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Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.’s final report on alleged fraud in the May 2010 elections

Posted by akosistella on June 28, 2010


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Observations, Conclusions and Recommendations pp. 21-27 of Chairman’s report

Complete document

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How the machines controlled the elections

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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DAVAO CITY – The democratic election principle says voting must be kept secret while the counting must be made open and transparent. But with the way things went in the recently-concluded May 10 elections, things happened the other way around. At the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) session hall where the laptop terminal that gathered election results from various precincts in the city was placed, the widescreen projected the tabulation.

But if the laptop operator made the wrong entry or added the votes, no one would really know. There was no way of verifying the results because the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) laptop, which computed results at the snap of a finger, only showed the sum total of votes but not the figures entered via electronic transmission from the polling precincts.

via Davao Today.

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Poll officials must answer security issues – CenPEG

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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Even as Congress is set to proclaim the winners in the May 10 presidential race, there remain security issues related to the automated election and until these are plugged, doubts will linger on the credibility of poll results.

The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) through its IT consultant, Lito Averia, thus said today on the heels of a new controversy arising from reports that the Comelec had asked on May 9 regional offices of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) to configure new compact flash (CF) cards with the use of two burners. The new CF cards number about 1,600.

Averia, who made the revelation in yesterday’s hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, said the directive begs clarification by DoST. Congress members looking into the May 10 elections noted this fact was hidden from them by Comelec, with one of them, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, warning about a possible security hole. Both Comelec and Smartmatic had been saying that replacements for all the 76,340 CF cards found to be faulty on May 3 were to be supplied by the central plant in Cabuyao, Laguna.

via CenPEG.

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Golez: We still don’t think ‘digital’

MANILA, Philippines – Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez lamented yesterday that most people still adopt a manual mindset as some lawmakers and losing candidates continue to complain of poll fraud after the country conducted historic automated elections last May 10.

“We have to think digital and do away with the manual mindset. The soft and hard copies are one and the same,” Golez said during the hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms that is investigating allegations of hi-tech poll fraud.

He highlighted the issue before the panel of Makati Rep. Teddyboy Locsin after losing candidates have been pressing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its computer supplier Smartmatic to produce election results from the precinct to the provincial levels.

Via Phil. Star

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The Philippines’ election: You couldn’t make it up

Posted by akosistella on June 2, 2010


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IN THE aftermath of heated presidential, congressional and local elections on May 10th, the Philippines basked in the glow of international commendation of its use of computer technology to produce, for the first time, seemingly indisputable results. But then a mysterious masked figure dubbed Koala Boy dropped out of the foliage to shatter the national daydream about stable governments untroubled by accusations of electoral fraud.

In a widely disseminated video-recording, a so-far unidentified man said he was a witness to wholesale electronic fraud during the elections. He is known as Koala Boy because the peculiar mask that he wore to disguise himself gave him a marsupial look. He said people, whom he did not name, short-circuited the computerised vote-counting system, selling blocks of fraudulent votes to candidates—in one case charging a vice-presidential candidate 1.4 billion pesos $30m for 7m votes. There were 50m registered voters.

via The Economist.

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Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin statement at Comm. on Suffrage’s 7th hearing

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


(May 28, 2010; Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City)

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Locsin set to dismiss poll fraud testimonies

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


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(Via ABS-CBN News online)

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‘Whistleblowers’ keeping identities of poll cheats
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Here comes another whistleblower, or is it whistle-botcher. Admin stalwart Manuel Morato loudly testified in Congress that seven men had offered to cheat for his presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro for a fee. Details spiced up his tale. Four of the offerers were Comelec regional directors who hold sway over 14 regions. They initially asked for P1 billion to manipulate the automated results, but later settled for P750 million. Payment plan: P250 million down, then P400 million, and balance of P100 million after the election. Morato said he didn’t bite, but knew they were not con artists but “for real.” Yet when asked who the four poll officials were, he couldn’t recall because he left his notes at home. He vividly recounted, though, that he jotted down only the nicknames of two of the four, “Artie” and “Bong”.

Rep. Teddy Locsin told Morato to visit the Comelec office to possibly spot his suspects, like an eyewitness before a police lineup. No one in the House panel on electoral reforms bothered to test out the witness. He was not asked the clincher: how come he clearly remembered circumstances of the meeting with the poll cheats, yet forgot to bring his notes?

Via Jarius Bondoc

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Melo: Initial audit shows low discrepancy rate

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – The initial results of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Random Manual Audit (RMA) of selected precincts in the May 10 elections show only a small difference between the electronic and manual counts.

Some losing candidates have questioned the credibility of the automated elections using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

This is the reason why many are waiting for the results of the RMA being conducted by the Comelec and the National Statistics Office (NSO).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ALSO READ: Was malicious software placed in recalled CF cards?

Aquino unfazed by poll fraud allegations

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno Aquino III, set to be the next president of the Philippines, said he was unfazed by allegations of election fraud and described complaints from losing pro-administration candidates as a “fishing expedition”.

Unofficial tallies from the elections commission show Aquino has an insurmountable lead of more than 5 million votes over his nearest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, in the May 10 ballot. The race for vice president is much closer.

On Tuesday, a joint session of Congress met to start the official tally of votes, but not a single ballot has been counted yet due to debate over technical details and doubts on the integrity of the automated vote count.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Palace urges House body to wrap up probe on poll fraud

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang wants a committee at the House of Representatives to wrap up its investigation into alleged anomalies in the country’s first-ever nationwide automated elections last May 10, saying it is time to “move forward.”

Palace officials are concerned that the hearings being conducted by the committee on suffrage and electoral reforms chaired by Makati Representative Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. could overlap with the joint congressional canvass for the presidential and vice presidential votes.

“We hope we could put an end to this investigation so we can move on,” Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza told reporters in Filipino, on Wednesday.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Morato: 7 ‘Comelec executives’ involved in poll fraud

Smartmatic admission of ‘innocent’ program errors alarms lawmakers


MANILA, Philippines – Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, resumed session on Wednesday afternoon but not a single vote was counted.

Day 2 of the joint session was instead spent grilling officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and election automation system provider Smartmatic on the authenticity of the results of the recent national polls.

The admission of Smartmatic Asia-Pacific president Cesar Flores of innocent program errors caused concerns that there may have also been program errors in computing the votes.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Canvassing deadline moved to June 15

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – The joint Senate-House canvassing committee will finish its tabulation of votes for president and vice president and proclaim the winners on or before June 15.

Committee co-chairmen Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Prospero Nograles made the decision in response to a query raised by Sen. Gregorio Honasan regarding the canvassing and proclamation timeline.

via Philippine Star.

ALSO READ: Erap lawyer insists ex-leader won elections

Party-list groups urge Comelec to push through with proclamation

MANILA, Philippines – Leading party-list groups have banded together and asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to proclaim on Friday all the winning party-list organizations.

In a statement, the Party-List Alliance welcomed the Comelec’s plan to proclaim the top 10 groups, saying “voters deserve and expect a quick announcement of winners due to automation” of the May 10 polls.

Via Phil. Star

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Computer error, ‘2 sets’ of CoCs bared

Posted by akosistella on May 26, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 4) The “erroneous” number of registered voters, the alleged “two sets” of certificates of canvass CoCs, and the digital signatures of the poll inspectors on the election returns were the focus of discussions Wednesday by the joint congressional canvassing committee seeking to start its count of the votes for president and vice president Thursday.

For hours, committee members from the Senate and the House of Representatives needled Commission on Elections and Smartmatic officials and technology experts over these concerns.

“I apologize for the error that is presented in the server,” Smartmatic president for Asia-Pacific Cesar Flores told the committee after Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile demanded an explanation as to why the figure “256, 733, 195” was reflected on the “No. of Registered Voters” during the initialization process of the consolidation and canvassing system CCS server to be used in the tally of votes for president and vice president.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Epic failures of Smartmatic-TIM

The post-election drama is getting more exciting to watch. Since the past week, the public have witnessed the Congressional hearings on the alleged electoral fraud during the country’s first automated elections. The intense turn of events pushed a lawmaker to make ‘unparliamentary remarks,’ transformed a whistle blower into a ‘Koala Bear’ and prompted more losing bets to cry foul over electoral fraud. Yet it is still unclear what the government will do with the consortium that made the poll automation, along with the glitches, possible.

After winning the controversial bidding last year, Smartmatic International Corp. (Smartmatic), a subsidiary owned by Smartmatic International Holding Inc. from Netherlands, and Total Information Management Corporation (TIM), a domestic corporation engaged in information technology and service provider, became the main providers for the May 10 national elections using electronic voting solutions.

Despite major questions on poll automation, the Supreme Court upheld the contract between Comelec and Smartmatic-TIM. In an instant, Smartmatic-TIM became a household name as the major poll provider in the automated elections.

Via POC

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More losing bets claim they were offered ‘altered’ CF cards

Posted by akosistella on May 24, 2010


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(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.”

via GMANews.TV.

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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.

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Election returns flawed, says Locsin

Posted by akosistella on May 24, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Thousands of election returns ERs transmitted from the precinct count optical scan PCOS machines are void because these do not comply with the country’s laws on digital signatures, according to the chair of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform.

Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin, chair of the committee, said Sunday the ERs, on which the certificates of canvass CoCs are based for proclaiming the next president and vice president, had no digital signatures as defined by the country’s e-Commerce Law.The Electronic Commerce Act of 2000 Republic Act No. 8792 gives legal recognition to electronic documents so long as these can be authenticated.

But Locsin was hopeful that the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives, acting as the national board of canvassers for the presidential and vice presidential races, would just “close its eyes” on this “inadvertent mistake” and vote to recognize all the ERs.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Comelec to review conduct of automated polls

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is conducting a comprehensive review of the first automated elections in the country, amid allegations of massive poll fraud.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body is set to gather data and then hold a summit to thoroughly evaluate the conduct of the May 10 elections.

“The evaluation will last from two months or more, but initially we will just gather the data, process it and then evaluate it,” he said.

Via Phil. Star

AND: Angara sees quick canvass for poll winners

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House panel formed to canvass votes for president, VP

Posted by akosistella on May 22, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – UPDATE The House of Representatives completed the members of its panel that would work with the Senate in canvassing the votes for president and vice president starting next week, Speaker Prospero Nograles announced Friday.

The nine-member group will be composed of Nograles as chairman, majority leader Arthur Defensor, minority leader Ronaldo Zamora, senior deputy majority leader Neptali Gonzales II, senior deputy minority leader Roilo Golez, Representatives Crispin Remulla Cavite, Didagen Dilangalen Shariff Kabunsuan with Cotabato City, and Matias Defensor Quezon City, and Michael John Duavit Rizal.

Alternate members include Representatives Teodoro Locsin Jr. Makati, Rufus Rodriguez Cagayan de Oro, Lorenzo Tanada III Quezon, Liwayway Vinzons-Chato Camarines Norte, Simeon Datumanong Maguindanao, Giorgidi Aggabao Isabela, Pedro Romualdo Camiguin, Joseph Emilio Abaya Cavite, and Eduardo Zialcita Paranaque.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Santiago inhibits self from Congressional canvas

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Noynoy cries foul over plan to delay proclamation

President-apparent Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Friday cried foul over House Speaker Prospero Nograles’s reported plan to move back the proclamation of president and vice president from June 4 to June 30, the same day President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo steps down from office.

Nograles, who lost the mayoralty race in Davao City, was quoted as saying that the Senate and the House of Representatives, convening as the national board of canvassers, would proclaim the winning president and vice president “on or before high noon of June 30.”

“Offhand yung aabutin ng June 30, meron pang on or before, noon na sinasabi. Parang napaka hindi tama na sabihin ng Speaker yan,” Aquino said in an interview with reporters after he was visited in his Times Street home by US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas Jr.

Via GMANews.TV

ALSO: Tatad to ask High Court to nullify poll results

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‘Teddy Boy’ blows top at Smartmatic official

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines 3rd UPDATE – Makati City Rep. Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr., one of staunchest defenders of election automation, blew his top during Thursday’s House inquiry into alleged poll fraud and cursed at a representative of poll automation supplier Smartmatic.

“You sons of bitches! You had us standing here guaranteeing to the public and the world that even if fraud is committed, we would be able to trace it. We never said that fraud could never be committed, but you said we could trace it. But now, you tell me that at 10 in the evening, you could do it [cheat] and we would never know?” Locsin, chairman of the House committee on electoral reforms and suffrage, told Heider Garcia of Smartmatic.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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House probe into ‘hocus PCOS’ stalls Comelec tasks

MANILA, Philippines – The Congressional probe into allegations of electronic cheating during the automated elections is causing delays in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) tasks, including canvassing and proclaiming election winners, an official said Thursday.

“The allegations of ‘koala boy’ are preventing us from efficiently doing our job,” said Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, referring to the election fraud whistleblower who appeared on ABS-CBN wearing a mask that made his face look like a koala bear’s.

“We’re supposed to be conducting meetings now and coordinating with field officials, but we can’t do it,” he added.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Comelec orders Antipolo vote machines, junked poll materials probed

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Which one of these would you want to take home?

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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Kirby the Koala

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Robin the Koala (aka Teddyboy's bear)-via Inquirer.net

Click: ‘Koala bear’ is amusing

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