AES Watch conveners ask SC for Writ of Habeas Data vs Comelec

Today, 14 conveners and members of the Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) petitioned the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a Writ of Habeas Data against Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes, Jr. and six other commissioners of the Comelec.

The Writ petitioners, among them former Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman and Comelec whistleblower Atty. Melchor Magdamo, asked the SC to compel the Comelec to cease and desist from placing AES Watch member-organizations under surveillance using a P30M intelligence fund. They also asked the high court to direct the respondents to disclose to the court and petitioners and, subsequently, to destroy whatever intelligence information had been intentionally gathered against AES Watch members and other election watchdogs.

Magdamo, former Comelec lawyer, exposed 2013 election scams and unconscionable expenses in the bidding of the unbundled items on warehousing, delivery, ballot printing, paper ballots, etc. In 2010, he successfully proved the multi-million overpricing of the secrecy folders used in the 2010 poll automation that caused the suspension of Comelec project director Jose Tolentino, Jr.  Lagman, Comelec’s only IT commissioner, was not reappointed for being critical of the Smartmatic-provided poll automation. Continue reading


AES Watch conveners ask Ombudsman to probe Brillantes, Smartmatic; Refund payments, Smartmatic asked

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The Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) today asked President Aquino III to compel the Smartmatic company to refund the money given it due to the failure of some 18,000 PCOS machines to transmit election results, dysfunctional CF cards, and other glitches that transpired during the May 13 mid-term elections.

The amount paid by the government for the questionable purchase of the PCOS machines in March 2012 for at least 23% of the machines that failed to transmit should be refunded. This is on top of costs by machines that broke down, faulty CF cards and modems, and other system failures, AES Watch said. Continue reading

Disturbing Discrepancies in Precint Election Results

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Precinct results downloaded from the Comelec public access website,, differ from the same precinct results downloaded on another day/time, in significant ways. Take the example of these five precinct results from BAROBO, SURIGAO DEL SUR, downloaded on two different days, the first on May 19, the second on May 23. Directory listings of the two directories give the picture shown. The five precinct results have increased in file size! This should not happen, even for dynamically generated pages, unless there are changes in page contents. I’m studying these cases further, and will give a more detailed report.

This was first posted by Dr. Pablo Manalastas on Facebook.

From BAD to WORSE: 2013 Automated Elections, Big Technological Disaster

Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch)
May 17, 2013

From BAD to WORSE: 2013 Automated Elections, Big Technological Disaster

Programming errors, zero vote data, corrupted CF cards, paper jamming, multiple transmissions, PCOS shutdowns nationwide : “Comelec 99.99999% ready” (Brillantes) or signs of election failure?

· Why STOP the “transparency” count?
· Why the mysterious slowdown of transmission?
· Why the non-transparency and sudden secrecy of election results from the public?
· What happened to the 30% of Election Returns not immediately transmitted after closing of polls?
· What “routine maintenance” did Smartmatic do with the PCOS system inside the “citizens’ arm -PPCRV command center immediately before transmission of election results and after PPCRV announced more than 12 million votes transmitted three hours after polls closed?
· Who are the mysterious Smartmatic operators at the servers?
· Why allow physical transport of un-transmitted CF cards direct to the NBOC not through “ladderized canvassing?”
· What happened to the RMA (random manual audit) in 236 clustered precincts (CPs) that should have been done immediately after the elections?
· Why the Proclamation with more than 20% of CPs or 11 million votes still unaccounted for?
· How will the candidates know the right number of votes they garnered in the polls?

These highly irregular incidents, questions and other issues will be tackled by AES Watch in a PRESS BRIEFING

May 18, 2013, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
AES Watch Monitoring Center
c/o Center for Integrative & Development Studies (CIDS)
Ground Level, Ang Bahay ng Alumni, Magsaysay Avenue
UP Diliman, Quezon City


Pablo R. Manalastas, PhD, Nelson J. Celis, Lito Averia, Ernie del Rosario
Rene B. Azurin, PhD, Maricor Akol, Fr. Joe Dizon Temario C. Rivera, PhD former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Jr. and others


For other details, please contact Soleil Manzano
AES Watch Monitoring Center
Tel. 9818500 local 4274/4273 and 9299526
Email address:
Facebook: AES Watch Twitter: @aeswatch_PH

Is it true that only 258 PCOS machines were ‘defective’?

This was written by Atty. Mel Magdamo, whistleblower on the overpriced ballot secrecy folders for the 2010 elections:

Dear Chairman Brillantes:

According to your advisers, only 258 PCOS machines were “defective” on election day.

According to another report, the breakdowns were “widespread.”

According to the “Eleksyon 2013” Action Center (“GMA Network” + “AMA Education System” Partnership) that was monitoring and receiving calls nationwide, there were “1,063 reports of PCOS machine problems as of late afternoon on election day.”

Please remember, dear Chairman, that we were together in the GMA Network News Room early in the morning of election day. I was personally present when the GMA+AMA action center team members were gathering reports nationwide. In fact, many times, I myself had to answer calls from angry voters demanding explanations for malfunctioning and non-functioning PCOS machines.

PINAGMUMURA AKO ng mga callers and I ended up defending Comelec.

Shall we suspect the GMA+AMA partnership as harboring a motive to exaggerate or sensationalize?

I saw their methods. Their data input monitors were in accordance with the best practices of information & communications technology. Their call center agents were idealistic and hardworking. To all appearances, they were telling the truth and were even conservative in the estimate of “1,063 reports of PCOS machine problems as of late afternoon on election day.”

Dear Chairman, who gave you the advise that only 258 PCOS machines were “defective”?

I challenge your advisers to a public forum debate on the methodology of quantifying defects, for the sake of not repeating the same in the future (Section 9 of the Electoral Reforms Law encourages public forum debates).

Sincerely yours,

Atty. Melchor Magdamo

Smartmatic top honcho sighted at PPCRV data center before wrong tally

What is a Smartmatic top official up to at the operations center of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) at 5 p.m. closing time yesterday before the scheduled transmission of election results from the country’s 78,000 clustered precincts?

Former Comelec IT Director and Automated Elections System Watch (AES Watch) IT expert Ernie del Rosario today expressed grave concerns over the suspicious presence of Albert Castro Rico, a Spanish Smartmatic official, at the command center and election server of the PPCRV, Comelec-accredited citizens’ arm. PPCRV is located at Pope Pius Center, UN Avenue, Manila. Continue reading