Tacloban City (May 18) — Random Manual Audit was conducted in 60 precincts across Region 8, Commission on Elections Region 8 Director Jose Nick Mendros informed.

Director Mendros said that the RMA guidelines provided for the conduct of the manual audit in five precincts per legislative districts. Since there are 12 legislative districts in the Region, 60 clustered precincts participated in the RMA, the good Director added.

For the first district of Leyte, RMA was conducted in Babatngon, Palo, and three clustered precincts in Tacloban City. For the second district, RMA was conducted at Barugo, Burauen, MacArthur and 2 in Jaro while for the third district, same was conducted at Calubian, San Isidro and Leyte. For the fourth district, RMA was conducted at Kananga and Ormoc while for the fifth district, the same was done at Abuyog, Bato, Inopacan, Javier and Mahaplag.

In Southern Leyte, RMA was conducted at Bontoc, Maasin City, St. Bernard and Tomas Oppus. In Biliran, RMA was conducted at Biliran, Culaba, Kawayan, and Naval.

In the Province of Samar, MRA was conducted in 8 municipalities namely: Hinabangan, Catbalogan, Sta. Rita, Villareal, Daram, Sta. Margarita, Tarangnan and Gandara.

In Eastern Samar, selected as areas where MRA were Can-avid, Maydolong, Oras, and Lawaan while in Northern Samar, the areas were Catubig, Laoang and Pambujan.

As to the result of the Random Manual Audit, Director Mendros said that the results were immediately sent to Comelec Manila, thus, he does not know what the results were.

On May 10, representatives of the PPCRV and Comelec randomly selected the precincts that will undergo manual auditing through a raffle at the Comelec command center at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

The manual audit is done to countercheck the results that the automated machines came out with. Positions audited are president, vice president, member of the House of Representatives, governor and mayor.

The Department of Education (DepEd) will determine who will make up the RMA team in the selected precincts.

Teachers who served in the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI) were not included in the RMA team to protect the accuracy of the audit. BEI members were also banned from entering any precinct where the RMA was taking place, and they were not allowed to speak with any RMA member.

Aside from checking the accuracy of the machine count, the audit team will also check if the number of ballots contained in a ballot box matches the number of people who voted.

The RMA would help identify any discrepancies in the election process, allowing the Comelec to conduct an investigation under Republic Act 9369 or the Poll Automation Law. (PIA 8)

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19 COMMENTS

  1. Random Manual Audit is not feasible and accurate…

    AN actual recount to all precincts, barangays, and towns.

    I made my independent research in just two days…

    Maybe the COMELEC can do the recount more faster than my research…

    Just a call to evryone… Please do your own research too, inorder for us to be aware of everything and not just by barking at the wrong tree. right???

    I don’t want to react on a particular issue or topic, if I don’t have my own research yet.

    Please do your part BILIRANNON’s..

    Below is the link that may help your research: https://mybool.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/biliran-island-may-10-2010-election-result-a-manual-count-research/

  2. The caption is an attempt to put a spin to the article to insinuate that the result in Biliran is accurate.

    Until the conduct of the manual audit is completed the reports and results published by RMA designated to execute the manual count there is no validation of the results in Region 8.

    In Biliran province, the discovery of 2 missing Pcos machines and 2 Bgans In Kawayan, the bailiwick of Gerry Espina Sr , after all machines and Bgans should have been returned and accounted in the Regional Office in Tacloban, necessitates a full recount and matching of the actual paper votes inside the ballot boxes. Random audit is not sufficient as the selection of the clusters to be audited are at random and raffled. We cannot allow the future of Bili9ran to be just randomly selected and raffled to determine the accuracy and integrity of the results, which has already been marred by irregularities.

    As such it is premature for the caption “Random manual audit in Region 8 validates poll results” as Dir Mendros is not privy to the result as stated in the report.

    “As to the result of the Random Manual Audit, Director Mendros said that the results were immediately sent to Comelec Manila, thus, he does not know what the results were.”

    It seems to me that the news spin master Jack Gadaingan has collected his pay cheque again from the Espinas.

  3. WE PEOPLE FROM BILIRAN IN CANADA WANT TOTAL RECOUNT ALL BALOTS NOT SELECTED IN OUR BELOVED PROVINCE. MGA CORRUPT SA BILIRAN LAYASSSSSSSS NAKAKAHIYA KAYU

  4. TINUOD BA KAHA ANG REPORT NGA ANG MAG-AMANG SI GLEN UG CHARLIE CHONG BALAK DAW MO ABROAD? UNSA MAY RASON NGANONG MOPALAYO MAN NING 2 KA MAG-AMA.

    NGA DILI MAN UNTA NI SILA GUKDON SA MGA ESPINA…NGANO MAN NGA INGON MAN NI ANG ILANG DESISYON,DILI HINOON NILA TINGUHAON O ATEBDERAN ANG ILANG MGA KASO NGA ILANG GIPASAKA KONTRA NILA ESPINA ARON ONCE AND FOR ALL ILA NA GYOD MAPAKAUWAWAN O MAPALAGPOT ANG MGA ESPINA? NGANONG MO ABROAD MAN HINOON ANG BIKTIMA SA AMBUSH.

  5. I DON’T SUSCRIBE TO THE RANDOM AUDIT OF VOTES. WHEN THERE IS CHEATING INVOLVED, ALL VOTES SHOULD BE MANUALLY COUNTED NOT JUST A FEW SELECTED TOWNS.

    WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER MAYORS? DON’T THEY DESERVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH?

    FOR THE PEACE OF MIND OF EVERYBODY, COUNT ALL VOTES!

  6. ROLLY, PWEDE KA BA MAG WRITE KA NG ARTICLE IMONG TITLE LAN UG ” FORGET ABOUT RANDOM VOTES – BILIRANONS DEMAND FULL MANUAL RECOUNT OF ALL VOTES”

    KINING ARTICLE NI JACK, BIAS KAAYO. MAAYO NIANI IMONG E COUNTER NING IYANG ARTICLE. KINI SI DIR MENDROS DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING. NAG MATA LANG UG BUNTANG. WA NI SIYA KABALO NGA SWETEK NI KAAYO MGA ESPINA. DILI MADALA NA SA RANDOM KAY NAG HAROS ANG TANAN MAYORS NILA ESPINA. BISAG RANDOMON PA, THEY ARE NOT THAT LUCKY TO WIN ALL 7 OUT OF 8 TOWNS. SO IT IS ONLY APPROPRIATE TO COUNT ALL VOTES.

  7. Daghan ni kaayo ang sabit nga isyu dinhi. Dili ni kaayo masaligan karon ang random manual audit, labina kung ang Comelec mismo dinhi ang nagpili sa mga presinto nga i-manual audit. Of course, pilion to nila ang mga random nga presinto nga way limbong, aron maingon nga limpiyo ang eleksiyon dinhi.

    Hinumdoman nato nga dunay possible complicity dinhi si Atty. Japson, and provincial Comelec supervisor. Nauwat ngani niya ang mga poll watchers, mga abugado, ug mga pulis kabahin sa pag turnover sa mga PCOS machines ug uban pang gamitonon sa eleksiyon – ang kanang uban tawo pa kaha?

    Smoking gun dinhi ang nasikop nga 2 ka PCOS machines ug 2 ka BGAN transmission equipment nga didto gitugway sa Kawayan. Giayo seguro pagdaro ug pagsudlay ang mga digital results niining mga ekipo nga gipahipi didto sa Kawayan.

  8. Ambassador Henrietta T. DeVilla, Chairperson of the Technical Working Group-Random Manual Audit sent a document to Comelec-Biliran entitled Randomly Selected Clustered Precincts for Audit in the province of Biliran for the Lone Legislative District. There were four municipalities identified with the corresponding barangays and clustered precincts subject for the random manual audit.
    In the document Ambassador De Villa certified that Barangay Canila in Biliran town with clustered precincts nos. 0027A, 0027B, 0028A and 0028B; Barangay Virginia (Poblacion) in Culaba town with clustered precincts 0045A, 0047A, 0048A,0049A and 0050A; Barangay Masagaosao with clustered precincts 0040A, 0041A, 0042A and 0042B and Barangay Tucdao with clustered precincts 0053A, 0054A, 0054B, 0055A and 0056A in Kawayan town and Barangay Lico in Naval town with clustered precincts 0082A, 0083A, 0084A and 0084B have been randomly selected for audit by the TWG-RMA in connection with the May 10, 2010 Automated National and Local Elections.
    However, our seemed elusive Provincial Election Supervisor in Biliran, Atty. Richard Alvin N. Japson did not informed the public as to the results of the conducted random manual audit in the above identified barangays with the corresponding clustered precincts and who in particular composed the audit team .
    The silence of Atty Japson on matters of vital importance which has relations to the outcome of the elections in Biliran province shed more doubts on Comelec officials in Biliran province. The absence of transparent Comelec officials raised more doubts among Biliranons with the discovery of questionable PCOS machines and BGAN equipment in Dapdap, Agpangi, Naval, Biliran.
    The public wanted an official public pronouncements coming from the Comelec officials especially from Atty Japson regarding these matters that remained unanswered at this point in time.
    Transparency is a twin thing with honesty and credibility. If Comelec officials especially Atty, Japson lacks this thing then the Biliranons trust on Comelec will be eroded forever.
    It’s high time for Comelec officials in the province of Biliran to speak up in the name of justice and fairness and to give justice to the Biliranons who hold raly infront of the capitol of the precious votes casted whom the group alleged were cheated in the May 10, 2010 elections.
    Please speak up Comelec officials!

  9. BIKTIMA,
    WA KA GYUY UWAW BAGA AS IN BAGA GYUD UG MGA NAWONG MANGINGILAD LIMBONGAN LANG GIHAPON MO HANGTUD KANUS-A NINYO E HUNONG ANG INYO PANLIMBONG SA TAWO?
    KARON PAGSAYA HALA INYO TANAN ANG BILIRAN APAN MANINGIL ME UNYA SA INYO KON MAPON-AN ANG MGA UTANG SA PNB UG LAND BANK NI ROGER ESPINA UG GERRY BOY ESPINA.
    CG PON-E PA ANG MGA UTANG NINYO.

  10. SA ABROAD BISAG SA ENGLAND SA BBC WORLD NEWS SI NOYNOY AQUINO NAGTINGOHA NGA IYANG E PRISON ANG POLITICO NGA CORRUPT..
    KANI MAAYO UNTA KON TAGAAN UG PAGTAGAD NI PRES.NOYNOY AQUINO KANING MGA ESPINA NGA CORRUPT.
    LIMBONGAN TULISAN.

  11. Nograles to sue Comelec, Smartmatic, others for sabotage

    By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 15:04:00 05/19/2010

    Filed Under: Politics, Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Computing & Information Technology

    MANILA, Philippines—House Speaker Prospero Nograles said Wednesday he plans to file charges of election sabotage against officials of the Commission on Elections, some members of the Board of Election Inspectors and equipment supplier Smartmatic TIM.

    In a statement, Nograles, who lost his bid for mayor of Davao City, has offered the House of Representatives as a sanctuary for potential witnesses who were the “least guilty” in alleged electoral fraud.

    Nograles said that while the elections were generally credible, reports of automated election fraud from all over the country can no longer be dismissed as minor glitches.

    He issued the statement just hours before the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform began its probe on poll irregularities.

    Nograles said the “the gross disregard of the Comelec of mandated security requirements is tantamount to gross negligence of duty and culpable direct participation in the grandest election sabotage in history ever perpetrated in this country.”

    He argued that the Comelec made it easier for the cheating to take place by failing to implement security measures.

    Nograles claimed that based on testimony of IT experts, there were at least three ways the votes could have been manipulated in the last election: the use of predetermined results using excess official ballots; use of pre-programmed cf cards that can transmit fake results repeatedly; and the use of jamming devices to block transmission of authentic results and facilitate transmission of manufactured results.

    “We cannot allow our people to be hoodwinked by hallelujahs to a totally flawed election process,” Nograles said. “We must give back to every Filipino voter the truth of the vote stolen from them.”

    “I am filing cases against the perpetrators of this nationwide election sabotage and all those whose gross disregard of our election laws and their duty to secure the integrity of elections in the country and this includes the election fraud operators, Smartmatic Inc. and it’s sub-contractors, Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), officials of the National Printing Office (NPO), as well as officials of the Comelec,” said Nograles.

    Election sabotage under Section 29 of Republic Act 8436 covers acts that result in utilizing, tampering with, destroying and stealing official ballots, election returns and certificates of votes, electronic devices and their components, peripherals and supplies such as the counting machines, memory packs diskettes and receivers and computer sets.

    It also includes interfering with, impeding and absconding for the purpose of gain the installation or use of computer counting devices and the processing, storage, generation and transmission of election results, data and information as well as gaining and causing access to using, altering, destroying or disclosing any computer data, program, system software, network or any computer related devices, facilities, hardware or equipment, whether classified or declassified.

  12. House panel probes alleged poll fraud; video of masked witness shown

    By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
    INQUIRER.net
    First Posted 08:03:00 05/19/2010

    MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE 2) The House of Representatives began its inquiry into allegations of poll fraud Wednesday, with the videotaped testimony of an alleged masked witness being shown to the panel.

    Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr., chairman of the committee on electoral reforms and suffrage, said that aside from hearing the cheating allegations, they would determine the weaknesses of the automated system implemented during the May 10 elections.

    The investigation started at around 1 p.m. with the showing of the video of a masked man who claimed to have knowledge about vote-shaving and –padding operations intended to favor a presidential candidate in the polls.

    Many congressmen requested that the 30-minute video be played in full although Locsin said he did not believe in “masked persons,” as he described the man on the video as looking like a Koala bear.

    Comelec chairman Jose Melo, commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal and spokesman James Jimenez, and officials of the Smartmatic-TIM Inc., the poll body’s automation partner, attended the inquiry.

    Several lawmakers are also expected to formally present their complaints on the use of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in their respective districts.

    In a statement, House Speaker Prospero Nograles threatened to file cases against election officials proven to have conspired with local officials to manipulate poll results.

    Asked who among the officials should be sued, Nograles named Jose Tolentino, Comelec executive director, who was earlier embroiled in various anomalies.

    “That’s why the House is investigating if there is conspiracy between national and the local Comelec plus local board election inspectors plus local Smartmatic operators and sub-contractors, plus local teachers,” Nograles said in a separate text message

  13. Frank Chavez presents ‘witnesses’ to poll fraud
    abs-cbnNEWS.com

    Posted at 05/19/2010 1:52 AM | Updated as of 05/19/2010 2:52 AM

    MANILA, Philippines – Former Solicitor General Frank Chavez presented 2 men who claim to have witnessed anomalies being committed within the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

    One of the witnesses is lawyer Melchor Magdamo, who worked for Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, while the second witness, Arwin Serrano, is connected with electoral watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

    The 2 men presented documents to reporters to buttress their claims.

    They claimed the Comelec deliberately delayed testing the compact flash cards used in Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines so there would not be enough time to test and correct flaws. They alleged that the delay allowed operators a chance to rig the results.

    “Sinadya nilang i-delay para makapag-operate ang mga players sa loob ng Comelec, para makapang-daya,” Magdamo claimed.

    The 2 also alleged that Comelec officials, from the rank of director and up, raked in billions of pesos in 19 anomalous transactions, including the overpriced purchase of the ultraviolet (UV) lamps and ballot secrecy folders.

    “Overpricing ito, yung P10 item nagiging P300, halos lahat ng transaksyon ganoon ka overpriced,” Serrano said.

    Magdamo explained he left the Comelec when he started receiving death threats. He later sought Chavez’s help.

    Chavez said that based on the testimony from these 2 men, it appears only Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento is “clean”.

    Another person is expected to surface to show how the PCOS machine’s compact flash card was allegedly preprogrammed to favor certain paying candidates. That person will make public his story when he is ready.

    There may be enough grounds to initiate impeachment proceedings against certain officials of the poll body once the new Congress is formed.

    “Yung mga higher officials, puwedeng i-impeach, yung mga mababang empleyado puwedeng file-lan ng criminal case,” Chavez said.

  14. PCOS may have been hacked — Nograles

    By Charlie V. Manalo

    05/19/2010

    Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) have been crowing that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) can’t be hacked, and there-fore no automated cheating can occur.

    But it appears that they spoke too soon, as a docu-mentary film aired recently on TV showed just how easily the PCOS machines can be hacked and votes manipulated.

    Speaker Prospero Nograles yesterday said that while Congress is determined to push the early procla-mation of the country’s next President and Vice-President, he is equally disturbed by the fact that an HBO film documentary showed automated election manipulation by hacking into the memory cards of optical machines similar to the PCOS used during the May 10 national elections.

    At a press briefing, Nograles said that based on an HBO film documentary, Harri Hursti demonstrated how votes can be manipulated even without any physical contact with a random sample of an optical scanning machine that was actually used during US elections as long as the memory card used was

    programmed by Hursti himself.

    Nograles said the documentary entitled Hacking Democracy showed disturbing results, entirely reversing the actual votes made vis-a-vis the result churned out by the randomly selected optical scanning machine.

    “My attention was called to documented evidence of counting machine anomalies in the United States, one of which is the Hursti hack. The result should have 1 for ‘yes’ and ‘7’ for ‘no’ but when the machine showed the result, it was ‘7’ for yes and 1 for ‘no’. Nograles said.

    “I’m hoping that no such hacking similar to this happened in our national elections. This is the reason I am proposing a random manual count of 800 clustered precincts to be determined by Congress in order to put our country at ease by knowing the truth. This is mandated under the poll automation law.” Nograles said.

    The Speaker stressed that the fact that four days before elections, the PCOS machines were unsealed and compact flash memory cards were recalled and replaced, this may just have compromised the integrity of the PCOS machines’ ability to correctly count the votes.

    Any Hursti-style of hacking may have occurred and Congress will get to the bottom of this, he said.

    “What is even more disturbing is the fact that the Commission on Elections had to recall 76,000 PCOS machine flash cards due to alleged programming flaws four days before the election where there was no longer time to examine these devices. Is this a coincidence?” Nograles asked.

    The Speaker added that Comelec should not pay Smartmatic a single centavo for the remaining 30 per cent of what it owes for the lease of the PCOS machines as it failed to delivered what it had guaranteed.

    “The Smartmatic people have guaranteed the public that they (PCOS machines) are hack-free, tamper proof, it’s impossible to rig, it’s impossible for this, it’s impossible for that,” Nograles pointed out. “Suppose there are now pieces of evidence gathered that there were, and in fact that, there is evidence they were not tamper-proof. So, what is the remedy?”

    “The remedy is not to pay them until the air is clear.”

    “There’s still billions of pesos there, I think 30 percent has been withheld. Why will you pay for a system that did not worke according to the guarantee you gave,” Nograles stressed. “This is not a buyer-beware deal (that Comelec and Smartmatic agreed upon),” he added.

    Nograles however assured that such random manual audit will not result in a failure of elections and pointed out that if in case there is evidence showing discrepancies, the worst thing that can happen is the failure of automation.

    Nograles said that since this is the first time the Philippines utilized automated elections, it is important to determine its flaws so that counter-measures can be put in place to ensure the integrity of future elections.

    “It is the constitutional duty of Congress to determine and proclaim the next President and Vice- President of the Republic of the Philippines. Our votes were counted by PCOS machines and have been collated by many central canvassing systems. The proclamations of various boards of canvassers were based on the printouts of the machines. The printouts are expected to be scrutinized in Congress and recognized as valid or not because it is also our duty to ascertain the correctness of the printouts as part of the constitutional duty of Congress,” Nograles said.

    Nograles stressed that he has received reports from some congressmen in various districts in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, of various cases of statistical anomalies in their respective districts, therefore suggesting that in many instances, the electronic counting of votes may have been compromised.

    He stressed however that such reports should be addressed only by the Comelec for those who ran for local positions and the House Electoral Tribunal for those who ran for Congress.

    “We will fulfill our constitutional mandate to act as the National Board of Canvassers for the Presidential and Vice-Presidential votes. We will not overstep that mandate,” he said.

  15. hoy biktima ayaw pataka dha og yawit.. kay ultimo ikaw buwaon kang dako… kawatan pa amo nimo espina og limbongan… biktima manukot mi pohon og dili na maayo buhaton… kami taga biliranon pohon manukot sa inyong mga utang sa bangko… remind that…

  16. MAO NI ANG ATONG BANTAYAN SA RESULTA SA RANDOM MANUAL AUDIT SA 5 KA BARANGAY SA ATONG PROBINSIYA:

    1. PILA ANG REPORTED NGA DIGITAL TOTAL SA MGA BOTOS, UG PILA USAB ANG ACTUAL NGA DI-PAPEL NGA BALOTA? DUNAY DUDA DINHI NGA MAS DAKO ANG DIGITAL TOTAL KONTRA SA PAPER BALLOTS.

    2. PILA ANG GIINGON NI THITO (SA LAIN NGA THREAD) NGA “MISSING VOTES” SA 5 KA SAMPLE BARANGAYS? NAGHATAG SIYA UG TOTAL NGA 19,805 MISSING VOTES.

    MOABOT NGANI UG MGA 2,500 ANG DISCREPANCY SA DIGITAL TOTAL UG SA AKTUWAL NGA BALOTA NGA NAIHAP NIINING MGA PRESINTOHA, MABUTANG NA NGA QUESTIONABLE NA ANG RESULTA SA TIBUOK BILIRAN. DILI NA MAJUSTIFY SA COMELEC NGA NGA 97.2% ANG VALID VOTES (TOTAL SA CONGRESSIONAL VOTES) UG ANG ACTUAL VOTES CAST.

    MAKLARO POD SA RESULTA SA 5 KA PRESINTO NGA MAGLISOD ANG COMELEC PAG JUSTIFY NGA 83+% ANG VOTER TURNOUT SA TIBUOK BILIRAN, INSTEAD NGA NAA RA SA MGA 70%.

    KUNG SA BUHO PA NI SA ATOP, DAGHAN KAAYO UG BUSLOT ANG KADAUGAN NI ROGER UG GERRYBOY NGA KUNG MAUWANAN O BUHUSAN NGANI UG ANALYSIS, LISOD MATAKPAN O MATABUNAN UG VULCA-SEAL.

  17. hello guys! hain mas maau kamo nalang puli kang atty japzon or kang comm. larazabal! mas makamao pa man diay mo kay sa ila! NGEH! daghan na jud mo manufacture BALITANG KUTSERO! la cguro mo kahibaw unsa kahalangdon atty japzon?
    kung may anomaliya pa NGANO NAG TALLY MAN ANG RESULT PPCRV UG COMELEC? klaro jud au partisan PPCRV uy! PWERA GABA LANG! kada precinct tag 2-3 magdungan sulod nga sa balaod 1 lang dapat at a time?
    PABOR TANAN SA MGA CHONGA NYA NGANO PILDI MAN? kwarta manpower hasta pa reading glass on election day nanghatag pa jud did2 sa mga polling places! nya ngano PILDI MAN LAGI? pangutan a WATA2Y ug BEN R!
    RECONCILIATION s d name of d game! LISOD BA HIMOON?

  18. @ Aquarius and ME2
    Pag pabor sa inyo yung article lintik-lintik pang sisip sip niyo sa writer. Tapos pag pabor sa amin ang dami niyong arte…
    HAHAHA…
    Gay moves amputa…

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