PCOS machines to be evicted?

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 14 2012 04:21 PM | Updated as of Dec 15 2012 12:21 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Commission on Elections (Comelec) tightened security around its warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna amid threats  of eviction of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Commissionner Christian Robert Lim and other Comelec personnel went to the warehouse this morning to inspect and detail police and organic Comelec security personnel around the warehouse.

This is after talks for the continued lease of the warehouse for the PCOS machines bogged down. The lease contract expired last August and has been the subject of bidding and negotiations since then.

"We have not finalized negotiation at parang may threat na pinaalis kami dun. Nagdala kami konti security at pinaikutan yung warehouse para di magalaw," Brillantes said.

The Comelec chief said he does not understand why there is trouble now. Brillantes recalled that during their last negotiation, the owner tried to secure a 3-year contract which the poll body rejected because it preferred to have a contract till June 2013.

Brillantes said 12 Comelec security personnel were assigned to secure the warehouse.

"We have authority to secure the place. Banggain nila lahat ng pulis," he said.

Meanwhile, the poll chief maintained Comelec is almost done with the bidding of all requirements for the May elections.