House minority hits Brillantes over comment on manual balloting


House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The House minority bloc on Wednesday called Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.’s statement on going back to manual poll process irresponsible and urged that the poll body not downplay glitches encountered during the mock elections.

In a press conference at the House of Representatives, House minority leader Danilo Suarez said Brillantes’ statement that if critics wanted to change the precinct count optical scan (PCOS), then they should just “go back to manual.”

He described Brillantes’ statement to have been “irresponsibly retorted in response to expressed concerns over the Comelec’s readiness for the midterm elections in May.”

The Comelec chief was then reacting to criticisms on the glitches the poll body encountered during the mock elections during the weekend, saying that such issues were unavoidable in mock elections.

Suarez said that the Comelec should not take glitches lightly, pointing out that “though Chairman Brillantes was quick to downplay the implications of Saturday’s exercise, we beg to strongly differ from his opinion.”

Despite having less than 100 days before the polls, Suarez said they would not mind if the Comelec went ahead with manual elections instead. “Kung may serious glitches, why not go manual? Tutal, midterm lang ito.”

Leyte Representative Ferdinand Martin Romualdez called on the Comelec to resolve the glitches before the May polls, saying “there is a lot of confusion.  Call on the Comelec leadership dahil hindi ganun kaayos ang pagpatakbo nila.”

“Poll automation is the law but if there are circumstances preventing it then we go to the default (process which is) manual,” he said, adding that there should be an exception to that law in case the automated system “bogs down and if there is no other choice.”

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  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    pikon na si brillantes..pero nuon private election lawyer pa siya, siya ang kaliwat kanan na batikos…

    • Catherine

       paano ka naman di mapipikon (pero tingin ko hindi pa rin siya pikon).  e, they are all trying their best but everyone is trying to get all the publicity to themselves, i.e., media mileage kung baga.  hindi pa man, presumed wrong at presumed cheating na sila e inaayos nga di ba?  ano po ba talaga ang gusto nitong mga politico?

      • magiting78

        Problema s mga politiko may kanya-kanyang gusto n pabor s kanila n hnd nmn pwede pagbigyan ng commelec kaya kaliwat kanan imbistigasyon ginagawa nila kaya laking abala..Ang mahirap pa dito dahil sa ginagawang mga imbistigasyon at paglabas ng media s mga problema s commelec ibinibilad lng nila sa masasama ang commelect the best weapon pa rin against attack is secrecy dont show your weakness and weapons..

      • Catherine

         salamat po magiting 78. kasi po imbes na tululngan ang comelec e puro batikos ang ginagawa nila.  eto ngang dating commissioner e hindi nga po siya ni-reappoint ni PNoy kaya natanggal, e hindi po tumitigil sa pagsasalita.  sana po tumahimik na lang o kaya tumulong na lang sana siya para sa ating bayan.

      • magiting78

        May tawag dyn…utak talangka….

      • dudes

        Madali lang ang tawag jan ayaw magpatalo sa eleksyon yan nman ang mga pulitiko ditto sa pilipinas pag natalo dinaya pagnanalo nandaya anu ba talaga…….

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        take note, nuon na abogado pa lang siya ng mga politikong ito, siya ang nangpipikon

  • magiting78

    Suarez…Shut uppppp

    • Catherine

       thank you.

  • Mike

    Mr Suarez, better shut-up…everybody wants to have a good/clean election except for those who want to cheat..those TRAPOS..and those who tell intrigues and focus on the problems..and I believe isa ka dun..

  • Danilo Navarro

    kahit kailan  itong si noli(danny)wala sa ayos maka papel lang kahit ano pinapatulan..ehh sa totoo lang yang mga pumupuna mga may ambisyon din kung gusto nila at may alam sila di maki pag tulongan na lang sa comelec yun lang

  • Mike

    Strange..why this news is opposite sa balita ng GMA 7 ”  House minority wants to revert to manual polls after glitches in mock elections (posted February 6, 2013 3:38pm) -Members of the House opposition bloc on Wednesday said they are
    “more comfortable” with casting and counting votes manually after some
    glitches were observed during the mock elections held over the weekend
    in preparation for the 2013 polls.
    At a press
    briefing, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez said the glitches
    encountered during the mock polls showed that the Comelec has failed to
    address technical difficulties already experienced during the first
    automated elections in 2010.
    “We would not mind
    going back to manual, tutal midterm elections lang naman ito. With the
    material time that we have, that is not impossible,” Suarez told
    reporters. “ANO BA TALAGA GUSTO MO KALBO!!!!

  • Catherine

    oo nga po.  tama po ang mga sinabi ninyo.  magtulungan na lang po.  puro batikos po e nakikita naman pong maganda ang ginagawa nila sa comelec. yong pong pinuno yata e alam ang pasikot sikot sa dayaan noon kaya ina-apply niya ngayon upang maayos pero sa dami ng gustong pumapel, lalo lang natatagalan.  sana naman matuto na ang mga pilipino hindi puro pan sarili lamang.

  • JasonBieber

    The PCOS have not been working properly for years now and the Comelec has known it and the Comelec has ignored it. Now that the elections is right around they are now choosing to address the problem but obviously it is a little too late. An instruction from PNoy to resolve that problem could have helped matters but he too ignored the problems…so now the elections will be shrouded with some mystery.

  • disqusted0fu

    What kind of response was that from Brillantes? A true and smart government official would face the problem outright, admit that there are inaccuracies and assure that his agency would resolve the issue then show the people the results. But if they are planning to use the faultiness of the PCOS machines for something improper, then I get why his response was like that.

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