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Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:39

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


Recall my first-ever item in L.A Zamboanga Times. T’was on  what has been popularized as “Hocus PCOS”.

Though, up until now from all possible sources; I have received only four negative reactions, I was all the time and still positive some may not bite my view for I was one of the PCOS-ran 2013 poll victims. And the opposing political camp had earlier readied a smoke screen to utilize as justification for my defeat, having used the only local television outlet then, to violently attempt smearing my name as being anti-womanhood. Truth, however is, that TV barrage was carried out only some three days before election day. Honestly, would anyone candidly believe that an indisputable front -running bet could be toppled by a 3-day one way bombardment, denying him the chance to react?

Victim as I was, you be the judge.

This is I bring about today because of several news items that very recently appeared in practically all Manila-based news sources. Hereunder are excerpts, followed by my comments:

“A complaint was filed at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) on Thursday for allegedly sabotaging the 2013 senatorial elections.

The complaint was filed by the group headed by former Comelec commissioner Gus Lagman (Underscoring supplied.).

The other complainants were Leo Querubin, Maria Corazon Akol, Glenn Chong, Temario Rivera, and Ernesto del Rosario, all members of the Automated Election System (AES) Watch.

They accused Smartmatic officials Cesar Flores; Albert Castro Rico and Marlon Garcia of violating Republic Act 9369, or the Poll Automation Law for allegedly changing the source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines just hours after voting closed (Underscoring supplied) on 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 (Underscoring  supplied) during the said elections,” they said in their seven-page complaint.

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

The source code is defined as the human readable instructions that dictate what the automated election system will do. The petitioners said the incident happened at the Command Center of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) about two hours after voting closed when about 12 million votes for the senatorial elections have already been received in the PPCRV transparency server.

They said the transparency server “was rendered meaningless when its operation or functioning was disturbed or interfered with Albert Castro Rico and Marlon Garcia of Smartmatic.”

Section 28 of the RA 9369 provides that among the prohibited acts include “interfering with, impeding, absconding for purpose of gain, preventing the installation or use of computer counting devices and the processing, storage, generation and transmission of election results, data or information.

Electoral sabotage carries a penalty of life imprisonment. PNA”

Perceptibly, because the Automated Election System (AESW) Watch is concerned only on the national level, singly the senate counting was mentioned, disregarding the local level. Reading between the lines, it can readily be established that the results could have indeed been tampered with.

Added inputs. As I delve into this, do you think I was the only victim. No! There was a would-have-been, Meng Agan who was also headed for downfall in the dying seconds of counting, but was luckily pushed from 9th slot to 7th when the vaunted Taluksangay votes came in.

And has anyone noticed that in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula, non-Team Pinoy parties managed to win in only four (4) areas, namely Sibuco, Ipil, Misamis Occidental and Dapitan City.

Scrutinize closely please. Under these circumstances laid, pray tell me, how can a graduated three-term mayor who fielded his wife next and handily won in the 2010 polls, only to lose on the comeback trail?

Friends , this happened. Not only in one but two towns. To the Sorianos of Siocon and the Cariños of Sirawai.

In Ipil, while a non-Team Pinoy mayor won, his re-election, Gov. Rommel Jalosjos lost in the province of Zamboanga del Sur to a small town mayor, when he had earlier beaten a well- entrenched Hoffer.

In Zamboanga del Norte, 3-term Cong. Cesar Jalosjos lost, when evidently, he had the full backing of Dapitan City, where a nephew won a re-election bid, as well as the 2nd District’s, where he had served as Congressman for three (3) terms.

Look at the Garcias of Cebu, the Gordons of Subic and lot lot more.

I concur with AESW. Avert another HoloPCOS via Hocus PCOS.

The above item is further strengthened by this. “MANILA, Philippines—A poll watchdog group has filed graft and corruption charges with the Ombudsman against former officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) led by former Chairman Jose Melo and officers of Smartmatic and Total Information Management  Corp. (TIM) for “imperiling” the 2010 and 2013 elections with the use of “highly suspect” and “terribly faulty” precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.”

If this is not credible, I do not know what is.

You be the better judge.