'Digital lines' affected votes for Koko, Bro. Eddie: lawyer

Posted at Nov 21 2014 12:56 PM | Updated as of Nov 21 2014 08:59 PM

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MANILA - A former official of the Commission on Elections revealed that "digital lines" on paper ballots used in the 2013 polls affected the results of that year's election.

Speaking to radio DZMM, lawyer Melchor Magdamo said experts from the Department of Science and Technology discovered mysterious "digital lines" on top of the ovals on paper ballots in Nueva Ecija and Cebu.

He said the digital lines shaved off votes for senatorial bets Koko Pimentel and Bro. Eddie Villanueva.

"Ito ay linya hindi nakikita sa balota mismo," he said.

Magdamo, who first exposed a scam on ballot secrecy folders, said he first noticed the digital lines even before the 2010 polls. The DOST audit only confirmed his findings.

These findings were first presented during a Senate hearing in December 2010 and again last September 2014.

The lawyer said Pimentel no longer raised the issue of electronic "dagdag-bawas" since he already won in the 2013 polls.

However, he noted Pimentel, who placed 8th in the senatorial race, could have placed higher in the election.

Magdamo said there are many witnesses with paper ballots who could prove that there was a "massive" cover-up in the 2013 poll results. None of the witnesses, however, have been given protection under the government's witness protection program.

He also said Congress has formed a committee to investigate the alleged anomaly in the electronic vote-count.

The lawyer said he still believes that automated elections should be conducted in the 2016 polls but said the Comelec should blacklist PCOS machine supplier Smartmatic.

He noted Smartmatic has already committed many violations in the past elections.

RADIO DZMM, November 21, 2014