Strange reaction from poll Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., it is everytime automated machine and election flaws are pointed out through valid criticisms, as well as warnings aired over the probable election fraud likely to occur during the May polls.
Brillantes reacts violently to such criticisms, with the latest reaction from him daring his critics to shut up and file an impeachment instead, then accusing them of sabotaging the automated polls.
But the criticisms are valid, and backed up by the automation law, such as the review of the source code by political parties and information technology (IT) experts; the use of pirated technology, the use of the WORM (write once read many) compact flash (CF) cards, fake ballot detection, voter verified paper audit trail and many more.
To this, Brillantes says all these are assertions of falsehood by the poll watchdogs to sow public mistrust and sabotage the upcoming elections.
But if, as being claimed by Brillantes, everything is in order, with all the glitches fixed and the source code certified by the Technical Evaluation Committee, as well as the Philippine government now owning the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and the software, why then does he, along with his commissioners, continuously refuse to open the claimed source code for review?
Apparently the Comelec can’t, because there is no source code made available by the owner of the PCOS program, Dominion Voting Systems, which is locked in a court battle with Smartmatic.
Apparently too, from the lawsuits, it was admitted by Smartmatic that the source code for the 2010 polls, was never delivered and placed in escrow.
Already, there is admitted proof from Smartmatic that no source code was delivered and that admission also means that Smartmatic, the Melo Comelec and even the central bank lied about the source code.
Why then take the word of the Comelec and Smartmatic when they claim that the glitches are minor and have all been fixed (which they had earlier claimed months ago, but were obviously never fixed), or that, as claimed by Cesar Flores of Smartmatic, there is already a source code given to the Comelec for the 2013 polls, or the Comelec’s use of the CF cards that can be overwritten many times?
Surely, if everything is in order, and there is nothing to hide, Brillantes and his Comelec would voluntarily open for examination whatever the IT experts want to verify for themselves.
Instead, Brillantes charges these IT critics for trying to sabotage the 2013 polls, when in fact it is Brillantes and his Comelec who are set to sabotage the polls and ensure fraud, what with their having eliminated virtually all the safeguards intended to protect the vote.
What was all that biometric requirement all about, when in the end, this exercise is no longer required by the Comelec? Even voters will no longer have to have a thumb mark, because, as claimed by Brillantes, this causes ballot smudging. Anyway, so claimed Brillantes, they will have their signatures. As if the signatures would be proof of their really having voted.
Who is to check on the voter’s signatures, whether it is real or fake? Comelec? With millions voting, there is no time at all for even the verification of signatures, which incidentally can not be verified since there is no way to check on or compare with, the authentic voter’s signature during election day.
Brillantes dares his critics to impeach him, which really is a stupid dare, because he knows this won’t happen, since he is one of the Noynoy yellows who will definitely be protected by Noynoy — at least until 2016, which would more or less be the same time Brillantes’ term would be over.
Clearly, Brillantes and his commissioners are cooking up something called electoral fraud.
The Melo Comelec and Smartmatic did it in 2010, and the Brillantes Comelec and Smartmatic will do it again.
And that’s what they call the tuwid na daan?