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Inquirer.net : Camp of Marcos Jr. ‘keenly observing’ alleged hacking of Comelec server

News & Interviews
11 January 2022

By Neil Arwin Mercado | Inquirer.net

MANILA, Philippines — The camp of presidential aspirant Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is “keenly observing” developments on the alleged hacking of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) server a few months ahead of the scheduled national elections in May.

This was according to Marcos Jr.’s chief of staff and spokesperson, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, who also explained in a statement Tuesday that they “do not intend to immediately jump into any conclusion that could lead to undermining or discrediting the preparations and the conduct of the May 9 general elections.”

“We are keenly observing the development in the alleged hacking on the Comelec systems with prudence by awaiting confirmation from those tasked to investigate the incident,” he said.

“For now, we call on the Comelec Steering Committee and the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee (JCOC) to convene, initiate the probe and work to ensure the integrity of the systems and of the forthcoming elections,” he added.

According to a Manila Bulletin article published Monday, hackers were allegedly able to breach Comelec servers and stole files including usernames and PINS of vote-counting machines.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez later on Monday questioned the article, but he also said the poll body is validating the report.