Rewarding good governance in QC barangays was indeed a worthwhile night for Bongbong Marcos. He spent time with the barangay awardees during a ceremony after mingling with the residents in the morning. He lashes out on his detractors who questioned his credentials as the event’s guest of honor. Marcos has served as Congressman in the Second District of Ilocos Norte. He was also the Governor of Ilocos Norte where he served for three consecutive terms. Additionally, he was the Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives in 2007. Then, he won a seat in the Philippine Senate. If these achievements in public service are not enough, he told his critics to know the father of the barangays. It is no other than his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos.
YouTube video by Bongbong Marcos
[VIDEO]: A night spent with the barangay awardees and a morning spent with the barangay residents. Thank you so much, Quezon City!
Good Governance at the LGUs
Marcos always believes in the importance of the LGUs, having spent most of my public service career in local government. He said on his social media accounts; To all the barangays in Quezon City, congratulations on a job well done! Saturday morning well spent as I again joined the residents of Barangays Escopa 1, 2, 3 and 4, Quezon City for a medical mission. Marcos remembers that one of his first stops during the 2016 campaign was also in the area.
Smartmatic’s Role in the 2019 Election
Marcos’ protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo during the 2016 elections is not resolved yet. However, the election season for the May 13, 2019, national and local elections is set to open soon. The filing of the certificates of candidacy of aspiring politicians is still ongoing. Although the 2019 elections are still months away, many people doubt it if the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has enough time to resolve the issues surrounding its alliance with Smartmatic. The controversial exposé of former Biliran representative and clean elections advocate, lawyer Glenn Chong puts them into the hot seat.
Justification of the Comelec
The PNoy-appointed Comelec commissioners legitimized the supply contract for the 2019 midterm elections to the Venezuelan-based firm. This is by exploiting the “considered sold” stipulation in the 2016 lease contract with Smartmatic. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez who recently resigned as focal person of the Local Source Code Review Committee after a photo of an actress wearing a bikini was shown from his laptop in a Comelec event justified the contract award saying that it was not really a renewal but an “activation of the option to purchase (OTP)” the PCOS machines. Apparently, the decision to exercise the OTP was made by the Comelec en banc in a minute or unsigned resolution on December 18, 2017. That minute resolution remains unpublished until now.
Considered Sold Because of Election Protest
The lease contract contained a spy-like provision that forces Comelec to exercise its option to purchase (OTP) the PCOS machines from Smartmatic. It reads as follows: “6.9 All goods still in the possession of Comelec as of 01 December 2016 because of an election protest or audit requirement shall be considered sold to Comelec pursuant to its option to purchase under this contract. The Comelec shall pay the corresponding price in accordance with the financial proposal within ten working days from receipt by Comelec of the invoice from the provider covering said goods. This is without prejudice to Comelec requiring the protestant to shoulder the costs.”
No Clean Election with Smartmatic
The PNoy appointees obviously knew Comelec would have to exercise the lease contract’s OTP clause for the 2019 elections when they purposely kept the PCOS machines in storage at their warehouse in Laguna. They made no effort to surrender it to Smartmatic before December 1, 2016. This constitutes gross negligence or a treacherous and premeditated act to pawn the upcoming elections to Smartmatic. A democratic election to be credible must not only be fair and clean but must also be seen to be fair and clean. This will not happen if Smartmatic remains the technology provider in the May 2019 elections.