PPCRV sets three targets in review of transparency server logs

Published May 17, 2019, 8:59 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Ellson Quismorio

Myla Villanueva, chair of the Church-backed poll watchdog, said these three things have to do with determining whether or not there was a transmission of data during the seven-hour glitch, learning the cause of the glitch, and finally the completeness of the data in the transparency server.

PPRCV Chair Myla Villanueva says Comelec has granted them access to the logs of the transparency server. She said this will allow the poll watchdog's IT experts to analyze the logs and find out what happened during the seven-hour glitch of the transparency server last May 13
PPRCV Chair Myla Villanueva

“We are already doing it at the back of the command center and we’re also consulting with other experts if we have the correct approach,” Villanueva told reporters in Filipino during a briefing Friday afternoon.

She said PPRCV received the logs of the transparency server that morning from Comelec. Their request to get their hands on the server was granted the previous day.

Villanueva, a graduate of Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley, assured the public that they are capable carrying out such review of the logs and that they are bent on answering the questions regarding the transparency server’s lengthy glitch.

“I want to tell the public that the PPCRV IT (information technology) people are experts. They have been in the industry for a long time; we have doctorates in IT,” she said, adding they will work on it the entire weekend.

Of the three targets, it is assuring the completeness of data that might take time according to Villanueva since the transparency server data would have to be compared to the figures in Comelec’s central server.

“For that to be done, we have to wait for the central server data, which is still operating,” she said.

“Ipagbabanga po natin yan para makita na yung data na hindi natin nakita–kasi seven hours po na nawala–ay kumpleto at hindi na-tamper, wala pong anomalyang nangyari (We will match the data to find out whether or not the data that we failed to see for seven hours are complete and un-tampered, that no anomalies took place),” she noted.

It can be recalled that Comelec’s transparency server stopped showing partial and unofficial results at 6:15 p.m. Monday, May 13.

Asked for an initial assessment of their review of the logs, Villanueva replied: “It’s looking good.”

“Mukhang kumpleto naman yung logs na binigay sa amin at napakadaming information po (The logs that were given to us appear to be complete and there’s so much information). It will take time to sift through it.”