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Atty. Chong: Comelec Disqualifies Pivot in Favor of Smartmatic

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By: Elena Grace Flores
by Karoni Channel




Atty. Glenn Chong: Comelec Made Smartmatic Win

Smartmatic Won after Pivot’s Disqualification

The Comelec’s Special Bids and Awards Committee-Automated Elections Systems (SBAC-AES) disqualifies Pivot International Inc.-Power Serve Inc. (PII-PSI). It’s the only company that bids against Smartmatic. They were also the lowest bidder. Therefore, Smartmatic gets the contract after the deliberate disqualification, said Atty. Chong.


Lower than Comelec’s Budget Ceiling

Documents show that PII-PSI’s bid of P490 million is below the P170,741,660.47 budget ceiling. Comelec’s limit is P660,741,660.47. It is also lower than the P637,443,308.45 offer of Smartmatic-TIM. Atty. Chong goes through the specifications to prove that the Comelec greatly favors Smartmatic.


Continues Fraud

The clean elections attorney stresses that Comelec’s connivance with Smartmatic to commit continues fraud is very clear. However, to get rid of them would require the Congress to change laws that would take a lot of time. So, Senator Imee Marcos endorses Senator Tito Sotto’s Hybrid election bill to hear it by January 2021. Hoping that it passes into law in time for the 2022 elections. This is the Comelec’s deadline to the lawmakers.



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Lito Atienza’s Comelec Cover Up Theory on Bongbong Marcos’ Election Fraud Accusations

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Congressman Lito Atienza, Buhay Party List representative stresses in his speech in Congress that he believes Bongbong Marcos was cheated in the 2016 election. He also advised him that there’s nothing he can do about it because of Comelec’s cover-up on Smartmatic’s fiasco uncovered by clean election enthusiast, Atty. Glenn Chong who is running for Senator for the 2019 Senatorial race. z

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[VIDEO]: LITO ATIENZA ISINIWALAT NA ANG KATOTOHANAN

Evidence of the VP Election Fraud in 2016

The camp of former Senator Bongbong Marcos reveals that the soft copy of ballots they presented as proof of supposed election fraud in 2016 came from the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) itself. Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, a spokesperson of Marcos, made the claim in a statement denying Vice President Leni Robredo camp’s accusation that the evidence was “fake and fabricated.” “Her accusation though is tantamount to dishonoring the PET because it is the source of the soft copies of all the ballot images we presented,” Rodriguez said.

Tandem Battle

The poll cheating battle becomes the tandem of Comelec and Smartmatic versus TanDem (Tanggulang Demokrasya). Lawyer Glenn Chong of TanDem reinforces the revelations made by Senate President Vicente Sotto 3rd in his privilege speeches last March 6 and 14, 2018. Sotto exposes the irregularities in the 2016 national and local elections. This includes the existence of queueing servers, early transmission of votes, and foreign remote access to the election servers. He claims that his source provides him with system logs that show these anomalies. These data happen to be from the PET.

The Comelec Cover Up

Former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong made a step by step discussion of the system logs in his possession. He compares it point by point with Sotto’s revelations. In the end, Chong proves that Sotto’s exposé is consistent with the entries in the system logs. Of course, Comelec and Smartmatic would not admit any errors on their part – just like what Atienza said beforehand. The alleged early transmission of votes and the existence of secret servers are all set aside by the poll body.

Chong Questions the Comelec with Proof

Chong asserts that 459 transmissions from the municipality of Ragay, Camarines Norte were made on the early morning of May 8. This is only a day before the 2016 elections. However, as shown on the logs, and as per the Comelec, no vote-counting machines from Ragay were working on May 8. So, the big question now is who sent the transmissions early on that day?

Comelec Cannot Discredit the PET

Senator Franklin Drilon was quick to ask Chong where he got his data. Well, to the surprise of the senators, the system logs came from Comelec itself. It turned out that the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), in the election protest case of Francis Tolentino v. Leila de Lima, had subpoenaed those logs and Comelec had submitted them to the SET. Chong then accesses them through a PET session.

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Election Advocate Glenn Chong’s Car Peppered with Bullets that Killed Close Aide


By: Elena Grace Flores

Atty. Glenn Chong is known to be an election reform advocate. He exposes the alleged anomaly in the 2016 vice-presidential race between Leni Robredo and Bongbong Marcos. He now runs for Senator. Barely 6 months prior to the 2019 midterm poll, his car was peppered with 30 bullets. His aide for eleven years, Richard Red Santillan died. Chong was not in the car because Santillan left him in Naga as he headed off to Manila for his yearly pre-Christmas gift-giving activity.
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[VIDEO]: MAINSTREAM MEDIA WALANG PAKE SA AIDE NI GLENN CHONG, RICHARD SANTILLAN – Sass Rogando Sasot 12/11

30 Bullets are Proofs

Reports said there were 30 bullet holes in the car, and Chong said the incident proved the attackers were keen on killing their target. Chong revealed during Senate hearings that Smartmatic had a hand in the 2016 election cheating. He is relentless in his pursuit of the truth when he testified about the alleged electoral fraud in both the Senate and House hearings.

No Enemies

To Chong’s knowledge, Santillan has no known “enemies.” Except perhaps some people in Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Chong is always critical of Smartmatic since the 2010 elections. It, however, got the Comelec bidding to provide the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) for the country’s first digital elections. Chong is among the first and most consistent critics of the PCOS system.

Chong’s Suspicion

Atty. Chong suspects that his aide was allegedly murdered by the police at around 2 a.m. on December 10 in Cainta, Rizal. He refers to the video they’ve got to back his theory. According to Chong, the video footage shows that there were patrol cars in front and at the back of Santillan’s car. This is contrary to the police spot report that his aide was engaged in a shootout with the authorities.

False Accusations

Furthermore, the election fighter cries fraud on the police claims that they found in Santillan’s possession three packets of shabu. He insinuates that “when the victim is dead, one can always plant evidence there.” He also points on some loopholes in the allegations that Santillan could be a member of the Highway Boys Group which operates in Taytay, Cainta and Pasig City.

Promise to His Comrade

Santillan was always with Chong in the last eight years of his association with politicians. They knew him as an associate because he is like a brother to Chong. He even gave Santillan with a Glock firearm registered under his aide’s name. Santillan may not have brought the firearm with him during the incident. Thus, he suspects that the firearms and a grenade were planted. Chong swears to stand by his fallen comrade and clear his name until the end.

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Is Senator Koko Pimentel Falling Short of his Promise to Present Smartmatic to the Public?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

During the last Senate committee meeting on September 13, 2018, Senator Koko Pimentel pledged that Smartmatic people must divulge their knowledge on the alleged 2016 election fraud. Two months had passed by and this promise is still hanging. However, he prioritizes the filing of his questionable certificate of candidacy and his recent marriage. Does this mean that there’s no more public hearing on this issue?



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[VIDEO]: Disqualification case isinampa laban kay Sen. Koko Pimentel sa Comelec


Two Kinds of Senate Hearings

There are two types of hearings in the Senate. First is the public hearing where it is open to the media and the public. Then, the executive sessions where the media and the public are not allowed. Only members of the Senate and the Congress can attend such meeting. Atty. Glenn Chong’s team members are worried that Senator Pimentel’s committee would opt for the executive session. Given that this could save Smartmatic from further embarrassments.


Pre-judged Case?

Smartmatic in partnership with Comelec is obviously very powerful. Only a public hearing can justify a clean mid-term election. However, it is notable that Pimentel’s committee is very quiet nowadays. It could be that an executive session is now cooking if the running Senator is in connivance with the riding in tandem, as Atty. Chong puts it.


Regaining the Public’s Trust

As long as the Smartmatic witnesses cannot be presented in a public hearing, the people will surely doubt the integrity of the elections in 2019. It would look like the committee is protecting the Comelec and Smartmatic fraud syndicates. The Senate would surely lose its credibility as a worst-case scenario.



Confusion on the Law

The Constitution provides that the term of office of a senator is six years and that no senator can run for more than two consecutive terms. “In the case of Pimentel, he lost in the May 2007 election for senator but eventually won his election protest against Senator (Juan Miguel) Zubiri in August 2011 and served merely the remaining two years unexpired term of Zubiri from August 2011 to June 2013”. Pimentel’s election lawyers cited the 2017 case of Albania vs. Comelec, where the High Court reiterated its previous similar doctrines in other election cases that the period of time that an elective official served after winning his election protest “did not constitute a complete and full service of his term as he did not hold the office for the full term of three years to which he was supposedly entitled to.” Other lawyers also disagree with this analysis.

Newly-Wed Blues

Pimentel, 54, married partner Kathryna Yu, 36, in a civil wedding ceremony last October 18, at the Coconut Palace. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio officiated the wedding, which was attended by big names in politics and showbiz. President Rodrigo Du30 and close aide Bong Go who also runs for Senator led the principal sponsors. Despite the newly-wed blues, Atty. Chong still insists on Pimentel’s response as to when the next public hearing would be on the election fraud issue?


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Glenn Chong Asks Comelec where’s the 10 Missing Voting Machines are for Election 2019?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

“Massive testing” will start today by vote counting machines and other election systems for their use in 2019. This will definitely be used as a “massive propaganda” of the syndicate, said Atty. Glenn Chong. He also joins the PDK, DDS, and BBM group leaders to talk about the VP electoral fraud which is a hot topic in the country today.

PDK DDS BBM 2018Attorney Glenn Chong talking about VP Electoral Fraud. Hot topic.

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[VIDEO]: Attorney Glenn Chong talking about VP Electoral Fraud.


10 Missing Voting Machines

The Comelec admits that the 10 voting machines are indeed missing. However, they cannot explain to the public why they have not been returned to the poll agency yet after the 2016 elections. This is until now after a long 2 years and 5 months has passed. Their officials are not even taking responsibility for their disappearance.  The Senate hearing on September 13, 2018, got the record for the admission.


Cheating in Election 2019 is More Likely

Due to Comelec’s incompetence in safeguarding the voting machines, the people will always think that the next election in 2019 cannot be a clean and honest one because these machines can actually generate votes for the manipulators, added Chong.


Independent Operation Theory

INDEPENDENT OPERATION: These machines have been stolen by the politicians who are the conniving candidates with the syndicate as per the case in Biliran in 2010. They can be used in to conduct their own fraudulent activities to match with the maneuvers of the Comelec and Smartmatic personnel. There are various cheating procedures that can be done technically using those devices.



Syndicated Operation Scenario

SYNDICATED OPERATION: These machines will be used as cloned VCMs. This can be a widespread operation by the Comelec syndicates and Smartmatic itself. If the Comelec and Smartmatic are not guilty of this scenario, they must have been found already. Their whereabouts should not be a mystery. The culprits must also suffer the consequence. To the contrary, the Comelec just refuses to answer.

Tools for Cheating

Chong explains to the PDK, DDS, and BBM group leaders its significance. The missing VCMs are enough to let any Senator win. Take the case of the 459 result transmissions a day before the election in 2016. That can happen again in 2019. They would surely make use of the plan by just setting the issue aside. However, the PDK, DDS, and BBM groups continue to make noises.


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The President has No Jurisdiction Over the Comelec Unlike the Customs

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Since the Bureau of Customs is under the Department of Finance, it is directly under the Office of the President. The Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, and their staff may be removed by President Rodrigo Du30 when he loses confidence in them. On the other hand, the Commission on Elections is an independent constitutional office established under the constitution. The Congress of the Philippines has the authority over the agency through the drafting of resolutions that can change election laws and agreed upon by the Supreme Court as per the judicial review of such acts.



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[VIDEO]: Civilian personnel still ‘in control’, says new Customs chief


Impeachments by the Congress

Therefore, the Commissioners of the Commission on Election can only be removed through impeachment proceedings where only the Congress can facilitate. As a result, it is not possible for any judicial reviews to allow any military takeover to happen. This is very different from the circumstances surrounding the Bureau of Customs. This is why abuses in the poll agency can flourish because the abusers can build their supporters among lawmakers.


No Active Soldiers at the Customs

Malacañang clarifies that soldiers will not be given appointments or designations at the Bureau of Customs. This is after critics said that a military “takeover” at the bureau would violate the Constitution. President Du3o said he wants the military to “take over” Customs. He appoints Rey Leonardo Guerrero, the country’s former military chief, to the corruption-ridden agency.


Shabu Shipment Incident

Du30 recently removed Isidro Lapeña as Customs chief. Lapeña was criticized over the multi-billion shabu shipment that allegedly slipped past the country’s ports. He also announced that all Customs officials and personnel will be on “floating status.” In a Palace news conference, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, however, said: “the President is not appointing or designating any member of the armed forces.”



State of Lawlessness

Panelo argued that the situation at the Customs is akin to “lawlessness” which must be addressed by the President at all costs. “The Constitution says when there is lawless violence, the President can call out the Armed Forces of the Philippines,” he said.


Just to Intimidate

Panelo also explained that the soldiers who might be sent to the Customs will still have to answer to AFP Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr., not Guerrero. This is just to intimidate abusive customs personnel. Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that there’s no “military takeover” order from the President at all. He would, however, take part in the drafting of the guidelines for the plan, along with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea. The people should know by now why Du30 acted out quickly on the customs’ case. Whereas undermining the Comelec’s incompetence amidst the revelations on digital electoral fraud.


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See How Bongbong Marcos Lashes Out on Critics during His Governance Speech in QC

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Rewarding good governance in QC barangays was indeed a worthwhile night for Bongbong Marcos. He spent time with the barangay awardees during a ceremony after mingling with the residents in the morning. He lashes out on his detractors who questioned his credentials as the event’s guest of honor. Marcos has served as Congressman in the Second District of Ilocos Norte. He was also the Governor of Ilocos Norte where he served for three consecutive terms. Additionally, he was the Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives in 2007. Then, he won a seat in the Philippine Senate. If these achievements in public service are not enough, he told his critics to know the father of the barangays. It is no other than his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.



YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos

[VIDEO]: A night spent with the barangay awardees and a morning spent with the barangay residents. Thank you so much, Quezon City!


Good Governance at the LGUs

Marcos always believes in the importance of the LGUs, having spent most of my public service career in local government. He said on his social media accounts; To all the barangays in Quezon City, congratulations on a job well done! Saturday morning well spent as I again joined the residents of Barangays Escopa 1, 2, 3 and 4, Quezon City for a medical mission. Marcos remembers that one of his first stops during the 2016 campaign was also in the area.

Smartmatic’s Role in the 2019 Election

Marcos’ protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo during the 2016 elections is not resolved yet. However, the election season for the May 13, 2019, national and local elections is set to open soon. The filing of the certificates of candidacy of aspiring politicians is still ongoing. Although the 2019 elections are still months away, many people doubt it if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has enough time to resolve the issues surrounding its alliance with Smartmatic. The controversial exposé of former Biliran representative and clean elections advocate, lawyer Glenn Chong puts them into the hot seat.


Justification of the Comelec

The PNoy-appointed Comelec commissioners legitimized the supply contract for the 2019 midterm elections to the Venezuelan-based firm. This is by exploiting the “considered sold” stipulation in the 2016 lease contract with Smartmatic. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez who recently resigned as focal person of the Local Source Code Review Committee after a photo of an actress wearing a bikini was shown from his laptop in a Comelec event justified the contract award saying that it was not really a renewal but an “activation of the option to purchase (OTP)” the PCOS machines. Apparently, the decision to exercise the OTP was made by the Comelec en banc in a minute or unsigned resolution on December 18, 2017. That minute resolution remains unpublished until now.



Considered Sold Because of Election Protest

The lease contract contained a spy-like provision that forces Comelec to exercise its option to purchase (OTP) the PCOS machines from Smartmatic. It reads as follows: “6.9 All goods still in the possession of Comelec as of 01 December 2016 because of an election protest or audit requirement shall be considered sold to Comelec pursuant to its option to purchase under this contract. The Comelec shall pay the corresponding price in accordance with the financial proposal within ten working days from receipt by Comelec of the invoice from the provider covering said goods. This is without prejudice to Comelec requiring the protestant to shoulder the costs.”


No Clean Election with Smartmatic

The PNoy appointees obviously knew Comelec would have to exercise the lease contract’s OTP clause for the 2019 elections when they purposely kept the PCOS machines in storage at their warehouse in Laguna. They made no effort to surrender it to Smartmatic before December 1, 2016. This constitutes gross negligence or a treacherous and premeditated act to pawn the upcoming elections to Smartmatic. A democratic election to be credible must not only be fair and clean but must also be seen to be fair and clean. This will not happen if Smartmatic remains the technology provider in the May 2019 elections.

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Is the Supreme Court Now Leaning Towards Bongbong Marcos’ Favor in his VP Electoral Protest?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos served a manifestation of appreciation to the Supreme Court sitting as the PET and Omnibus Motion. He is stating in the manifestation that he is grateful for the PET’s decision. This is with the threshold not being the final determinant of the votes, with the ballot to still undergo appreciation to determine the true intent of the voter. Meanwhile, the culture of seniority at the SC is now back. This is as Chief Justice Teresita De Castro finishes her shortest term ever. Fairness can’t be alien anymore knowing that the blues now balances with the yellows.



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[VIDEO]: Mga empleyado ng SC, nagkulay asul sa huling flag-raising ceremony ni Chief Justice De Castro


Omnibus Motion

Marcos is also expressing gratitude for the PET for maintaining Rule 43 which states that marks that don’t reach 50% of the oval will not be considered valid votes. However, for the Omnibus Motion, BBM is asking PET to withdraw part of their decision to use the election returns as the basis for the segregation of the ballots at the recount proceedings. Because this is in opposition to a previous decision of the Supreme Court versus the Comelec in the Lerias case.

Vital Evidence from the Supreme Court

In accordance with this, the Supreme Court says that the ballots serve as the strongest evidence and not the election returns. The Supreme Court adds that the election returns will only be used only if there are no ballots. With the ballots still there, it follows that the election returns shouldn’t be used. Consequently, Marcos asked again not to use the decrypted ballot images because they have been compromised.


The Use of the Decrypted Images

The PET has already said before that the decrypted ballot images will be used in place of the original if they are unreadable. The Supreme Court says that the decrypted ballot images serve as a functional equivalent of the original. This is also acting on the precedence of the cases Vinzons-Chato versus HRET and Maliksi versus Comelec. The PET further adds that  BBM was not able to present evidence that the decrypted ballot images have been compromised.

Marcos’ Opposition to Use the Digital Prints

BBM’s camp, however, argues that these cases shouldn’t be used as a basis now because there is a difference between the images and the original ballots of the 2016 elections. This is regarding the squares that Smartmatic added to the ballot images. This shows that the images are not faithful reproductions of the original.



Wet and Damaged Ballots

With regards to the missing ballot images, BBM also expresses concern. The images from the VCM when taken are in a chronological order. Furthermore, each image has a sequence number that serves as control marks. However, it has been discovered that there are missing images on the first and middle parts and there are items added at the end. This shows as a clear indication of tampering.


Supreme Court Decision

With the ballot images as the basis of the results, manipulating them equates to manipulating the elections. This is clear evidence that the ballot images are compromised. In Naga City and Camarines Sur only, there are 37,159 ballot images that have been compromised in this way. This was shown in a Senate hearing on July 31 however 2 months after and there still is no answer from Smartmatic or Comelec. Nevertheless, CJ De Castro’s one month stint in the branch’s highest office seems like making a difference. For one, the yellow atmosphere now becomes blue which is a symbol of peace and harmony that is in line with Marcos’ idealism for unity.

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Why Bongbong Marcos Must Not Allow Supreme Court to Use the ERs for the VP Recount?

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By: Elena Grace Flores

(Please rewrite for new tone: keyword- Supreme Court)

Atty. Glenn Chong’s questions the PET resolution, saying that the printed election returns will only be used in the initial cutting by ballot. There’s a big question at this point. The election returns or result of the election and the report or summary of the ballot and votes are both inspired by the single document only – the ballot images or image of the ballot that the machine took after entering the voter’s ballot in the VCM. Mr. Edmund Casino of the Computer Society of the Philippines expresses his disgust over the decrypted images that prove to be not the replica of the original ballots. This alone he said is a violation of the election law. The Supreme Court recently rules to use the election returns as the basis of the recount after setting aside the threshold dispute.

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[VIDEO]: Mr. Edmund Casino, an IT expert slams SMARTMATIC, calls it incompetent and unacceptable to the Filipino electorate.


Data Illustration

In the image is a report from precinct 17040010 in Bombon, CAMARINES SUR. This report will be visible to the of sections of this report from the machine and the explanations in these data.

Lost Ballots in the Supreme Court Count

In the vice presidential contest, we can see all the votes read and counted by the machine (no one voted + so much voted + all votes obtained by all candidates) were 667 only. But according to the machine, there were 679  votes and 679 used ballots during the poll. Why 667 votes only were read by the machine? Where are the 12 votes that should be counted? The Supreme Court gag order is successful covering this up.


Ambiguous Marks

See the report where the 12 votes have been placed. If it’s abstentions, it means the voter has no vote. It should be in the under-votes because there is no vote. But why place in abstentions? It’s clear that there is an ambiguous character or an un-clear mark that the machine does not know. The 5 % to 20 % of markings in the oval space actually serve as ambiguous marks. This is why the Supreme Court must not adhere to the 25% plea of the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo.



Cheating Strategy

The alien marking or a small dot (5 % to 20 % of the oval space) in the oval of the fraudulent candidate for the position to be deceived allows the machine to classify it as a vote for the cheater before it reaches the voter’s hand. When the voter voted any candidate in this position except the fraudulent candidate with a small dot (ambiguous mark) at the oval, the voter’s vote for the voted candidate is not counted even if the round-shaped shading area is marked. This is because there is an ambiguous mark in one of the candidates in such a position. It will go to the abstentions. The Supreme Court must scrutinize this.


Be Knowledgeable

But if the fraudulent candidate with a small dot is voted by the voter, of course, the mark will be made in the round-shaped shading area. It will be counted for the cheater because the ambiguous mark will be lost at the oval of this candidate. That’s just simple and logical for programmers. How many votes did get in this way? There were 92,509 ports that opened on the election day. Let’s say at least 12 each is in this nature and the average measure is 25 % (yes, that 25 %!), it will reach 370,036 votes per precinct. It can definitely win the VP post!



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The Supreme Court Clarifies that the 25% Shading Verdict Does Not Favor Robredo but Speeds Up Marcos’ Protest

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By: Elena Grace Flores

Bongbong Marcos has to rehabilitate his name for the presidency if he wins his electoral protest against the presumptive Vice President, Leni Robredo. This is after more than 32 years after his father’s fall during the controversial Edsa revolution or mutiny in1986. Currently, the Supreme Court clarifies that it does not explicitly side with Robredo’s plea to recognize ballots with ovals shaded 25 percent as valid votes. Contrary to the claim of Robredo and the Comelec, the tribunal was not aware that the commission used a 25-percent threshold. The Comelec resolution was not attached to the letter sent to the tribunal in September 2016. The Tribunal only partially granted Robredo’s plea to set aside an earlier resolution on the 50-percent threshold. Instead of it, the PET directs head revisers to “refer to the election returns. This is to verify the total number of votes as read and counted by the vote counting machines (VCM).” That can speed up Bongbong Marcos’ protest. Atty. Vic Rodriguez, the lawyer of the former Senator describes the highly magnified ruling bu the mainstream media as a “non-issue.”



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[VIDEO]: Robredo ‘happy’ over PET resolution on 25% shading threshold in 2016 polls




The Supreme Court Focuses on the Election Returns Verification

To verify votes using the election returns (ERs) “shall be strict. This is during the appreciation of ballots by the tribunal,” said the Supreme Court resolution. ERs refer to the electronic document prints produced by the voting machines. They tally the total votes of each candidate per precinct. The PET amends Rule 62 of the 2018 PET Revisor’s Guide that pertains to the segregation of contested votes, “effective immediately.” The rule did not mention the use of ERs previously. The PET notes that using ERs would achieve the objective of verifying how the VCMs read the votes.”

Speeding Up Marcos’ Protest

Using the ERs may speed up the revision process, or the identification of precincts, which show signs of significant anomalies. This would allow the procedure to be “more flexible and adaptive to calibrations of the voting or counting machines in the future,” the PET said.  It points out that ERs could easily show discrepancies in the counting of votes, especially if the initial number did not match the physical count of ballots.



Robredo is Successful only on her Appeal

Robredo first questioned the rule in an April 5 motion The PET denied it in an April 10 resolution. Only when she filed an appeal did Robredo submit a copy of Comelec Resolution No. 16-0600d. It was dated Sept. 6, 2016, which served as the basis for her plea. Marcos opposed Robredo’s pleadings. The Office of the Solicitor General sided with him instead of the Comelec. SolGen Jose Calida agreed that the 25-percent threshold should be sustained.


Fear of Disenfranchising Voters

The Supreme Court said there was “no basis” to impose the 50-percent threshold. But, it maintained that when it drafted and approved the rule, it was “never informed of any official act of the Comelec” adopting the 25-percent threshold. Comelec Commissioner Luie Tito Guia did inform the PET about the 25-percent threshold on Sept. 6, 2016, letter. However, the tribunal said it was not given a copy. Robredo assailed the stricter 50-percent threshold supported by Marcos. She fears that this would disenfranchise voters who shaded their votes less thoroughly.




Highly Premature Claim

The PET also told Robredo that with the ongoing recount or revision proceedings, “there is yet no final deduction or addition of votes.” Robredo earlier noted in her motion for reconsideration that in vote counting at Barangay Laganac in Balatan, Camarines Sur where Robredo received 358 votes. Upon the application of the 50 percent threshold, a physical recount on the ballot yielded 346 votes for her. Votes for Marcos did not change in the tally. But the tribunal said that it would be “highly premature” of the Robredo camp to claim a deduction of votes at this stage. This can actually mean that the slight decrease can actually be massive after the many evidence of digital election fraud presented at the Senate.