Heads should roll in Smartmatic-PCOS anomaly - lawyer columnist - The Daily Sentry

Monday, August 13, 2018

Heads should roll in Smartmatic-PCOS anomaly - lawyer columnist

Combined photos of Manila Times columnist Atty. Dodo Dulay (from his Twitter account) and Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez (photo from UNTV)

Lawyer and Manila Times writer Atty. Dodo Dulay said ‘heads should roll in Smartmatic-PCOS election anomaly’ on this recent article, following Atty. Glenn Chong’s presentation of evidence during the Senate hearings.

Dulay also noted Smartmatic’s lack of precise answers and satisfactory explanation regarding what he described as ‘facts’ raised by Chong, former Biliran congressman and now anti-election fraud advocate.

“I call them facts because the data (i.e. system log) used by Chong in his presentation during the Senate hearing came from Comelec itself. Apparently, the same system log was subpoenaed by the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) in the election protest filed by 2016 senatorial elections 13th-placer Francis Tolentino against the 12th-placer, Leila de Lima. “ Dulay wrote.

“It would therefore be foolhardy for the poll body to dispute or discredit its own records.” He continued.

The writer also pointed out that Chong basis was actually just simple.

“Citing Comelec Resolution 10057, Section 6, Chong pointed out that the final testing and sealing (FTS) of all voting machines (aka precinct count optical scan [PCOS] machines) during the 2016 national elections should have been done from May 2 to May 6, 2016, ending three days before the elections on May 9, 2016.” He wrote.

On May 2, 2016, Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez explained in a media interview that the FTS is the end-to-end test of the process, which also includes initialization of the machines, to the voting of 10 people, to the feeding of the accomplished ballots to the VCMs, up to the printing of the election returns, or the ERs.*

“The purpose of the FTS is to see to it that the machines installed in that place are working as they should be… After the process, they will seal and lock the machines in the polling precincts and will not be opened again until 5 a.m. on Election Day [May 9, 2016],” Jimenez stated then, assuring the public.

However, during the Senate hearing, Chong was able to elicit an admission from Smartmatic that there was no transmission whatsoever by any PCOS machines in Ragay, Camarines Sur on May 8, 2016 – based on the audit logs.

“If this was the case, Chong asked: Why were there 459 vote counting machine (VCM) transmissions on May 8, 2016 (a day before the elections) from Ragay, Camarines Sur, based on Comelec’s DNS server system logs? The obvious implication of Chong’s exposé is that there were unauthorized (and anonymous) VCMs or “cloned” PCOS machines operating and transmitting bogus results before — and most likely even during — the 2016 national elections.” Dulay wrote.

This argument also echoes previous exposé of Senate President Tito Sotto that the transmission of votes in the municipalities of Libon, Albay and Angono, Rizal began as early as May 8, 2016 even if the Board of Canvassers only convened on May 9, 2016- Dulay said.*

“Sotto also said that the Comelec’s election servers were remotely and “maliciously” accessed by an unidentified user operating from a server in the United States.” He added.

The columnist also reiterated that ongoing protest petitions of Bongbong Marcos before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) and Francis Tolentino before the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) are the most compelling reason why Smartmatic should not be used again in 2019 elections.

“Both election protests are, at its core, an indictment of the automated election process adopted by Comelec and implemented by Smartmatic. A flaw in the system could very well preordain who wins and who loses in the polls.” Dulay said.

Ending the article, the lawyer-writer said that Comelec should clean its ranks and fire all those responsible for making the unauthorized VCM transmissions, at least for the meantime.

“The poll body needs to do some bloodletting if it is to repair its tattered credibility — and regain the confidence of a skeptical public.” Dulay concluded.

Atty. Glenn Chong, clean election advocate / screen-capped image from UNTV

 Source: Manila Times