robredo, who are neck and neck in the vice presidential race, have 176,669 and 89,935 overseas votes, respectively.

Guanzon emphasized that the OAV votes are subject to audit.


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