MANILA MalacaAang on Tuesday said the inefficiency of Smartmatic should give the Commission on Elections (Comelec) enough legal basis to drop its partnership with the Venezuelan-based company.
Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said this after Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said there should be legal basis before it lets go of its partnership with the company that supplied the vote counting machines (VCMs).
Panelo insisted that there is enough legal basis for Comelec to scrap its deal with Smartmatic since hundreds of VCMs malfunctioned and its transparency server encountered delays.
The legal basis: if you have not done efficiently what you're supposed to do. That's the legal basis, Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
The President's position is very clear. There have been allegations of certain glitches that somehow affect the impression that this Smartmatic is competent to handle the server, Panelo said.
Panelo again cited how Duterte, who was then Davao City mayor, allegedly lost three millions votes during the 2016 presidential elections.
Although Panelo personally believes that there is no question of credibility in the mid-term polls despite the glitches, the President himself did not want majority of the electorate to have any doubts.
That's my perception. But my perception, wala iyan pagdating sa kung ang taumbayan ang nagku-question sa'yo eh (it's nothing if the public is questioning the credibility of the elections), Panelo said.
Kahit anong paliwanag mo, kapag pinagdudahan ka na, may problema ka na. Iyon ang ayaw ni Presidente, iyong nagkakaroon ng pagdududa ang tao (No matter what explanation you give, if the public doubts you, you have a problem. That's what the President doesn't want, that people start to doubt the credibility of the elections), he added. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency