Malaya - Marcos camp bares data from unused VCMs

17 January 2017


The camp of former Sen. Ferdinand ”Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said data found from the Secure Digital (SD) cards sourced from supposedly unused vote counting machines (VCMs) only prove their claim that massive fraud attended the May 2016 polls.

In a statement after attending the decryption of the SD cards at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Manila, Marcos lawyer Victor Rodriguez questioned why there was data recorded in the SD cards when the VCMs should have been unused.

“This strengthens our position that massive fraud was indeed committed in the last elections because SD cards from unused VCM should be empty,” said Rodriguez.

“How can the SD cards have data in them when they came from VCMs kits that were not used? This is highly questionable,” he added.

Yesterday, the Comelec conducted the decryption of 26 of the 127 SD cards sourced from the 1,356 stripped unused VCMs back in October.

The remaining 101 SD cards were not part of the decryption as they were set aside by the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET) in accordance with the poll protest of senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino.

As of press time, 13 of the 26 SD cards were found to have folders containing data, according to Rodriguez.

Because of this, the Marcos camp said they are more determined to pursue the protest they filed before the Presidential Electoral Protest (PET).

In the last vice presidential race, Vice President Leni Robredo was able to edge Marcos after getting 14,418,817 votes compared to the latter’s 14,155,344 votes.