MANILA, Philippines?Newly appointed Elections Commissioner Augusto "Gus" Lagman said Wednesday that he has remained opposed to the use of the controversial Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines in the country?s elections.
?My stand is very clear that we don?t use those PCOS machines again. They have lots of defects. It was good that President Aquino won landslide [in the May 2010 elections]. What could have happened if it was a close fight? In the local elections that are currently being protested, there are still many questions,? Lagman told the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone.
Lagman, an information technology expert, said he was ?most likely? to oppose PCOS machines although he said he would be ?open to look at the PCOS from the Comelec side.?
?I?m most willing to listen to logic,? he added.
Lagman was one of the petitioners in the Supreme Court case ordering the release to the public of the PCOS source code, or the series of encrypted instruction on the machines? software. The Comelec has not complied with the high court's order as demanded by IT groups and election watchdog due to disagreements on the mechanics of the release.