Did Smartmatic help the Liberal Party rig the 2016 Philippine Presidential Elections?

Who would have thought that the late former ambassador Roy Señeres, who withdrew from the presidential race shortly before his death last February would affect the Presidential Elections conducted on the 9th of May? It seems dead people have a way of “influencing” Philippine politics. We all know that incumbent President Benigno Simeon Aquino only got elected through sympathy votes after his beloved mother and so-called EDSA people power icon Cory died a few months before the 2010 Presidential Elections. Likewise, Vice Presidential candidate Leni “Daang Matuwid” Robredo also benefited from her late husband’s passing who died in a plane crash while still the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary. Shortly after, she won as congresswoman in the 2013 elections.

Leni Robredo: Will she allow hers and her late husband's good names to be dragged down by Liberal Party cheats?
Leni Robredo: Will she allow hers and her late husband’s good names to be dragged down by Liberal Party cheats?
So how did Señeres affect the recently held Presidential Elections? Well, apparently the “ñ” in his name along with several other candidates’ names came out as “?”. At least this was the Venezuelan Smartmatic technician’s excuse when asked why he inserted a new program at 7.30pm of Election Day while the system was in the middle of canvassing the votes. The technician added later on that it was his boss Smartmatic Project Director Marlon Garcia who instructed him to do so. They are calling this mere “cosmetic change” and did not affect the election results.

Yeah, right. But the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) supposedly conducted a dry run prior to the elections, so the question is, why didn’t anyone from both Smartmatic and the COMELEC notice that the “ñ” came out as “?” during the dry-run? The more important question is, why didn’t the Smartmatic technician inform anyone from either the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting Center (PPCRV) or COMELEC of what he was about to do before doing it?

Based on the reported accounts of the IT expert from the PPCRV who remains anonymous, when they confronted the Venezuelan technician, his initial response was he just needed to introduce a “new script” without mentioning the reason.

 The IT expert said there was no Comelec official present when the tampering of the system took place.

When confronted, the source said the Venezuelan admitted that the order to introduce a new script came from Marlon Garcia, project director of Smartmatic.

The source said the “confrontation” had been recorded on video and audio.

“The Smartmatic IT expert’s job was only to ‘receive, decrypt and distribute’ the files. Since we are also IT experts and we have been doing this since the preparation for seven months already, we knew what the Venezuelan did was something irregular. He introduced a new script, a new computer program and commands that could alter everything and supersede the existing program,” he said.

He explained that the breach was confirmed when the “hash code” that was inside the transparency server was different from the hash code brought in by the Smartmatic.

“The hash code inside the transparency server should be the same as the one to be inserted. We saw they’re different so we started to be suspicious and confronted the guy,” the source said.

Bongbong Marcos and son Sandro bravely face massively-orchestrated fraud and media demonisation by the Liberal Party.
Bongbong Marcos and son Sandro bravely face massively-orchestrated fraud and media demonisation by the Liberal Party.
It’s outrageous that both the Smarmatic technician and Project Director Garcia haven’t been arrested yet for violating Republic Act 8436 or the Philippine Automated Election Laws that prohibits any tampering without authorisation from COMELEC officials especially in the middle of transmitting election results. The authorities should have arrested them right there and then and interrogated them immediately. They should not be allowed to leave the country before allegations of election fraud are resolved.

The problem is the people in authority are showing their bias. The speed with which COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista denied there was cheating involved was quite suspect. He said this even before thorough investigations were conducted. Likewise, PPCRV’s Henrietta de Villa also denied there was a confrontation involving her people and the Smartmatic Technician even when the incident was recorded. Some say that they are making light of the breach of security as usual. It is worth noting that Bautista is a close ally of both Aquino and former cabinet member and Presidential candidate Mar Roxas who lost the election to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. Meanwhile, speculation is rife that De Villa is a staunch anti-Marcos advocate.

Some IT experts are asking: What was the point of the code certification when the code can be replaced anytime even in the middle of transmission of data? It just doesn’t make any sense.

It turns out that Smartmatic also did a similar stunt during the 2013 midterm elections. In fact, a group had filed a lawsuit against Smarmatic officials  for electoral sabotage when they changed the source code just hours before the voting closed on 13th of May 2013:

An election case was filed on Thursday before the Commission on Elections against officials of Smartmatic–Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. for allegedly altering the source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the May 13, 2013 midterm polls.

In their Joint Affidavit-Complaint, the group headed by former poll body commissioner Gus Lagman accused Smartmatic officials Cesar Flores, President for Asia-Pacific; Albert Castro Rico and Marlon Garcia of violating Republic Act 9369, or the Poll Automation Law when it changed the source code just hours after voting closed last May 13, 2013.

“Smartmatic officials/personnel inexplicably changed the scripts of the un-reviewed source code at or about the time of the consolidation/canvassing during the said elections,” they said in their seven-page complaint.

They added, “This action on the part of Smartmatic as well as the Election Management System constitutes the crime of electoral sabotage.”

In unrelated news, in 2006 Smartmatic was the subject of a U.S. Federal government investigation after the company’s takeover of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting machines Sequoia Voting Systems of Oakland, California. It was alleged that leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is part owner of Smartmatic and could influence election results in the U.S. The allegation was strongly denied by Chavez and said that his government only use Smartmatic for Venezuela’s electoral process. Meanwhile back in 2004, the Venezuelan government’s financial agency reportedly invested money “into a smaller technology company, owned by some of the same people as Smartmatic, that joined with Smartmatic as a minor partner in the bid”. 

 In return, the government agency was given a 28 percent stake in the smaller company and a seat on its board, which was occupied by a senior government official who had previously advised Mr. Chávez on elections technology. But Venezuelan officials later insisted that the money was merely a small-business loan and that it was repaid before the referendum.

Smartmatic as a company has come a long way from being a once fledgling technology start-up to now selling its products to developing countries like the Philippines where safeguards against fraud are weak or quite often ignored. This is precisely what happened in the recently-held Presidential Elections.

Embattled president of Smartmatic Asia, Cesar Flores
Embattled president of Smartmatic Asia, Cesar Flores
I would recommend a Senate inquiry into the electoral fraud allegations but considering a lot of senators are members of the Liberal Party, the investigation will amount to nothing but opportunity for them to grandstand.

Indeed, perpetrators of election fraud using electronic machines expect the public not to notice anomalies especially when tech jargon is involved to explain the phenomenon. They are also hoping that the public’s short attention span will work on their behalf. And this is the reason why allegations of cheating in the 2010 and 2013 elections did not progress into criminal prosecution. Unfortunately, it is also the reason why election fraud will continue in the years to come.

If Filipinos want the tradition of cheating during election to stop, they should stop asking Senator Bongbong Marcos to concede even before a formal investigation takes place. If Robredo’s lead was in the millions and if there weren’t any dubious activities during the election, I would agree with them. But Robredo’s lead is not that big and the circumstances when her numbers started going up – after the Venezuelan Smartmatic personnel changed the script – has cast a doubt on the whole election process. The integrity of the result has been compromised.

If I were in Robredo’s shoes, I would join the calls for an investigation and possible recount just to remove doubts about the election result. Based on unofficial election results, Robredo should recognise that the number of people who supported her is almost the same as the people who supported Marcos. That only means there are millions of people who believe in Marcos Jr despite the negative propaganda continually hurled against him. Robredo should be careful not to insult their intelligence. Since the election anomaly has happened, there are more people who think she has sold her soul to the Liberal Party. She should do something to change that perception.

Cheating to win the election is so Third World. Smartmatic seems to be leading the way for despots to rule in such countries. Hopefully, Filipinos will put an end to this. Filipinos cannot consider themselves to be living in a truly democratic country if their politicians can cheat election results and get away with it. It means politicians who have the means are choosing for them. If this trend continues, Filipinos might as well call the Philippine election process dead.

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The SWS exit polls survey revealed that BBM is ahead of madam Leni by 2.something %..including some other survey firms..ahead din si BBM..pre election day surveys were drummed up by t.v. networks, bakit yung exit polls survey hindi nila masydong nilabas at na tackle? Kung tutuusin mas paniniwalaan ko tong exit polls kasi tapos nang bumuto ang tao e..is it because nanguna si BBM? I wonder…having said that and having read all the incidents and inconsistencies of explanations made by people in these strings of events, the results of this electoral process have been severely compromised.

zaxx
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What glaring incompetence!!! Let’s call this incident…

COMELEC LENIency MARs 2016 Philippine Elections

Eli
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Kayak nilagay ni panot para may mandaya para sa kanilang mga kandidato. Maasahan niya dahil pinsan niya.

rein carnation
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S.O.P in I.T. Set-up. whenever error is found by end-users of a running operating sys w/in organization/ agency/bank, corrspdng script/patch created MUST 1st be tested 4 it;s “sound” effectiveness using existing non-live data in a “test” region, trrespective of the “FIX”error in question. Only after a series of “successful” results made showing its validity will confirm d installing of script or patch into a “LIVE or Production” region of an operating S/W. In this case, regardless of how simple the error was, NO INSTALLATION SHOULD BE MADE WHILE A SYS IS IN ” LIVE” MODE. This could trigger a changr… Read more »
rein carnation
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I suspect that the votes of DU30 might reached 20MN if not from that Hash code. I doubted votes of Drilon and Villanueva will be higher than DU30.

josie
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agree Roxas should not even number 2 since most OFW included Filipino citizens did not bother to vote for him and 1st of all that many voters did not even give much attention to vote for senators so where did that Drilon get his higher vote than Du30?? curios right

Jim DiGriz
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Ilda, what you mentioned is exactly what I had told my wife the other day when we talked about this obviously questionable outcome.

If Robredo is so certain that there was no cheating and that she won in a clean and fair election, then she should by all means join BBM and call for a recount and an in-depth investigation.

Certainly she would not want to win this election through fraud? Or does she?

Does she?

Randall Flagg
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I really don’t think she has any real choice in this matter. If you know what I mean. 😉

“There are no strings on me.” – Pinocchio

zaxx
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We should get COMELEC to sort this whole mess out fast. I was hoping pa man din to see BBM’s face on the daily news for the next 6 years.

His baby face (not bad at 58) is so much less stressful look at than Leni’s spooky eyes. Oops, what am I talking about … Plataporma mga kababayan; plataporma ang basihan!

Dick S. O'Rosary
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I expect to see Leni’s crying face each time something happens. People holding the top spot should be tough.

Lani
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Haha! 🙂 Buti nakapag break para tumawa. Nakaka stress to see yong obvious na dayaan. Heartbreaking.

Jem
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i wonder how you look like after criticizing them. Surely you look even more ugly, i can sense from the way you act.

Yoshikage Kira
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And I wonder how you look dumb when you’re spouting that crap. Again, you’re missing the point.

Jose Mobo R.
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Is it a coincidence that George Soros bought substantial shares of Smartmatic? I do not think so. Soros is lunked to the destabilization of Ukraine before until Russia made its move.

The real issue in this election is control of the South China Seas by US and its allies. To remove BBM as the next successor makes DU30 walking on a very thin ice if he makes the blunder of favoring China.

Jose Mobo R.
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Is it a coincidence that George Soros bought substantial shares of Smartmatic? I do not think so. Soros is linked to the destabilization of Ukraine before until Russia made its move.

The real issue in this election is control of the South China Seas by US and its allies. To remove BBM as the next successor makes DU30 walking on a very thin ice if he makes the blunder of favoring China.

Jose Mobo R.
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Has anyone of the geniuses and gifted adults ever thought the the million rolls of thermal paper donated by Smartmatic that won’t last long like SM cash register recipts was precisely given free to erase any evidence? lol

mrericx
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There’s a cheating on the VP election results? Don’t worry, Anonymous Philippines will do the job on this mess in spite that they’d hacked our personal identity on Comelec’s biodata records:

https://twitter.com/Senyora/status/730032063277998080

c
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Very interesting post as to why the vp results have been fishy. This was even noted before the admitted change.
https://www.facebook.com/michaelhenry.pescador/posts/1202196583138144

65Toro007Hyden999888.99
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65Toro007Hyden999888.99

Mga kababayan…kung hindi nating ituwid ang ating electoral process. At pabayaan natin ang pandaraya ni Mar Roxas, Aquino, Liberal Party.
Tayo rin ang may kasalanan. Ito ay para sa mga “future elections” natin. Kaya sama sama tayong ituwid itong pandaraya!

44Hyden007Toro9999.99
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44Hyden007Toro9999.99
Smartmatic Headquarters is in London , United Kingdom. Smartmatic Corporation has offices in Delaware, U.S.A. We have to investigate, the Hardware first of the PCOS machine; if it is the same as the Original design. You can ask for the Blueprint or Mylar of the design of the PCOS machine. There is a patent number of this PCOS machine, in the U.S. Bureau of Patents… Next, is to determine the SOFTWARE, they used in the Philippines elections. Any source codes; computer programs , especially: Executable Files, can alter the way the turnout of the voting and the counting. Last is;… Read more »
999Toro007Hyden9999.99
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999Toro007Hyden9999.99

Hire an Information Technology expert, from the U.S., to help in the investigation…U.S. is where these voting machines were invented and developed.

7777Hyden007Toro9999.999
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7777Hyden007Toro9999.999

I have put information on the recent Zaxx” article , regarding the CERTIFICATION and TEST of these voting machines and equipment, and system.

Please read them!

nagtatanong_lang
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Hi Ilda. just a minor correction, Jesse Robredo died in a plane crash and not helicopter…

PatriotOne
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BBM’s concern has strong validity. They were doing vote padding against DU30 and BBM, But DU30’s votes are just too high. Just look at how the OFWs voted accdg to exit polls.

Here’s what they did to DU30 and BBM’s votes http://www.freshnewsportal.com/it-expert-from-admu-explains-the-counting-of-vote-of-duterte-to-roxas/

rein carnation
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UNIQUE KEYWORDS: In today’s 21st Cent, speed, availability & swiftness of getting timely info is the “order of the day” In any S/W sys design, there s still d need/use of spcl or unique keywords to target d sending of req’d inputs to specific recipient or data column. For it be easily noticed w/in voluminous data environment, NO ONE ELSE SHUD HAVE IT IN THE SAME GRP. These KEYWORDS MUST stand out from d rest of the field. In the latest National Election, der r 2 phrases/words dat wer added into d names of some candidates w/c did make dem… Read more »
rein carnation
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I guessed, kailangan lang may script na mag-initiate to trigger the pre=embedded program to start the operation. Afterwrds, it will just blend w/ d rest of d executable file of the software. An “HONEST” COMPLAINT for a NON-ESSENTIAL REQ’T turned out to become d “PERFECT ALIBI”! Hindi na gumalaw ang nasa Magic 12 mula maglagay ng bagong script. Zubiri, Osmena, esp. Tolentino shud ask for investigation ?

N
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I like that your title encourages the people to ponder on this very important issue. Vote rigging is a crime in our country that never gets resolved and cheaters never get punished that’s why every election they are able to manipulate vote results. This ? error could be intentional. Why didn’t they removed Señeres in the list when he was dead? He withdrew two months before the election. I think that’s a better reason to change something with more time back then if they are looking for reasons to touch the code. Votes for him can still be cast to… Read more »
Jose Mobo R.
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Anyone here who can post the news link of the visit of Soros to the Philippines meeting high admin officials and even Roxas ?

rein carnation
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DOUBTFUL CIRCUMTANCES: 1. Unique words (Daang matuwid, Tesdaman) 2. Rumored withdrawal of MDS 3. Call for withdrawal of Grace and Binay by PNoy 4. Chiz conceded early while his votes with questionable transfer to Leni, typo error both CNN & GMA 5. new SCRIPT installed by SMartmatic END RESULTS: 1. Unexpected no. of votes for Mar, Leni & Villanueva 2 & 3. Thanks to MDS, Binay & esp. Grace they don’t withdraw ! There might be specific SCRIPT to transfer votes from the 3 to Mar 4 & 5. Every 1% votes cast, 40k votes added to Leni OBSERVATIONS: 1.… Read more »
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555Hyden007Toro999.99

@rein carnation:

The Smarmatic PCOS is already compromised. The Philippine election in 2010 and 2016 were FRAUDS. It was done by Aquino , Mar Roxas, Porky Drilon and the Liberal Party.

People of any nationality can be susceptible to corruption.

We must all be Vigilant; as a wise man said: ” Eternal vigilance is the Price of Liberty….”!

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