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‘Not enough proof’ yet in server logs to show 2016 poll fraud

Mar 17, 2018 - 10:00 AM

IT experts push for more transparency and explanations from Comelec and Smartmatic to address cheating allegations in the automated elections

VOTE COUNTS. A vote-counting machine prints an election return during the May 2016 elections. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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Mar 08, 2018 - 10:27 AM

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CHA-CHA. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno hints at her opposition to Charter Change or Cha-Cha in a speech delivered before students of St. Scholastica's College Manila on March 7, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

'Irregularities' in 2016 election server logs? Not necessarily, says I.T. expert

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:10 AM

But the Comelec and Smartmatic should still explain the concerns in Senator Vicente Sotto III's privilege speech, says PPCRV IT director William Yu

Supreme Court on Sereno, Ban on Rappler coverage, Sotto on alleged poll fraud | Evening wRap

Mar 06, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

Comelec's Christian Lim faces graft complaint over 2015 Smartmatic deal

Sep 04, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Former Biliran representative Glenn Chong the complainant also says Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim should be impeached

GRAFT CASE. Former Representative Jing Paras, complainant Glenn Chong, lawyer Manuel Luna attend the filing of a graft case against Comelec Commissioner Christian Lim before the Office of the Ombudsman on September 4, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Linking Andy Bautista's wealth to the 2016 election results is a stretch

Aug 25, 2017 - 12:18 PM

To say that the Comelec chairman s supposed ill gotten wealth came from rigging the polls is a very poor argument born of a very poor understanding of how automated elections work

Comelec chairman Andres Bautista gets emotional during a press conference at the Comelec main office in Manila on August 7, 2017 regarding his marital dispute with his wife Patricia Cruz-Bautista. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Venezuela poll turnout figures 'manipulated' – e-voting firm

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:07 PM

We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities is at least one million votes Antonio Mugica chief executive of Smartmatic tells reporters in London

SMARTMATIC CEO SPEAKS OUT. Smartmatic founder and CEO Antonio Mugica speaks during a press briefing in central London on August 2, 2017. Photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

Filipino groups present automated poll systems, ideas in tech fair

Jul 29, 2017 - 8:55 AM

It s high time that we have a Filipino system in place for a Filipino election says the alternate chairman of the Comelec Advisory Council

PROUDLY PINOY. These are some of the homegrown technologies and ideas presented at the AES Tech Fair at Novotel Manila, Quezon City, on Wednesday, July 26. Photos by Michael Bueza/Rappler

Pagcor, BPI glitch, Trump | Evening wRap

Jun 07, 2017 - 9:42 PM

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Marcos wants SC action on Comelec's 'failed' SD card decryption

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:34 PM

For us this is quite disheartening and highly irregular says the camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr

SUSPICIOUS. The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos finds the Comelec's failure to decrypt the unused SD cards suspicious, raising speculations on poll fraud. Rappler file photo

CDO floods, Marcos protest, Yasay | Midday wRap

Jan 17, 2017 - 12:31 PM

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Marcos camp: Data in unused SD cards prove poll fraud

Jan 16, 2017 - 7:30 PM

But Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says it is better to let the process of decryption be completed first and not to speculate on the supposed files in the SD cards

ELECTION FRAUD. The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos asserts that data found in unused VCMs prove that the election system is tampered.  File photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

Comelec returns 97,000 voting machines to Smartmatic

Dec 02, 2016 - 6:52 PM

The Comelec says it is not required to keep materials that do not contain election results data for the election protest of Ferdinand Marcos Jr against Leni Robredo

MACHINES RETURNED. The Comelec returns 97,000 vote-counting machines to Smartmatic as the poll body decided not to purchase these. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Marcos camp elevates complaint over 'hash code' issue to DOJ

Nov 11, 2016 - 4:13 PM

The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos Jr asks the justice department to review the complaint against the Comelec and Smartmatic officials

Prosecutor junks complaint vs Comelec, Smartmatic over hash code

Nov 02, 2016 - 5:01 PM

UPDATED The criminal complaint related to the change of a special character in the transparency server during the 2016 polls is dismissed for lack of merit and insufficiency of evidence

COMPLAINT. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, represented by Abakada party list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz (L) files a complaint against Comelec and Smartmatic officials at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office on May 24, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Marcos makes last ditch motion to stop release of 'unused' VCMs

Oct 23, 2016 - 1:45 PM

Bongbong Marcos counsel George Garcia argues that the Comelec decision is a violation of the Precautionary Protective Order PPO issued by the Presidential Electoral Tribunal PET and is tantamount to contempt of court

Defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr/ File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Robredo vs Marcos, Duterte on terrorism, Eric Cray | 12PM wRap

Aug 16, 2016 - 12:35 PM

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Robredo camp: Marcos Jr's witnesses are fake

Aug 15, 2016 - 9:24 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo s legal team says some witnesses in Bongbong Marcos electoral protest claim their signatures were forged or they were told to surrender their IDs for some government benefits

epa05356827 Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Junior looks on during a press conference in Quezon City, northeast of Manila, Philippines, 11 June 2016. Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Junior has said he will file an electoral protest on over alleged manipulation of the unofficial vote count during the 09 May elections. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO

Robredo replies: Why SC should dismiss Marcos Jr's protest

Aug 15, 2016 - 7:13 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says Ferdinand Marcos Jr has raised issues other than the results of the VP race and failed to show proof to back up his claims

Macalintal on 'secret servers': Marcos just dreaming of victory

Jul 26, 2016 - 2:40 PM

The alleged servers have nothing to do with the results of the election for any position says lawyer Romulo Macalintal on the controversy over the 2016 vice presidential race

FIGHT NOT OVER. The camp of former Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr rejoices over Smartmatic's admission that there were 'other servers' in the Comelec election system.

Marcos camp: Election server tweaked not once but twice

Jun 15, 2016 - 4:31 PM

This is is the camp’s fourth allegation of irregularity in the transmission of votes through the Commission on Election servers

RESPONSE. Comelec is set to probe on the criminal case filed by Senator Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr's camp against Smartmatic officials. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Marcos after June 30: I'll take seat kept warm for me

Jun 11, 2016 - 4:05 PM

3rd UPDATE Senator Bongbong Marcos who lost the vice presidency to his rival Leni Robredo says his camp will file an electoral protest on June 28 Robredo counters saying his statements continue to divide our country

ELECTORAL PROTEST. Senator Bongbong Marcos talks about his plan to file an electoral protest on June 28. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Marcos’ complaint, political prisoners, Emma Watson | 6PM wRap

May 24, 2016 - 6:52 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Marcos camp: Smartmatic, Comelec personnel violated cybercrime law

May 24, 2016 - 3:12 PM

The Marcos camp bases its complaint on the move of Smartmatic and Comelec personnel to intentionally alter the script in the transparency server without prior authorization from the Comelec en banc

COMPLAINT. Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, represented by Abakaba party list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz files a complaint against Smartmatic at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office on May 24, 2016. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Robredo vs Marcos: The long and winding road to the vice presidency

May 24, 2016 - 10:42 AM

The official canvassing of votes at Congress will provide the much awaited ending to the cliffhanger vice presidential race

Bam Aquino to Marcos: Where's your data to prove cheating?

May 23, 2016 - 9:44 PM

An Aquino and a Marcos had a heated exchange after the latter delivered a privilege speech on election irregularities

QUESTIONS. Senators Bongbong Marcos and Bam Aquino had a heated exchange on the Senate floor after Marcos delivered a privilege speech on election cheating.

EXPLAINER: Audit of vice presidential votes? Here are the hurdles

May 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Should the Comelec grant the request for a special audit the Marcos camp can use it to delay and block some returns from being canvassed in Congress

Smartmatic: It's Comelec running the show

May 17, 2016 - 10:11 PM

Smartmatic denies that it is overstepping its boundaries after a reported breach in protocol involving a hash code

HASH CODE ISSUE. Comelec's James Jimenez (left) and Smartmatic's Marlon Garcia explain the hash code issue in a news conference after the May 9 elections. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

PH senators, Smartmatic on Comelec, ISS | 6PM wRap

May 17, 2016 - 6:31 PM

Watch Rappler’s 6PM newscast with Chay Hofileña

Smartmatic: No intention of leaving Philippines

May 17, 2016 - 11:34 AM

Smartmatic says it is unnecessary that Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon wants to bar the company s officials from leaving the country

'BREACH' EXPLAINED. Smartmatic Philippines general manager Elie Moreno holds a news conference with Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista after the technology provider was accused of breaching election-related protocol. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Duterte’s cabinet, Abu Sayyaf, Norway gender change | 6PM wRap

May 16, 2016 - 7:35 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Maria Ressa

Guanzon to Comelec: Bar Smartmatic from leaving

May 16, 2016 - 2:41 PM

UPDATED Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon urges her colleagues to act with haste and dispatch on her request against technology provider Smartmatic

'PROBE SMARTMATIC.' Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon files a memorandum on May 16, 2016, urging her colleagues to bar Smartmatic from leaving the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Smartmatic personnel should stay in PH pending probe

May 15, 2016 - 3:04 PM

Comelec commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic executives and personnel should remain in the country until the investigation on the breach of the poll body s protocols is completed

COMELEC PROBE. Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic may be liable for breaching the poll body's protocols, even if this did not alter the election figures. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

FAQ: The Ñ issue and alleged fraud in the elections

May 15, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The results files should be made publicly accessible for anyone to download and analyze. After all, democracy should have nothing to hide.

EXPLAINER: What Marcos Jr should do to prove election fraud

May 14, 2016 - 9:00 AM

If Mr Marcos seriously wants to know the truth the truth is just sitting on his lap His team surely has copies of the election returns printed at the precincts

BONGBONG IS THEIR VP. Supporters raise a poster of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr during his final campaign rally in Mandaluyong City on May 7, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Comelec’s Guanzon slams Smartmatic over hash code

May 13, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic should be liable for the hash code issue raised by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr

HITTING SMARTMATIC. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Rowena Guanzon says Smartmatic should be held liable for an unauthorized change in an election-related hash code. Photo courtesy of Comelec EID

Tale of the hash code: Human error caused results code mismatch

May 13, 2016 - 10:48 AM

IT experts weigh in on the hash code controversy saying it s much ado about a procedural lapse

Smartmatic denies VCMs in Novotel

May 09, 2016 - 1:54 PM

UPDATED The Roxas camp immediately debunks the rumor that vote counting machines are stored in the hotel which is located near the headquarters of the Liberal Party

FINAL TEST. Teachers serving as election inspectors test vote-counting machines (VCMs) one last time before the May 9 polls. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Last minute, again: Comelec to lease more satellite devices

May 05, 2016 - 7:48 PM

Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon who dissented says of the decision to lease more BGAN satellite devices: Why only now?

LAST MINUTE. Headed by Chairman Andres Bautista, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) makes another last-minute decision: to lease BGAN satellite devices for the May 9 elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec targets 90% vote transmission for 2016 polls

Apr 30, 2016 - 10:51 AM

Smartmatic s Karen Jimeno says even if the transmission rate isn’t 100 no vote is disregarded

Mock canvassing: 100% of votes transmitted

Apr 24, 2016 - 8:00 AM

This goes to show everybody Guys we’re ready for the elections Smartmatic s Marlon Garcia says after the Comelec s transmission test

TRANSMISSION TEST. The Commission on Elections tests the transmission of election results in its Santa Rosa warehouse on April 23, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Smartmatic donates paper for voting receipts

Apr 14, 2016 - 8:31 PM

While the Comelec accepts this donation Commissioner Rowena Guanzon asserts it is graft to accept 1 1 million rolls of thermal paper from Smartmatic

THERMAL PAPER. The paper to be used in voting receipts (in photo) will be donated by technology provider Smartmatic. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Overseas voting: 4 poll machines malfunction

Apr 11, 2016 - 6:08 PM

UPDATED Commissioner Arthur Lim says the malfunctioning machines present a minor problem These machines represent only 3 of the 134 vote counting machines deployed overseas

BACK IN WAREHOUSE. Comelec Commissioner Arthur Lim says 4 vote-counting machines, which had initially been deployed overseas, will be brought back to this warehouse in Santa Rosa, Laguna, after malfunctioning. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Comelec sued in SC over Smartmatic support center

Apr 04, 2016 - 8:07 PM

This comes a little over a month before the May 9 elections as the Comelec faces the problem of voting receipts

Poll warehouse workers protest unpaid wages

Apr 01, 2016 - 6:55 PM

Some workers at the Comelec warehouse ‘refused to work’ until they got their salaries on April 1 Smartmatic’s Karen Jimeno says

COMELEC WAREHOUSE. The Comelec's 5-hectare complex in Santa Rosa, Laguna, is the storage facility for the 97,000 vote-counting machines needed in the May 9 elections. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

VIEWS: It is absolutely wrong to disable the vote receipts

Mar 02, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Glenn Chong of the election watchdog AESWatch says: In automated elections the ballots are secretly read and counted inside the machine The hidden nature of automated vote counting negates transparency

ISSUE RECEIPTS? The Comelec says it has unanimously junked the proposal to print receipts from voting machines. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Despite 'hiccups,' more than 10M ballots printed – Comelec

Feb 29, 2016 - 8:30 PM

This is nearly 20 of the 56 77 million ballots needed for the May 9 elections as of February 29

PRINTING BEGINS. The government on February 15, 2016, starts printing nearly 57 million ballots for the May 9 national and local elections. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Ex-poll chief: Comelec now ‘more transparent’

Feb 13, 2016 - 11:12 AM

During the mock elections former poll chief Sixto Brillantes Jr gives Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista a grade of 9 5 out of 10

OLD AND NEW. Former elections chief Sixto Brillantes Jr (left) commends current Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista during the mall voting activity in Robinsons Ermita in Manila. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

Poe hits Binay, Smartmatic on glitches, Ronda Rousey | 6PM wRap

Feb 12, 2016 - 7:21 PM

Watch Rappler s 6PM newscast with Paterno Esmaquel