Smartmatic given more time to answer Marcos rap

Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 15 2016 04:09 PM

MANILA - The preliminary investigation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on the complaint of the camp of Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. against Smartmatic was reset to June 30 at 10:30 a.m.

This was to give the respondents enough time to submit their counter-affidavit. In the hearing conducted by the Comelec Law Department Wednesday morning, lawyers of Smartmatic and Rouie Penalba of the Comelec IT Department said they have yet to receive a copy of the complaint.

The 15-day extension is non-extendible.

The camp of Marcos filed a complaint after Smartmatic Project Manager Marlon Garcia introduced some changes in the script of the transparency server on May 9, just as election results were coming in.

"This is not just about the winner or the loser in this case. This is about the search for truth. And we believe that all of these things that happened had a lot of things to do with the results of the election," complainant Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz said.

Smartmatic earlier maintained that the changes to the script were purely cosmetic and did not affect the results of the election.

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