MANILA - Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes called on candidates claiming to be getting offers from hackers who can manipulate the automated election system to accept the offers and then report them to the poll body.
Brillantes told the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Election System on Wednesday that so far, all the information he has about the reported hackers are hearsay.
He said the Comelec can entrap the hackers if the politicians report them. So far, however, he has received no such reports.
"I'm almost 100 percent sure na mga swindler lang ito. Ito 'yong mga operator noong manual [elections]," Brillantes said.
"Hindi na sila makapaghanapbuhay sa makina, so they have now converted themselves into swindlers."
Brillantes added that the Comelec will also issue a warning to candidates not to fall for the offers of people who introduce themselves as hackers.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano earlier proposed that the Comelec give a reward to anyone who can hack the election system.
"Bakit hindi tayo mag-offer ng P5 million or P10 million kapag maipakita ninyo na kaya n'yong dayain ang sistema?" he said. "What is P10 million to test the machines?"
Brillantes told reports after Wednesday's hearing, however, that the poll body simply couldn't find any hacker.
"Wala pa kaming nakikita kasi wala naman yatang makaka-hack talaga," he said. "Kung mayro'ng magha-hack diyan, dapat matagal na nilang pineperahan."