Bongbong camp: Case vs Smartmatic, Comelec IT workers strong
THE camp of losing vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is anticipating an immediate resolution of its complaint for the violation of Cybercrime Law against several IT workers of Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections.
Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, campaign adviser of Marcos, cited the supposed “admissions” of the Comelec and Smartmatic personnel that they introduced changes to the script in the transparency server used for the May 9 elections.
“Simple lang naman ang kasong ito kasi dalawang tanong lang yan. Did you tinker with the system and they admitted that they tinkered with the system…,” De la Cruz said. “Since they admitted that they tinkered with the system the next question is did you have any kind of authority to tinker with the system?”
De la Cruz said Comelec and Smartmatic have no authority to tinker with the system, making them liable for violation of the Cybercrime Law.
“We will request that this be submitted for the resolution,” said Cruz who had submitted his consolidated reply for the counter-affidavit at Manila Prosecutors’ Office on Monday.
He also accused the respondents of misleading the prosecutors after they claimed in their counter-affidavits that their intervention in the transparency server cannot be considered illegal.
“By so doing, respondents are attempting to mislead this Honorable Office thru technical illustrations irrelevant to the present controversy,” dela Cruz said.
Marcos ran but lost to his closest rival, now Vice President Leni Robredo. His camp is alleging fraud.
His camp had filed cybercrime charges against Smartmatic personnel Marlon Garcia, a member of the technical support team; Elie Moreno, project director; Mauricio Herrera, and Neil Banigued of the technical support team.
Comelec IT personnel Rouie Penalba, Nelson Herrera and Frances Mae Gonzalez were also charged for their supposed involvement in transparency server controversy.
It was Penalba who initiated the change in the script without informing the Comelec and asking for authorization, dela Cruz said.
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