Pagkakaroon ng bagong voting machine, pinag-aaralan ng COMELEC

admin   •   January 28, 2014   •   5163

FILE PHOTO: Ang PCOS machine habang inihahanda ng mga Board of Election Tellers sa paggamit nitong nakaraang 2013 Midterm Elections sa isang presinto sa Cebu.  Bagama't nabili na ng COMELEC ang mga PCOS machines na ito mula sa SMARTMATIC, hindi naman isinasara ng Komisyon ang pagkakaroon ng mas bago at mas maayos na mga voting machines dahil sa pag-usad ng teknolohiya. (JULIUS CASTROVERDE / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Ang PCOS o Precinct Count Optical Scan machine habang inihahanda ng mga Board of Election Tellers sa paggamit nitong nakaraang 2013 Midterm Elections sa isang presinto sa Cebu. Bagama’t nabili na ng COMELEC ang mga PCOS machines na ito mula sa SMARTMATIC, hindi naman isinasantabi ng Komisyon ang ideya na pagkakaroon ng mas bago at mas maayos na mga voting machines dahil sa pag-usad ng teknolohiya. (JULIUS CASTROVERDE / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — Pinag-aaralan na ng Commission on Elections (COMELEC) ang mga PCOS o Precinct Count Optical Scan machine na binili sa kumpanyang Smartmatic na ginamit noong 2010 at 2013 nationwide automated elections.

Partikular na ipinasusuri kung maayos pang magagamit ang hardware system ng mahigit 82,000 na makina makalipas ang apat na taon.

Ayon kay Director James Jimenez, pinagiisipan ng COMELEC kung tuluyang isasantabi na ang mga ito at bibili ng bago.

“Gusto natin na i-explore yung possibility na ‘what if there are better system?’ Like I said, maganda na tayo dun sa sistemang ginamit natin pero syempre umuusad rin naman yung teknolohiya so kelangan maging bukas rin tayo dyan,” pahayag nito.

Sa ngayon ay wala pang malinaw na desisyon ang commission en banc kaugnay sa pagkuha ng bagong voting technology.

Nakatutok pa rin ito sa paghahanda ng continuing voters registration at sa pagpapatupad ng mandatory biometric system simula sa Abril.

Subalit sinabi ni Jimenez na upang hindi magahol sa panahon, dapat nang simulan ang bidding process pagpasok ng 2015.

Tiniyak din nito na isasapinal ng en banc ang desisyon bago tuluyang magretiro ang dalawang senior commissioner kasama si Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. sa February 2015.

“Hindi pwedeng iiwan dun sa bagong darating, kasi yung bagong darating eh darating 2015, one year before the elections so hindi sya ganung ka-stiff sa information at sa technology.”

Sinabi pa ni Director James Jimenez na kung bibili ng bagong voting machine ay kailangang maaprubahan ang malaking pondo na nagkakahalaga ng P11.3 bilyon.

Saad nito, “Among other things, kaya mura yung ginagamit natin ngayon, relatively speaking kasi isa lang per precinct, kapag gumamit ng touch screen na voting, isa yun sa umuusbong na terknolohiya na dating pinaguusapan na pero ngayoy pinaguusapan uli, more than one per precinct, atleast 4”

Samantala, nilinaw rin ni Jimenez na hindi ang pagtutol ng ilan sa PCOs machine ang dahilan ng pagiisip ng COMELEC na bumili ng bago.

Naniniwala ito na tanggap na ng karamihan at alam na ang paggamit ng lumang makina.

“Kung talagang titignan mo yung datos, yung publiko walang problema, hindi sila nagrereklamo, ang nagrereklamo yung natalo,” dagdag pa nito. (Pong Mercado / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Guanzon discloses voting for DQ of Marcos Jr.

Maris Federez   •   January 28, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections (COMELEC) first division presiding officer Commissioner Rowena Guanzon has disclosed that she voted to disqualify former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr in his bid for the presidency in the coming 2022 national elections.

Guanzon, in several interviews, said she voted for Marcos’ disqualification citing moral turpitude under Section 12 of the Omnibus Election Code.

Guanzon made the disclosure although Commissioner Aimee Ferolino, the ponente, has yet to release the resolution of the consolidated disqualification case before the first division.

Guanzon also questioned why Ferolino has not yet released the resolution.

Meanwhile, Ferolino, in text message to UNTV News and Rescue, said she reserving her reaction to Guanzon’s move.

“Hi, Dante. I’m afraid I cannot give a reaction. I do not want to violate the sub judice rule. I want to maintain my dignified silence,” she said.

On the other hand, Marcos’s spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez said they are waiting for the decision to be released first to avoid speculations.

“We will wait for the decision to come out and until then any statement made are all speculative,” he said.

Guanzon earlier said they were to promulgate the resolution on January 17.

The lady commissioner, who is set to retire on February 2, promised to leave her docket with zero backlog. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

COMELEC warns public vs fake social media accounts of commissioners

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Thursday warned the public against social media users posing as officials of the poll body.

In a statement, the COMELEC advised the public to reject and immediately report for community standards violations any Facebook friend request purporting to be coming from a COMELEC commissioner or other key officials of the poll body

The commission likewise urged the public to report Twitter profiles impersonating COMELEC key officials for violation of the platform’s impersonation policy.

“These blatant attempts to steal the online identity of COMELEC officials are potentially part of a broader attempt to undermine the integrity of the elections,” COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Jimenez said the poll body is closely coordinating with social media platforms to take down these fake profiles and accounts.

He also said that COMELEC is ready to take legal action against the perpetrators.

NPC summons COMELEC, third-party provider over alleged data breach

Robie de Guzman   •   January 27, 2022

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Thursday said it has summoned the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), and its third-party provider to discuss the alleged hacking and data breach involving the poll body’s servers.

In a statement, the NPC said representatives from the COMELEC attended the clarificatory meeting held on January 25.

The commission said the poll body continued to deny that the database of overseas voters was compromised and clarified that a list of overseas voters is made publicly available on their website as mandated by law.

When asked to confirm if some of the artifacts came from their servers, COMELEC reiterated that it cannot be so since those were not yet generated for the 2022 elections, the NPC said.

On the topic of their full incident report, the privacy commission said COMELEC sought for extension of time to submit the approved report.

The NPC said it has directed the poll body to submit the full incident report on or before January 27, 2022. It is also ordered to submit additional documents discussed during the clarificatory meeting.

The privacy body said it also summoned a third-party provider of COMELEC “possibly involved in the issue” to appear in a clarificatory hearing.

The NPC did not identify the name of the provider.

“The commission is also pursuing leads regarding this issue, including a group of hackers claiming responsibility for the hack, especially on matters involving personal data,” it said.

“Rest assured we are continuing the investigation to determine if personal data was compromised, violations of the Data Privacy Act were committed, and the responsible individual or group for this incident,” said Privacy Commissioner John Henry Naga.

In a separate clarificatory meeting, the NPC said that Art Samaniego, Jr. and Manila Bulletin confirmed that the artifacts gathered by the agency are the same artifacts that were the basis of their published report.

“NPC required Mr. Samaniego and Manila Bulletin to provide additional artifacts for analysis and comparison with the artifacts collected by NPC’s complaints and investigation division,” it said.

“The artifacts were submitted to the Commission yesterday, January 26,” it added.

The separate meetings were attended by Executive Director Bartolome Sinoruz, Jr. Director James Jimenez, and Director Jeanni Flororita from COMELEC, and Mr. Herminio Coloma Jr., General Reynaldo Rafal, and Art Samaniego Jr. from the Manila Bulletin

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