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PIA Press Release
2010/05/07

AFP wants Smartmatic to handle CF cards delivery

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (7 May) -- Armed Forces of the Philippines 10ID commanding general Carlos Holganza expressed hesitation in helping the Commission on Elections (Comelec) deliver the compact flash cards of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) in time for election on Monday.

"As much as possible, we don't want to be linked to any manipulation issue in the conduct of this election," said Holganza.

It was earlier reported that the AFP expressed willingness to help the Comelec in transporting these CF cards to far flung areas.

The official said that it would be their last recourse if the Comelec sees the need to ask for assistance.

However, Holganza insisted that Smartmatic has enough funds to hire a private plane to transport these CF cards.

It was also stressed under Comelec rules the military's sole task in securing the conduct of the election.

But the rules allowed the use of military assets as a last resort if the Comelec requests for it.

" The AFP will be at your service, only if we get proper authorization from Comelec to assist them in the delivery," Holganza added.

The main reason for AFP's hesitation is having themselves protected from any malicious issues and rumors that would again put them in the bad light. (PIA-XI) [top]

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