KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: Discard PCOS machines, poll watchdog says PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 11:44

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… This is what the Lord says: `Maintain justice  and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed’…” (Isaiah 56:1, the Holy Bible).

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COMELEC SUSPENDS BIDDING, BUT POLL FRAUD STILL POSSIBLE:  There was news on the morning of October 21, 2014 that the Commission on Elections suspended its bidding for a new automated election system that would supplement the use of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in 2016, but that is not a reason to celebrate among those fighting election fraud through PCOS machines.

Fact is, the supposedly new automated election system that the poll body wants to purchase, for the 2016 presidential elections, would still be subject to election cheating, simply because outgoing Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. and the other Comelec commissioners composing the poll body today have made sure that PCOS would still be used two years from now.

The problem is, judicial recounts across the country are now proving to all Filipino voters that PCOS machines cannot be relied upon to yield honest, accurate, and truthful poll results. The latest proof of this PCOS-machines-induced fraud came from the Paniqui, Tarlac Regional Trial Court, where 86% of the PCOS count in the town for the 2013 elections was found inaccurate when compared with the manual counting of the votes.

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DISCARD PCOS, POLL WATCHDOG URGES COMELEC: This is the reason why the private election watchdog, Government Watch, under the leadership of businessman Raul Concepcion, has been repeatedly asking the Comelec and the Aquino government to discard the PCOS machines altogether for 2016. Government Watch said the use of PCOS machines allowed the Comelec to ignore certain security features provided for by the law.

In a press statement, Government Watch said that, during a hearing at the Senate Oversight Committee last September 18, 2014, lawmakers established “the omission of certain requirements prescribed by the Automated Election Law”. Evidently, this omission allowed the manipulation of PCOS results to favor selected politicians.

Government Watch listed the omitted requirements in the use of the PCOS machines: “lack of UV lamps that prove the authenticity of the ballots, voter verification, paper audit trail that correctly ensures that every vote is counted and enables an independent audit results, digital signatures that  authenticate results and electronic transmission, and mandatory source code review that proves the integrity of digital instructions  and commands written in the computer program that controls and operates the PCOS.”

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WHY IS COMELEC INSISTING ON USING PCOS? The findings of the Paniqui, Tarlac RTC confirmed earlier findings by the Gapan, Nueva Ecija Regional Trial Court involving the votes actually received by Jesus Is Lord chieftain Bro. Eddie Villanueva as an independent senatorial candidate in 2013. The Nueva Ecija RTC found that the PCOS count for Bro. Eddie was much lower than the actual and manual count of the ballots.

This gave credence to claims made by Ateneo Statistics Prof. Felix Muga II and other personalities, such as defeated United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, that the 2013 election results, coming from PCOS machines, appeared to have been programmed to yield a 60-30-10 percent result—60% of the winner from the Liberal Party, 30% from UNA, and 10% from independent candidates.

It also confirmed video presentations uploaded right after the 2013 elections showing the actual tampering of the PCOS results through a pre-programmed list of winners, regardless of which candidates the electorates actually voted for. Indeed, there is reason to junk the use of PCOS machines, so that future fraud could be avoided. But the Comelec is insisting on the PCOS’ use. I wonder why?

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