Statement of Abakada Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, campaign adviser of Sen. Bongbong Marcos on the request for a system audit that had been deferred by the Comelec

It is very unfortunate that the Comelec has decided to defer action on the request of Sen Marcos for a systems audit of the transparency and central servers until after the canvassing is concluded. We could not understand how the system audit could affect the official canvass because all election returns have been transmitted and all COCs have been printed out for canvass.

The integrity of the whole 2016 elections is on the line here and we do not want unresolved questions and issues to linger after the proclamation.

In fact the vulnerability of the system is shown in the electronically generated COCs in the Vice Presidential race in the ARMM provinces, Laguna, Ilocos Sur and Cebu City.

It is our position that whoever will be proclaimed Vice President by the NBOC deserves a clear and unequivocal mandate once he assumes the position. We canot allow all doubts to linger on our new Vice President which would diminish the stature of his office.

We will take the next legal step to ventilate our request for the sake of truth and for the millions of Filipinos who cast their votes despite the odds and limitations on May 9.

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