Pres. Duterte tells Comelec: 'Let go of Smartmatic'

Pres. Duterte tells Comelec: 'Let go of Smartmatic'

There is a saying in the Philippine political scene that when you lost chances are you’ve been cheated.

The opposition Liberal Party led coalition Otso Diretso , despite being clearly and convincingly shutdown in the mid term election raised a howl that they have been cheated- and it has raised the issue with the Smartmatic Vote counting Machines (VCM’s).

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte while still in Japan to attend the Nikkei Conference on the Future of Asia made an advise to the Commission on  Elections (COMELEC) and that is to let go of the services of Smartmatic in the country's automated elections.
(photo credit to PCOO)

"I would like to advise Comelec now --- hindi ko na lang hintayin (I'll just not wait for it) --- dispose of that Smartmatic and look for a new one that is free of fraud," Pres. Duterte said in his speech during his meeting with the Filipino community in Tokyo.
The President said there have been allegations of cheating and that it has been rampant from both sides of the political parties.
"Kasi ang Liberal (Party) sabi nila nadaya sila. Ako sabi nila nadaya rin (The Liberal Party said they were cheated. People also say I was cheated)," he said.
Since the next national election is still 3 years away,the president said COMELEC has ample time to look for a new service provider in the next national elections.
"You know it’s creating an environment of hostile attitude against that Smartmatic. You have three years. Kakatapos lang ng election (Elections have just concluded). Palitan na ninyo kasi (Replace it because) it is no longer acceptable to me, to the people, and even to the congressmen who are here," he said.
He adds that the public has no more trust in Smartmatic.
"Iyong boto ng Pilipino hindi nabibilang nang totoo (The votes of the Filipinos are not counted accurately)," he said.
Duterte said he can only advise the Comelec because it is an independent Constitutional body.
"I am now asking you as a co-equal body. It’s just promoting turmoil please do not use it," he said.

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