SAYING it was an inadvertent action, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has cleared its service provider, F2 Logistics, from any criminal liability over the discovery of supposedly abandoned poll paraphernalia in Amadeo, Cavite.

In a statement, Acting Comelec Spokesman John Rex Laudiangco said the internal probe conducted by the poll body did not find any probable cause against F2 personnel.

"On election offense, yes, there was no overt act leading to a probable cause that was found," said Laudiangco.

"Based on the investigation/inspection of PSC on the subject matter, the FB post is not a cause for alarm to the Commission and all our stakeholders," he added.

He noted how the probe conducted by the Packing and Shipping Committee (PSC) found that the actions of the F2 personnel as being inadvertent.

Additionally, the poll official cited the miscommunication between the F2 personnel and the JP Rizal Elementary School clerk custodian giving instructions to former to take everything in the vicinity.

"That the inclusion of said election materials in the reverse logistics in JP Rizal Elementary School was on account of inadvertence," he noted.

Nevertheless, the poll official said all is not clear for F2 yet as the Comelec is currently evaluating its performance in the May 2022 polls and its compliance to contractual obligations.

He said this is because the Government Procurement Reform Act provides for the forfeiture of Performance Security in case of failure to comply with contractual obligations.

"There is also the provision on blacklisting, the grounds and procedures of which are in Republic Act No. 9184," said Laudiangco.

Back in May 20, reports came out regarding a Facebook post of a concerned citizen, who took pictures and video of purported election materials seen in an open area somewhere in Amadeo, Cavite.

The incident has prompted the Comelec to order the conduct of an inquiry on the said incident involving F2 Logistics personnel. (SunStar Philippines)