Rappler's coverage of campaigns and elections in the Philippines.
Know the candidates, political parties, power brokers, watchdogs & the voters. This is your site for timely reports, comprehensive data, expert analyses, online conversations, and citizens' collaboration.
MANILA, Philippines – Poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr on Monday, May 27, said it is now impossible for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to heed a plea by defeated senatorial candidate Richard Gordon to keep ballot-counting machines in polling precincts.
Brillantes said the Comelec has already moved the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from their precincts to their respective hubs.
With a hint of sarcasm, the poll chief said Gordon can do what he wants, but with a catch. “Kung gusto niya, isoli niya uli. Pero gastusan niya,” Brillantes said. (If he wants, he can bring back the PCOS machines. But he should shoulder the costs.)
In an urgent motion filed on May 22, Gordon asked the Supreme Court (SC) to stop the Comelec from removing PCOS machines from the precincts. In a statement, the former senator, who lost in this year's elections, said this will “prevent anybody from tampering with the components, contents, and software encoded into the said machine.”
He said preserving the PCOS will show if the source code in the machines, is the same source code that the Comelec opened for review.
Last May 9, a week before the midterm elections, the Comelec opened the PCOS source code for review by local groups. By doing so, the poll body aimed to end apprehensions over the automated polls.
The source code review is supposed to determine the PCOS contains "malicious" codes, which could lead to cheating.
Watchdogs, however, said the 2013 source code review was too late to detect potential fraud. – Rappler.com
Defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos moves for the technical examination of ...
Former Tagbilaran City mayor Dan Neri Lim is accused of working as a radio host while at the same ...
Check these out to see results from:
Find your region and check out who's winning from the provincial, district, and municipal level.