Quantcast
Latest Stories

Brillantes cries poll sabotage

By

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.: Sabotage. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Exasperated with the “lies” supposedly circulated by some poll watchdog groups, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Monday said critics of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines were just out to sow public mistrust and sabotage the coming balloting.

In his Twitter account, Brillantes accused Automated Election System (AES) Watch and the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPeg) of spreading “falsehoods” with the ultimate aim to incapacitate the Comelec and prevent a successful balloting on May 13.

Brillantes was reacting to claims by the groups that the poll body was using “pirated technology” for the PCOS machines after Dominion Voting System terminated its licensing agreement with its former corporate partner, Smartmatic-TIM, in May last year.

“I’d like to answer the issue incessantly raised by CenPeg, AES Watch et al. that the PCOS software being used by the Comelec was pirated,” said Brillantes.

“Contrary to this lie, the Philippines is the legal and true owner of the PCOS machines, including the software installed therein. The purchase of the PCOS was made last March 30 while the cancellation of Smartmatic’s contract by Dominion happened on May 23,” he pointed out.

Brillantes said that under the law, contractual obligations acquired prior to a cancellation bind all parties, “in this case both Dominion and Smartmatic.”

Basic rule

“In other words, we became the legal owners of the machines and software even before the cancellation and we remain as such even after. This is a basic rule on contracts that our nonlawyer critics don’t care to understand or which their lawyers did not explain to them,” said Brillantes.

Last year, Smartmatic filed a case against Dominion in Florida for alleged breach of a licensing agreement and “tortuous” interference with Smartmatic’s business.

Smartmatic, the Comelec’s 2010 technology provider, also accused Dominion of withholding technology and services that had been licensed to them.

In their earlier deal, Dominion had previously allowed Smartmatic to use Dominion’s software to operate the voting machines and install pertinent upgrades to address glitches in the system.

Same problems

“The continued assertion of falsehood by AES Watch, CenPeg et al. aims nothing but to sow public mistrust and sabotage the upcoming elections,” said Brillantes. “As we repeatedly reiterated to these people with whom we were meeting for the last three years, just help us make the 2013 elections successful.”

In a statement Monday, AES Watch raised concerns over how the Comelec was preparing for the May 13 elections since the same problems that attended the 2010 balloting still existed as observed during the recent mock elections.

Among these problems, it said, were ballot rejections, transmission failures, inaccuracy of the vote count, and election returns and certificates of canvass not digitally signed as required by law.

“Worse, knowing fully well that Dominion … terminated its license agreement with Smartmatic, the Comelec still insists on using an unlicensed, therefore pirated, technology. Its impact is serious and far-reaching as certification by an international certification entity continues to be denied,” said the group.

It also warned that Comelec officials would commit “potentially impeachable offenses” if the May 13 balloting were to fail.

“Is the repeated failure to comply with the automation law and the fixation to use the defective Smartmatic-provided system setting the stage for a possible election failure?” AES watch said.

“If this is so, the Comelec has nobody to blame but itself for what are potentially impeachable offenses. It should stop pointing fingers at the usual suspected culprits like the teachers, poll watchdogs and the voters themselves,” it said.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Commission on Elections , Elections , Philippines , precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines , Sixto Brillantes




Copyright © 2014, .
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
Advertisement
  1. US teacher fired over comment on black president
  2. Enrile chief aide back in PH ‘to face charges’
  3. Filipinos, Dane re-enact crucifixion of Christ
  4. Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
  5. Henares on Pacquiao bashing: I did not start this
  6. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  7. Massive infra spending set
  8. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  9. Easter crucifixions draw huge crowds
  10. Korea ferry captain arrested, divers spot bodies
  1. Kim Henares needs a reprimand, says Cayetano
  2. Suspect in Vhong Navarro mauling tries to leave PH
  3. More legal woes for Cedric Lee
  4. Fr. Suarez says last Mass on Easter before returning donated land to San Miguel
  5. ‘Mom, I love you,’ says text from student on sinking ferry
  6. MH370 co-pilot made mid-flight phone call – report
  7. ‘No real progress in PH if dynasties not dismantled’
  8. I’ll follow my conscience on Estrada, says JV Ejercito
  9. Massive infra spending set
  10. OFW brings MERS virus to Philippines
  1. KL confirms Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean
  2. MRT passengers pass the hat for 6-year-old Ashley
  3. Rookie, lady cops lauded for quick response to MOA heist
  4. Model Helena Belmonte wished ‘to slash her wrist and hope to die’
  5. Malaysia averts another air tragedy; pilot lands troubled plane safely
  6. Revilla says he was joking; Lacson stands by his story
  7. Revilla ‘consulted’ Lacson on how he evaded arrest
  8. Police rule out foul play in Helena Belmonte’s death as boyfriend is ‘traumatized’
  9. Cudia, dismissed for lying, got 99% in conduct
  10. Hammer-wielding robbers cause chaos at Philippines’ Mall of Asia
Advertisement

News

  • Russia promises support to ending Ukraine crisis
  • Busted valve delays water interruption
  • Cardinal Tagle decries human ‘commercialization’
  • Religion builds bridges in ethnically split Cyprus
  • Iran general urges Tehran to make new UN pick
  • Sports

  • Vettel hoping for resurgence at Chinese GP
  • MLB pitcher donates $100,000 for Sewol ferry victims
  • Hamilton takes pole at Chinese Grand Prix
  • Duke’s Rodney Hood joining Jabari Parker in NBA draft
  • Phelps entered in 3 events at comeback meet
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • DOH to continue tracking co-passengers of OFW infected with MERS virus
  • 5 Filipinos with MERS in UAE reported in stable condition
  • PH boosts MERS monitoring after UAE nurse scare
  • Canadians back PH plea to take back waste
  • We treasure our Sierra Madre
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement