Bongbong Marcos’ lawyer George Garcia said that the Comelec should start to conduct a bidding process for the next election in 2019 already for suppliers of automated election machines. He adds that the result of Marcos’ electoral protest against Leni Robredo can even help in determining if there are no revisions to the actual vote counts compared to the machine-generated results. Atty. Romulo Macalintal of Robredo’s is obviously uncomfortable upon hearing this.
Video by; Elena Grace Flores
[VIDEO]: VP Leni Robredo’s lead counsel, Atty. Romulo Macalintal frowns when Atty. George Garcia of the Marcos Camp calls for an early automated election bidding process. This is for Comelec to decide if a Smartmatic replacement is necessary.
Early Resolution of Election Protest
The early resolution of the Marcos-Robredo election protest can affirm the credibility of Comelec and even Smartmatic if Robredo wins. If it is the other way around, then it’s about time to change the supplier. Garcia stresses that it’s better to look for options already early on so that decisions won’t be last minute. That can end up in selecting only the available choice and not the best if Comelec won’t move now.
Any Result is Acceptable for Marcos
Marcos may want to win the protest but if it won’t work in his favor, it’s also acceptable. What’s important is to expedite the recount to know the real score. Comelec should take advantage of having this opportunity to clear their name from doubts that they have a hand in the alleged fraudulent 2016 elections.
Macalintal mocks the IT experts who give their expert opinions on the transmission trend and server behavior when the immediate twist of fate started on the night of the May 16, 2016, VP race. This is in contrast with Clean Elections advocate, Atty. Glenn Chong’s statement that says that the fraudulent activities during the latest national elections were not only manual but digital in nature. Aside from being a lawyer, he also has some IT background. Not to mention the witnesses of Pastor Boy Saycon in the Senate on the alleged rigging incidents involving system redirecting for questionable servers.
Assessment And Evaluation
Section 33 of RA 9369 states that the JCOC must monitor and evaluate the digital election system within six months from the date of the election. Comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the AES technologies must be the basis for the appropriate recommendations to Congress.”