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CONFLICTS IN DAVAO, LAGUNA CoCs - NBoC
[MARCOS MOVES FOR SEPARATE VP, PRESIDENCY COUNTS ]


MAY 26 -MARCOS MOVES FOR SEPARATE VP, PRESIDENCY COUNTS Discrepancies started to surface in the official canvass of votes for the presidency and vice presidency on the first day of the joint Congressional National Board of Canvass (NBoC), prompting a counsel for vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to ask the Joint Canvassing Committee to divulge the security markings and features of the Certificates of Canvass (CoCs) which are the bases of the tally.CoCs in sealed ballot boxes yesterday which were noted to have conflicts were those from Davao del Norte and Laguna.The official canvass for the votes for president and vice president started yesterday with the certificate of canvass from 17 CoCs with a total of 3,923,288 votes counted for the presidency and 2,953,285 votes for the vice presidency as of 7:15 p.m. yesterday.Among those canvassed were CoCs from Cebu City, Singapore, Bahrain, Malabon City, Navotas City, Qatar, Lebanon, Romblon, Biliran and Lapu-Lapu City. The preliminary presidential tally showed PDP Laban’s Rodrigo Duterte with 1,868,865 votes; the Liberal Party’s (LP) Mar Roxas with 1,025,074; independent Grace Poe with 977,985; United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) Jejomar Binay with 621,723; People’s Reform Party’s (PRP) Miriam Defensor Santiago, 260,765 and the departed Roy Señeres, 3,233.For the vice presidency, the LP’s Rep. Leni Robredo led with 2,112,894 votes against Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, 1,919,979 votes, followed by Alan Peter Cayetano, 1,066,982; Chiz Escudero, 920,294; Gringo Honasan, 135,011, and Antonio Trillanes, 130,496. The NBoC deferred the counting of votes from Laguna due to discrepancies in the electronically transmitted CoC against the “hard copy” contained in the ballot box that was manually transported to the House of Representatives. The move was initiated by lawyer Romulo Macalintal, counsel for Robredo.READ MORE...

ALSO: Day 2 Phl Congress tally - Bongbong overtakes Robredo


MAY 27 -Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos overtook Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party (LP) by 83,480 votes on the second day of Congress’ canvassing of votes in the closely contested vice presidential race.
As of 10 p.m., Marcos had obtained 13,214,810 votes while Robredo got 13,131,330 votes from 118 certificates of canvass (COCs). On the first day of canvassing on Wednesday, Robredo was leading the count by some 250,000 votes. Marcos’ lead came after COCs from Ilocos Norte, La Union, his bailiwicks from Region 1, were canvassed. Only 71 COCs, including those from overseas absentee voting posts, remain to be canvassed in Congress. The Senate and the House of Representatives on Tuesday convened as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), which formed the joint canvassing committee composed of eight members and five alternates each from the two chambers The canvassing of votes for vice president is being closely watched as the unofficial tally of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) a few days after the May 9 elections based on the transparency server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed Robredo leading by over 200,000 votes. Marcos claimed fraud, particularly when the automated election technology provider changed the computer script to correct a minor error. Robredo countered that even if she would receive zero votes from the remaining precincts that were not counted by the PPCRV, she would still win by some 25,000 votes over her rival. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bautista faces impeach over script switch


MAY 28 -BAUTISTA Allowing a foreign entity to interfere with the transmission of election results without prior knowledge and authority of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) may cause the impeachment of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista, De La Salle University (DLSU) Professor Antonio Contreras said.Contreras believes that the change in the script of the transparency server at the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) quick count undertaken by Smartmatic technician Marlon Garcia affected the poll results particularly for the vice presidency.Contreras said Bautista, who admitted to possessing the Comelec system’s password, allowed the Smartmatic intervention that was supposedly merely a cosmetic replacement of the hash codes to make the letter ñ appear in some of the candidates names.After the Smartmatic script change was when the numbers of Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo started to rise and eventually overtake that of rival Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos.According to the official canvass done by both Houses of Congress as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), Robredo won the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes against Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes.“Now that the canvass is over, and lest we forget, can we go back to the question of who among the Comelec commissioners ordered or authorized that its password be given to Smartmatic,” Contreras said through his social media account. “We impeached a sitting Chief Justice for failing to file a correct statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALn) and we considered this as betrayal of public trust. What more would be an act that amounted to a breach of the security of our electoral system?” Contreras said.READ MORE...

ALSO: Marcos to file protest


MAY 28 -CHARGES after PROCLAMATION
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos threatened legal action yesterday to reverse his narrow defeat to rival Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo for the vice presidency by just over 263,000 votes in the official final results last Friday of the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC). His counsel said any legal action would be made only after Robredo is proclaimed the official winner, Garcia added. The NBoC said both Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Robredo will be proclaimed winners as president and vice president, respectively, in the official ballot count tomorrow afternoon. “The projected proclamation would be afternoon of Monday. It’s good we ended on a Friday so our staff could have the weekend to finish the Joint Committee report,” Pimentel, head of the Senate panel in the Joint Canvass Committee which acted as the NBoC said. Duterte won the presidential race with 16,601,997 votes, while Robredo topped the vice presidential contest with 14,418,817 votes.The NBOC terminated its canvassing Friday night after counting all 167 Certificates of Canvass (COCs). Marcos insisted he was deprived of nearly 4 million votes through cheating and malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and was gathering evidence for a potential “election protest”. “The search for Senator Marcos’s missing votes did not end with the canvassing,” his lawyer George Garcia said in a statement yesterday. The Marcos family had targeted the vice presidential post as a route back to the Malacanang palace through a subsequent presidential run for the son in 2022. “I think this election was arguably the best and probably last chance for the Marcoses to wrest back control of Malacanang,” De La Salle University international affairs and political science professor Richard Javad Heydarian told AFP. “Six years down the road, (the) Marcoses could face a very different zeitgeist with the shadow of defeat hanging over their shoulders,” Heydarian added. “It (the loss) would make it that much harder for the Marcoses to regain power through elections,” Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Economic and Political Reforms in Manila, told AFP. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Marcos deprived of almost 4M votes’
9Senator’s camp presses search for missing votes]


MAY 28 -BONGBONG
FOR the camp of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the fight is not yet over.Marcos insisted Saturday he was potentially deprived of nearly four million votes through cheating and malfunctioning vote-counting machines. Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), finished counting votes on Friday and declared Rep. Leni Robredo the winner in the vice presidential race.George Garcia, head of the senator’s legal team, said they are gathering evidence for a potential “election protest.” “The search for Senator Marcos’s missing votes did not end with the canvassing,” Garcia said in a statement Saturday.Garcia said 3.9 million votes for Marcos were not reflected in the official count.“We suspect that these votes were credited to other candidates…. We believe these votes belong to Bongbong Marcos,” he added. However, he said any legal action to question the result of the election will be made after Robredo is proclaimed vice president. Garcia said among the grounds that may be raised if a protest is filed is the unusually high number of undervotes that stood at a final figure of 3.902 million, considering the high turnout in the hotly-contested 2016 elections. “We deserve an explanation on this matter,” the lawyer said. Garcia said they are in the process of collating affidavits of witnesses on alleged incidents of cheating as well as reports on the malfunctioning of the Canvassing and Consolidation System and some Vote Counting Machines. He said their information technology experts presented technical information that may be used in the filing of an election protest. At first glance, this information seems to be “convincing,” according to Garcia.However, he said the rules of the canvassing do not allow these “evidence” to be presented before the NBOC.If Marcos will file an election protest, Garcia said it will likely focus on the election returns from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Visayas, where most of the undervotes allegedly occurred.The official canvass showed that Robredo won by just over 263,000 votes. READ MORE...


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Conflicts in Davao, Laguna CoCs — NBoC

MANILA, MAY 30, 2016 (TRIBUNE) Written by Tribune Wires Thursday, 26 May 2016 00:00 - MARCOS MOVES FOR SEPARATE VP, PRESIDENCY COUNTS

Discrepancies started to surface in the official canvass of votes for the presidency and vice presidency on the first day of the joint Congressional National Board of Canvass (NBoC), prompting a counsel for vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos to ask the Joint Canvassing Committee to divulge the security markings and features of the Certificates of Canvass (CoCs) which are the bases of the tally.

CoCs in sealed ballot boxes yesterday which were noted to have conflicts were those from Davao del Norte and Laguna.
The official canvass for the votes for president and vice president started yesterday with the certificate of canvass from 17 CoCs with a total of 3,923,288 votes counted for the presidency and 2,953,285 votes for the vice presidency as of 7:15 p.m. yesterday.

Among those canvassed were CoCs from Cebu City, Singapore, Bahrain, Malabon City, Navotas City, Qatar, Lebanon, Romblon, Biliran and Lapu-Lapu City.

The preliminary presidential tally showed PDP Laban’s Rodrigo Duterte with 1,868,865 votes; the Liberal Party’s (LP) Mar Roxas with 1,025,074; independent Grace Poe with 977,985; United Nationalist Alliance’s (UNA) Jejomar Binay with 621,723; People’s Reform Party’s (PRP) Miriam Defensor Santiago, 260,765 and the departed Roy Señeres, 3,233.

For the vice presidency, the LP’s Rep. Leni Robredo led with 2,112,894 votes against Sen. Ferdinand Marcos, 1,919,979 votes, followed by Alan Peter Cayetano, 1,066,982; Chiz Escudero, 920,294; Gringo Honasan, 135,011, and Antonio Trillanes, 130,496. The NBoC deferred the counting of votes from Laguna due to discrepancies in the electronically transmitted CoC against the “hard copy” contained in the ballot box that was manually transported to the House of Representatives.



The move was initiated by lawyer Romulo Macalintal, counsel for Robredo.

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At the start of the canvass the Marcos camp moved to ask the NBoC to count the votes for the president and vice president separately.

The motion was raised by former Maguindnao Rep. Didagen Dilangalen, counsel for Marcos.


Nabuhay na muli: Digs Dilangalen crawls out of woodwork to represent Marcos in canvassing

“The vice presidential position is tightly and hotly contested. We all should proceed with caution and examine each certificate of canvass (CoC), both electronically transmitted and manually transmitted,” Dilangalen said.

Dilangalen said that it was prudent and appropriate to canvas the votes separately.

Marcos’s camp claimed that the changing of hash codes by technology provider Smartmatic may have altered the results in favor of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, the administration’s vice presidential bet.

Smartmatic has said, however, its technician Marlon Garcia merely changed the “?” to “ñ” in the names of some candidates in the transparency server script.

Dilangalen’s request was thumbed down by the co-chairmenof the NBoC.

Mandaluyong Rep. Neptali Gonzales II told Dilangalen to just make the request at the proper time, during the actual canvassing of CoCs that they would like to question.


Neptali Gonzales II

He said Dilangalen or any of the other counsels for the all candidates cannot raise motions because they are not members of of the NBoC.

Gonzales warned Dilangalen that he would be physically dragged to his seat if he continues to insist on his motion
Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, chairman of the Senate NBoC panel, overruled the motion of Dilangalen noting that none of the members of the Senate panel challenged the authenticity of the CoC.

It was Pimentel who noted that from the five electronically-transmitted CoC’s from Davao Del Sur—the first one to be canvassed—4 CoC’s matched but the figures in one, or the first transmission, do not match with the rest. Pimentel ruled that the panel would use the last four transmissions.

A member of the panel of the House of Representatives, Camarines Sur Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. also questioned the basis of the ruling of the panel when it was the first electronically-transmitted COC which is different from the rest.

In view of the manifestation of Andaya, the joint panel requested the Comelec to submit a written report within 24-hours to explain why there were discrepancies on the electronically transmitted CoCs from Davao del Sur.

However, the poll body failed to act on the request of Marcos that the audit be done before the start of the official canvass.
Discrepancies were also found in the Laguna CoCs, to which Pimentel ordered that the board of canvassers was directed to be present today to explain the difference in the documents held by representatives of the candidates and the one opened from the sealed ballot at the NBoC.

Robredo camp shows CoC copies

Election lawyers of administration Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo challenged the camp of Marcos to show proof on his allegations of massive cheating in the vice presidential race.

Macalintal and incoming Sen. Leila De Lima, showed to reporters copies of all CoCs provided by the poll body that supposedly show that Robredo defeated Marcos by more than 200,000 votes.

Macalintal dared the Marcos camp to show just one document to show a discrepancy or irregularity in the votes.

“If there is any error in so far as the election returns are concerned, we challenge Mr. Marcos to show us just one election return of the thousands of returns that were canvassed and transmitted to the transparency server,” he said.

“Just show one return, just one election return which does not tally with any of the election returns canvassed or transmitted to the PPCRV (Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting). That’s the way to contest a particular election return. It can’t be just accusations about fraud or vote-buying,” he added.

Macalintal said the Robredo camp maintains that it was not for the NBoC to look into Marcos’ allegations of electoral fraud and appeal for a systems audit.

“What is being alleged as fraud, and the system audit being asked, we will be arguing there that it’s not part of the canvassing procedure,” Macalintal stressed.

He pointed out that the board’s function was merely ministerial, which is focused on the CoCs received from Provincial Board of Canvassers.

All the documents they hold clearly show that Robredo has won the election, the lawyer said.

“Our confidence that Robredo had really won the election is due to the fact that we have practically all the certificates of canvass and practically all the election returns. In so far as the transmission, in so far as the preparation of these returns, we are confident that these documents will be sustained,” he said.

On the other-hand, De Lima revealed yesterday that no less than outgoing President Aquino asked her services to represent Robredo.

“The President asked me to represent Congresswoman Leni and it’s quite an honor for me to accept,” De Lima said yesterday in a press conference at the UP-Ayala Technohub.

De Lima, an experienced election lawyer, previously servedas lawyer for former Senate President Manny Villar, Senators Pimentel and Alan Peter Cayetano, former Isabela governor Grace Padaca, and former Pampanga governor Ed Panlilio.

Unofficial results reflect that the nationwide Certificates of Canvass from all provinces and highly urbanized cities showed that Robredo garnered 14,322,666 votes while Marcos was credited with 13,963,767 votes or a difference of 358,899.

However, the votes from Overseas and Local Absentee Voters and Detainee voters gave Marcos 188,959 votes as against Robredo’s 92,669, or a 96,290 Marcos-lead.

Luna claims proof of fraud


LEGAL EXPERT MANNY LUNA

A former election lawyer for the LP based in the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) also revealed that he himself witnessed the administration party manipulating poll results in the area.

Lawyer Manny Luna, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Tribune, said that he actually saw how voters were “terrorized” and were not allowed to exercise their right to suffrage last May 9 by minions of the Liberal Party.

Luna said that the harassment and actual rigging he saw must be considered by the NBoC and even by the Comelec to postpone the proclamation of a vice presidential winner and declare that no elections happened in ARMM.

“As a neutral observer, which means that I am not for Marcos or for Robredo, I must say that there was really massive cheating in ARMM, particularly in my area in Sultan Kudarat and in its adjacent boundary in Maguindanao,” Luna told the Tribune.

“LP supporters were harassing other civilians whom they perceived to be non-LP voters. Yes, I repeat and stand by my claim that they, the local minions of the Liberal Party harassed and terrorized voters,” he added.

LP SUPPORTERS

The “neutral” election lawyer said that 90 percent of ARMM voters ended up disenfranchised last May 9.

Luna used to be LP’s political coordinator in Zamboanga back in 2010.

He even added that he actually saw and questioned on the spot that results of mock polls prior to election day saved in vote-counting machines (VCM) in the precincts where he was observing were actually mixed in the official tally of official votes transmitted to Comelec’s national base server in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

“I believe that the numbers gathered in those mock results were eventually used to boost the numbers either for the benefit of Rep. Robredo or perhaps of Sen. Marcos,” Luna said.

“But given the almost one percent percent margin that separates Rep. Robredo and Sen. Marcos, electoral rigging cannot simply be dismissed as cheap talk because the chances and the patterns seen are telling,” he added.

The election lawyer said that the Marcos camp has all the reasons to question Comelec and its foreign service provider Smartmatic about the latter’s correcting the hash code which, upon the said action, paved the way for Robredo’s numbers to surge by 3 a.m. of May 10.

But Luna said that actual rigging and fraud are heavier than the cases actually highlighted by Marcos’ team.

“I am not saying that Mrs. Robredo has dipped her fingers in cheating just yet, but you cannot remove the people’s suspicion given that the LP has the machinery to do as it pleases,” Luna said.

Luna added that given the circumstances, either Comelec or the NBoC has the authority to proclaim Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the runaway presidential winner but postpone, however, the proclamation of who’s the new vice president.

Meanwhile, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista yesterday denied Marcos’ camp request of an independent manual audit to check the veracity of poll results.


BAUTISTA

Bautista told reporters yesterday in the weekly Kapihan sa Manila Bay that there’s no need for the poll body to give in to Marcos’ request saying that the counting is already at the hands of the NBoC.

“If we give in to the request of the Marcos camp, it will delay and might even be seen as a hindrance to the Congress’ constitutional function as national canvassers,” Bautista said.

“And besides they already filed criminal charges,” he added, referring to the Marcos camp’s charge against Comelec and Smartmatic personnel for illegally changing the script of the transparency server of the poll body on the night of the elections.

A criminal complaint for the violation of R.A. 8436 as amended by R.A. 9369 or the Automated Election Law was filed last Tueaday by Abakada Party List Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz before the Comelec against Smartmatic Executive Marlon Garcia, Elie Moreno, Smartmatic Project Director; Neil Banigued, a member of the Smartmatic Technical Support Team and Rouie Peñalba, IT Officer of the Comelec, for their authorized script change.

Chairman Bautista clarified that though they “defracted Marcos’ request” they “focused instead in the administrative aspect asking if there was a breach in protocol in replacing the hashcode to Ñ”.

Running priest Fr. Robert Reyes, meanwhile, rejected proposals to first proclaim the winner in the vice presidential race before conducting a systems audit of the transparency and central servers of the Automated Election System (AES).

Speaking during the weekly Ciudad Fernandina Forum, Reyes said all issues regarding the system change in the transparency server and all other concerns raised over the control of Smartmatic in the conduct of the election will become moot and academic once the winning candidate in the VP race is proclaimed by Congress sitting as the NBoC.

He said before a VP is proclaimed, a system audit should be conducted first in order to resolve the reported anomalies and clarify all issues.

“In the people’s mind, once there is already a proclamation, they are ready to move on, they don’t care more for investigation. Everything becomes moot and academic,” he said.

Marcos has been batting for a systems audit before any proclamation can be done with regards to the vice presidential race.
Reyes said there is an urgent need to investigate what the Information Technology (IT) experts now are raising regarding the automated elections because the country is bound to repeat the same mistakes in the next elections in 2019.

“IT experts have been citing these problems as early as 2010 and in 2013 and now, 2016. If these won’t be resolved now, the same thing will happen in 2019,” he stated.

For his part. former Commission on Elections Chairman Christian Monsod agreed that Comelec and Smartmatic personnel should be held accountable for the system change in the transparency server of the poll body.


MONSOD

Monsod said while the script change may just be cosmetic as claimed by the Comelec, it shows how vulnerable the system is to manipulation.

“It may be just cosmetic change. But it just shows that the system is vulnerable. We have known that for a long time that there is no system that is not vulnerable. The Comelec did not have tight control or safeguarding. It may just be a cosmetic but it just shows the responsibility and accountability of the Comelec,” Monsod said.

He also denounced how Smartmatic has been given so much power in the conduct of the elections saying it should not have been the case.

“The biggest lesson in automation is never let the supplier control the operation. Never give them control or access to all critical and important points. They do their jobs, they supply the software but to the operations, the supplier must not operate. This must be purely the responsibility of the Comelec and the Filipino experts in technology,” Monsod stressed.

He also added that the hash code change must be investigated including incidents of electoral fraud and violence in Mindanao, specifically in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan.

Also in the forum, witnesses of electoral fraud in Mindanao also surfaced to attest that in many areas in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan, no election took place because voters were prevented by supporters of the Liberal Party.

Bassir Utto, who ran for vice mayor under the United Nationalist Alliance at Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao said many of his supporters were prevented by people of incumbent LP Mayor Samsudin Dimaukom from entering their precincts. LP supporters, they alleged, also engaged in ballot shading in favor of Robredo. He said he has the video to show the wholesale vote shaving in favor of Robredo in his province

Victor Abiillo, provincial coordinator of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte in Basilan said his watchers in the municipalities in the province have reported to them that many voters were preventing from casting their votes by armed men who controlled the precincts.

“No election actually transpired in many places in Basilan as people were prevented from voting as they were told there would be no election that day,” he said.

In many of these areas, he pointed out, all the presidential and vice presidential candidates except former Interior Local and Government Secretary Mar Roxas and Rep. Leni Robredo had zero votes.

He then urged the Comelec to look into the incidents in Mindanao saying they are risking their lives by making public the violations in their respective home provinces.
By Gerry Baldo, Ted Tuvera and Charlie Manalo


PHILSTAR

Day 2: Bongbong overtakes Robredo By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 27, 2016 - 12:00am 0 3 googleplus0 0


Philippine House and Senate election tribunal staff prepare the tally board before the official count of votes cast in the May 9 presidential election begins Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in the Lower House in suburban Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine Congress on Wednesday started the official count, though confirmation of Rodrigo Duterte's apparent victory may be slowed by disputes in the more closely fought vice presidential race. AP Photo/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos overtook Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party (LP) by 83,480 votes on the second day of Congress’ canvassing of votes in the closely contested vice presidential race.

As of 10 p.m., Marcos had obtained 13,214,810 votes while Robredo got 13,131,330 votes from 118 certificates of canvass (COCs).

On the first day of canvassing on Wednesday, Robredo was leading the count by some 250,000 votes.

Marcos’ lead came after COCs from Ilocos Norte, La Union, his bailiwicks from Region 1, were canvassed.

Only 71 COCs, including those from overseas absentee voting posts, remain to be canvassed in Congress.

The Senate and the House of Representatives on Tuesday convened as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), which formed the joint canvassing committee composed of eight members and five alternates each from the two chambers

The canvassing of votes for vice president is being closely watched as the unofficial tally of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) a few days after the May 9 elections based on the transparency server of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed Robredo leading by over 200,000 votes.

Marcos claimed fraud, particularly when the automated election technology provider changed the computer script to correct a minor error.

Robredo countered that even if she would receive zero votes from the remaining precincts that were not counted by the PPCRV, she would still win by some 25,000 votes over her rival.

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Canvassing was marked by numerous manifestations from Marcos’ lawyers led by former Maguindanao representative Didagen Dilangalen citing various discrepancies, inconsistencies as well as “under voting” based on the COCs opened by the joint canvassing committee.

“Under voting” meant the total votes cast for vice president were less than those for president. The under voting was at 861,811 votes.

Lawyer Romulo Macalintal, counsel for Robredo, said there was nothing unusual with the under voting as many voters did not vote for any vice presidential candidate.

At least three COCs, including those from Antique and Kuwait, were deferred upon the objections of Marcos’ lawyers.

The COC from Kuwait is reportedly stuck at the Bureau of Customs. It was expected to be delivered to the House last night.


Digs Dilangalen

Dilangalen also questioned discrepancies in the COC from Pampanga, where some 56,000 votes have not been accounted for.

Bongbong insists on audit The camp of Marcos vowed to pursue legal action for a system audit of the Comelec transparency and central server after the poll body turned down their request for an audit.

Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, campaign consultant of Marcos, said the integrity of the whole 2016 election is on the line and they do not want unresolved questions to linger after proclamation.

“It is very unfortunate that the Comelec has decided to defer action on the request of Sen. Marcos for a systems audit of the transparency and central servers until after the canvassing is concluded,” De la Cruz said in a statement.

“We could not understand how the system audit could affect the official canvass because all election returns have been transmitted and all COCs have been printed out for canvass.”

De la Cruz insisted that the vulnerability of the system is shown in the electronically generated COCs in the vice presidential race in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Laguna, Ilocos Sur and Cebu City.

“It is our position that whoever will be proclaimed vice president by the NBOC deserves a clear and unequivocal mandate once he assumes the position,” he said.

“We cannot allow all doubts to linger on our new vice president which would diminish the stature of his office,” De la Cruz added.

Presidential race

Meanwhile, administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas narrowly beat Sen. Grace Poe in Albay despite being junked in the homestretch of the election campaign by outgoing Gov. Joey Salceda.

Salceda, who belonged to the ruling Liberal Party, switched support to Poe just days before the May 9 elections.

When Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte emerged as the clear winner, Salceda joined the camp of Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, the incoming president’s choice for speaker of the House of Representatives.

Roxas defeated Poe in Albay by exactly 200 votes. He received 221,778 votes against the senator’s 221,578.

In third place was Duterte with 80,361 votes, followed by Vice President Jejomar Binay with 63,144.

Based on the official congressional tally of 45 COCs, Duterte won in 20 cities and provinces.

These are Davao del Sur, San Juan, Pasay City, Valenzuela City, Cebu City, Malabon, Navotas, Lapu-Lapu City, Biliran, Baguio City, Batangas, Pasig, Taguig-Pateros, Las Piñas, North Cotabato, Manila, Rizal, Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa and Iligan.

Aside from Albay, Guimaras, Siquijor, Bacolod City, Camiguin, Romblon, Tarlac, Batanes, Dinagat Island and Misamis Occidental also voted for Roxas. – With Perseus Echeminada, Jess Diaz


TRIBUNE

Bautista faces impeach over script switch Written by Ted Tuvera Sunday, 29 May 2016 00:00


BAUTISTA

Allowing a foreign entity to interfere with the transmission of election results without prior knowledge and authority of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) may cause the impeachment of Comelec chairman Andres Bautista, De La Salle University (DLSU) Professor Antonio Contreras said.

Contreras believes that the change in the script of the transparency server at the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) quick count undertaken by Smartmatic technician Marlon Garcia affected the poll results particularly for the vice presidency.

Contreras said Bautista, who admitted to possessing the Comelec system’s password, allowed the Smartmatic intervention that was supposedly merely a cosmetic replacement of the hash codes to make the letter ñ appear in some of the candidates names.

After the Smartmatic script change was when the numbers of Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo started to rise and eventually overtake that of rival Sen. Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos.

According to the official canvass done by both Houses of Congress as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), Robredo won the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes against Marcos’ 14,155,344 votes.

“Now that the canvass is over, and lest we forget, can we go back to the question of who among the Comelec commissioners ordered or authorized that its password be given to Smartmatic,” Contreras said through his social media account.

“We impeached a sitting Chief Justice for failing to file a correct statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALn) and we considered this as betrayal of public trust. What more would be an act that amounted to a breach of the security of our electoral system?” Contreras said.

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Contreras said the Comelec is equally guilty of fraud in the elections proces which he said was “already mediated by technology”.


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Bautista said that he does not worry over threats of impeachment against him.

Section 28 of Republic Act 8436, however, provided 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.

Contreras, meanwhile, urged Marcos “to exhaust all legal remedies if only to make sure that this will never happen again.”
“It was actually better that Marcos ended up losing, for it would have been difficult to probe fraud if he won,” he added.

Meanwhile, former Sen. Francisco ‘Kit’ Tatad, who along with Contreras sought but failed to have Sen. Grace Poe disqualified from the presidential race, said there has to be somebody from the Comelec that has to be liable over the script switch incident and that Smartmatic has to be disqualified from participating in future elections.

Smartmatic’s 4 red flags



“We want electoral reforms. And yet we subscribe to Smartmatic which has collected 4 red flags already? What is even worse is the fact that the Comelec website itself was vulnerable to hacking,” Tatad said.

Tatad said he is yet to decide if impeaching Bautista is feasible or necessary but said that “it is unacceptable that the Comelec’s threshold of data is accessible to a foreign saboteur”.

Speaking on radio Bautista said the Comelec will still look into allegations of fraud.

Bautista, nonetheless, said several groups have made accusations of poll cheating, but no evidence has yet been presented.
“We are open on probing allegations of fraud if there is evidence that it was undertaken or the voting machines had some defects,” he said.

“But to put everything in context, from 2010 until now, there is no case won in any local court that proves the voting machines can be tampered with,” he said.

“It is very easy to make accusations about cheating but we are asking for evidence, which is what is lacking from the accusers,” he said.

Instead, Bautista said that media seems to have utlerior motives in printing stories over allegations of cheating.

“Those newspapers (where allegations of fraud were printed) we know who owns them. Sometimes, the stories that comes out are somewhat slanted,” he added.

Bautista said the Comelec has formed an investigating committee to probe the alteration of a computer script in the transparency server.

He said the Comelec en banc on Tuesday may ask for the preliminary findings of the committee headed by the Comelec’s law and personnel departments.

He said the Comelec will also consider possible administrative liabilities of Smartmatic’s Garcia.

Marcos also has written the Comelec, asking for a full audit of the AES. Bautista said the Comelec en banc will tackle the lawmaker’s request on Tuesday.

The Comelec en banc is also set to discuss amendments needed in the “outdated” Omnibus Election Code.

“The orientation of the Omnibus Election Code is geared towards manual elections so amendments are needed to reflect the effect of technologies on our laws,” Bautista said.


TRIBUNE

Marcos to file protest Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 29 May 2016 00:00


MARCOS

CHARGES after PROCLAMATION

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos threatened legal action yesterday to reverse his narrow defeat to rival Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo for the vice presidency by just over 263,000 votes in the official final results last Friday of the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC).

His counsel said any legal action would be made only after Robredo is proclaimed the official winner, Garcia added.

The NBoC said both Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Robredo will be proclaimed winners as president and vice president, respectively, in the official ballot count tomorrow afternoon.

“The projected proclamation would be afternoon of Monday. It’s good we ended on a Friday so our staff could have the weekend to finish the Joint Committee report,” Pimentel, head of the Senate panel in the Joint Canvass Committee which acted as the NBoC said. Duterte won the presidential race with 16,601,997 votes, while Robredo topped the vice presidential contest with 14,418,817 votes.

The NBOC terminated its canvassing Friday night after counting all 167 Certificates of Canvass (COCs).

Marcos insisted he was deprived of nearly 4 million votes through cheating and malfunctioning vote-counting machines, and was gathering evidence for a potential “election protest”.

“The search for Senator Marcos’s missing votes did not end with the canvassing,” his lawyer George Garcia said in a statement yesterday.

The Marcos family had targeted the vice presidential post as a route back to the Malacanang palace through a subsequent presidential run for the son in 2022.

“I think this election was arguably the best and probably last chance for the Marcoses to wrest back control of Malacanang,” De La Salle University international affairs and political science professor Richard Javad Heydarian told AFP.

“Six years down the road, (the) Marcoses could face a very different zeitgeist with the shadow of defeat hanging over their shoulders,” Heydarian added.

“It (the loss) would make it that much harder for the Marcoses to regain power through elections,” Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Economic and Political Reforms in Manila, told AFP.

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It is for that argument that President Aquino vowed that he will not allow another Marcos to step foot on Malacañang spawning suspicions of fraud to assure that Marcos was defeated.

Barring a reversal of the May 9 result, Marcos would have to wait for the 2019 mid-term elections to try and regain his senate seat, Casiple added.

Despite the loss, analysts are not ruling out his son’s potential presidential run at the end of Duterte’s term in 2022.

Heydarian and Louie Checa Montemar, a De La Salle development studies lecturer, both said the Marcos family would remain a major force, at least in its traditional bailiwick of Ilocos Norte province but also as a presidential contender.

“The only way now to banish any immediate future threat of a Marcos comeback would be to live up to the promise of raising the (economic prospects of the) marginalised,” Montemar told AFP.


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Imelda Marcos, swept to a third term in the House of Representatives representing Ilocos Norte province, while their daughter Imee Marcos became provincial governor for the third straight time.

Truth motive

Garcia said, however, efforts to question the results of the tally are aimed at pursuing their quest for truth, on the actual results of the recently-concluded elections, not just for Marcos but for the entire nation as well.

The actual filing of an election protest is among the options being eyed by the senator.

But this could prove very expensive for the senator, Garcia said.

Among the grounds that may be raised, if such post proclamation protest is filed in the future, is the unusually high number of undervotes - meaning the no vote cast, for the position of vice president that stood at a final figure or 3.9 million, in what proved to be a high turnout in the hotly-contested elections.

“We deserve an explanation on this matter,” the lawyer said.

Even as the official canvassing process had just been terminated, Garcia said they continue in collating affidavits of witnesses on alleged incidents of cheating as well as details as to the malfunctioning of several Canvassing and Consolidation System (CCS), as well as some Vote Counting Machines (VCMs).

“For the information of the public 25 lmost 30 CCS were pulled out by the Comelec and repaired or substituted at the Sta. Rosa Plant. The question is were these really repaired or substituted or some other things were done such as some data changed,” Garcia said.

He added that their information technology (IT) experts have also presented to them technical information that may be used in the filing of an election protest. At first glance, this information seems to be “convincing”, according to Garcia.

However, he said the rules of the canvassing do not allow these “evidence” to be presented before the NBOC.

If Marcos would indeed file an election protest, Garcia said it would likely focus on the provinces of ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and the Visayas, where most of the undervotes for Vice President occurred.

The lawyer said they will continue with their appeal to the poll body on the system audit of servers considering the fact that shortly after such script was altered, Marcos’ lead over the next candidate slowly eroded and he was eventually overtaken.

Marcos camp congratulates Leni



Garcia said they extend their congratulations to the camp of Robredo and asked their own supporters to remain calm.

Meanwhile, Robredo’s campaign manager, Sen. Bam Aquino said she owed her victory to what he described as “humble, heartfelt and well-organized campaign.”

“Leni (Robredo) inspired each of the campaign workers and volunteers to be better, to work harder and to be genuine to her mission of caring for the last, the least and the lost in our society, the laylayan (fringes of society) that is so dear to her and to her late husband, Jesse.

“We ran a humble, heartfelt, efficient and well-organized campaign. It was an authentic campaign with a candidate that continuously converted votes as people got to know her better,” he said.

“We ran a true people’s campaign that though diverse and multi-faceted, marched in unison towards clear and set periodic objectives that eventually would end up in victory.

“The campaign is done, but the journey for Leni and those that support her, is just beginning. Hopefully the indomitable optimism and hope that permeated her campaign will continue and flourish through her governance,” said Bam Aquino.

The camp of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte also welcomed the win of Robredo, thanking her for her promise of 100 percent support for the new administration.



Duterte’s presumptive press secretary lawyer Salvador Panelo said that he even lauds Robredo as the “Cinderella of Philippine politics”.

“Mrs. Robredo has an amazing Cinderella story which has earned the respect of President Duterte. Her 100% commitment is something new for us, knowing that previous VPs say that all they can do is be critical,” Panelo told reporters.

Panelo said that they might give in to whatever government post Robredo wishes to be part of.

Robredo, during the campaign season, said that she wants to be appointed as chief of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

Marcos’ campaign strategist and Abakada Partylist Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz said in a media forum yesterday that they will not hinder the NBOC to officially pronounce Robredo’s win but will rather manifest their comments and observations regarding the “flaws” they accordingly saw during the canvassing.

Dela Cruz cited high percentages of undervotes for the vice presidential race in all parts of the country, from Region 1 to the National Capital Region and all the way to Region 13 and the ARMM.

The partylist solon explained that an “undervote” means that the voter did not select any candidate for a particular position such as the vice presidency.

In contrast an “overvote” means the voter chose more than the number of candidates for the position. In both instances, the vote is not counted.

“Overall, there were about 3.9 million undervotes in the 2016 Vice Presidential derby and in a highly contested race, we consider the same highly suspicious,” De la Cruz said.

But then again, legally speaking, having “undervotes” is not an argument to justify electoral rigging, a recent Supreme Court jurisprudence shows.

Robredo’s legal counsel Romulo Macalintal earlier explained that they will respect the senator’s decision on the possible filing of election protest.
Angie M. Rosales, Ted Tuvera, Charlie V. Manalo, AFP


MANILA TIMES

‘Marcos deprived of almost 4M votes’ May 28, 2016 9:07 pm


BONGBONG

FOR the camp of Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., the fight is not yet over.

Marcos insisted Saturday he was potentially deprived of nearly four million votes through cheating and malfunctioning vote-counting machines. Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), finished counting votes on Friday and declared Rep. Leni Robredo the winner in the vice presidential race.

George Garcia, head of the senator’s legal team, said they are gathering evidence for a potential “election protest.”

“The search for Senator Marcos’s missing votes did not end with the canvassing,” Garcia said in a statement Saturday.

Garcia said 3.9 million votes for Marcos were not reflected in the official count.

“We suspect that these votes were credited to other candidates…. We believe these votes belong to Bongbong Marcos,” he added.

However, he said any legal action to question the result of the election will be made after Robredo is proclaimed vice president.

Garcia said among the grounds that may be raised if a protest is filed is the unusually high number of undervotes that stood at a final figure of 3.902 million, considering the high turnout in the hotly-contested 2016 elections.

“We deserve an explanation on this matter,” the lawyer said.

Garcia said they are in the process of collating affidavits of witnesses on alleged incidents of cheating as well as reports on the malfunctioning of the Canvassing and Consolidation System and some Vote Counting Machines.

He said their information technology experts presented technical information that may be used in the filing of an election protest. At first glance, this information seems to be “convincing,” according to Garcia.

However, he said the rules of the canvassing do not allow these “evidence” to be presented before the NBOC.

If Marcos will file an election protest, Garcia said it will likely focus on the election returns from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Visayas, where most of the undervotes allegedly occurred.

The official canvass showed that Robredo won by just over 263,000 votes.

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But Garcia said they will continue the quest for truth not only for Marcos but for the benefit of the entire nation.

“At napaka-importante, for future reference, dahil kung nangyari ito ngayon may posibilidad mangyayari sa mga susunod na panahon [And most important, for future reference, because if it happened today there is a possibility that it might happen in the future],” he said.

Garcia again pressed the Commission on Elections to allow a system audit of its servers to determine whether or not the unauthorized script change in the servers produced more than just cosmetic results.

Marcos said the script change, done by a Smartmatic executive, may have eroded his lead over Robredo during the initial counting of ballots.

Robredo and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte will be proclaimed on Monday, Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel 3rd said.

“The projected proclamation would be afternoon of Monday. It’s good we ended on a Friday so our staff could have the weekend to finish the Joint Committee report,” said Pimentel, head of the Senate panel in the Joint Canvass Committee.

Pimentel directed the Joint Committee Secretariat to prepare the joint panel report and present it by Monday for the signature of the members.

Another run

Marcos had aimed for the family’s biggest political victory since 1986 when a “People Power” uprising ended 20 years of the family’s rule.

“I think this election was arguably the best and probably last chance for the Marcoses to wrest back control of Malacañang,” De La Salle University international affairs and political science professor Richard Javad Heydarian said.

“Six years down the road, (the) Marcoses could face a very different zeitgeist with the shadow of defeat hanging over their shoulders,” Heydarian added.

“It (the loss) would make it that much harder for the Marcoses to regain power through elections,” Ramon Casiple, executive director of the Institute for Economic and Political Reforms in Manila, said.

Barring a reversal of the May 9 result, Marcos would have to wait for the 2019 mid-term elections to try and regain his senate seat, Casiple added.

Despite the loss, analysts are not ruling out Marcos’s presidential run when President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends in 2022.

Heydarian and Louie Checa Montemar, a De La Salle development studies lecturer, both said the Marcos family would remain a major force, at least in its traditional bailiwick of Ilocos Norte province but also as a presidential contender.

“The only way now to banish any immediate future threat of a Marcos comeback would be to live up to the promise of raising the (economic prospects of the) marginalized,” Montemar said.

This month the dictator’s widow, Imelda Marcos, swept to a third term in the House of Representatives representing Ilocos Norte province, while daughter Imee Marcos became provincial governor for the third straight time.
AFP, PNA


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