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33 PCOS units in Davao, Comval conk out

By Jean Duron-Abangan

Tagum City (11 May) -- Deputy Brigade commander Col. Domingo Tutaan revealed that 33 units of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine conked out in covered areas of 1003rd Infantry Brigade Philippine Army.

Tutaan explained that he came up with the number through the military security teams deployed in 1003rd area of responsibility (AOR) which include the entire Davao del Norte and those lying at the western portion of Compostela Valley.

He said about 25 of the 33 monitored PCOS units which malfunctioned, were spread in clustered precincts in Davao del Norte while the rest were in Compostela Valley.

However, he said operation of such PCOS units were restored by SMARTMATIC technicians. "Nagawan din ng paraan," he said.

Tutaan also revealed that opening of polls started well and on time in all precincts under the 1003rd AOR except in Misulong of Sto. Nino, Talaingod where PCOS machine was in a glitch.

"But it started after 10 to 15 minutes," he said of polling in Misulong.

Commission on Election provincial election supervisor (PES) Atty. Gay Enumerables admitted that there were PCOS units that malfunctioned in the Island Garden City of Samal, Asuncion, Tagum City, and Sto. Tomas but she could not tell as of last night (May 10) the number of such PCOS units.

The 1003rd IB got all election-related incidents through the network it built through the Joint Monitoring and Coordination Center which brought into its loop of information gathering the Philippine National Police and Comelec including the Department of Education and other agencies involved in holding the national and local elections.

Tutaan revealed that deployed troops were given instructions not only to report incidents which were threats to security but also election details such as opening and closing of precincts.

In an interview he said he had all reports from the field regarding the start of vote-casting in all polling precincts at about 7:45 in the morning of May 10.

He said 1003rd troops bore commitment to make the elections peaceful and orderly. "We will guard with our lives," he said in a coordination meeting held before the actual conduct of the elections. (PIA XI) [top]

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