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Manila Bulletin - Suarez sees probable impeachment raps against Comelec execs

News & Interviews
28 May 2019

By Ellson Quismorio | Manila Bulletin

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says it won’t be a total shock for him to see the filing of impeachment cases against Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials as an offshoot of the glitch-ridden 2019 midterm polls.

“I won’t be surprised,” Suarez, Quezon’s 3rd district congressman, said when asked by reporters if he thought it was possible for Comelec commissioners to face impeachment proceedings from certain sectors.

Incidentally, Suarez filed last week House Resolution (HR) no.2562, which prods the Lower Chamber to investigate in aid of legislation the technical glitches of the just-concluded midterm elections.

Suarez’s HR stated that during the May 13 elections, it was reported that at least 961 vote-counting machines (VCMs) out of the 85,000 provided by Smartmatic malfunctioned which resulted to rejection of ballots and delays in the feed of ballots into the functional replacement machines.

It added that 1,665 SD (secure digital) cards were reportedly corrupted and rejected by the VCMs and needed replacement.

“These setbacks contributed to delayed and bottlenecked transmission of votes to the Comelec’s transparency servers hours after the closing of the polls,” HR no.2562 further said.

Comelec has since declared 12 winners from the Senate race, 11 of whom were endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte.

BUHAY Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza, a Senior Deputy Minority Leader, went as far to say that there’s a “cloud of doubt” over the list of winning senators because of the extent of the glitches on Election Day.

But he was quick to clarify that the filing of impeachment cases against Comelec commissioners shouldn’t be talked about yet.

“Wala pa tayo doon (We haven’t reached that point). We still have an investigation to do,” Atienza said.

Suarez’s resolution is still pending with the House Committee on Rules.