Robredo bucks Duterte, bishops

June 03, 2019
Leni Robredo

Favors Smartmatic for 2022.

VICE President Leni Robredo opposes President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to ditch Smartmatic as a technology supplier in future automated elections in the country.

Robredo warned the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to exercise caution and not to hastily act on the advice of Duterte to ban Smartmatic in the next elections and find a new technology provider “that is free of fraud.”

During a meeting with members of the Filipino community in Japan, Duterte expressed dismay at Smartmatic over its slow and questionable transmission and said that the votes were “not being counted truthfully” and Filipinos “no longer want that Smartmatic.”

Furthermore, Robredo contradicts Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo and San Carlos Bishop Gerardo Alminaza who have been calling for manual voting and counting in the precinct level and automated transmission and canvassing of election results.

Pabillo and Alminaza were disappointed with the conduct of the recent midterm polls which was marred by many glitches such as VCMs and SD cards malfunctioning.

Namfrel also echoes Duterte’s sentiments and pointed out that the integrity of the vote counting machines (VCM) are now under question, including the efficiency of the system.

Meanwhile, Atty. Vic Rodriguez, Spokesperson and lawyer of former senator Bongbong Marcos, decried Robredo’s favorable remarks about Smartmatic.

Atty. Rodriguez raised this question to Comelec Director James Jimenez and Robredo: “Why is the Comelec and Mrs. Robredo so in love with Smartmatic? How much do they love Smartmatic? Tila mas mahal nila ang Smartmatic kaysa sa sambayanang Filipino, higit pa sa kinabukasan ng kabataang Filipino.”

Robredo is facing a poll protest at the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) over her victory in the 2016 vice presidential race filed by Marcos camp based on the allegation of fraud, unauthorized use of servers and intervention of Smartmatic official Marlon Garcia.