Source code legitimate, Smartmatic swears


Election technology provider Smartmatic International Corp. on Sunday sought to quell doubts and rumors about the legitimacy of the source code it placed in escrow in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) following the first automated elections two years ago.

Cesar Flores, president of Smartmatic Asia-Pacific, said the source code was deposited in the BSP in the presence of officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and members of the media.

“The trusted deal was done in front of the camera,” Flores said.

Earlier, former Election Commissioner Augusto Lagman, a staunch critic of Smartmatic, questioned the authenticity of the source code.

Lagman had said his doubts stemmed from Smartmatic’s supposed statement made in its recent legal suit against a subcontractor, technology provider Dominion Voting Systems International Corp., that it did not possess the latter’s master software.

A source code is the human-readable representation of the instructions that regulate the operation of a computer, which scans and counts ballots, among other things.

Under the Poll Automation Law, the source code is required to be deposited in escrow in the BSP. Flores said the law was “fully complied with” following the 2010 presidential elections.

The Smartmatic official said he hoped the company’s critics would instead read exhaustively its complaint against Dominion rather than disseminate misinformation to the public. Flores also said the complaint against its subcontractor did not involve the Philippine elections.

In a statement on Saturday, Flores said the case under litigation would not affect Smartmatic’s obligation to provide the Comelec with a working and compliant technology for the 2013 midterm balloting.

“Whoever are [spreading the rumors] are liable for the misinformation they are giving out,” Flores said.

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  • PikonNaKami

    Cesar Flores is a liar.

    In paragraph 12 of the suit, Smartmatic claims that Dominion breached its agreement by “failing to place in escrow the required source code, hardware design, and manufacturing information.”

    So what source code did Smartmatic deposit in BSP when Smartmatic itself stated under oath that Dominion failed to place in escrow the master source code?

    Flores also lied when he said that “the complaint against its subcontractor did not involve the Philippine elections.”

    1. In paragraph 12 of the complaint, Smartmatic claims that Dominion failed “to deliver fully functional technology for use in the 2010 Philippine National elections;”  

    2. Flores now admits that Dominion was its subcontractor which is a violation of the procurement law.  The Government Policy Procurement Board Manual states that a vendor cannot subcontract more than 20% of the goods and services to a subcontractor.  Comelec, during the 2010 bidding even issued a Bid Bulletin specifically stating that the PCOS CANNOT be subcontracted.  Flores now admits that Smartmatic violated the procurement law in 2010 hence should not have been awarded the project.
    Smartmatic, by its own admission, subcontracted the PCOS to Dominion, in violation of Philippine procurement laws, and was paid 7B+ pesos for a system that was not fully functioning.

    How much of these were known by Ex-Chairman Melo and Ex-Commissioner Larrazabal?  Ironically, Larrazabal is now with PPCRV, the accredited election “watchdog” of Comelec. 

  • Reynaldo Quijada

    Cesar Flores is AMALAYER. How can he deposit to the BSP the source code when by their own admission in a lawsuit they filed against the supplier of the source code, the DOMINION that it was not delivered to them during the last Philippine elections?? How can they deposit what they do not have?? The turnover to the BSP of the source code had a picture taken??? How do we know if it was a camote they turned over to the BSP where a picture was taken??? If this scam is not investigated by the Senate and congressmen, it means marami sila na nakinabang at the expense of the people. Tapos RH scam na naman!!! How can our country rise from ruins when thanks to our big, young and dynamic population, we are now a tiger economy together with India and for weird reasons some of our leaders want to extinguish that fir of advantage with RH!!!! Noy namannnn!!!

  • ricelander

    Can’t afford to make a full-blown investigation.  Can’t  afford to put the legitimacy of the entire government, more importantly the President’s itself, in question.  Everyone who has interest are forced to sustain the lie.  

  • Line Of Flight

    its not a rumor. smartmatic admits as much in their lawsuit against the company that owns the source code.

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