No problems in mock polls, says Brillantes

Comelec chief claims nothing major, only glitches

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PROOF A participant on Saturday’s mock polls shows indelible proof of voting. ARNOLD ALMACEN

There were some glitches but no major problems.

Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. acknowledged only “minor” problems in the dry run for the May 2013 elections that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) conducted on Saturday in 10 selected areas across the country.

The glitches mainly involved the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines not starting immediately or paper ballots jamming.

“We saw no major problem. We had some initial minor problems but everything has settled down,” Brillantes told a press conference at P. Bernardo High School in Quezon City, one of the main voting centers.

“It’s speculative but maybe since the PCOS machines were last used in the 2010 elections, or two-and-a-half years ago, we needed to heat them up a bit,” he said.

Eric Alvia, secretary general of the election watchdog National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), had a more extensive list that included conflicting voters’ lists, PCOS machines with missing clips, rollers that did not work, technical staff who did not report early and low turnout.

Mock polls were held in 10 selected places across the country from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. It involved 1,639 potential voters in 11 polling precincts.

According to Brillantes, one of the minor problems encountered was the “initialization,” or starting up of the PCOS machine at the University of the Philippines Integrated School in Diliman, Quezon City.

“And then when it started, the ballots would not enter. The machines did not absorb them. So, what happened was that there was an issue of whether the ballots were too thick,” he said.

A new PCOS machine was brought in to replace the one that malfunctioned.

“We will look into the extent of this problem. We think at this point that it affects that individual machine only,” said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez.

“We are also looking at the possibility that the ballot was rejected because it was somewhat crumpled at the edges so maybe it did not fit the roller. We have to check the tolerance of the roller,” he added.

Jimenez said the Comelec would investigate the glitches so they would be avoided during Election Day.

He pointed out that as there are more than 81,000 machines and only 76,000 voting precincts, the excess could very well be used for contingencies.

Timely reminder

Alvia said the reported incidents of ballot papers jamming in the PCOS machines was a timely reminder for the Comelec.

“From Feb. 4 to April 25, we print the official ballots. Now is the time to make sure the grade or quality of the paper is appropriate for the PCOS machines,” he said.

“We don’t know if maybe the humidity might affect the thickness, or how you store it, how you package it, you name it. Even the grade of the paper, it’s a science in itself. We have to pay attention to those things,” he added.

Alvia said incidents of jammed ballot papers were reported at the UP Integrated School, P. Bernardo High School, and in Singalong, Manila.

He said the principal of P. Bernardo High School had told him of having had to assemble the kit for the PCOS machine on their own because there was no technical staff present.

 No technical person

 

“There was an absence of technical personnel from the vendor. They were not here. The technical person arrived at 7:15. You really have to be present early on,” Alvia said.

He noted that the teachers, whom he surmised must be “really seasoned and trained,” knew how to deal with the problem and kept calm.

Alvia noted that as of 10 a.m. on Saturday, or three hours after the precincts opened, only 27 out of the 750 voters had cast their ballots in the mock polls.

He also noted that the list of voters posted outside the precinct was different from the one that the Board of Election Inspectors held so that at least one voter had some difficulty locating her name.

Alvia said Namfrel and other volunteer groups were waiting for the Comelec to release the certified list of voters (CVL) in two weeks.

“We can help. Namfrel and the other groups can help to really authenticate and validate if the CVL that Comelec national produces is one and the same as what the local Comelec has. It’s an area where fraud could occur,” he said.

Alvia also suggested that the Comelec avoid using thermal paper in future elections.

“You can use ordinary paper. An ink printer may be mechanical but the ink would last. If you expose thermal paper to UV (ultraviolet) light, after probably one day you won’t be able to read (what’s printed on it),” which defeats the purpose of using it as a paper trail, he said.

Minor glitches also marred Saturday’s mock elections at the UP Integrated School. The Comelec had to replace the PCOS machine with a backup unit after the first one would not accept any of the test ballots that voters had filled up.

The second machine refused to accept the first three ballots but the succeeding ones went through.

Jimenez said this may have been because of the way the voters had shaded the circles or the paper may have been creased.

The polls at the UPIS building in Barangays UP Campus and in Bagong Lipunan ng Crame were held the whole day, with the results transmitted in the evening.

UP President Alfredo Pascual, who witnessed the event, said the cluster has around six precincts with some 882 voters. The voters were mostly from the Daang Tubo area and the student dormitories near Katipunan Ave.

“This is part of our voters’ education program with the Comelec. We provide them with the venue,” Pascual said.

At one point, the UP president quipped: “There are more media people than voters!”

Some of the mock voters complained about experiencing difficulty using the machines.

Oscar de Vera, 61, said it was his first time to vote using the PCOS machine.

“At first the machine did not accept it because I did not shade the entire circle. When I filled it in properly, the machine accepted my ballot,” he said.

Another voter, Janice Mejia, claimed that the new machine was too slow in processing the ballots. “Some of the people were already getting angry with the delay,” she said.

Transmission problems

Alex Marpuri, spokesperson of the Comelec in Camarines Sur, said the mock polls at the Iriga Central School went well but not at the Sta. Teresita Elementary School, also in the same city.

“The signal in Sta. Teresita was so weak the counting machine failed to send the result at 12 noon Saturday, delaying the completion of the total count in the provincial mock election,” said Marpuri.

He said the Comelec has a contingency gadget to boost weak signals but if it fails, the memory card would be brought to the nearest counting machine to transmit the result.

In a worst-case scenario, the memory card would be brought directly to the municipal or city Comelec office, he said.

Marpuri said at the Antipolo Elementary School in Bato town, the PCOS machine conked after counting 20 ballots. But after a contingency PCOS machine was brought in and the total of 50 votes were all counted and results successfully transmitted to the municipal and provincial Comelec offices.

Low turnout

Turnout was low in Dumaguete City and problems occurred in the transmission of voting results.

Still, Dumaguete City Election Officer Carmencita Cañares declared the mock polls conducted in two schools a success.

Renyboy Alay, the first “mock” voter to walk in one hour after the precinct opened at 7 a.m. immediately had questions for the precinct poll chair, Maria Fe Ladero.

“I don’t know the people in the ballot. I was told by our barangay captain to come in here, I did not know that I am voting for the election,” he said.

Ladero explained to him that the names were those of foreign singers and actors and not of candidates for the May 13 polls since the exercise was just a mock election.

Only 10 voters showed up, prompting the Comelec to ask the members of the media covering the event and individuals who came to witness the conduct of the mock election to vote, bringing the number of voters up to 49.

But a problem occurred with the transmission of results because of weak signal. Comelec personnel brought the machine out of the classroom into the hallway and the results were transmitted and received by the city board of canvassers.

 

Special bandwidth

Lawyer Teopisto Elnas Jr., Comelec executive director for operations, explained that problems in transmission were to be expected as the signal used in the mock polls was the same bandwidth as that being used by telecommunications companies in sending SMS and connecting calls.

During the actual elections, however, a special bandwidth will be used specifically for the transmission of election results, he said.

In Cagayan de Oro City, there was a problem in the transmission of results as the communications module of the two PCOS machines failed to connect to the mobile communications facilities of Globe Telecom and Smart Communications.

Commissioner Grace Padaca said the Comelec had anticipated that problems would be encountered, which was why the mock elections were held. She said the Comelec’s information technology staff would now have enough time to find solutions.

Aside from transmission problems, the Comelec also expected overcrowding in voting precincts similar to the 2010 experience, Padaca said.

She said one solution being suggested was to put up holding rooms next to the voting precincts so that voters would not have to line up or mill around while waiting for their turn to cast their ballots.

She said the poll body was studying the possibility of turning some of the classrooms into holding rooms.

However, she said the Comelec was apprehensive that voters in the holding rooms might be preyed on by persistent political campaigners or worse, thieves. With reports from Julie M. Aurelio and Pamela Faith Musni in Manila;  Juan Escandor Jr., Inquirer Southern Luzon; Carine M. Asutilla, Inquirer Visayas; and Bobby Lagsa, Inquirer Mindanao

First posted 12:11 am | Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

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  • zeroko

    Daling sabihin ang “No problem.”

  • bogli_anakdami

    ano yung nasa daliri, kulangot?

    o baka kinamot yung pwet, merong sediment, di ba?

    yun lang…

    • bongarroyo

      nunal iyan ni gloria natiris….hinog na kasi at pigsa pala.

  • mangTASYO

    medyo luma na kaya …”we needed to heat them up a bit,” Chairman Brillantes said.
    ano yan makina ng sasakyan? ilang taon ba ang depreciation ng hardware at software? mabilis ang development ng hardware/software…kaya yung iphone4 after 1year eh…luma na!

    oo nga nakatipid ang Comelec…pero ano kaya ang gagawin diyan sa mga pcos machines kung hindi binili ng Comelec?  di kaya zero book value na iyan?  sa halip na pinagtiyagaan iyan…di sana iyung bagong version na with advanced features ang gamitin.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFDGBGI6RTVYTYN3X6OP2DVX4A droids

    Lagot na ang mamamayan. thermal paper ang gagamitin, ang ipapanalo nila mostly ay mga pnoy senatongs, tutal madali naman mwala ang ebidensiya ng boto sa thermal paper…lakas pa ng loob ni drilon na si roxas na ang mananalo sa 2016, BAKIT?, inaayos na kasi ng comelec ngayon pa lang…dang matuwid balu-baluktot pala.

  • MarcyPulilan

    See if this scenario is far fetched, I was given a copy of the source code as per the law it can be scrutinized. I modify the source code and produce an executable program favoring a candidate that paid me 70 million pesos. I then go to the people loading programs in my electoral district and pay the loader group 40 million for them to upload my program to the PCOS machines and unload it after the counting. At this point, no one can attest that the running program matches the source code known to be the real source code. Election runs, votes transmitted, my favored candidate wins, I get a net of 30 Million. COMELEC inspects the machine, can they see a hkstory of what was done? Who can prove after na walang dayaan?

    • symonwho

       Marcy, your scenario could very well happen. Comelec has not implemented  the law on the use of electronic voting e.g. digital signature, audit features etc. Why was Gus Lagman not confirmed by the CA? Politicians know he can throw a monkey wrench on their plans to rig the election in 2013 and 2016.

  • pedronimo

    THE PUBLIC SAW ON TV THE PROBLEM -IT’S BRILLANTES WHO IS THE PROBLEM IN THE COMING ELECTIONS.

    • IbigMongSabihin

      anong si brillantes ang problem. noynoy aquino personally picked brillantes to become the comelec chairman kahit may kaso pa ito na isinampa ng kasamahan niya sa comelec noong naging comelec chairman ito the first time around. the comelec chairman at that time ay pinaalis pwersahan ng aquino government or else kakasuhan. therefore, noynoy aquino is the problem for not always careful, fair, and selective in appointing key officials.     

      • parefrank

        Key officers? It mathches very well the KKK problem of Noy.

      • pedronimo

        The problem is Brillantes saying there’s no problem. Expect chaos in the coming elections.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NXV3F6YUQWDOA4HPYOFN5F2N3U Danyel

    Maiba ako, maisingit ko lang…..Malinaw ang nasa Consti na each senator shall serve for not more than 2 consecutive terms while congressman shall serve for not more than 3 consecutive terms….Pinilipit ng Suprme Court ang interpretation nito sa sulsol na rin ng mga pasaway na pulitiko…..Bakit nasulsulan ang SC…alam nyo na kung magkano este kung bakit….Ngayon after each  term magpapahinga lang ng one season ang pulitiko at tatakbo na uli…fresh start daw uli yun sabi ng SC….No wonder pabalik balik ang mga trapo…at halos habambuhay na jan sina Enrile, Drilon, Lacson, ANgara, Sotto, Revilla, etc….Ngayon ay babalik pa sina Maceda at Magsaysay…..

    Bakit naman pabalik balik sila sa pwesto? Iisa lang ang dahilan…pork barrel wala ng iba……

  • Taiko_Kauna

    kung nag ka problemang “kaunti” sa 1,639 ballots paano na kung let’s say 30M na balota? Taking the law of averages MALAKING problema ni Brillantes.

    • Pedro_Gil

      walang problema si brillantes. puro BS lang siya na walang problema. nagpapapogi kay abnoy. eto naman si abnoy bilib hehehe.

  • TUMBOKIN

    NO major glitches…You guys get a barely passing grade from due to the ff reasons

    1.  This machines are  used…once every 3 years
    2.  There are 81,000 of them so they are  not overused.
    3.  They are expensive … i would presume you got the best machine along with its maintance
    and repair team
    4.  You guys have the luxury of time … what have you guys been doing when there are no elections.  
         These so called minor glitches should have been ironed out with your laid back schedule.

  • $20926843

    These minor glitches multiplied exponentially across the country equals CHAOS! This brilliant formula that spawned from this SOB Brilliantes is courtesy of his inutile and autistic president patron from malacanang.

  • IbigMongSabihin

    Brillantes innocentlly consider “no problem” to the various tecnological defficiences noted on the machines. He is as simple-minded as that little boy in a big man’s body who appointment him as comelec chairman last year, an appoinment mainly based on his relationship to those close to the clueless president. Smartmatic is pocketing contracts and making big money using political influence.

    • parefrank

      Innocently, simple minded? Hahaha,Noy would never have appointed him. 

  • mekeni62

    Ang tangos tangos na ng ilong ni Brillantes.

  • Beguine

    Test runs BEFORE and the usual habitual massive cheating AFTER?

    Same modus operandi election after election.

    So, what’s the use of holding election when those in power already
    know the results way in advance? 

    And then, it’s too late to make the necessary corrections, and it takes
    years to alter results in case of protests so why bother?

    We’re always going back to the Dark Ages as far as elections are 
    concerned. And it’s always too late to do something about it! 

    Cheating is so rampant despite the use of “smart” computers those
    running the computers are of superior intelligence to the computers! 
    So, it should be back to the head count in big town halls and convention
    centers and raise your hands televized for the public to see and no cheating
    whatsoever.  Wholly guaranteed accurate and honest results, too. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2DG3R2AAQZDON2KH45T3YC5DOA del pillar

    Comelec said and had/has been saying this everytime there is election, but only glitches, how funny yata, hindi po ba. Last election ganyan din in some areas the machine did not worked as it should, none the less may nadaya at nandaya pa rin??????????Kaya dapat ba tayong magtiwala????????????????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2DG3R2AAQZDON2KH45T3YC5DOA del pillar

    Sa kabila nito ano na po ang nangyayari sa pera ng bayan?? Binubulsa o pinaghahatian ng mga poitiko mangungurakot! Kaya dapat natin silang pagkatiwalaan???????

  • ever green

    all the machine need to be tested before actual election day. most electro/mechanical machines will malfunction after more than 2-3 years not in use. Simpleng 3-in1 na printer lang na hindi nagamit ng 6 months, nagloloko na ang mga PCOS pa kaya? Inaamag ang mga rollers at mga optic lens niyan…..kung hindi na test ang mga yan, hindi na minor problem by election day! massive problem na iyan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RWPOD4ER5LJPDQU3N32NAC74X4 johnnie r

    Sabi nung ibang headlines, merong GLITCHES, dito naman no PROBLEM daw…ano ba talaga KUYA???

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/774GDBSB7VKLWOSCFNUWDASE24 Roby

       tuta ng malakanyang itong inquirer kaya kahit kinukundisyon na nailang wlaang problema ang pcos nang sa gayon, kahit magkadugasan sa mayo at manalo lahat ng lp senators, walang magrereklamo. pwe kayo PDI

  • http://twitter.com/durgijohn John Atm

    Admit the problem and fix it. If you can’t get somebody who can.  Make this a learning tool as well that machines like this needs to be looked after in preparation for the next use. I hope COMELEC has heard the word maintenance by qualified personnel. Cost of maintenance must be included in the budget (do not pocket it or spend on other non intended expenditures e.g. parties or cars or Christmas Gifts …)

    • parefrank

      Your word in God’s ears. But ask Comelec why they rented the machines 2010 for billions, then returned it to Smartmatic, destroyed all chips and now bought the machines and chips for billions. Coverage of cheating? Or double kickbacks? Just guess, because with economic handling this gigantic deal has it really little common.
      About maintenance, remember that in RP repairing is called maintenance. In other societies maintaining means avoiding real repairs which are more costly and usually cause service interruptions. Just look at power supply and transmission. Plants cranked out, posts fall down, lines cut, while in western countries which depend much more on electricity, power is only locally interrupted by natural disasters, never by problems like here. But there is “maintenance”.

  • Cerise David

    Not starting, jamming, not transmitting… Hindi raw problems? Ano ang definition nila ng problem?

  • parefrank

    2010 have also been “nomajor problems, only minor glitches” due to Comelec. Why then Smartmatic had to replace a lot of PCOS machines and at the end all the more than 80000 chips? Just for replacing it with unchecked chips and after some surprising results, destroying all (re-usable) chips to avoid any independent checking of the programming?
    Many people really think that automated voting is more safe than manual. The contrary is true. When ballots are counted manual at local centers, watchers can realize if somebody writes numbers at a blackboard which do not match the numbers called. At automated elections, even the machines read correct, no watcher can control what is transmitted to a regional center and from there to Manila. Electronic dagdag bawas is inviible if the chips and programs are not independent checked. 2010 the programs have been checked if they work, not if there are manipulations codes inserted. And the replacing chips were not checked with only 3 days remaining to election. And after election all were destroyed. Just remember all the reports about offers for “buying results”. Read the history of Smartmatic, how many problems and results. Aside of the question why a company which was founded by Venezuelan politicians to ensure the winning of its president has to manage and control philippine elections.
    As an example, look at German elections. No automation, but radio and TV systems follow up and are with their estimations within less than 2% away ffrom the official results. And this is out after 2 hours and final within 24 hours. Population and voters are very similar to RP.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EDXEVEFHW2ZT5VWHDWBNM6XGE4 RyanE

    Comelec needs to check each and every machine to ensure normal operation during election time. The extra 6.5% units should be prioritized for regions with the greatest number of voters such as MM, Cebu, etc.

  • symonwho

    Surely the machines were prepared and supposed to be tested before the mock elections to ensure di mapahiya comelec and assure the public ok to use ang PCOS. But it was otherwise with minor problems kuno. If the minor problems can happen on a smal number of pre-tested machines, how much more during the actual election.

    Rollers for paper feeding like car wheels cannot be left in the machines for three years unused since these will be mishapen. A car should be raised when stored for a long time to prevent as mechanices say “oblong”. More so if the PCOS machines were stored in a non-controlled environment.

    Comlec should inspect and test all (100%) machines before the election to prevent chaos, delays and questioned results. The commsiioers are not technical experts and they should listen more to those in the know. There is no such thing as “need to heat up” with new technology. My PC and laptop works immediately in cold and warm environment.

  • MarcyPulilan

    Dapat testing ang gawain hindi mock elections. Kalimutan na ang source code puwedeng malinis ang source code pero ang compiled program nandoon ang daya. Simpleng test kung umaandar ang PCOS machines. Gumawa ng 1000 forms consisting of votes for certain candidates, votes that are semi shaded, votes that have multiple votes, votes that have no markings, Gumawa at randoim . Then balasahin niyo at isubo sa PCOS machines isa isa. I compara iyong result sa mga test votes, Dapat tugma iyong sequence ng boto, hindi mabasa, at mga invalid. Balasahin muli at ulitin ang test, dapat ganoon pa rin ang result. Dapat gawain ito bago mag eleksiyon at pag natest na ay i freeze iyong program sa machine meanong wala nang puwedeng i upload na programs. Tapos i compara ang results sa logging system ng machine. Kung lahat ito consistent, malinis ang eleksiyon. Kung walang ganitong check and balance, malinaw na magkakadayaan. Huwag din pumayag na i off ang deteksiyon ng invalid votes. At least black and white ang i aanalyze dito hindi speculation gaya ng different interpretations ng source codes.

    • Cerise David

      Dapat kasama yan sa initialization procedure.

      • MarcyPulilan

        I agree Cerise, why not include a very simple procedural test in the initialization of the PCOS machines. Make things simple. test the machines for most probable anomalies and see if it can be detected. try to break the machine not to make it look perfect.

  • $14141131

    It’s really nauseating hearing or seeing the Comelec Chairman says there is no problem. Such a liar! This is the problem with our egotistical nincompoop officials lying in your face just to appear able and successful. Any problem, big or small, is a problem and thinking that it will be a nationwide election to involve hundred of thousands precincts, a small problem could translate into a huge insurmountable one. Lack of management skill makes people like Brillantes audacious to lie in public. Crass!

    • MarcyPulilan

      Brillantes is lying because he promised before that if glitches are found onthe POCOS machines, he will resign. He is saying there are no glitches because he does not want to resign. It is financially rewarding to be a COMELEC chairmain during national elections. Lots of opporutnities he does not want to miss. He made sure that the only IT expert in the COMELEC is out so that these major glitches will not be publicised.

  • regd

    What are you people grumbling about? Relax, the glitches are being addressed as we speak. Give the Comelec a break. Most of you are like programmed sheep WHO JUST LIKE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT EVERYTHING!

    Grow up and develop a spine or something! 

    • MarcyPulilan

      What I am grumbling about is that those glitches should have been ironed out after the 2010 elections. What I am grumbling about is that after the 2010 elections, the COMELEC did nothing and months before the elections, this is the only time they will act again. I am grumbling about is that they are very complacent in their jobs, they just sat down and did nothing all these years since 2010. Mga T A M A D and they are getting paid with our hard earned money. That is something to grumble about.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYJ7WEKJVFRZGE54IGDAEQUJ34 Javy

    Claiming that there are more machines than precincts is not that reassuring.  How can Comelec guarantee that a spare machine is available in a particular location and can be installed within an hour from malfunctions?  It would be more reassuring if they had one spare machine for every precinct.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UYJ7WEKJVFRZGE54IGDAEQUJ34 Javy

    One glitch multiplied thousands of times is not a minor problem.

  • amelius23

    There is no 100% assurance that all the PCOS machines will perform without glitches, hence, there  are standby by PCOS machines anticipating this eventuality. We enjoin Comelec to continues random testing (dry run)  of other PCOS machines to all other  polling precincts throughout the country in order to verify the readiness of the PCOS machines and familiarize the teachers who will be mobilized as poll operators for the actual operation and conduct of actual voting. There are places at this early that the teachers who will serve as poll operators are being offered as high as P30,000.00 each as a loan and if that particular candidate win the election, the loan is as good as already paid for.(in other words, the teachers will have to turn into blind eyes for whatever shenanigans this local politico will do inside the polling place with his watchers)   This is where the Namfrel and PCCRV should watch intently and should not be coerced to also turn to blind eye. Definitely, we will monitor the campaign strategy of a local provincial official who officially proclaimed  that 10 mayors of of 13 towns in his province are with him.  (Hint: the province near Manila where you can see a lot of EPAL  posters  both for father and son).We will make sure that his Ninoy bill will not proliferate days before the election or else he will find himself in hot seat. He have done this on the last 2010 election but now, he should be wise enough not to commit the same mistake of the father and son. A trap had been laid for him and his election operators.     

    • parefrank

      And you really think they will test run more than 80000machines? The main problem is anyway not if the machines run, it is the question of the chip program. There are not glitches, but there is the point wherea big cheating can happen invisible to any watchers. Nobody can control if the mahines really transmit what they read.

    • patrickinca

       Now we know kung paano nanalo si Binay as VP

  • parefrank

    to MarcyPulilan

    Your story has a lot of problems. If really you would get the original source code, for sure it would have security features against altering. And even if you can alter it, this code is on chips in the precinct scan machines, means you have to reprogram all chips,.For that, you need to get all chips because there is no program uploading from these machines possible to other machines, you have to reprogam all the 80 million chips including the separate reseve chips..

    The possible way is that candidates pay to the operating company, here it is Smartmatic, and they prepare a new set of chips with the manipulated code. And after election make sure that the chips are not checked. The perfect straight path to electronic dagdag bawas, switching results.

    What has happened 2010? There have been many complaints that candidates are offered winning results for big mounts, depending on the desired elective position.. Then, days before election, all chips are replaced. The poll outcome shows some very unexpected results, suspicious to the affected candidates and Comelec , instead of checking, orders to destroy all chips.
    That’s not farfetched imagination, that has happened 2010.

    • MarcyPulilan

      PareFrank, the original source code, being a source code is written and saved in a text format. A source code is not a program itself until you compile it and create the binaries and executables.So how would your “security features” you are talking about come into play? Even the source code will not run as itself.You need to compile and process it first before you can run programs security features included. Once you have the executables you need to upload it to the PCOS machines so the programs will work. The chips inside the PCOS machines is where the programs are stored (if the machines are old versions, it will be loaded in hard drives inside it).
      What I am saying here is how can we be sure that the programs loaded on the PCOS machines really came from the source code where it was compiled from? Once thing to assure this is there should be a checksum pair that will verify that the source doe and executables in the PCOS machine are the correct pair – there is no procedure for this or at least no tests shown to verify this. You do not need smartmatic to prepare new chips, the PCOS machines themselves have programmable chips otherwise, how can you modify a program in case a bug is discovered. There was also no explaine dprocedure how the progrms will be loaded on the PCOS machines. The HOCUS POCUS will be who ever will load the programs should ensure that there was no switching of exeutable programs to be loaded. As I said, anyone with notepad++ can modify a source code and security features only will take play when the source code is compiled loaded and executed, at this point, everything is already in the machines, the source code is already not a factor at this point. Question is ithe prgram running, galing bas  sa source code o sa isang source code na na modify at pina load doon sa loader or the loader does not know, he was just given the program to load by someone who was already bribed?

  • Pedro_Gil

    a little knowledge is a very dangerous thing.  Brillantes is not competent to assess any of the problem.  A third party with a technical capability should have been deployed to assess the situation.

  • kilabot

    before: a comelec that did not know how to count; 
    today:  a comelec that is computer illiterate. 

    nobody knows when this madness will end.

  • $14334231

    cheating is already embedded in our politics….no matter what we use, seasoned politicians will always find a way to win….and that’s the sad truth about our political system….money, power and greed, not necessarily in that order, are the real culprits….

  • zeroko

    Brilliantes, it is so cheap to speak out of “No problem.” I’m sure you will eat ;your word when there is a failure of election comes May 13, 2013 election because of the PCOS Machine. It really looks suspicious, what if the present administration really deliverately sabotage the PCOS machine so they can manipulate the election results. He heh e. Daming possibilities.

  • Gold Lover

    PHILIPPINE GOVT SHOULD SPONSORED A  PHILIPPINE HACKING CONTEST so Philippine can use the winner to defend any threat from FUTURE HACKING ATTACK ON COMPUTERS

  • patrickinca

    Do not vote on the May Election. For those PCOS machines are already
    been rigged  through the globe network. So Stop wasting your time. 

  • maximus_meridius

    Judging by the character and morality of Abnoy and his cohorts mukhang dadayain nila etong 2013 elections such that mananalo yung mga unknown, untested, and without track record candidates nila like Grace Poe and Bum Aquino among others.

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