Majority Leader Senator Tito Sotto slams Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez’ reaction stating it is premature to conclude that there are irregularities in the 2016 automated polls as he claims. Sotto challenges Jimenez to show him a circular or memo that authorizes transmission of votes to the server from May 8 to the wee hours of May 9, 2016. In the absence of such circular, Jimenez seems to admit that there was indeed irregularity in the 2016 elections, Sotto explained. Sotto’s privilege speech bears the alleged manipulation of the election in favour of LP bets. Bongbong Marcos contests the same for the Vice Presidency. He added that the Comelec just proves how incapable they are to handle such issues.
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[VIDEO]: The Comelec will be holding their own investigation with regards to the alleged irregularities on the previous election brought up by Senator Sotto’s expose. They state that what Sotto’s source says to be irregularities, may just be the security procedures that they follow prior the election.
The Senate Majority Floor leader said based on his “impeccable reliable” source, that votes are transmitted to the municipal and provincial board of canvassers as early as May 8, 2016. This lasts until the early morning of the official voting day. A foreign access to the election servers is also evident, the lawmaker added. But Jimenez said that they still have to check the accuracy of Sotto’s allegations.
Sotto then slams the Comelec for defending technology provider Smartmatic which has custody over the transmission records. “Is Comelec now the spokesman for Smartmatic? Logs are digital footprints that can’t be easily altered. They should present the logs for the areas to deny my claim,” Sotto demanded.
Sotto said he will “present more logs” on Monday. “I suggest they wait for the hearing. It’s the best venue to plead their case,” Sotto told Comelec. Sotto through this electoral fraud allegations stressing that the there may be a compromise in the 2016 elections. He cites evidence from a source within the poll body – who said that there was an early transmission of votes and foreign access to election servers used during the automated national polls.
The Comelec said anew that it would continue preparations for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May. Despite fresh allegations that the electronic voting system is fraudulent. Jimenez said the poll body would push through with printing 18 million ballots for the village elections toward the end of the month or before the Holy Week. However, it’s enough that the Congress and the Senate are on to the case versus the Liberal Party.