MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – As the vote count in the May 9 Philippine elections reached more than 90%, the camp of vice presidential aspirant Senator Bongbong Marcos had asked to stop the count while seeking an investigation into a suspicious new script computer command allegedly fed to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) transparency server.
The Marcos camp said that the introduction of the command, known in technical jargon as “hash code” could have very well altered the vote count.
The unofficial vote count began with Marcos leading his closest rival, Leni Robredo, by almost 1,000 votes. Marcos said that his vote count suspiciously started a downward trend right after the hash code was changed.
As of press time, Robredo leads the VP race by more than 220,000 votes, with almost 96% of precincts reporting.
Today, the COMELEC said that the introduction of the new hash code did not affect the data and vote count. “It was purely cosmetic,” the poll body assured.
However, COMELEC declined to disclose whether the cosmetic change was done by Mary Kay, Revlon, Kokuryu or some other cosmetic company.