2 legislative bodies to probe alleged 2016 poll fraud: Sotto


Posted at Mar 13 2018 09:47 AM

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Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday said 2 legislative bodies will investigate his allegations of irregularity in the May 2016 elections.

Citing an "impeccable" source, Sotto claimed in a privilege speech last week that some senators, including then presidential candidate Grace Poe, got zero votes in hundreds of polling precincts due to a "fraud" that allegedly altered results of the automated balloting. 

He also alleged that the votes were transmitted a day before the May 9, 2016 elections and that the poll servers were accessed by a foreign party.

 The Senate electoral committee and the joint congressional oversight committee on the automated election system will both look into the issue, Sotto told DZMM. 
"Ang alam ko next week may schedule sila, baka Monday or Tuesday," he said. 

(I understand there is already a schedule next week, perhaps on Monday or Tuesday.) 

The allegedly anomalous transmissions cited by Sotto, however, could be those that sent information from voting precincts to the Commission on Elections' Comelec's online transparency website, agency spokesperson James Jimenez had said. 

"If you remember, we had an election results website. You could go to the website, check the results and data showing there was data from the precincts," Jimenez told reporters last week. 

"That website was hosted abroad. What did that data do? Nothing. It only posted results on the web. It (data) is sent to the website and then it's a dead end," he added. 

Sotto nonetheless said election systems provider Smartmatic should bare the content of these transmissions. 

He also said he will deliver another privilege speech into the matter on Wednesday. 

DZMM, 15 March 2018