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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

Manila Bulletin – Robredo camp says Bongbong protest a waste of taxpayers’ money

By Merlina Malipot | Manila Bulletin The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday warned that the protest of losing candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will lead to “more expenses for

Daily Tribune – ‘Correct’ vote count

By The Editorial Board | Daily Tribune “The software should go through source code reviews and certifications by an international certification entity prior to the elections. During the late night

Daily Tribune – No fraud in the time of Smartmatic?

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares | Daily Tribune “Despite the many instances of electoral fraud, the Comelec continues to tap Smartmatic as its provider. President Duterte has reportedly guaranteed that the 2019

Daily Tribune – It’s still perception, Mr. Justice

By Ninez Cacho-Olivares | Daily Tribune Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Benjamin Caguioa sought to inhibit himself from the Bongbong Marcos vice presidential electoral protest case against Leni Robredo, yet he

The Manila Times – Justice Caguioa wants out of Marcos-Leni case

By Jomar Canlas, TMT | The Manila Times An associate justice of the Supreme Court (SC) seeks to inhibit as ponente or member in charge of the election protest filed