Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is checking whether its systems were indeed hacked as reported by a popular news daily.


Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said in a statement on Monday that the report by the Manila Bulletin “offers scant substantiation for its assertions.”

“The Comelec is presently validating the allegations of the article published by the Manila Bulletin, specifically whether Comelec systems have, in fact, been compromised,” he said.

The daily reported on early Monday that hackers were allegedly able to breach the servers of Comelec and purportedly stole files including usernames and PINS of vote-counting machines (VCM).

Jimenez, however, said the files in the Comelec’s systems have not been completed yet.

“This calls into question the veracity of the hacking claim,” he said.

“As for the rest of the allegations made, please note that the article offers scant substantiation for its assertions despite claiming that the authors had ‘verified that there was an ongoing hack,’” he added.

Jimenez also assured the public of its “full and scrupulous compliance with the Data Privacy Act, as well as its continuing cooperation with the National Privacy Commission.”

News of the alleged hacking fueled fears that the results of upcoming 2022 polls could be tampered with.

“Considering that ‘news’ like this could potentially damage the credibility of the elections, the Comelec stands ready to pursue all available remedies against those who, either deliberately or otherwise, undermine the integrity of the electoral process,” Jimenez warned.

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