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Comelec seeks Facebook’s help over viral video on alleged pre-shading of ballots

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

The Commission on Election (COMELEC) will seek the assistance of social media networking platform Facebook over a supposed viral video showing an alleged pre-shading of ballots somewhere in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) during last Monday’s midterm elections.

COMELEC spokesman James Jimenez said they have not dismissed the video yet as fake but admitted the agency has limited information about it until now.

“We are not dismissing it as fake. We are not ready to take that determination yet. Alamin po muna natin yung detalye ng video,” he said.

Jimenez said as of press time, he could only confirm the existence of the video but its context must still be determined.

He said the poll body’s en banc might seek help from Facebook management and other duly appropriate authorities for forensic analysis since the original uploader of the video already took it down hours after it went viral.

“Everything that we know about it comes from accompany in-caption. So internally, the information on the video is very little of what we can tell, mag re-request kami ng assistance from Facebook and perhaps from the duly appropriate authorities for forensics analysis,” said Jimenez.

He said they would urge the original uploader of the video to shed light on the matter since it might compromise the final outcome of this year’s elections. He admitted though that it was “hard to imagine” that the alleged pre-shading of ballots happened in the entire country.

“Dapat lang. Yes, we encourage everyone who has information on this video to come forward and file a complaint. It the original uploader who give selves in, so much the better,” said Jimenez.

“Kailangan natin malaman kung ano yung scope ng operation na yun. Whether or not it is limited to a certain place and kung ano yung parts ng election na apektuhan. Ibig sabihin, it’s hard to imagine na nangyari ito sa buong Pilipinas,” he said.

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