Koko asks Sotto: Bring witness

September 14, 2018

SENATOR Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III has asked Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III to present his witness in the next hearing on the alleged irregularities in the 2016 Presidential elections to shed light on the controversy.

This was after yesterday’s hearing of the Senate Committee on Electoral Reforms on the “rigged polls” produced no clear outcome and resulted in more confusion on the technical side of the automated polls, particularly during the transmission of results from the precinct level up to the national.

“In the next hearing, we will just have to produce the witness of the Senate President so that we can confront allegations under oath with the answers of Comelec (Commission on Elections). So we will not be debating this issue to death,” said Pimentel.

During the hearing, Sotto again grilled Comelec Executive Director Jose Tolentino Jr. on the layers of transmission of the election results from the voting count machines (VCMs) to the central server.

The Senate President also noted there was “sudden change of rules in the middle of the game” during the 2016 national elections, citing the use of queue servers in the transmission.

Tolentino answered that the Comelec has no queue servers, then pointed to the Smartmatic and the telecomunications companies.