On Monday, January 16, 2017, Atty. Glenn Chiong said a miracle happened in the election and compared it to a ‘virgin in the convent bearing a child’ phenomenon.
In October 2016, the Comelec stripped 1,356 contingent or extra VCMs so that they can be returned to Smartmatic. Comelec officially stated that these contingent VCMs were never used at all. Because they were never deployed, they were only stored at their Laguna warehouse all along.
Under Comelec protocol, each contingent VCM has one extra blank SD card. In reality, this extra SD card is never needed at all except if the purpose is to cheat. Since there were 1,356 contingent VCMs that were never deployed and never used, there should also be 1,356 extra SD cards that must be blank.
However, during the stripping, 127 SD cards in 127 contingent VCMs were found to contain either intact or corrupted data. If these unused machines only stayed in the Laguna warehouse, how come their corresponding SD cards now contain data? This is akin to woman in a convent claiming to be a virgin yet bearing a child in her womb now.
Almost three months after this discovery, the Comelec finally scheduled the decryption of the 127 suspect SD cards. But the Senate Electoral Tribunal in Tolentino vs De Lima ordered that 93 of these SD cards be preserved, so only 26 suspect SD cards were decrypted. Of these 26, 13 were found to be blank while the remaining 13 indeed contained data. The question arises as to how come an initial determination having been made three months ago that these 13 suspect SD cards contained data, they have suddenly become blank three months later. Definitely, someone is pulling dirty magic tricks right before our eyes.
Nevertheless, of the 13 suspect SD cards which contained data, at least one of them (Serial Number BUF0631C) clearly stood out to have been tampered with. On questioning, Smartmatic’s representative confirmed that they use only Linux operating system in formatting the SD cards. Yet, this one showed evidence that it was accessed using a Windows operating system. The Windows OS left its visible telltale marks on this SD card for everybody to see.
Earlier, the Comelec categorically assured us that the chain of custody of all suspect SD cards from Laguna to Intramuros was never broken therefore they could not have been accessed and tampered with. BUF0631C clearly exposed this lie of the Comelec.
The decryption process was ultimately reset to another day because the decryption script or tool did not work at all. In plain language, the computer said it cannot decrypt what is not encrypted in the first place. There may be several reasons for these to happen but two possibilities stand out. One, the decryption script or tool was poorly made resulting in this kind of problem. Two, the decryption script or tool refused to recognize an already tampered SD card. BUF0631C strongly makes a case for the second possibility to explain why the decryption tool or script did not work at all.
More importantly, the proceedings today at the Comelec exposed the reality that Smartmatic’s election system is very much open to hijacking or sabotage. With 5,000 unnecessary extra SD cards accompanying 5,000 extra VCMs, switching bogus results contained in these extra SD cards with the genuine results under the guise of replacing malfunctioning VCMs is a feat that is all too easy to accomplish. All it requires is for the cheats to feign a malfunction in order to get a replacement machine with an SD card bearing bogus results in it.
At an average of 500 votes per SD card, 5,000 extra SD cards can easily produce 2.5 million votes for favored candidates. It is no wonder a woman in a convent claiming to be a virgin is now bearing a child in her womb.
(Decryption is the process of taking encoded or encrypted text or data and converting it back into text that you or the computer can read and understand.)
Credits to Atty. Glenn Chiong