Former Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. praised the ruling of the Department of Justice to indict personnel of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic for altering the script of the transparency server in the course of the 2016 polls.
Through his lawyer Vic Rodriguez, Marcos identified that ballot personnel deserve getting indicted for doing the adjustments with out authority from Comelec commissioners because the regulation offers.
“This is a most welcome development because the unauthorized change they introduced in the script of the transparency server indeed undermined the credibility of the elections,” mentioned Rodriguez in a press release.
Marcos at the moment has pending election protest earlier than the Supreme Court (SC) sitting because the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) as he questioned his loss to Vice President Leni Robredo within the 2016 elections.
“It was only after the script was changed that the results for the Vice Presidential race began to change at a uniform rate of 40 to 1, which was statistically impossible,” mentioned Rodriguez.
“Everyone who was glued to their TV that fateful night could see this,” he insisted.
The DOJ issued a decision dated June 2 which ordered indicted Smartmatic technical help group head Marlon Garcia and his subordinates Neil Baniqued and Mauricio Herrera in addition to Comelec Information Technology consultants Rouie Peñalba, Nelson Herrera and Frances Mae Gonzales.
They face charges for violating Sections four(a)(1), (three) and (four) of Republic Act 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act
“This is a victory for the Filipino people – – especially those whose votes were not counted on election day,” Rodriguez mentioned.
Section four (a)(1) of R.A. 10175 penalizes the entry of a pc system with none authority whereas Section three penalizes the intentional and reckless altering of laptop knowledge.
While, Section four penalizes the act of hindering or interfering with the capabilities of a pc and laptop community by inputting, deleting and altering laptop knowledge and applications, with none proper or authority.