COMELEC OIC Christian Robert Lim Has a Pending Case in Connection with the Anomalous Smartmatic Deal

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One of the country’s most prominent lawyer and former congressman of Leyte, Atty. Glenn Chong revealed on his social media account that the current Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Officer-in-Charge has a pending case at the Office of the Ombudsman.

According to Atty. Glenn Chong he filed the case of graft and corruption as well as gross misconduct leading to impeachment case against COMELEC OIC Christian Robert Lim due to his alleged involvement in the anomalous multi-million COMELEC-Smartmatic deal.

The COMELEC Commissioner is allegedly involved in a private negotiations between Commissioner Lim resulted in the approval of the multi-million peso contract of the COMELEC with Smartmatic.

Despite the fact that the COMELEC OIC Christian Robert Lim is expected to retire this coming February 2018, Atty. Glenn Chong promised to pursue his case against the commissioner and he will pay for any mistakes he committed once proven guilty.

Atty. Glenn Chong was quoted as saying “Mabigat yung kasalanan niya eh nakipag-private negotiation siya sa Smartmatic doon sa P240-million contract, hindi dapat private negotiation sabi yan ng Supreme Court, ang complaint ko kasi laban sa kanya is base sa kaso ng Pabillo vs. Comelec and Smartmatic tsaka IBP vs. Comelec and Smartmatic, sinabi ng Korte Suprema na ang ginawa ni acting Chairman Christian Robert Lim ngayon noong 2015 ay labag sa batas dahil nakipag-private negotiation siya sa Smartmatic.” Atty. Chong explained.

The veteran lawyer and former lawmaker continue to doubt the credibility of the election results despite the the earlier removal of former Commissioner and COMELEC Chairman Andy Bautista, once the poll body will continue to use the controversial Smartmatic equipment.

Atty. Chong also revealed tha since the year 2013, he already filed a total of four to five cases against Smartmatic but the Supreme Court did not act yet on his complaint against the company.

“Lahat naman ng ginagawa ng Comelec ngayon all points to that direction, Smartmatic pa rin ang gagamitin sa 2019, kung open talaga ang bidding process, yung procurement natin, at sasali ang iba, atleast may chance na magkaroon ng more credible election, kasi ang Smartmatic ang problema sa kanila, hindi nila sinusunod ang batas, like for example nung nangyari noong 2016, kinalikot nila ang transparency server sa kasagsagan ng bilangan ng boto, panong hindi ka magdududa?” Atty. Chong stated.

Source: PTVNews

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