Comelec reports security breach at PCOS warehouse

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 14 2013 05:47 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2013 01:47 AM

Comelec tasks military, police to secure warehouse

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections has tightened security at its rented warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna, after its lessor was discovered to have tampered the configuration assembly of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that will be used in the 2013 elections.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes admitted, "nahuling ginagalaw yung configuration assembly. Di naman malaking bagay, kaya nga nagpalit kami ng security...papasok military, police…mag-hire ng new guards…”

Brillantes said the machines were not tampered. "Di naman machines ang ginalaw.”

He said those caught in the configuration assembly will be facing raps.

He said the lessor's employees are also now even barred from the premises.

Currently, the poll body has 12 organic security personnel who are backed up by four policemen securing the place. The Comelec will hire ten guards and will also get security from the military.

Brillantes said the incident happened last week. "Inaaral na sa law department. Hindi naman malaki ang nangyari…,” he insisted.