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Comelec still owes Smartmatic close to P200M – Brillantes

Posted On 2013 Dec 14
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COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. (right) points Wednesday to the last of the 52 million plus ballots — during the ceremonial printing — for the May mid-term elections printed by the government’s National printing Office. With him are Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph; PCOO Secretary Herminio Sonny B. Coloma; Commissioner Lucenito N. Tagle and Chairman Henrietta T. De Villa, co-founder of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. (MNS photo)

COMELEC Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr. (right) points Wednesday to the last of the 52 million plus ballots — during the ceremonial printing — for the May mid-term elections printed by the government’s National printing Office. With him are Commissioner Elias R. Yusoph; PCOO Secretary Herminio Sonny B. Coloma; Commissioner Lucenito N. Tagle and Chairman Henrietta T. De Villa, co-founder of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Although the automated polls has long been finished, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) still has payables amounting to almost P200 to Smartmatic International, the service provider of the more than 80,000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the May midterm elections.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said they still owe the company a total of P180 million.

“We have not yet settled the balance, which is 10 percent of the P1.8 billion,” he explained.

Brillantes said they are still reviewing the company’s performance in the last polls before they pay them.

“We want to see if they have done their job. That is the purpose of having a retention fee,” the poll body chief added.

Brillantes noted that they have not decided yet on when they are scheduled to pay Smartmatic of the balance.

“(That is) until we have checked everything. I think they are not in a hurry and we are still checking many things,” he said.

The poll body had purchased the PCOS machines, which were earlier leased by the Comelec in the amount of P1.8 billion. The machines were used in the 2010 presidential polls. (MNS)

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