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Forget the law FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 06/17/2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Forget the law

FRONTLINE
Ninez Cacho-Olivares
06/17/2012
Unbelievable!

The law no longer matters and can be dispensed with by the Aquino court, on the issue of the Smartmatic precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

The Supreme Court (SC) ruled that the P1.8-billion purchase contract between Smartmatic and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was valid, as it cited the deadline facing the poll body to ensure credible automated elections next year emphasizing too, that no alternative has been offered by critics which have pointed out the technical defects in the machines as well as the government’s procurement rules that stated the invalidity of the contract.

Said the court’s ponente: “Petitioners could not even give a plausible alternative to ensure the conduct of a successful 2013 automated elections, in the event that the Court nullifies the Deed of Sale,” adding that “as the Comelec is confronted with time and budget constraints, and in view of the Comelec’s mandate to ensure free, honest, and credible elections, the... execution of the Deed of Sale, are the more prudent choices available to the Comelec for a successful 2013 automated elections.”.... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

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