Panganiban to Bongbong Marcos on P2B for VP protest: Magbayad ka hoy!
In the column of former Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, he said that Bongbong Marcos should be the one to pay P2 billion to Smartmatic for the release of the questioned Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) that was used last May 2016 elections.
According to Politiko.com, Panganiban said that the SC is handling the petition of Marcos.
Marcos’s petition claims that there was “cheating” in 39,221 clustered precincts involving 97,366 VCMs in 25 provinces and five cities. However, Comelec needs to pay a 10-figure sum if it wants to get a hold of the VCMs.
“In a resolution dated Dec. 6, 2016, the PET noted that the turnover to the Comelec of the 97,366 leased VCMs subject of the protest may impel the Comelec to pay Smartmatic, the owner of the VCMs, ‘a total of P2,078,304,225.76.’
“Why the Comelec would have to pay this staggering amount is beyond me. I think Marcos should pay it,” Panganiban wrote.
“Feeding the ballots into these machines would be impractical and time-consuming because of their exposure to dust, water and the like while they were kept in the warehouses.
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“After all, the SD cards contain images of the ballots cast in the polling places concerned and can be decrypted in special laptops in the Comelec, in the presence of the parties and their lawyers. If properly preserved and safeguarded, they are the speedy source of the election data,” he explained.
Vice President Leni Robredo defeated Marcos who lost by only 260,000 votes.
Panganiban to Bongbong Marcos on P2B for VP protest: Magbayad ka hoy! Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on December 18, 2016 Rating: