Mayoral bet's supporters stop PCOS delivery in Maguindanao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 08 2010 04:05 PM | Updated as of May 09 2010 12:05 AM

MAGUINDANAO, Philippines - Supporters of a mayoralty candidate in Buldon town, Maguindanao province on Saturday blocked a vehicle transporting Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

The PCOS machines were supposed to be delivered to 19 polling centers in Buldon town for the scheduled final testing and sealing on Saturday.

The supporters of mayoralty candidate Ibrahim Tucas placed an owner-type jeep to block the path of the vehicle loaded with PCOS machines.

The supporters said they blocked the PCOS machines to force the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to act on their petition to replace the acting election officer in Buldon town, who happens to be a relative of reelectionist Mayor Fatimia Ruth Tomawis.

Election officer Abolais Macabinta, meanwhile, explained that he has already answered the petition and has assured that he is ready to inhibit from his position.

Macabinta also assured Tucas's supporters that he will not sit in the board of canvassers.

Security forces were able to peacefully convince Tucas's supporters to remove the jeep.

The PCOS machines, however, remained undelivered at the Buldlon Municipal Hall as authorities wait for the decision of the provincial Comelec office on what to do with the machines. -- Report from Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN Central Mindanao