MANILA, Philippines?Confident that the May 10 elections will push through, the military announced Thursday that at least 80 percent of the vote-counting machines in Metro Manila have been delivered to their respective precincts as of Wednesday night.
Metro Manila commander Rear Adm. Feliciano Angue said the transfer of the remaining 1,511 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines from the central hub in Laguna to polling centers across the capital was expected to be completed Thursday.
"We resumed escorting the transportation of the machines on Wednesday after the Commission on Elections suspended the delivery on Tuesday.... The memory cards would just follow," said Angue in an interview with reporters at Camp Aguinaldo.
He added that soldiers continued to secure the delivery of the machines and some of the compact flash cards in the capital on Thursday.
Barely a week before the first-ever automated elections in the country, errors were discovered in the compact flash cards, the heart of the counting machines, prompting the Comelec and its partner Smartmatic-TIM to recall and replace all 76,300 memory cards to fix the problem.
But the Comelec said that it could still fix the problem in time for the May 10 balloting.
The military on Wednesday offered its air, water and land assets to the Comelec to expedite the transfer of remaining undelivered machines and the reformatted memory cards.
Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno, spokesperson of the AFP Task Force Hope (Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections) said on Thursday that none of the military's aircraft or trucks and patrol boats have been tapped yet for the deliveries.