Escudero: House to 'most likely' probe into Comelec bribery issue

Escudero: House to ‘most likely’ probe into Comelec bribery issue

/ 01:16 PM July 11, 2024

Escudero says House to probe Comelec bribery issue

Senate President Francis “Chiz” Escudero

MANILA, Philippines — Senate President Francis Escudero said on Thursday that allegations that Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairperson George Garcia received bribes from South Korean firm Miru Systems will most likely be investigated by the House of Representatives unless a member of the Senate files a measure on the matter.

In a text message to reporters, Escudero said the allegations came from the House of Representatives. Hence, it needs to be looked into by the lower chamber.


“[U]nless a member of the Senate files a resolution to that effect. We have to note, though, that simultaneous hearings on the same issue are sometimes tricky and complicated, as [they] sometimes [result] in different outcomes,” said Escudero.


“Especially in this case given that members of the Comelec are impeachable officials and the Senate must avoid prejudging or the appearance thereof of any putative case  that may reach us in the future,” he emphasized.

Garcia had already denied the allegations, which he branded as “malicious” and part of a “demolition job.” 

“Let’s not beat around the bush. I’m the one being referred to. We have information about a planned demolition job against Comelec for two weeks already,” Garcia said.

“In truth, I don’t have even one foreign account. I can swear to it anywhere,” he stressed.

Amid these allegations, Miru Systems said it would continue focusing on delivering the “best possible automated system” that Filipino voters need.

Miru Systems is the company the Commission on Elections (Comelec) tapped for the automated 2025 midterm elections.

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