By: Elena Grace Flores
Abakada Party-list Representative Jonathan dela Cruz, Marcos’ campaign adviser, said that Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia allegedly tampered with the election server twice. “Observers noticed the change in few of the hash code of the system itself so Garcia again made some changes but insisted that they are all the same.
The second tampering was included in Rouie Peñalba’s letter of explanation to the Comelec submitted on May 11 describing the details of the complaint. However Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting’s IT Director William Yu, justified the changes explaining that the hash code was not in alignment with the other codes in the system, that’s why it needed to be corrected.
This double tampering is the fourth allegation of irregularity included in Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest. Marcos was leading Robredo by about a million votes until the tampering occurred on early hours of May 10.