meet-me-room a creation of smartmatic, COMELEC played traffic cop, FTW!

ass usual  COMELEC is in a hurry to proclaim the alleged senator and partylist winners, never mind major major questions about that 7-hour blackout and that highly suspicious meet-me-room.

read gus lagman’s Can we trust automated elections? of april 24 2019.

Is it possible for the Comelec to rig the results of this automated elections? Of course! Is it possible for Smartmatic to rig the results of automated elections? Of course! I’m not saying that they did, nor that they will. All I’m saying is that it’s possible — easy, in fact — especially if done by insiders; and nobody will be the wiser, because the voters won’t know…and they won’t see. That nontransparency, in the context of elections, is of course totally unacceptable.

The transmission of the precinct results (election returns, or ER) to the board of canvassers was done electronically. As such, it was again a step that was not witnessed by the voters.

During the earlier meetings of the joint congressional oversight committee (JCOC), it was revealed that the data being transmitted first passes through what they refer to as the “meet me room,” where they are parked for a period before being deleted, which apparently is a violation of the election law, RA 9369. That law says that the election returns should go directly from the precincts to the city/municipal board of canvassers. In fact, there is no mention at all of a “meet me room” in the law. It was just a creation of the system provider — Smartmatic.

Even worse, the transmission of the data from municipal to provincial and from provincial to national canvassing apparently also passes through the “meet me room.” If there is any intention of rigging the results, that “room” seems to be the most convenient place to do it.

read amelia hc ylagan’s  A steamy ‘Meet-me-room’

In “Future Perfect”, Tony Velasquez’ technology talk show, he interviewed Dr. Nelson Celis, spokesperson of Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) … on glitches in the May 13 fully automated midterm elections (ABS-CBN May 15 2019). Celis said the “meet-me-room” was an unauthorized intervention that transgressed the law (Omnibus Election Code/ Republic Act No. 9369, which amended the Automated Election Law). These MMRs host undeclared servers and intercept data from the vote counting machines to the Commission on Election servers, he said. The VCMs should be directly sending election returns direct to the municipal board of canvassers. He added that as early as March, the Senate President in two privilege speeches identified irregularities, one of which is the queuing server, and the early transmissions” (Ibid.).

not surprisingly the senate prez is silent on the matter.  even less surprisingly COMELEC’s james jimenez splits hairs, quibbles, about it.  read Jimenez denies existence of ‘meet-me-room,’ admits managing VCM’s transmission of votes 

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesman James Jimenez on Thursday denied the existence of a “meet-me-room” in the Automated Election System (AES) as alleged by critics.

“The meet-me-room narrative has it that this is a physical room or a server, either of the two. There is no such thing as a separate server as a meet-me-room,” he said in a press briefing at the PICC, Thursday.

The Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) claimed that a “meet-me-room” has already been in place since the 2016 elections, which is an undeclared queuing server that may open windows for irregularities in the release of the election results.

But Jimenez said their critic might be referring to the transmission gateway router that is used in the AES that allows the Comelec to properly manage the results being transmitted by the vote counting machines (VCMs).

“Basically, what that means is that it is not a separate server. It is simply an arrangement in the program that allows us to play traffic cop to the incoming transmissions,” he said.

“It is a way of making sure that the flow ng (of) data coming for the field, coming from the VCMs into the transparency server, is properly managed,” added Jimenez.

there we go.  COMELEC played traffic cop to the incoming transmissions.  that could mean a lot of things, and most relevant here and now is:  may pinadaan, pinalampas, at binilang, AT may pinigil, hinarang, at hindi binilang.  correct me if i’m wrong, COMELEC, and prove it!


Lost credibility by Ninez Cacho-Olivares
Slick operators by The Daily Tribune
Who owns and runs this ‘meet-me’ room? by Marichu A. Villanueva

overkilling bikoy

i watched all five episodes of bikoy’s “Ang Totoong Narcolist” via facebook, and again all 5-in-1 via twitter.  i thought it was well-done, not a slapdash affair, at walang paligoy-ligoy.  i wondered, of course, how true the allegations were, are, and i hoped that, as promised in episode #5 late april, that he would come out soon, identify himself, and present his evidence in the proper venue.

now that he has, come out, the DDS “internet experts” have been, of course, on frenzied overdrive, first dissing his credibility, pointing out that he has a criminal record, we are crazy to believe his allegations against the duterte family and bong go et al, then insinuating that advincula isn’t really bikoy, but also that this is an old con by advincula, that once upon a time it was pNoy and co. that he was accusing of being drug lords or something like that, yet this time that it is the liberal party that’s behind bikoy, in a bid to discredit digong’s favored senator wannabe bong go, at kung anoano pa.

i have no problem with advincula having a criminal record.  ika nga ni boom buencamino sa twitter:

“Natural. Alanganin naman na seminarista ang magtatrabaho sa sindikato, di ba? Kaya nga kapanipaniwala ang sinabi niya na empleyado siya ng sindikato, di ba?

indeed.  kung hindi siya kriminal na nasangkot sa drug trade, paano niya malalaman, di umano, ang pasikot-sikot ng drug trade?

besides,  i’ve always wondered, like many others, why duterte’s drug war insists on targetting small-time pushers and users — the bottom of the pyramid —  and not the big-time suppliers and smugglers and druglords — the top of the pyramid.  wannabe-senator bato de la rosa in the last cnn debate tried to justify this, saying na grabe na kasi ang drug problem natin, kaya dapat ratsada na, tamaan na ang lahat, rich and poor, top and bottom.  but but but hindi naman iyan ang nangyayari.   we have yet to see one from the top suffer as thousands from the bottom have.

to no one’s surprise, IBP will have nothing to do with bikoy, and the senate investigation ping lacson promised aint gonna happen ’cause bikoy’s allegations are all nonsense daw, ’cause the senate prez says so.  read Man claiming to be ‘Bikoy’ tagged past admin’s execs to drugs, where sotto fleshes out the story hinted at by a DDS “internet expert” two nights ago on a facebook video.  meanwhile panelo fleshes out the theory by another DDS “internet expert” that advincula isn’t bikoy of the videos, complete with voice analysis chuchu.

but seriously.  speaking of credibility, how credible ba is tito sotto of #pepsipaloma and #antiRHplagiarism fame?  sal panelo himself says, you lie in one, you lie in all, LOL.  he would know, surely.

i would prefer to hear tito sotto’s story in a senate investigation where / when he is under oath to speak the truth and nothing but the truth, so help him god, the same as advincula.  level the playing field, guys!

but wait,  wala pang abogado si advincula.  takot bang lahat kay digong?  so paano na.  ganoon na lang?  case closed?  lusot na naman?  WHAT.A.SHAME!!!

Kaliwa and Chico will damn us

 “This is development aggression at its worst.”

Tony La Viña

Recently, the media has reported about how Chinese loans that will finance the Kaliwa Dam and Chico River Projects are controversial. The focus has been on Chinese involvement, including that of Chinese workers being deployed to build these big projects. But as my colleague Joy Reyes (who just passed the bar exams) and I have written in an article published by Rappler, these projects should not only be seen through the prism of whether the Chinese loans are onerous or not, but more from a perspective of these projects being development aggression at its worst. Indeed, the Kaliwa and Chico river projects are bad from an environmental and social justice point of view, likely resulting in an intensified insurgency in the Sierra Madre and Cordillera. Because of this, they are likely also not to be built and the probability is that future administrations will have to cancel these loans. These in turn will result in defaulting on the loans and in arbitration proceedings that have been designed to favor China.

Read on…


Disturbed by a thread where some good and respected friends are somehow engaging in intellectual masturbation on whether the Philippines was in default in 1983. The entire point of the relevant discussion is whether and to what extent the Chinese loans contain potential risk of seizure of our assets, in case we’re unable to pay. WE WERE UNABLE TO PAY CREDITORS IN 1983. And we economists and lawyers dance around what to call that event — either as a technical or a de facto default (since we couldn’t pay), or as some now claim, a non default since the creditors didn’t press for their pound of flesh (and they allowed for a debt rescheduling). Does that cop-out somehow make us feel better about the original point? DO CHINESE LOANS CONTAIN POTENTIAL RISK OF SEIZURE OF OUR ASSETS, IN CASE WE’RE UNABLE TO PAY? DO YOU SERIOUSLY THINK THIS CREDITOR WILL ALLOW US NOT TO PAY, OR ALLOW RESCHEDULING (LIKE IN 1983)? Sabi ng lolo ko, ang hirap gisingin ng nagtutulug-tulugan.

Ronald U. Mendoza 
Dean, Ateneo School of Government

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