28 APR 2022, After the arrest of suspected hackers promising candidates a guaranteed win in the upcoming polls in exchange for millions of pesos, Dateline Philippines hosted an interview with the Executive Director of the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) Undersecretary Cezar O. Mancao II. Usec. Mancao stated that the COMELEC has enough firewalls and encryptions to prevent poll rigging, and warns candidates and political parties not to believe groups with the claim that they can hack into the COMELEC system.

In the interview, Usec. Mancao explains that these hackers would present a convincing front that they could alter the software data that Smartmatic provided to the COMELEC. The hackers also tried other methods to get into the system such as coercing COMELEC officials, which ended in failure.

For the full coverage of the news segment, follow this link starting at 17:40: “CICC Executive Director Usec. Cezar O. Mancao II with ANC 24/7.”