Marcos wants access to Comelec servers, transmission logs

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 13 2016 03:51 PM

Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at a press conference the morning after meeting with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Fernando G. Sepe Jr, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The camp of Senator Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. is urging the Commission on Elections to act on his request to allow his own team to do a systems audit of the Comelec transparency and central servers.

In a letter received by the poll body on June 6, the senator's camp reiterated its earlier request to permit their own team of experts to conduct an audit of the Comelec servers, "under close supervision of the Comelec and its technical personnel."

Marcos' camp is also asking immediate access to the transmission logs, white list of the vote-counting machines, USB devices, and Broadband Global Area Network satellites that were used in the polls, digitally signed election returns and public key and decryption key to open the transmitted files.

Aside from this, the senator urged the poll body to give them information on ''the number of consolidation and canvassing system laptops/servers that were reported to contain rogue votes allegedly coming from the Pre-Election Logical Accuracy Test (PRELAT) and Mock Elections on Election day, as well as the municipalities, cities and provinces affected.''

"Clearly, this Commission has not addressed the above requests. With the foregoing, are we to consider that this Commission has rejected our requests, or are we just to assume that this Commission is not in possession of said information and documents?" the letter read.

The senator has earlier asked the poll body to "preserve and secure the data and the audit logs contained in all servers, and the Central Server in particular."

He further requested that the Commission ''preserve and secure any and all other servers, including but not limited to the Data Base Server and any and all Intermediary Servers (also known as the queue servers) together with all routers, switches, listeners, among others.''

Marcos is also set to file an electoral protest against Vice President-elect Leni Robredo.

But for election lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Marcos's discussions with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte over a possible cabinet post after a one-year ban on appointments for defeated candidates has expired is "an admission that he lost the election for Vice-President and the weakness of any election protest he would file against Robredo."

"The "one-year ban" applies only to election losers. Thus, for Marcos to wait for it is an acknowledgment of having lost in the 2016 election for vice-president. If Marcos believes he has strong evidence to prove that he was "cheated" in said election, then he should just concentrate on his election protest and should never seek a position lower than the vice-presidency," Macalintal said in a statement.

"To accept a cabinet position while his election protest is pending will mean political suicide for Marcos. He would spend close to P100 million for his protest which will eventually be dismissed since the consequence of accepting said cabinet post is abandonment and withdrawal of his election protest for VP post," he added.

Macalintal said that Marcos's protest would be likened to the presidential election protest filed by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago against then President Fidel Ramos. Santiago's protest was dismissed when she ran and assumed the post of Senator while her protest was pending.

"To reiterate, Marcos' election protest will also be rendered moot and academic because, like in Santiago, Marcos' protest is deemed abandoned and withdrawn as a consequence of his appointment and assumption of office and his discharge of the duties and functions of said cabinet position," Macalintal said.