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Vote manipulation probe sought

Saying that transparent and truthful elections should not be a mere lip service, a former official of the Commission on Elections has asked the poll body to investigate the claims of alleged vote manipulation in the May 9 polls.

“When you say you’ll have transparent elections, you have to back that up with action. Otherwise, it’s just lip service,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said in a statement.

Part of being transparent, he said, is the disclosure to concerned parties the Internet Protocol address, Media Access Control address, and Server Logs used in the last May 9 polls.

“Over a month after the elections, the Comelec and Smartmatic have not yet provided the IP and MAC addresses, and Server Logs. Why are these being withheld?” asked Larrazabal, who had sought an audit of the Comelec’s automated election system. (Leslie Ann G. Aquino)