PPCRV: Analysis results on transparency server audit logs out next week

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2019   •   1307

Command center of election watchdog, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)

MANILA, Philippines – The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) is looking to release next week the results of its analysis on the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) transparency server audit logs which experienced a seven-hour glitch right after the May 13 midterm polls.

PPCRV Chairperson Myla Villanueva said their team of information technology (IT) experts will work over the weekend to analyze the logs in an attempt to get to the bottom of the issue.

“We hope that by Sunday or Monday we can give you more information,” Villanueva told reporters at the PPCRV command center in Manila.

Comelec on Thursday granted PPCRV’s request to access the logs of the transparency server to probe the seven-hour delay in the display of electronically-transmitted election results following the poll body’s initial output on election day.

“Tuwang-tuwa kami, although alam na din naman namin na papayag ‘yung COMELEC, pinormalize lang yun,” said PPCRV board member Dr. Arwin Serrano.

On Monday, election observers have expressed alarm after the PPCRV and media’s partial, unofficial count were not updated since it received votes from 0.38 percent of clustered precincts by 6 p.m.

Comelec later explained that the application, which is supposed to transmit data from the transparency server to PPCRV terminals and media networks, had encountered an error.

The transparency server was only able to send out data, showing partial and unofficial count based on 90.57 percent of clustered precincts, at around 1 a.m. on May 14.

“It is important for the public to know kung ‘yung issue is technical. If it’s technical, talaga naman pong nagka-aberya ang makina. We just want to know na ‘yun lang po and nothing more and nothing less,” Villanueva said.

The PPCRV, as part of its poll watchdog duty, taps the transparency server for a copy of the election results to be used in its unofficial parallel count of cast votes.

Aside from audit logs, the agency also asked Comelec to provide them data from its central server to see if it matches the information received from the transparency server.

The PPCRV expects to complete the manual encoding of election returns and partial, unofficial tally by end of May. (with details from April Cenedoza)

Election watchdog urges Comelec to expand coverage of local absentee voting

Maris Federez   •   October 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — An election watchdog group has appealed to the Commission on Elections to expand the sectors that will be covered by local absentee voting.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) believes that expanding the coverage of the local absentee voting will help increase the voter turnout in the coming elections as this will guarantee a larger number of Filipinos being able to vote even before May 9, 2022.

“Palalawakin pa yong sectors na pwedeng bumoto including all our teachers na magsisilbi as our electoral boards. So pagpalagay natin during presidential election na ang voter turnout na aabot lang ng close to 70 percent ay umabot pa siya ng 80 percent,” said PPCRV trustee and secretary Dr. Arwin Serrano.

The local absentee voting is designed for those who are unable to go to the polling precincts on the actual day of the elections.

Among the sectors covered by the local absentee voting are members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, media, government officials and employees.

Voting will only be limited to national positions, including partylist representatives.

Serrano said they have already submitted their proposal to the Comelec and hope that this will be discussed during the en banc’s session.

Based on Comelec Resolution No. 10695, the last day of application for the local absentee voting is on March 7, 2022.

The voting period for absentee voters is from April 27 to 29. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Dante Amento)

Comelec proclaims 51 party-list winners

Marje Pelayo   •   May 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday (May 22) officially proclaimed 51 party-list organizations that won a seat in the House of Representatives (HOR) in this year’s midterm elections. 

Frontrunners in the party-list elections is the Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS).

ACT-CIS, along with Bayan Muna, secured three seats on the 18th Congress.

Six organizations – Ako Bicol; CIBAC; Ang Probinsiyano; 1Pacman; and Probinsyano Ako – got two seats each.

Meanwhile, 43 groups got one seat each and they are the following:

  • SENIOR CITIZENS  
  • MAGSASAKA
  • APEC
  • GABRIELA
  • AN WARAY
  • COOP-NATCCO
  • PHILRECA
  • ACT TEACHERS
  • AKO BISAYA
  • TINGOG SINIRANGAN
  • ABONO
  • BUHAY
  • DUTERTE YOUTH
  • KALINGA
  • PBA
  • ALONA
  • RECOBODA
  • BH (BAGONG HENERASYON)
  • BAHAY
  • CWS
  • ABANG LINGKOD
  • A TEACHER
  • BHW
  • SAGIP
  • TUCP
  • MAGDALO
  • GP
  • MANILA TEACHERS’
  • RAM
  • ANAKALUSUGAN
  • AKO PADAYON
  • AAMBIS-OWA
  • KUSUG TAUSUG
  • DUMPER PTDA
  • TGP
  • PATROL
  • AMIN
  • AGAP
  • LPGMA
  • OFW FAMILY
  • KABAYAN
  • DIWA
  • KABATAAN

-Marje Pelayo

27 alleged narco-politicians triumphed in last election – PNP

Marje Pelayo   •   May 20, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is currently doing a case build up against 27 alleged narco-politicians who won in the recently concluded midterm elections.

According to PNP Chief Police General Oscar Albayalde, from a total of 47 names in the drugs watchlist of politicians, 37 filed their candidacy but only 27 succeeded in the election.

The winning list include several mayors and governors in Luzon.

Albayalde said he is leaving the case to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

“Sa Luzon meron. Dito lang sa Region 3 meron (at) sa Region4. Kilala ko ang mga nasa listahan. Alam ko ang mga pangalan nila. Alam ko nanalo ang mga iyon,” Albayalde said.

(There are some in Luzon, in Regions 3 and 4. I know those who are on the list. I know their names. I know they won.)

In case they have proven links to illegal drugs, appropriate charges will be filed against them.

“Continuous naman ang pag-iimbestiga sa kanila and as the SILG have said, kapag merong nakitang ebidensya laban sa kanila, we will file cases both criminal and administrative,” the PNP Chief added.

(Investigation is now ongoing and as the SILG have said, if there are evidence against them, we will file cases both criminal and administrative.)

Rampant vote buying

Albayalde, meanwhile, noted that aside from the P12 million cash authorities seized in anti vote-buying operations, candidates and supporters also distributed rice and eggs to lure voters.

READ: Over P12M seized from vote buying – PNP

The PNP chief said they were able to confiscate a total of 62 sacks of rice and 22 trays of eggs in different areas in Mindanao and Calabarzon Region.

“Wala sa kanilang umaamin kung saan nanggagaling, but we got election campaign material na doon sa specific candidates na iyon,” he said.

(No one would admit as to where the items came from but we got election campaign materials from that specific candidate.)

“But they deny na nanggaling doon sa mga kandidato na iyon at walang gustong magsabi whether the buyer or the seller kung sino or saan galing ang pera,” he added.

(But they deny that the items were from those [specific] candidates. No one, not the buyer nor the seller, wanted to admit where the items or cash came from.) – (with reports from Lea Ylagan) Marje Pelayo

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