Philippines: Marcos camp files criminal charges against Smartmatic, Comelec personnel

(From agencies)

The camp of vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Tuesday filed criminal charges against four Smartmatic and three Commission on Elections (Comelec) Information Technology (IT) Department personnel for their alleged unauthorized change of the script in the transparency server of the poll body, The Philippine Star reports.

Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Marcos, through his legal counsel Jose Amor Amorado, filed a complaint for violation of Section 4, Chapter II of Republic Act 10175, or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2010” before the Manila Prosecutor’s Office (MPO).

Among the charged were Smartmatic Project Manager Marlon Garcia, General Manager Elie Moreno, Project Director Neil Banigued, a member of Smartmatic Technical Support Team and Rouie Peñalba, IT Officer of Comelec.

In the meantime, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has launched an investigation into the “unauthorized” change of the script of its transparency server by Smarmatic.

Chairman Juan Andres Bautista  said a committee headed by Comelec Legal Department chief Norie Casingal will look into the incident.

The committee will focus on the administrative liability of Smartmatic’s Garcia who had admitted altering the script without the knowledge and permission of the commission, he said.

“The committee may provide the commission with its preliminary findings within the week,” Bautista said.

The investigation may last for two weeks. Read More


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