Brillantes challenges Lagman to debate on PCOS source-code absence issue


Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. challenged former commissioner Augusto Lagman to a debate regarding the absence of source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

Brillantes claimed that Lagman has been misleading the public through media interviews by saying that “the absence of the source code will affect the elections.”

“I think he is trying to mislead everybody and trying to create a scenario where there is a problem because of the source code,” Brillantes said.

“He keeps on repeating that the absence of the source code will affect the elections, that’s wrong, totally wrong,” he said. “I challenge mister Lagman to debate with me on the source code, [after all] I am less of an IT expert.”

The source code is the computer software program that gives instructions to the PCOS machine regarding the counting, canvassing, and transmission of the votes.

The PCOS machines as well as its source code is owned by Dominion Voting Systems Inc., which has gone into a legal dispute with Smartmatic, the company the Comelec contracted to conduct the automated elections.

The source code has since been withheld pending the resolution of the case in the United States. Brillantes has been negotiating for several weeks with both sides to get the source code and make it available for review by the local political parties and interested groups.

Brillantes however recently said that he has fully given up on getting it before the May 2013 elections begin after negotiations have bogged down anew. He maintained that it will not affect the “legitimacy and validity” of the elections.

“The only effect of not having the source code is there [are] some doubts as to the credibility because the political parties and other interest groups will not be able to examine or review [it],” Brillantes said.

“That is not for purposes of legitimacy and validity of elections,” he said.

Lagman was misleading the public by saying only that there is no source code and not mentioning the fact that an independent certifier had already reviewed it and issued a certificate for it.

“He should not be talking too much on TV or on radio because he does not understand all the facts,” Brillantes said.

“He is an IT expert, he should know that the source code has already been reviewed and certified to by an independent certifier,” he said.

Brillantes said that the independent certificate was a requirement under the law, but the review by political parties was not a requirement.

He reiterated that in the 2010 automated elections, a review of the source code was not conducted by political parties or interested groups and it had not affected the results of the elections.

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  • Ricky Bobby

    As a software developer for over a decade, I can’t believe such a sensitive system did not go through proper inspection. One line of malicious code can totally change the outcome of the results. I say the source code should be open source and open to inspection by the public.

    I guess they could always alter the code that actually go into the machines. This country is hopeless.

  • Pio Gante

    baka naman mabilaukan ka pag nag-call si lagman sa hamon mo

  • disqusted0fu

    Not a good idea Mr. Brillantes. You already admitted previously that you don’t know anything about IT matters and such.
    Plus, the only thing you’ve done regarding the elections are to cite campaign violations and disqualify party lists. That might not be enough for a debate about the PCOS and source code.
    Unless this is just one of those emotional outbursts of yours that intend to divert the attention of the people from the topic at hand, then it might actually work.

    • Cano Manuel

      If we can’t have PCOS, are you suggesting to shifting to the old manu-mano election (one that is prone to cheating)?

      • Dare

        As if using Hocus PCOS is not prone to cheating. Especially since we are relying only on an unnamed so-called independent certifier about the reliability of the machines. A review by all concerned parties is the only way to erase all doubts about the competence of the machines yet Comelec probably never had any plans of conducting one. There is a reason why numerous Asian countries have gone back to manual elections after trying the automated one.

      • Cano Manuel

        And there is a reason the country never got over its problem on vote buying and dagdag-bawas. You know the reason.

  • walangdiyos

    G@G0 ka talaga mangongomision Brilliantitos.. kung di kailangan ang source code e bakit wari e kinukuha mo ito by negotiating with Dominion to get the source code. wari ka pa na 95% sure ka na na ibibigay ng Dominion ang source code. ululin mo ang mga taong kulay yellow.

    • Catherine Sien

      hindi po ba pwedeng wala na lang nagmumura dito sa social networking sites. pwede naman pong mag post na hindi nagmumura. salamat po. siguro po ayaw din po ninyong minumura kayo di po ba? maliban diyan, baka naman po masyado na po kayong uma akusa sa mga tao na wala naman po kayong prueba?

      • walangdiyos

        pasensya ka na lang ineng at talaga lang kumukulo ang dugo ko sa mga drama ng matandang ito, di mo ba halata na ginogoyo ka ng matandang iyan. imulat mo naman ang mga mata mo, baka me jaundice ka na rin iha e patingnan mo sa doctor. ssubaybayan mo lahat ng pinagsasasabi nya at matatauhan ka at di na kailangan ang pruweba.

      • Cano Manuel

        Hindi naman talaga kailangang magmura. Show some class ba kung may pinag-aralan. Otherwise, sinong maniniwala sa iyo kung asal-klaye ang pananalita mo?

  • magiting78

    Mga nagdudunong dungungan kc….nag papagulo lang..go Chairman….people of the philippines are behind you, you done a good job in commelec, don’t listen to these intelegent but stupid moron people…

    • Cano Manuel

      “Stupid moron”. That’s redundant.

      • tilney

        Ikaw ang moron..Kung na certify na ng independent reviewer ay considered na audit na ang program.. It is considered as acceptable.para sa company yan meron external audit .Eh kung yon 2010 election available yon source code pero wala nagreview bakit yon hindi na verify ni Lagman..

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