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Many are shaking their heads after the Noynoy Supreme Court (SC) upheld, apparently against all odds, the Commission on Elections (Comelec)’s option to purchase Smartmatic’s precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the 2010 presidential polls and acquired through a lease agreement.
One of them surely was Gus Lagman, who is against the purchase deal and who was unceremoniously booted out by Noynoy as commissioner of Comelec supposedly since he was unacceptable to the members of the Commission on Appointments (CA) but likely as a result of his steadfast objection against Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes’ insistence to resurrect an already dead option for the purchase of the machines, the reliability of which in the elections won by Noynoy remains highly in doubt.
The machines were those used in the first automated elections of the country where Noynoy supposedly won overwhelmingly obtaining 15 million votes in the 2010 elections. Questions were raised about certain irregularities in the machines but these were all drowned out by the whipped up euphoria about Noynoy taking the helm of the government to institute reforms, which is nowhere to be found until now..... MORE
Source: The Daily Tribune