Senator Marcos wants a joint congressional hearing on the alleged hacking of Comelec servers

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MANILA, Philippines — Senator Imee Marcos has called for an immediate hearing by the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee (JCOC) on the reported hacking of the Electoral Commission (Comelec) servers.

“The sheer scale of hacking reportedly involved has fueled rumors that certain local and foreign groups are flirting with the scenario of an election failure. The JCOC and the Electoral Reform Committee will look into this,” Marcos assured in a statement on Sunday.

Marcos, chair of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reform and Popular Participation, tabled a resolution last week to probe the conflict between the media claiming the hacking and Comelec’s denial that personal data privacy and cybersecurity controls on its servers were breached .

“I fear that a failure of the elections could be explained and a A constitutional crisis would arise if our electoral system had indeed been seriously compromised. A record 67 million registered Filipino voters could be stripped of the right to elect a new president, vice president and Congress in May,” Marcos said.

Senator Imee Marcos. (Screengrab/Senate PRIB)

“Despite the uncertainty, we stand by President Duterte’s pledge during last month’s Global Summit for Democracy that honest, peaceful, credible and free elections will be enforced,” she continued.

According to one report, hackers accessed 60 gigabytes of sensitive automated voting system Data.

However, the Comelec denied the report.

Under the omnibus electoral law, elections can be declared failed because of fraud. Republic Law No. 7166 also states that “reasons for determination of voting failure may occur before or after voting or on election day.”

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