The Commission on Elections (Comelec) disclosed to House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms today that China may sabotage the 2016 national and local elections. According to Comelec Commissioner Christian Robert Lim this is the reason why Comelec made it compulsory for Smartmatic-TIM to transfer its manufacturing site for the polling machines from China to Taiwan.
Commissioner Lim said that the move to Taiwan was a product of contract negotiations because they have received intelligence reports that there may be an attempt to sabotage the elections by China.
“We made it a point to discuss with Smartmatic that we did not want the factor in China,” the Comelec commissioner said. “We made a condition in the contract negotiations that we will do it outside China. We don’t want complications.”
“The commission made it non-negotiable that the provider would have to transfer the facilities to Taiwan at their expense,” he added.
Lim explained that China may block the delivery of polling machines to Philippines. It may ban Philippine-China trade depending on the result of arbitration case.