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Dapat kinulong na yan! Bongbong dismayed over scandal-tainted Smartmatic’s plan to join 2019 poll machine bidding

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Former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has expressed dismay that vote counting machine (VCM) provider Smartmatic would join the bidding for the 2019 elections.

“If you see what we’ve found out in our probe of the 2010, 2013 and 2016 elections you will agree with me that everyone in Smartmatic should be jailed,” he said.

“Now they want to come back,” Marcos lamented.

Last June, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a resolution which ordered indicted Smartmatic technical support team head Marlon Garcia and his subordinates Neil Baniqued and Mauricio Herrera for violating Sections 4(a)(1), (3) and (4) of Republic Act 10175, the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

Included in the indictment were Commission on Election (Comelec) Information Technology experts Rouie Peñalba, Nelson Herrera and Frances Mae Gonzales.

The case stemmed from the alleged unauthorized system change in the Transparency Server when they supposedly replaced “?” with “ñ” while the transmission of votes was ongoing on the night of May 9, 2016.