Philippine gov't supports Comelec decision to hold elections as scheduled.


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1Philippine gov ' t supports Comelec decision to hold elections as scheduled .
2The Philippine government said it supports the Commission on Elections ' -LRB- Comelec -RRB- decision to push through with automated polls on Monday , and urged the public , especially political groups , to trust the better judgment of the poll body .
3`` We defer to the discretion and in this case , to the due diligence as well of Comelec in making a judgment call on an issue like postponement , '' Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Gary Olivar said Wednesday .
4Presidential Political Adviser Prospero Pichay said the postponement of the May 10 elections `` never crossed our mind . ''
5`` As far as we 're concerned , there will be elections on Monday and we are hoping that the Comelec will be able to conduct a clean and honest election , '' Pichay said .
6The Philippine government also distanced itself from the position taken by Philippine President Arroyo 's election lawyer , Romulo Macalintal .
7Macalintal is pushing for a postponement of the elections by 15 days to give the Comelec enough time to prepare and thus avert a failure of elections .
8Macalintal made this statement shortly following the recent discovery of glitches with the automated voting system .
9But Olivar said that Macalintal was airing his own personal opinion , and is not speaking for the President , when he made the proposal .
10Olivar added the Comelec can resolve the technical problems that surfaced during the test-runs of the precint count optical scan -LRB- PCOS -RRB- machines .
11`` Let 's give Comelec a chance .
12They say they can do it so let 's respect them , '' he said .