Comelec: PCOS machines cheaper, practical


Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Commission on Elections Chairman (Comelec) Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Thursday said the poll body was confident that its decision to reuse and purchase precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines for next year’s elections would be backed by the Supreme Court.

“We (commissioners) debated it lengthily. Why would we have a new public bidding [for a new contractor] if we have an option to purchase [the PCOS machines]? We really thought it will be beneficial to the government, the Comelec and the people because it’s less expensive,” Brillantes told reporters in an interview in Baguio City, where the poll body was set to have a special en banc session.

For his part, Commissioner Rene Sarmiento cited the familiarity of the voters with the machines and the Comelec’s limited budget in coming up with the decision.

“We decided to buy the machines for practical reasons. It is much cheaper and the PCOS was proven effective,” he said.

Brillantes maintained that the provision on the option to purchase appended to Comelec’s old contract with Smartmatic International, the poll body’s automation service provider in 2010, remained valid because it was repeatedly extended.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • ddano

    Malamang may paunang bayad na ang Smartmatic kay mang sixto at mga alipores niyang commissioners. Maliit diyan ang 10%( ng 1.8 Billion). 

    • Migdonio

       tingnan nyo mukha… mukhang sinungaling din…

  • joerizal

    If we really want it cheap, let’s do it the American Idol way. Just text your favorite candidate’s number and we’ll tally them in time for next day’s elimination round ;=)
    I can’t believe we spend billions just to count people’s votes. Seriously, we can create an android or apple application that people can download, register using whatever unique identification there is and convey the vote to the central processing system. If people do not have cellphones (or laptops), they can still go to the voting centers and use whatever is setup there (there can be cells or laptops set-up for them). While there is still cost, most of it will be towards labor and not technology. I know this idea is a swag and has lots of holes, but the point is we should look at the infrastructure that’s already there – instead of creating one from the ground up and which will only be used every 3 years.
    I don’t know if people in the government are progressive enough, but they should continue to think outside-the-box – rather than thinking of ways to line their pockets with kickbacks (that’s the cynic in me talking).

  • mahuli

    Put it in a public bidding.  If it still comes out cheaper then go with it and not just because the Comelec said so.

  • pulis

    Oo nga , segurado may 15% dyan si Mang Sixto..Tito! batuhan mo naman ako!..

  • jeray

    sinu ang epokreto?

  • generalproblem

    ok na yang pcos na yan kesa naman manual. ang nagrereklamo lang naman dyan eh yung mga kandidato na dagdag bawas. tanong nyo si FVR magaling sa dagdag bawas yan eh hehehhe.

  • DK_San

    Honesty is very expensive. Do not expect it from “cheap” people. Ika nga ni Kuya Warren.

  • Rathbumo

    The Comelec should stand firm on its decision to use the PCOS machine in the 2013 midterm elections kahit ano pang pressure ang gawin sa kanila. Mas kakaunti ang chance na makapag dagdag-bawas kung PCOS machines ang gagamitin. Yung mga kumokontra dito ay iyong mga beneficiary ng dagdag-bawas. At least kapag PCOS machine ang gagamitin, mas lesser ang kanilang chance. na mandaya. 

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos