Ex-solon shows proof of AES sale by former poll officer

An election advocate yesterday bared evidence of what he said was how the automated election system (AES) was "sold" by former election officers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to candidates vying for the May 9, 2016 elections.

Speaking during the Contra Canvass forum in Quezon City, former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, vice chairman and spokesman for the Reform Philippines Coalition, an election watchdog, said he has received a video showing how a former election officer was selling the AES to a politician in the Visayas.

"I have heard of the system being sold for P12 million for one candidate to as high as P200 million depending on the number of candidates programmed to win. But this is the first time I have received concrete evidence of how it was peddled to candidates," Chong stated.

Showing a screen grab of the video, Chong said the election officer offered to make the candidate win by giving him the database of voters in his area.

The candidate will then choose the voters who will be retained in the database and the edited database will be given back to the election officer.

The election officer will then replace the discarded voters with other names complete with biometrics and that is what would be used in the elections.

"Of course the candidate will just retain the names of his supporters in the database and discard those from the other party. That is the reason many were disenfranchised with names missing or transferred on election day," Chong said.

He said the technology in the particularly video was sold for P12 million. He refused to show the video saying he will show it in a congressional hearing, particularly the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee in the Senate headed by Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III.

"I will show this whole video in the JCOC so that everything will be made public and official with the witness who is very willing to testify," he said.

He also bared that the same technology had also been sold to a party in a province in Luzon for P200 million as it involved the whole provincial slate.

"I already predicted way back as far as three months ago that a whole provincial slate from the governor down will win and the rival party will get nothing because I know for a fact that they talked to the same people on the AES.

"I am right because the whole ticket eventually won and the other party was wiped out so don't tell me I'm a fortune-teller. I know because they had this same system," he said.

He also bared that he is also receiving many feelers from witnesses of election fraud and he is the process of evaluating each and everyone of them and the evidence they have.

Chong also disputed the claim of lawyer Romulo Macalintal downplaying the millions of undervotes in the vice presidential race. Chong said international election expert and election book author Douglas Jones, a professor at the University of Iowa, said undervotes should not exceed 1 percent of the total votes cast.

He said that according to Jones, if the number of undervotes reaches 5 percent, it is suspicious and if it reaches 10 percent, it is highly suspicious.

He further stated that given the very suspicious high number of undervotes together with the injection of the "cosmetic script" change of Smartmatic in the transparency server at the height of the transmission on May 9 coinciding with the sudden downward spiral of Senator Marcos' numbers and the refusal of the Comelec to conduct a systems audit at this point, it is safe to say that indeed the May elections were not credible.

"It has also been confirmed that 30 Consolidation and Canvassing System servers or laptops have been returned to Laguna at the height of the canvassing to have them reconfigured reportedly by the Comelec and Smartmatic and this creates the window for cheating," said Chong.

He added that Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista and the other commissioners, that, by not agreeing to a systems audit at this point, they are liable for obstruction of justice which may a ground of betrayal of public trust which is an impeachable offense.

"We challenge the Comelec: Open up the system for audit now not later because if this audit is delayed, we will no longer agree to this, since this would already be cleaned out and nothing can be seen by way of evidence," he stressed.

Vote padding could have

caused Leni lead over Bong2

A supporter of vice presidential candidate Senator Marcos yesterday questioned an alleged double entry in the tally sheets for the Provinces of Sorsogon, South Cotabato, Southern Leyte, Spain, Sultan Kudarat, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del sur, Taguig/Pateros and Tarlac.

According to Efren"Rambo" Rafanan, board member-elect of ilocos Sur, the certificates of canvass for the above-named provinces were found on Page 4 of Tally sheets signed on May 26 at 8:52:24 pm.

Rafanan said that the CoCs of the 10 provinces have an entry number of 90 to 100 on Page 4 while the same CoCs were also found entered on page 5 with entry number 101 to 111.

"(Rep. Leni) Robredo gained 950,936 votes against Bongbong (Marcos) 800,370," Rafanan noted in a statement.

"The double entry resulted in 150,566 more votes for Robredo," Rafanan said.

He appealed to the official tabulators of the National Board of Canvassers to review the tally sheets.

As of 5:23 pm yesterday, Marcos got 14,065,665 votes; Robredo got 14,298,298 from a total of 40,763,999 votes canvassed.

Public explanation

for discrepancies demanded

The camp of vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. yesterday demanded a public explanation over what it claimed as discrepancies supposedly uncovered in the electronically-transmitted certificates of canvass (CoCs) in several provinces.

Marcos' counsel, George Garcia cited, as an example, the provinces of Nueve Ecija and Ilocos Sur, where the provincial canvassing consolidation system (CCS) transmitted the CoCs when there was incomplete transmission of results in the municipal level.

The said respective provincial board of canvassers (PBOC) of Nueve Ecija and Ilocos Sur claimed to be unaware of the incomplete transmission of results in the municipal level until the Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc ordered them to recheck and re-compute the results, Garcia said.

It was only after that did they find out that election results in one municipality was not included in the first provincial CoC transmitted to the Comelec, he added.

"How can the provincial CCS transmit the CoCs to the Comelec when the program says it should be 100 percent transmission of all municipalities in that province? How can this happen when Smartmatic assured us that their machines are accurate and reliable?" Garcia asked.

Unless these issues are clarified and addressed properly, these would likely raise questions over the results of the elections, he said.

"It's their obligation to the Filipino people. They were the ones who supplied us the machines, they were the ones who supplied us the system, they were the ones who assured that it will be 99.9996 percent accurate, then an explanation is a must," Garcia added.

"What if there was a double transmission or no transmission at all, yet the results reflect there was one?" Garcia said.

He said because of the discrepancies and the unusually high percentage of undervotes uncovered during the official canvass for the position of President and Vice President losing candidates in other positions are probably now re-checking the results in their own area to find out what really happened.

Garcia also said the public has the right to know why there was such a high number of undervotes for the position of vice president, which totaled about 3.2 million for the first two days of the official canvass.

He explained that they arrived at the figure by deducting the total number of votes for the position of vice president from the total number of votes cast.

"It's true that some voters opted not to vote for a certain position and that's normal. But take note of the percentage, that's 3.2 million voters who did not vote for vice president," said Garcia.

With such a hotly-contested election and the high voter turnout of over 80 percent, Garcia said the high number of undervotes should be explained. He said areas where large number of undervotes occurred were in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Earlier, the camp of Marcos sought a systems audit of the central and transparency server of the Comelec over the introduction of a new script by a Smartmatic personnel without proper authorization from the Comelec en banc.

It was shortly after this action, according to Marcos, that he began to lose his lead over his closest rival and was eventually overtaken in the unofficial partial results of the elections posted by a poll watchdog group.

Marcos insisted only such an audit would clear doubts on the results of the elections. However, the Comelec turned down such request.

Showing a screen grab of the video, Chong said the election officer offered to make the candidate win by giving him the database of voters in his area.

Source: Tribune