During the current electoral process, I’ve been posting notes on Facebook. Here are my FB posts including my own comments starting from the Congressional Inquiry on the Electoral Reform:
Jamal Ashley Abbas Oh my, just finished watching the Congressional inquiry on the elections. The electronic cheating appears pervasive. This is what I’ve been saying all along, without proper safeguards, it is very easy to cheat using computers. Committee chair Teddy Locsin shouted at the SmartMatic people, calling them SOBs!! He realized he was had. Until yesterday, he was the champion of Smartmatic and automated elections. May 20, 3:33 pm
Jamal Ashley Abbas “Sons of _ _ _ _ _ _ _! You had us standing here, guaranteeing to the public and the world that even if fraud is committed we will be able to trace it. We never said that there would be no fraud, but you said we could trace it. And now you tell me, that at 10 in the evening they could do it and we would never know. My God!” said Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin. May 20, 9:16 pm
Jamal Ashley Abbas For those who haven’t seen this yet. May 20, 9:27 pm
with link to:Confessed E-fraud operator sends alleged evidence to ABS-CBN | ABS-CBN News Online Beta
Jamal Ashley Abbas If our congressmen and government and NGO officials were computer (programming) literate, they would have known about these things. Locsin may have gone to Harvard, but he did not use computers there. PPCRV’s Tita De Villa is even more computer illiterate. Why couldn’t most Filipinos admit that they are not competent for some jobs? In today’s technological world, we should have more engineers and scientists in Congress. May 21, 12:57 am
with link to:Votes Can Be Changed Using Only A Memory Card
Jamal Ashley Abbas The first time I saw what kind of machines they were going to use, I could already see the possibilities for cheating. Instead of putting in safeguards, the safeguards were removed one by one. First, the Bureau of Printing watermark was not put for ARMM ballots, allegedly because of conflicts in printing schedule. Then the UV marks were declared to be unreadable by the machines. Then, the digital electronic signatures of BEIs for ERs/COCs were done away with, which is patently against the law.
Jamal Ashley AbbasI prefer Noynoy over Erap and Villar; Binay over Roxas. I’m also glad that many local trapos were victimized. But I think people should seriously scrutinize the automated system – the PCOS and CF cards. If all the complaints will just be swept under the COMELEC rug, then we’ll never have credible elections in the future. For next elections, I’ll apply to be a PCOS technician and make some money in the process. May 21, 8:54 pm
Jamal Ashley Abbas 3 and a half hours after the Locsin committee closed, abs-cbnnews.com still has no write-up about it. This is “Gatekeeping” and “Agenda-Setting” theories in action. Meanwhile, inquirer.net uses the adj “losing” and “defeated” to politicians who claimed to have been approached by people who offered to rig the polls in their favor. May 24 3:39 pm
with link to screenshot of abs-cbnnews.com at that time
Jamal Ashley Abbas ANC anchors and reporters, esp. Ina Reformina, were vigorously defending Smartmatic and arguing against the testimony of IT expert Atty. Vitangcol. Vitangcol said that it is possible to re-program the configuration file of the CF cards to add or shave votes.
Jamal Ashley Abbas RA 7892 Chap 1, Sec 5 d states:”Electronic signature” refers to any distinctive mark, characteristic and/or sound in electronic form, representing the identity of a PERSON…”
COMELEC did away with the BEI electronic signature requirement. Can COMELEC override a law? Can the interpretation of a law really depend on just the person reading it? Must one go to the Supreme Court for the interpretation of every line in a law? May 24, 5:15 pm
with link to: Election returns flawed, says Locsin – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos
Jamal Ashley Abbas RA 9369 (Automated Election Law) states: SEC. 25. A new Section 30 is hereby provided to read as follows:
Jamal Ashley AbbasIT expert Al Vitangcol asked DOST’s Denis Villorente what the name of the file in the CF card contained the results of the voting. He couldn’t/wouldn’t answer. Al enumerated the filenames in the cards. Denis said there is a 2ND PARTITION! Al asked again to no avail. He asked how could Villorente be a member of the Comelec’s Technical Evaluation Committee if he doesn’t even know what he is evaluating! Attaboy, Al! May 25, 3:05 pm
Jamal Ashley AbbasVillorente’s answers and “non-answers” are suspicious. First, he appeared reluctant to answer, always looking over his shoulder to somebody for a cue. When Vitangcol asked that he be compelled to answer, he said, after looking over his shoulder, he did not know.
Jamal Ashley AbbasOMG, will somebody donate some Intelligence to the ANC presenters covering Congress? Pia Hontiveros even has the gall to imply that the Congressmen do not have Common Sense! It is they – Pia and Twink who do not understand the question at all. Goodness Gracious! May 26, 4:25 pm
Jamal Ashley AbbasThe Congressmen were asking why there were two separate sets of COCs for Pres. and VP. Both sets contain BEI signatures.
COMELEC answered that they are just one DOCUMENT because it is contained in ONE PDF file.
But as Pimentel and others were saying, since both sets contain SEPARATELY signatures of the BEIs, then legally, they are separate DOCUMENTS.
If the congressmen are more computer-literate, they could tell COMELEC that a PDF file or a WORD DOCUMENT does not necessarily contain only one document. It can contain as many documents as possible.
This question is important because if there are questions on the VP canvass, does that mean that the presidential canvass is necessarily affected? If they are two separate documents, then one can argue that discrepancies on the presidential count does not necessarily affect the VP count and vice versa. May 26, 4:34 pm
Jamal Ashley Abbas The laws (automated election law and e-commerce law) only indicated ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES. They DO NOT indicate DIGITAL SIGNATURES. There is a world of difference between them. Funny that Smartmatic, Comelec, the IT resource persons and everyone else in the Congressional debates are not making the distinction between the two. The COCs HAVE ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES BUT LACK DIGITAL SIGNATURES! May 27, 6:05 pm
Jamal Ashley Abbas Canvassing started in Congress. Too bad that nothing can be done about the senatorial canvass. I still cannot believe that Bong Revilla can top the slate in practically all regions. Why would Ilocanos prefer him over Enrile? He beat Enrile in Enrile’s own province of Cagayan! He got more votes than the Moro candidates in ARMM! He got almost double the votes of De Venecia in Pangasinan! May 27, 11:33 pm
Jamal Ashley Abbas The Philippine FILM industry is DYING. Few Filipinos watch Filipino films anymore. If these actors – Revilla, Jinggoy, Sotto, and Lapid are really that popular, accdg to Comelec results, then why couldn’t they help the film industry by making huge blockbuster films? May 27, 11:40 pm
Jamal Ashley Abbas Random Manual Audit is suspicious. Congressmen, political parties and NAMFREL question the reliability and credibility of the RMA. Most did not start on evening of May 10 inside the clustered precincts as mandated by law. Generally, political parties and other watchdog groups were absent during RMA. Until now, 18 daysafter election, the full report has not been released. May 29, 12:40 am
Jamal Ashley Abbas Be that as it may, PPCRV’s initial report indicates a variance of 0.07 % or 99.93% accuracy. However, the contract between Smartmatic and COMELEC states that the PCOS machines must show 99.995% accuracy or a variance of only 0.005%. Clearly, the PCOS failed the test!
Accdg to IT experts invited in the Congressional inquiry, a variance of 0.07% is UNACCEPTABLE. They said that the results are equivalent to “junk” since they are now questionable. May 29, 12:53 am
Jamal Ashley Abbas IT expert Roberto Verzola pointed out that the SYSTEST report on Smartmatic’s Source codes indicated 5466 UNRESOLVED ISSUES e.g. it can’t prevent tampering during maintenance, some log files can be lost or overwritten, possible editing of SQL commands, and several unresolved issues of logging functions of the system like TIME LOGGING. May 29, 1:03 am
Jamal Ashley Abbas The Systest report showed that there were issues on the TIME LOGGING function of the source code. COMELEC and SMARTMATIC were thus warned. Yet, why did they not do anything about it? Now, we have the most important documents of the Election exercise – the ERs and COCs — without the correct date and time. May 29, 1:16 am
Jamal Ashley Abbas People at ANC 24/7 facebook and twitter accounts are attacking the credibility of Sabile and the IT experts. All pro-Smartmatic and anti-IT experts posts are shown on TV repeatedly but those anti-Smartmatic are not. May 29, 3:20 pm
Jamal Ashley Abbas I posted the ff. comment on ANC 24/7 FB account:
In actual Comelec or Court cases, the Court or Comelec will NOT ask that the particular PCOS and CF cards be brought to the court and let someone open the encrypted files. No! The protestants will be left with only the COCs, the AUDIT LOG FILE and maybe even the ERs as the “official documents” as evidence of alleged fraud. Unless in special cases like the Cagayan de Oro CF cards and Cong. Susano’s CF cards where the cards themselves would be the center of the issues.
Thanks to Sabile, all protestants will (should) now refuse to accept the audit log file as evidence.
Moreover, accdg to SYSTEST report, there were 5466 remaining UNRESOLVED ISSUES in the SOURCE CODES incl.: several logging functions such as TIME LOGGING (which explains the incredible time logs of the ERs and COCs), not all critical system status will be logged, tampering CANNOT BE AVOIDED during maintenance, SOME LOG FILES can be LOST OR OVER-WRITTEN and even the POSSIBLE EDITING OF THE SQL COMMANDS. Editing SQL commands means that one can tamper with the DATABASE itself. These were all enumerated in the report of HALALAN MARANGAL as testified by Roberto Verzola in the Congressional inquiry. May 29, 3:30 pm