PNP, AFP, Coast Guard commit transportation for damaged VCMs

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The Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and the Philippine Coast Guard have committed transportation for the damaged vote-counting machines (VCMs) across the country.
Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Commissioner George Garcia told DZRH on Monday that these organizations have vowed to provide helicopters and speed boats for the fast delivery of malfunctioning VCMs to repair hubs.
"Siyempre po 'yung repair hubs maaaring malayo, 'yan po ang kadahilanan din kung bakit nakiusap po kami sa PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, at saka Philippine Coast Guard na kung kinakailangan, ipinangako po sa amin, cinommit nila, gagamit ng air assets, helicopter, 'yun pong mga speed boat natin, at kung ano pa man, para po 'yung mga makina na masisira madala agad sa hubs," he explained.
(Of course, these repair hubs might be far, that's the reason why we appealed to the PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine Coast Guard that when needed, as they promised, they committed their air assets, helicopters, as well as speed boats So when machines malfunction, they can be taken immediately to the hubs.)
According to Garcia, the COMELEC also has about 1,000 contingency machines prepared to replace malfunctioning VCMs. But due to limited supply, the poll body had to set up repair hubs to fix VCMs not functioning properly.
Despite this, the COMELEC stressed that voting must continue despite malfunctioning VCMs.
Garcia previously assured that voters can leave their ballots to poll watchers who will mass feed their ballots once the malfunctioning VCMs are fixed. (DZRH News)

Last Modified: 2022-May-09 16.08.26 UTC+0800