Strange and suspicious Smartmatic warehouse ceiling collapse damaged servers

Tuesday February 07, 2017 ()
COMELEC warehouse

While the nation was fixated, in the past weeks, on the kidnapping and strangling of a Korean businessman by members of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Group of the Philippine National Police, right inside Camp Crame, strange and suspicious event that took place at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna where Smartmatic automated machines were stored, was reported, though late.

The ceiling of the Memory Configuration Room of the warehouse collapsed on December 30, 2016, reported by COMELEC only on January 16, 2017, affecting the servers of the machines used during the May 9, 2016 national and local elections. These servers contain sensitive information—vital data that are the subject of election protests by former Senator Bongbong Marcos against Vice President Leni Robredo, and former Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino against no. 12 Liberal Party Senator Leila de Lima. Tolentino placed 13th.

Given the allegations that the Liberal Party and the "Yellowtards" conducted massive cheating in the last poll to make their candidates win, the collapse of the ceiling of that warehouse must be investigated.

Tolentino, on February 6, 2017, in an urgent motion to the Senate Electoral Tribunal (SET), expressed dismay that the COMELEC informed the SET about the incident only last January 16, 2017 when it asked tribunal "to reboot, conduct diagnostics and shut down the servers covered by the election protests to determine the extent of damage to the data in the servers".

Knowing full well that there are claims by Marcos and Tolentino that both the COMELEC and Smartmatic machine officials connived to make Robredo win over Marcos, and De Lima over Tolentino, the SET and the National Bureau of Investigation should dig deeper.

A report to COMELEC chairman Andres Bautista on the incident said technical people of the commission went to the warehouse and investigated the incident. They found out the dangerous condition of the servers (and the data they contain) because the air-conditioning system was not working.

Tolentino said:

"This is highly dubious and further cast doubts on the integrity of the data of the last elections. I am sure there [is a] CCTV [footage] of the Smartmatic warehouse."

Sources:

  1. Strange and suspicious by Emil Jurado, February 7, 2017, Manila Standard
  2. Smartmatic warehouse ceiling collapses; probe sought by Inquirer News, February 7, 2017, http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/

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