Software controversy: Marcos camp wants to scrutinize operating system

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Sen. Bongbong Marcos' camp is also asking Comelec to provide them with a list of all of its local and foreign consultants.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The camp of vice presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos said on Thursday (May 12) they would  seek permission from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to scrutinize the server's network operating system.

Marcos campaign adviser, Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, said this would allow them to ensure that the alteration of the script did not affect the counting.

Dela Cruz added they would find the evidence they're looking for in the operating system which might explain why the number of Marcos' votes declined while Leni Robredo's votes rose.

"If there is a break in the system, then anybody can insert anything in that system," he said. "We are not accusing anybody of anything of the sort that Comelec Chair Bautista is saying, cheating. We just want to know what really happened."

Related: Comelec, Smartmatic on software alteration: Cosmetic change, no effect on results

He also hinted that Comelec might have broken the law when a Smartmatic personnel made alterations in the system while the transmission of votes was ongoing.

This developed after the poll body admitted that there was indeed an alteration done in the server but only for cosmetic purposes.

Dela Cruz said that any changes done might damage the integrity of the polls.

He cited Section 36 of the Election Automation Law, which prohibited and penalized tampering of election returns, official ballots and certificates of canvass.

Marcos' camp was also asking Comelec to provide them with a list of all of its local and foreign consultants.

Dela Cruz added it's no longer about who would win or would lose in the elections.

He's saying that at this point, they simply wanted to make sure that the integrity of the elections was upheld.

CNN Philippines' Kristine de Guzman contributed to this report.