Hack it or hug it, poll lawyer tells PCOs critics



Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Hack it and prove that the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines can be manipulated, otherwise hug it and embrace the truth that these can be trusted by the voters, an election lawyer told critics Sunday.

“Information Technology (IT) experts critical of the PCOS  will be doing a great service to the nation if they could prove their vaunted claim that the PCOS system could be hacked, or its results could be tampered with,” election law expert Romulo Macalintal said in a statement Sunday.

On May 6, all the 79,000 clustered precincts that will function in the May 13 elections will be opened where their respective Boards of Election Inspectors (BEI) will publicly test and seal the PCOS machine assigned in their respective precincts.  Each BEI will use ten 10 genuine official ballots to be cast into the PCOS machines by 10 voters randomly selected from those present pursuant to Sections 20 and 22 of Comelec Resolution No. 9640 dated February 15, 2013.

After test voting, there will also be printing of actual election returns for national and local candidates showing the votes they obtained which will be compared with the results of the manual count of the ballots cast by the 10 randomly selected voters.

With 10 test-ballots per clustered precinct, there will be a total of 790,000 official ballots that will be cast during the aforesaid nationwide PCOS testing.

“Only by showing that a ballot cast for Candidate A is credited by the PCOS machine for Candidate B could these critics prove their vaunted claim that the PCOS could not be relied upon,” Macalintal said.

“However, if everything turns out right or no major glitches occurred during such testing, these IT experts and critics of PCOS should be honest enough to admit their wrong impression or analysis of the PCOS and show its support to the Comelec for a successful clean and credible election on May 13,” he said.

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  • Stun Black

    Wala siyang idea kung ano ang cheat codes. Buo pa ata yung family computer ko attorney. Pahihiram ko sa yo.

    • ranjoranido

      cheat codes ka dyan. anu yan games lang. wala kang alam.

  • meenymineymo

    In the 2010 elections the total votes cast exceeded the total registered voters. Hacked or not the program is already defective.

    • josh_alexei

      But what has the machine got to do with the number of registered voters? it is programmed to count and transmit the ballots that were feed matter not if the voters who cast them were registered or not. Is it program to identify if the voters are registered or not, don’t know, but I have been voting in a system that was automated decades ago and the ballot is not marked any for the machine to identify if I am registered or not and we are one of the most advanced countries in the whole wide world.

  • RyanE

    Yes, those self-proclaimed IT experts should show some proofs that they could hack the system, else they better shut-up..

  • josephsanchez

    “Let’s leave it to God’s hands.” love what madrigal said. still can’t phatom that the automation of our election could be cheated. one might not win because of cheating. that’s a shame.

  • padrefaura

    of course it cannot be hacked by ordinary IT experts. brillantes has already hacked and secured the PCOS for his “clients”.

  • XY ZEE

    Paging ANONYMOUS.
    Please, please prove this fool wrong.

  • gerp

    this lawyer was working with GMA and many are doubting his words…bad for him hehe…in my point of view, any systems(programmed) there will have at least one or more point of entry, can be controlled by the system itself..good thing naman of course can be traceable if someone try to re-do the system for some personal advantage or sabotage. just like the virus on the net..they have many ways to go inside your hard drives and destroying your machine system unknowingly unless you have legallly acquired anti-virus protection. Para sa akin, eh ano kung ma-hacked at may manipulate…ma-trace naman yan at the end…yun nga lang mabagal ang action ng mga namumuno sa Comelec to trace the problem. syempre baka di pa aminin yan. yun nga lang hehe

  • ITT_Co_Makati

    Lawyers support the PCOS machines because it will be a future cash cow for them. With the PCOS not meeting the requirements of law will open a lot of avenues for electoral protests even from legitimate losers and use that to protest the results. So there will be winners and losers and the losers have basis to protest even a legitimate loss. In the end, it will be the lawyers represnting these losers that will make a lot of money for their services. No wonder they want it to happen.

  • Concur_Dissent

    Already, there are several intelligent comments and observations against the PCOS machines…but the sad thing is that these negative comments and observations are very premature. Wag masiyadong hot…After the live testing on May 6, any major or significant glitch in the system should be identified, kung hindi ayusin, dyan kayo mag ngawa!!

  • Hey_Dudes

    In this world there is no error free system and most people living on earth except perhaps – us Filipinos, accept this as part of how people live. Now, between the manual voting and cheating that usually attend the method, I’ll say, whatever glitch (s) a voting machine might have, it still is so much better and reliable than when people are tasked to count votes. Naturally, for us Filipinos, manual is still the most accurate method because politicians as well as professional whiners and critics says so.

  • opinyonlangpo

    The problem is not the system, it is the people. People are easier to corrupt than the machine.

  • Ako_Hiking

    Goodness…more propaganda to try and fool the public and hide the truth that the PCOS machines are not working properly. All the test runs that have been conducted by the Comelec have not been successful. Admit that those in-charge have not done a competent job in ensuring the credibility of the upcoming elections. There is still a bit time left so hopefully they can fix the problems.

  • Ako_Hiking

    And another thing…you challenge people to hack it? So what if it gets hacked so then what? The Philippine cancels elections? Or what, the Philippine government goes to the Election Machine store and buy new PCOS machines? This lawyer does not make sense. It is irresponsible to ask critics to try and screw with elections when the Comelec should just make sure things work properly as they should.

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