Elections

Comeleak Part 2? What is known and what still needs to be done

After a computer at the Office of the Election Officer (OEO) in Wao, Lanao del Sur was stolen last January 11, 2017, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) ordered the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to take serious steps to address its vulnerabilities. Are we looking at Comeleak Part 2?

National Privacy Commission Commissioner Raymund Liboro and Commission on Elections Executive Director Jose Tolentino, Jr.

 

 

Let me start with the facts surrounding the robbery then add my perspective.

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NPC decision on ‘Comeleak’ finds COMELEC Chair Bautista criminally liable

Between March 20 and 27, 2016, the largest data breach on a government-held personal database (dubbed Comeleak), happened when personal information of voters were accessed and downloaded from Comelec’s databases and published publicly by a hacker group.

In a decision dated December 28, 2016, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) found the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) liable for violating the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (or Republic Act No. 10173). It has also recommended criminal prosecution against COMELEC Chairman J. Andres D. Bautista, being the head of the agency.

The decision on NPC Case No. 16-001, described Bautista’s reaction to the breach as a “lack of appreciation” of what data protection really involves. “Data privacy is more than the deployment of technical security; it also includes the implementation of physical and organizational measures, as well as regular review, evaluation, and updating of COMELEC’s privacy and security policies and practices.”

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POLITICAL WILL: What in the world of elections is it anyway?

The term “political will” seems like the buzzword for this year’s elections. We’ve heard it from the campaign trails, the media, political analysts, professors, and even your local barber and taxi driver. But what is political will really?

Is it a secret, ghostly power of a politician? Is it a characteristic that makes a leader powerful? Is it a kind of superpower? Unless we live in an alternate universe, then perhaps these questions would hold some weight. But reality is different. So what is it then?

Political will, if we take it straight from the dictionary, is defined as this: Political intention or desire (in early use not as a fixed collocation); (later) specifically the firm intention or commitment on the part of a government to carry through a policy, especially one which is not immediately successful or popular.

The term has been traced back to as early as the 18th Century yet the definition has evolved from ‘desire’ to ‘firm intention or commitment.’

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Choosing my president: A mix of mind, spirit and heart (Part 2 of 2)

(Note: This post reflects my personal process in shortlisting my candidates and assessing them. I am sharing it since so many have been asking me what my own stand is. This is where I am as of today. My assessments can still change depending on circumstances or events up to May 9. This does not necessarily reflect the sentiment of my other colleagues in Blog Watch.)

This is Part 2. To read Part 1, click HERE.

SPIRIT: The GabayKristo Guide

The 2016 elections is the first time that faith-based groups, called the People’s Choice Movement, have come together to evaluate candidates based on an agreed criteria numbering 20. These criteria are known as the GabayKristo Guide.

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Choosing my president: A mix of mind, spirit and heart (Part 1 of 2)

(Note: This post reflects my personal process in shortlisting my candidates and assessing them. I am sharing it since so many have been asking me what my own stand is. This is where I am as of today. My assessments can still change depending on circumstances or events up to May 9. This does not necessarily reflect the sentiment of my other colleagues in BlogWatch.)

I am glad the 2016 elections have leveled up. For the first time, the Commission on Elections mandated debates for both President and Vice President positions. Even senatorial candidates had the chance to debate each other. Platforms and issues suddenly were at the forefront of discussions. In a sense, that set a precedent for future elections – less and less of those inane jingles and more of these healthy, platform- and issue-based discussions.

Here I am, just a few days away from voting, and I still have no President firmly in my mind. It’s disconcerting, considering that I am an active citizen advocate, constantly engaging with these public servants, interviewing some of them. Still, I look at the 5 presidential candidates and have no default choice. If I am this undecided, how much more difficult must it be for other citizens who are not as engaged as I am?

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2016 election trend: The VP and VP-wannabes getting more than the usual attention

These are interesting times we’re living in. An abundance of odd developments have happened recently, especially on matters related to the upcoming 2016 elections. One of the most noticeable among them is the way the vice-presidential post is taking center stage. Politicians associated with the VP-ship (current and prospective) are hogging the limelight (intentionally or unwittingly) and are becoming more aggressive.

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