Marcos camp alleges new 'script' in transparency server

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

MANILA – The legal team of Senator Ferdinand ''Bongbong'' Marcos Jr. on Wednesday asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to explain the alleged irregularities in the quick count of the vice-presidential race.

Marcos' legal team member Francesca Huang told reporters that they received information that a new script or computer command was introduced to the Comelec transparency server. She believes this development now casts doubt over the credibility of the counting.

The Comelec transparency server is the one being used by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) to obtain its data for the quick count.

According to Huang, an accredited observer at the PPCRV monitored this alleged development at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9. She said it was at this point where Marcos' lead over his closest rival, Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, started to erode.

''Did Comelec know about the introduction of this new script? And how does the new script affect the data and data reception of the transparency server? The public deserves to find out,'' Huang claimed.

Huang, citing the senator's camp's source with a background on IT, said the execution of the alleged command resulted in the alteration of the ''hash codes of the packet data."

Huang also questioned why the PPCRV quick count ''reached over 95% of the total clustered precincts'' even if ''a number of clustered precincts or vote-counting machines were unable to transmit their data."

''We've always been of the understanding, as the Comelec has never indicated the contrary, that the transparency server could only receive data or electronic returns from the vote-counting machines,'' she said.

''How then were the data from these affected clustered precincts got uploaded to the transparency server? Does this mean that data could be uploaded to the transparency server through other means of which we don’t know about?"

Huang said the senator is asking the Comelec for clarification on this matter.

Marcos Jr. earlier asked for the termination of the ongoing unofficial count of the votes, saying there was a "suspicious trend" that resulted in Robredo overtaking Marcos in the vice-presidential race.

Huang said based on the 52.38% of the certificates of canvass that Marcos' team has obtained, the senator was leading Robredo by about 189,529 votes as of 4:15 p.m. today.

According to the partial and unofficial counting provided by the Comelec transparency server, Robredo was leading Marcos by 231,176 votes as of 4:44 p.m. today. The count was based on 78.07% of registered voters.

Robredo has denied allegations that the election is being rigged in her favor. The LP bet said it would be very hard to cheat an automated election since there is no more human intervention in the voting after the precincts close.

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