Sen. Sotto presents evidence of alleged fraud in 2016 elections

admin   •   March 6, 2018   •   3762

The privilege speech of Sen. Vicente Sotto III showing some information regarding the apparent early transmission activity during the May 2016 election.

MANILA, Philippines — The integrity of  Smartmatic’s vote counting machines (VCMs) is now being questioned after Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III presented evidence of alleged fraud in the 2016 national elections.

The senator showed during his privilege speech, some information regarding the apparent early transmission activity that happened on May 8 up to the morning of May 9 – the election day.

Based on the transmission codes, the activity came from the consolidated canvassing system of Libon, Albay and Angono, Rizal.

“These transmissions cannot be in any way claimed as ‘testing transmissions’ because as far as I can remember, the last official testing was made on April 23, 2016,” said the senator.

Also, he said, the second alleged malicious activity was from a foreign access to the election servers.

“One day prior to election, this username made a malicious activity that is categorized as a critical intrusion to a computer system,” said Sotto.

Because of this, some senators now questioned the possible effects of the said malicious activities to the election results.

“Meron po bang mga nakinabang o nawalan dito sa inyong inilahad?” Sen. Panfilo Lacson asked Sotto.

(Did anyone benefit or suffer in your report?)

“Perhaps, if subpoena logs will be presented by Comelec [Commission on Elections] and Smartmatic, malalaman natin kung sino mga nakinabang (we will know who gained from it). I don’t want to rely on what was just given to me as hearsay,” said the senator.

“Now, doon sa mga hindi nakinabang, tiyak na marami like Sen. Poe and Sen. Lacson.  Madami kayong na-zero,” he added.

(As for those who did not benefit, there surely must have been many like Sen. Poe and Sen. Lacson. Many of you received zero votes.)

The senator called for a Senate investigation especially now the Comelec commissioners unanimously voted to purchase the VCMs used in the previous election, which in turn, will be used in the 2019 polls.  — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue

2 South Korean nationals barred from entering PHL

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2020

File photo of the Mactan, Cebu Airport

MANILA, Philippines – Two South Korean nationals were prohibited from entering the country after presenting fraudulent documents at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Wednesday.

The two foreigners reportedly presented bogus copies of certificates of their alleged marriage to Filipinos.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the foreigners as Shin Bumsik and Woo Jungje.

The bureau said the two stopped at the airport last August 17 after arriving via Aseana Airlines flight from Seoul.

Both passengers, who had tourist visas, presented scanned copies of marriage certificates purportedly showing they are married to Filipinas.

This reportedly aroused the suspicion of the immigration officers on duty who decided to refer the passengers to their supervisors for secondary inspection.

Immigration officers later found that Shin Bumsik was only 20 years old and could not have married a Filipina as he had never traveled to the Philippines before.

Woo Jungje, on the other hand, was caught lying as it was discovered that he was out of the country at the time of his supposed marriage last October 2019.

Morente said the two foreigners have already been included in the immigration blacklist of undesirable aliens.

“Don’t trick our officers by presenting bogus marriage certificates because that will not work. You will be turned back to where you came from and can no longer return to our country,” he said.

The BI Chief stressed that possession of an entry visa does not guarantee a foreigner’s entry into the country because immigration officers have the lawful mandate and discretion to assess arriving foreigners, inquire about the purpose of their trip, and examine the documents that they presented.

“If you lie and resort to fraud and misrepresentation, you are unfit to be given the privilege to enter our country. You will be excluded and booked on the first available flight back to your port of origin,” Morente said.

3 Korean fugitives caught in Philippines – BI

Robie de Guzman   •   February 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Three Korean nationals who are wanted for various crimes in their country have been arrested, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said Friday.

In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente said the foreigners were arrested in three separate operations recently conducted in Pampanga, Laguna and Metro Manila by the bureau’s fugitive search unit (FSU).

Morente said two of the Koreans were arrested for fraud while the other one is accused of instigating the murder of a fellow Korean.

One of the apprehended Koreans was identified as 55-year-old Kwon Houkrae who was arrested in Angeles City, Pampanga last Jan. 23.

Authorities alleged that in September 2015, Kwon hired a group of hitmen to murder a compatriot as a result of which she was issued an arrest warrant by a Korean court.

Meanwhile, Park Iksu, 44, was arrested on the same day by a separate team of FSU operatives in Sta. Rosa City, Laguna.

Park is subject of a warrant issued by a district court in Busan, Korea where he was charged with fraud for swindling a fellow Korean of 22 million yen or US$18,400 in a business transaction.

On Jan. 27, FSU operatives arrested 49-year-old Bak Hyeon Gi inside his hotel room in Malate, Manila.

Bak is also wanted for fraud for allegedly receiving P3 million from a fellow Korean in return for facilitating the issuance of a court restraining order in his favor.

The suspect, who allegedly claimed he has strong connections, failed to deliver on his promise after getting the money from the victims.

The BI said all three Koreans are detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig while awaiting deportation.

Sotto urges creation of ‘One Info’ agency

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 3, 2020

Senate President Vicente C. Sotto III has called for the creation of a “One Info” agency which seeks to update the public about the novel coronavirus including the government’s action to control the virus.

In a statement, Sotto said the public needs to have an easy access about the virus including clinical concerns, travel restrictions, market conditions, economic impacts, tourism-related announcements, and local government advisories, among others.

“Mabuting magkaroon ng isang information agency kung saan lahat ng datos na kailangan ng mamamayan ay madali nilang ma-a-access (It is better to have an information agency where all the data needed by the public can be easily accessed),” he said.

The Senate president laments the spread of fake news which causes public panic. He also said there is a need for an official source of information to prevent this kind of situations.

“During this time when our country needs to deal with a global threat, we do not need false reports that tend to scare families. What we need now is an official body which will be the sole source of all official information on the nCoV,” Sotto said.

The inter-agency body shall have representatives or resource persons from the Department of health (DOH) for health updates, the Department of Tourism (DOT) for travel information, tourism guidelines and local government units for community announcements.

There will also be a representative from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for market concerns, and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DOF) for economic and business matters.

A daily media briefing can be held to update the public on the latest news about the virus and its effects on various industries.—AAC

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