A picture taken of Padron showed the alleged Venezuelan national tampering with the computer server kits and other Comelec equipment in a warehouse in Sta. Rosa, Laguna last March 27, 2017.
Padron had already been warned by a Comelec official not to tamper with the CCS kit as it is illegal. But the foreign systems engineer of Smartmatic did not heed the warning.
The Comelec had been cleaning or stripping the CCS kits in defiance of an earlier Presidential Electoral Tribunal directive that equipment which have something to do with Marcos’ complaint of poll cheating against proclaimed Vice President Leni Robredo should not be touched.
The PET “protective order” forbids anybody from tampering with the vote counting machines and other equipment like the CCS while the issue between Marcos and Robredo remains unresolved.
The Comelec CCS units counted the votes and other data during the 2016 elections and turned over all election returns from the precincts to municipal, city, provincial and national canvassers.
“Maghahain kami ng pabatid sa Comelec at sa PET hinggil sa iligal na pakialam ni Padron upang papanagutin ito at ng iba pang kasabwat niya sa panghihimasok sa sagradong gawain ng poll body,” said Marcos spokesman Atty. Victor Rodriguez.
Marcos stressed that the law forbids Padron or anybody to have access to the “election system” after Smartmatic has turned over all equipment and technology used in the poll system.
Rodriguez added that the Comelec should be the one taking steps to prevent Padron or anybody from Smartmatic from cleaning or downloading the CCS units amid accusations that the firm was involved in massive cheating during the 2016 national elections