More losing bets claim they were offered ‘altered’ CF cards
Posted by akosistella on May 24, 2010
(Updated 2:12 PM) While playing golf in his home province in November 2009, the now defeated Surigao del Norte gubernatorial bet Robert Ace Barbers said he was approached by a man who offered him to ‘pre-program’ compact flash cards in his favor.
Costing P50 million, the pre-programmed compact flash cards would ensure his victory in the May 2010 elections, Barbers told the House Committee on Electoral Reforms and Suffrage on Monday, quoting the seller whom he refused to identify.
These and more stories of election irregularities cropped up during the resumption of the House investigation on alleged poll fraud, including instances of “ballot cutting.”
Smartmatic eyes manual recount to clear name
Seeking to clear its name from accusations of poll fraud, Smartmatic on Monday requested the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to conduct a manual recount of the ballots from the recently concluded automated elections.
“There have been many accusations with no proof. To all these accusations, my best answer is even if you don’t believe in the [automated] system, you can believe in a recount,” said Smartmatic-Asia Pacific president Cesar Flores after attending an investigation at the House of Representatives on the alleged irregularities in the May 10 polls.
“The best way to solve this is by opening the ballot boxes. My request to Comelec and the whole country, if you don’t believe the system, [is to] do a [manual] count,” he added.
Via GMA News TV
Why is Ace Barbers telling the public and the authorities about this just now? Wasn’t he alarmed in Nov. 2009 that there was this group peddling their services to virtually hack the automated elections by altering compact flash cards? In fact, Barbers even said the hacker was going to offer his services to Barbers’ rival, the eventual winner of the recent gubernatorial elections in their area.
I think all Filipinos are duty-bound to report to authorities if there is anyone threatening to commit fraud especially during an important event such as the national elections. Right now, I think Barbers is merely sour-graping.