Marcos Vindicated: Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia Allegedly Tweaked ‘Queue’ Server ‘not once, but twice’

Marcos camp cried foul over a breach in election protocols, saying a source code in the “queue server” was tweaked “not once, but twice.”

The camp, headed by Abakada Party-list Representative and Marcos’ campaign adviser, Jonathan dela Cruz accused Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of unlawfully “changing the script.”

The tweaks were confirmed by Rouie Peñalba in a letter to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) dated May 11.

Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) IT Director William Yu, on the other hand, refute the “unlawful” claims. He said Smartmatic followed the proper procedure by re-writing the script because names with “ñ” are not read properly by the machines.


“The hash code was generated before the change from “?” to “ñ” was made and thus it was not properly generated. The proper procedure is to replace the “?” to “ñ” first before generating the hash code,” Yu told Rappler.

Supporters of Marcos, on the other hand, felt vindicated by the findings.

“Let the truth prevail we admire your fighting spirit BBM (Bongbong Marcos),” an netizen Alodia Mendoza Ona wrote.

Another one, Lemuel Plaza Alavera Espinazo, said, “Yes! The truth must be revealed and the culprits like these ones punished!”