Malacanang is confident that the result of the 2016 national elections will be believable with the use of the controversial PCOS machines amid the criticisms it gets from various sectors of society.
Protestors are against the Commission on Elections’ move to approve once again the Smartmatic-TIM as the supplier of the PCOS machines for the coming elections.
According to PCOO Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., the use of PCOS machines has been tried and tested during the 2010 Presidential elections and 2013 Senatorial elections.
The Cabinet Secretary added that the Palace respects the decision of the COMELEC as an independent body to enter in any kind of contract.
Prior to this, some election watchdogs are questioning the COMELEC’s approval of the 1.2 Billion peso deal for the Smartmatic to repair the more than 82 thousand PCOS machines.
COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes clarified that they did not enter in any kind of contract with the said company because they only approved their proposal to diagnose the said machines.