4 Smartmatic officials, 3 COMELEC I.T. personnel charged with violations of Anti-Cybercrime Law

admin   •   May 24, 2016   •   3404

Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz (left) and Atty. Jose Amor Amorado file complaints against 4 Smartmatic officials and 3 COMELEC I.T. personnel on the issue of unauthorized introduction of a new computer program into the COMELEC’s transparency server during election day.

Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz (left) and Atty. Jose Amor Amorado file complaints against 4 Smartmatic officials and 3 COMELEC I.T. personnel on the issue of unauthorized introduction of a new computer program into the COMELEC’s transparency server during election day.

Four Smartmatic officials and three COMELEC I.T. personnel are now facing charges for violations of Republic Act 10175 or the Anti-Cybercrime Law.

This morning, the camp of Sen. Bongbong Marcos filed charges before the Manila Prosecutors Office against Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia, Elie Moreno, Niel Banigued and Mauricio Herrera.

Also charged were COMELEC I.T. personnel Rouie Penalba, Nelson Herrera and Frances Mae Gonzales.

They were charged with illegal access, data interference and system interference for the unauthorized introduction of a new computer program into the COMELEC’s transparency server during election day.

The camp of Senator Marcos claims this is obviously illegal because it was done without permission from the COMELEC en banc.

The same goes even assuming that it was only a cosmetic change and it has no effect on the canvassing.

“At the very least, that particular introduction of the new script is a violation,” said complainant Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz

Marcos’ camp also claimed there was conspiracy between Smartmatic and COMELEC personnel.

They said it would be impossible for Smartmatic to introduce the new program had not the COMELEC personnel given their password.

Marcos’ legal counsel, Atty. Jose Amor Amorado said, “Actually, that is what is surprising. This I.T. personnel under the I.T. Department of COMELEC have the courage and temerity to allow Smartmatic to access the system, give Smartmatic the password of COMELEC making it possible for Smartmatic, particularly Marlon Garcia, to introduce the script,”

In his earlier memorandum to COMELEC, Rouie Penalba has denied ordering Garcia to alter the script and replace letter “ñ” with “?”.

The Smartmatic has also clarified that the alteration in the program was done in full view and was announced to several people in the PPCRV transparency center.

Smartmatic is yet comment on the charges filed by the camp of Senator Marcos.

(RODERIC MENDOZA/UNTV News)

NBI probes rape threat against celebrity daughter Frankie Pangilinan

Marje Pelayo   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is now verifying the identity of a netizen who allegedly threatened to rape Frankie Pangilinan, the daughter of Senator Kiko Pangilinan and Megastar Sharon Cuneta.

NBI-Cybercrime Division Chief Atty. Vic Lorenzo said the agency is looking into the true identity of the person behind the social media account that posted a direct threat of rape against the celebrity daughter.

The age of the perpetrator is also an important factor that will help determine the appropriate charges to be filed against the creator and owner of the account.

Iyong post kasi ang nakalagay: “Kung 12 years old ako gagahasain ko ang anak mo tapos hindi ako makukulong.” So ide-determine natin kung ano ang edad noong actual na nagpost ng threatening message na iyon,” Lorenzo explained.

[The post said: “If only I am 12 years old, I will rape your daughter without being detained. So we will determine the age of the person who actually posted that threatening message.]

“Kapag kasi minor iyan, may mga configuration tayo. Kasi meron tayong juvenille justice and Welfare Act. Iko-consider iyon,” he added.

[Because if he is a minor, there are certain configurations. We have the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act. We will consider that.]

The official said that if the perpetrator is an adult, he will face charges under the Cybercrime Law.

The NBI warned the public not to threaten anyone even on social media, may it be true or as a joke, as it has corresponding charges under the law.

May kulong ang light threat saka unjust vexation medyo mababa ang penalty, imprisonment nyan. Pero kapag in relation to RA 10175, one degree higher yan so 6 years 1 day to 12 years ang penalty noon,” Lorenzo noted.

[Light threat and unjust vexation has a penalty of imprisonment but very short. But if it’s in connection with RA 10175, that’s one degree higher so the penalty is 6years 1 day to 12 years imprisonment.]

Based on Cuneta’s post, they suspect that the netizen is living abroad and they already have a hint as to the workplace of that person.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menarso Guevarra said it is possible to track a person even if he is abroad through coordination between the Philippine Justice Department and the country where the person is, to establish jurisdiction on the respondent. –MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Comelec suspends voter registration until March 31 due to COVID-19 threat

Robie de Guzman   •   March 10, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has suspended the voter registration until March 31 amid the rising number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the country.

In a statement, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez announced that the suspension will begin on Tuesday, March 10.

“As a response to the growing threat to public health posed by COVID-19, voter registration has been suspended by the Comelec until the 31st of March 2020,” he said.

Jimenez said the suspension takes effect nationwide, encompassing voter registration conducted in all Comelec offices in districts, cities, and municipalities, as well as all satellite registration activities.

“The public is advised to take all necessary precautionary measures to limit their exposure to the possibility of COVID-19 infection,” he added.

The poll body opened the voter registration for the 2022 national elections last January. It was initially set to run until September 30, 2021.

As of posting time, the Philippines has 33 confirmed coronavirus cases.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier declared a public health emergency amid the rising cases of COVID-19 infections in the country.

The DOH also raised Code Red Sublevel 1 after confirming the country’s first case of coronavirus local transmission.

Voter registration in Taal eruption-affected areas to resume on Feb. 3 – Comelec

Robie de Guzman   •   January 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The voter registration in Batangas and Cavite areas affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano will resume on Monday, February 3, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Thursday.

In a statement, Comelec said the voter registration for the 2022 elections will resume in the following places in Batangas province due to a return to normal working conditions:

  • Alitagtag
  • Balete
  • Laurel
  • Lemery
  • San Nicolas
  • Sta. Teresita
  • Taal
  • Talisay
  • Cuenca
  • Lipa City
  • Tanauan City
  • Balayan
  • Calaca
  • Kalatagan
  • Tuy
  • San Luis
  • Mabini
  • Lian
  • Malvar

In Cavite, the poll body said that registration of voters will also resume in Alfonso, Indang, Silang, Tagaytay City, and Amadeo.

Meanwhile, the voter registration in the municipality of Mataas na Kahoy in Batangas will resume on February 10, according to Comelec.

The poll body earlier announced the suspension of the registration in areas within and beyond the 14-kilometer danger zone of Taal Volcano during its eruption.

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