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DOJ Consents to Bongbong Marcos’ Plea, Charges Comelec, Smartmatic for Digital Script Change

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos finds an ally in its quest to prove the fraudulent digital election system in 2016. The justice department reverses the decision of the Manila Prosecutor’s Office, which earlier found no basis to Marcos’ complaints that the alteration done by Smartmatic in the server did not have the permission from the authorized Comelec officer.






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[VIDEO]: The Department of Justice orders the filing of criminal charges against the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic.



DOJ’s Action

The DOJ orders the filing of criminal charges against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and supplier Smartmatic for changing the script in the servers in between results transmissions during the 2016 polls. This coincides with the sudden switch of the trend that favored Leni Robredo.




Personnel Charged

The justice department found probable cause to charge Comelec and Smartmatic personnel. This is for violating Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act. Recommended for charges are Smartmatic technical support team head Marlon Garcia and members; Neil Baniqued and Mauricio Herrera. Comelec IT specialists Rouie Peñalba, Nelson Herrera, and Frances Mae Gonzales are also not off the hook.



Criminal Intent Not Necessary

The DOJ rejects Comelec’s defense that the script change was just for cosmetic purposes. That it did not affect the election results. The change in the script was allegedly due to the need to correct the items with “ñ” appearing as “?” and not for digital fraud. The DOJ stressed that RA 10175 is a special law that does not require criminal intent. Whatever the case may be, they have 









The President’s Hand

The DOJ is noted to be an agency that pursues the ideals of the President – unlike the Supreme Court that sits as PET for Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against Robredo. Netizens recently urged the President over social media to interfere in the delaying tactics of Robredo being tolerated by the Comelec and the Supreme Court. It is a relief for Marcos supporters to think that their pleas did not fall on deaf ears.




http://www.rappler.com/nation/172248-doj-comelec-smartmatic-liable-script-change-2016




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