Bongbong to file poll protest, says “secret server” was used in cheating

  • The camp of Senator Bongbong Marcos said he will file an electoral protest before the deadline expires this month
  • A ‘fourth secret server’ was allegedly used in transmitting the election result where votes are rigged in favor of his rival
  • Marcos’ lawyer said they have enough evidence to prove the massive cheating

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of defeated vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos will push through with the filing of electoral protest to contest the proclamation of VP-elect Leni Robredo, this was according to lawyer Jose Amorado.

Amorado, who heads Marcos’ legal team, told reporters on Tuesday, June 7, that they are targeting to file the poll protest before the deadline set by the Commission on Election (Comelec) on June 29, 2016, possibly on the 27th.

Amorado and Abakada Party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, Marcos’ political adviser, alleged that a ‘fourth secret server’ or a ‘queue server’ was used in transmitting election results instead of being directly transmitted to the Municipal Board of Canvassers server, the Comelec server and the transparency server.

De la Cruz explained that the ‘secret server’ is possibly where the manipulation of votes happened to favor the certain candidates.

“This was never disclosed. This is the fourth server and therefore it should have been subjected to source code review also and everything else. But this was not disclosed to the public. This is in violation of the law,” he said.

“If cheating was deliberate, we don’t know. That’s why we need to find out what was the function of the queue server,” De la Cruz added.

A statement from camp of Senator Marcos said the electoral protest will seek a recount of votes in some areas and will also include setting aside of the election results in areas where there are clear indications of cheating.

Amorado noted that initial findings of their internal investigation supposedly showed that Marcos lost in 1,689 precincts. Many of these precincts were considered as bailiwicks of the senator like those in the provinces of Leyte, Samar, and Pangasinan and in the Cagayan Valley region.

The manipulation of votes in these areas allegedly happened between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on election day.

“The truth has to come out one way or another,” said Amorado, adding that no watchers were allowed in the said ‘secret servers’.

De la Cruz added they believe that there is enough evidence “to show that there was massive rigging and manipulation of votes.”

Marcos lost to Robredo by a slim margin of 263,473 votes. He has since refused to concede and vowed to contest Robredo’s victory.

Earlier in the day, a complaint for the violation of the cyber crime law was already filed by Marcos lawyers against Comelec and Smartmatic personnel before the Manila City Prosecutor’s Office.