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The Manila Times – Time to change the Automated Election Law

By Nelson Celis | The Manila Times Part 3 Aside from the digital signatures, the Technical Working Group of the Philippine Computer Society deliberated on the importance of the source

Manila Bulletin – Comelec to extend local source code review

By Leslie Ann Aquino | Manila Bulletin The local source code review of the automated election system to be used in the May 2019 midterm polls may be extended beyond

The Manila Times – Time to change Automated Election Law

By Nelson Celis | The Manila Times Part 2 HOW/Why were the digital signatures for the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) and Board of Canvassers (BOCs) included in the amendment

The Manila Times – Whatever happened to electoral fraud investigations?

By Antonio P. Contreras | The Manila Times I AM tempted to ask once again where is Andy Bautista, except that it seems no one is interested anymore, at least

Daily Tribune – PET delay disrespects people’s will

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares | Daily Tribune Instead of wanting to get to the bottom of the 2016 vice-presidential poll fraud by supporting the move of a former congressman who had

The Manila Times – Time to change Automated Election Law

By Nelson Celis | The Manila Times Part 1 EVER wondered how our Automated Election System (AES) law was enacted in 1997? It all started in the late 1980s when the

The Manila Times – Automated election cheating

By Rolly G. Reyes | The Manila Times Modern technological wonders have swallowed citizen Juan in every corner of this Pacific pearl we call “Las Islas Filipinas.” Smitten by the

Abante Online – Smartmatic bantay-sarado sa 2019 eleksyon

By Abante Online NAGLUNSAD ng online petition ang isang kontrobersyal na abogado upang maisakatuparan ang pagbabago sa bilangan ng boto bilang pangontra sa posibleng pandaraya sa 2019 automated elections. Nangangamba

The Manila Times – AES mystery deepens, remotely accessed by Venezuelans?

By Al S. Vitangcol 3rd | The Manila Times JUST like reading a mystery thriller series, the Smartmatic-provided technology for our automated election system (AES) deepens as the plot unravels through

The Philippine Star – Heading for another failed election

By Carmen N. Pedrosa | The Philippine Star As a member of the committee to evaluate candidates for Comelec chairman in GMA’s time I was shocked at the remarks of top Comelec

GMA News Online – NAMFREL head wants manual vote counting but automated canvassing

By GMA News Online Election watchdog National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections’ chairman Gus Lagman on Wednesday said he would prefer a manual vote counting at the precincts level, but

Politiko – Ex-Biliran rep dares Leni: Ask me about source of leaks on poll protest

By Politiko Former Biliran Representative Glenn Chong said Vice President Leni Robredo should have just asked where he got the leaks concerning the audit of logs of Ragay town, Camarines

GMA News Online – Comelec in talks with Smartmatic for int’l certification of source code

By GMA News Online The Commission on Elections has started meeting with IT provider Smartmatic for the international certification of the source code that will be used for the coming

Manila Standard – Recolonization by Smartmatic

By Rod Kapunan | Manila Standard “It was definitely not to bring about change.” It is so pathetic to note that a reverse transition is taking place in what Marx

The Manila Times – Tipping point

By Antonio P. Contreras | The Manila Times THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) should realize that it enters the 2019 election season with a much-tarnished reputation, perhaps the worst in

Manila Standard – Never again

By Jonathan Dela Cruz | Manila Standard “We should not have the harrowing, expensive and ultimately democracy-draining experience we had in 2016.” Calling Senate President Tito Sotto and Senator Dick

The Manila Times – Smartmatic’s ‘Trojan horse’ has hostaged 2019 elections

By Atty. Dodo Dulay | The Manila Times THE election season for the May 13, 2019 national and local elections is set to open this Thursday with the filing of

The Manila Times – ‘PET voted to do away with ballot-shading thresholds’

By Jomar Canlas, TMT | The Manila Times MUNICH, Germany: The Supreme Court (SC) en banc, sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), has voted to do away with ballot-shading

Manila Standard – FM Jr. opposes use of damaged ballots in poll protest

By PNA | Manila Standard The camp of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said Thursday it would oppose the Presidential Electoral Tribunal’s use of decrypted ballot images and the

The Manila Times – Caguioa the Unclear

By Jojo Robles | The Manila Times GOOD, clear writing is important. It is especially important if you’re a justice of the Supreme Court seeking to rule on a contentious