By: Elena Grace Flores
Dream all you want because the secret servers ‘have nothing to do with the vote count results,’ says lawyer Romulo Macalintal to Marcos – as Marlon Garcia admitted that there were indeed other servers other than the ones approved but results are not passed through them. This may be true but why were the excess servers necessary then? They already breached the cyber crime law and they installed unauthorized servers and that’s okay? They do not have credibility anymore so even if they say that the unapproved servers were just there for display, no one would believe them, only Macalintal! Read this:
Rappler Reported: Veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said on Tuesday, July 26, that the supposed existence of “other servers” during the May 2016 elections won’t bolster the claims of cheating in the vice presidential race. The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr has repeatedly argued that there were unauthorized election servers where the election results could have possibly been tweaked. Marcos filed an election protest against Vice President Leni Robredo before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal on June 29. (READ: ’10 days not enough to answer Marcos election protest’)
It added: In a statement, Macalintal said “Marcos and his supporters are dreaming if they believe Marcos would win in his election protest… on the basis of alleged ‘secret servers.'” “Even granting, just for the sake of argument, that such ‘secret servers’ indeed existed in the last election, said ‘servers’ have nothing to do with the results of the election for any position. They have no means of changing the results, either to add to or deduct from the votes of any candidate,” the lawyer added.
On July 22, the Marcos camp had said that Marlon Garcia, head of Smartmatic’s technical support team, disclosed that there were “several other servers aside from the 3 legally authorized servers.” Smartmatic’s lawyer George Aquino confirmed this in a preliminary investigation before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office, but stressed that the votes went directly to the Central and Transparency Servers.
The Marcos camp also claimed there was a “fourth server” that was not subjected to source code review. This is where the votes could have been rigged, they said, instead of going directly to the official servers. But Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) IT director William Yu earlier refuted that claim, saying that the transmitted results did not necessarily pass through this server. Macalintal on Tuesday also reiterated his previous stance that Marcos should just present even one of the 94,000 election returns that does not tally with an authentic copy.
The lawyer also again challenged Marcos to show one ballot where a vote for him was credited to Robredo instead. The former senator is seeking a recount in 36,000 precincts located in 27 provinces and cities. He also wants the nullification of election results in Basilan, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur, claiming there was massive cheating in those provinces.