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Nagkuripot tapos aangal! Comelec won’t pay S1 Tech-Silicon Valley for defective SD cards

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A Commission on Elections official is not keen on paying the suppliers of Secure Digital (SD) cards that malfunctioned in the 2019 mid-term elections.

Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said she would recommend the withholding of the payment for the suppliers of SD cards – S1 Technologies, Inc. and Silicon Valley Computer Group led by Joel Pe – due to the large number of cards that have been found to be corrupted.

“This is my personal view. The supplier of the SD cards, we won’t pay them fully. I also want the procurement process reviewed, as well as their delivery of the SD cards. Because that was the real culprit,” Guanzon said.

It was reported that 1,665 (1.9 percent) SD cards out of the 85,769 were found to be defective and needed replacement last Monday. This is more than ten times the number of defective SD cards in 2016. This is on top of the 961 Smartmatic vote counting machines found to be faulty and had to be replaced.

Commissioner Marlon Casquejo, head of the Comelec Steering Committee, said SD cards did not work due to their poor quality.

“As stated earlier, (there are more defective) SD cards but with the VCM, (the number is almost the same). We suspect that the SD cards is the low quality of SD cards because if we do the bidding process, our ABC (Approved Budget for the Contract) is about P80 million,” he explained.

“However, since we are applying the procurement rules, the lowest bid (was) only P29 million. So what do we expect with P29 million SD cards for that scenario?” said Casquejo.

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