PET OKs use of server, laptops in Roxas poll protest

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 19 2012 04:22 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2012 12:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Presidential Electoral Tribunal has allowed the Commission on Elections to use the server, laptops, systems and ballot boxes involved in the 2010 vice-presidential electoral protest of Mar Roxas in the 2013 midterm elections.

In a resolution dated December 4, 2012, the tribunal granted the Comelec's request to use the EMS Server, ballot boxes, Consolidation and Canvassing System Laptops, PCOS machines and other IT equipment subject to certain conditions to ensure the transparency, security and integrity of the information they hold.

The tribunal also wants Comelec to keep them posted on findings on the integrity of the EMS Server and its information.

The EMS server is set to be transferred from the Comelec warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna to the Comelec main office in Manila.

The tribunal also allowed the transfer of the contents of some 57, 255 ballot boxes to 19,085 ballot boxes so that these maybe re-used in the 2013 elections.

That's about 3 out of every 4 ballot boxes that will be reused.

The tribunal however exempted from coverage of this authority the CCS Laptop computers used in the pilot precincts of Roxas and protestee, Vice President Jejomar Binay.

The tribunal allowed the poll body to transfer the CCS laptops to Cabuyao for testing, along with the PCOS machines.

The PET is to be given a final disposition report by the Comelec.