May 14th, 2010
First Posted 13:30:00 05/14/2010
First Posted 22:55:00 05/14/2010
A delivery truck carrying two Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and two Broadband Geographical Area Network (BGAN, a transmission facility used in transmitting election results, were intercepted by civilians in Sitio Dapdap in Barangay Agpangi,Naval,Biliran today,May 14, 2010.
The two BGAN were used in the municipalities of Almeria and Kawayan during the May 10, 2010 local and national elections.
The delivery truck with plate number ZJG187 carrying the intercepted election paraphernalia was owned by the Argo International Forwarders, Inc. with warehouse located in Apitong,Tacloban City, the accredited SMARTMATIC forwarder of PCOS machines and other election paraphernalia in region 8.
The personnel on board the truck were identified as Dominador N. Delos Santos, 39 years old, Gilbert P. Repasa, 32 years old and Carlito Blasorch, 43 years old.
The incident was reported in the Naval Police Station but the delivery truck was later released by police authority.
Meanwhile, in a joint affidavit executed by Genevere M. Dacer, Ruel J. Rosales, Jenny Vi M. Auman, Marilyn D. Quijano,Flora R. Busa, Maribeth G. Jamin, Florencia G. Lorana,Romeo Almonte, Kenneth M. Lacar and Gemma V. Alba, they stated that they were surprised with the incident since they knew that the 166 PCOS machines used during the conduct of the May 10, 2010 local and national elections in Biliran province including the 11 contingency PCOS machines in seven municipalities except in Kawayan, Biliran were already retrieved based on their inventory conducted at the Argo Warehouse in Tacloban City on May 13, 2010 together with Atty. Alvin Richard N. Japson, Comelec Provincial Election Supervisor of the province of Biliran.
They also stated in their affidavit that they asked a certain Ronnie Tonalde, Warehouse Supervisor of Argo Forwarders, Inc. during their inventory if how many contingency PCOS machine was delivered and or retrieved from the municipality of Kawayan, Biliran but Tonalde could not answer their question.
Flora R. Busa, one of the signatories of the joint affidavit stated that they had a conversation with Atty. Richard Alvin N. Japson, Comelec Provincial Election Supervisor of the province of Biliran in the presence of PNP Regional Durector Rey Lanada on May 13, 2010.
Busa in the joint affidavit stated that she asked Atty. Japson during their conversation on May 13, 2010 relative to the number of PCOS machines delivered in the province of Biliran where Atty. Japson said that a total of 166 PCOS machines were delivered and added in saying that there were reserved PCOS machines for all the municipalities except Kawayan, Biliran as replacements in case the core ones will malfunction.
It was learned based on the joint affidavit that the two PCOS machines intercepted were retrieved from the municipal hall of Kawayan,Biliran and that one of the PCOS machines was supposedly allocated in the municipality of Almeria,Biliran but it was retrieved in the municipal hall of Kawayan,Biliran.
The people who executed the joint affidavit concluded that the PCOS machine retrieved from the municipal hall of Kawayan,Biliran negates the statement of Atty. Richard Alvin N. Japson that no PCOS machine was delivered to the municipality of Kawayan,Biliran.
As of this writing, Atty. Japson could not be reached for some comment regarding this incident since his cellular phone can no longer be contacted.
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