Smartmatic = Smart Tactic? Not!

Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. But where do the people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They don’t pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from Filipino parents and Filipino families, Filipino homes, Filipino schools, Filipino churches, Filipino businesses and Filipino universities… and they’re elected by Filipino citizens. This is the best we, Filipinos, can do. This is what we have to offer. It’s what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out! If you have selfish, ignorant voters, you are going to get selfish, ignorant leaders.

You see, if politicians are the only souls (granting they have one) to blame, then where are all the other bright people of conscience? Where are all the bright, honest, intelligent Filipinos ready to step in and save the country and lead the way? I tend to believe that we don’t have people like that in this country anymore — everybody’s busy minding their own business, not caring about the impending massive electronic fraud in the coming elections until someone Tweets about it or someone rants about it on Facebook.

In Bel Cunanan’s* blog, she made a very disturbing revelation:

Our IT experts assert: In the financial war between Smartmatic and technology-provider Dominion being fought in a Delaware court, the Philippines is hemmed in. But in the end, our electoral process in 2013 will be put in jeopardy. Congress and the Court should act now.

The various political parties, including a good number of leftist organizations that are fighting for domination of party-list  representation in the House, are all gearing up for the 2013 midterm elections just over six months away. But there’s a huge problem that unfortunately, Congress has refused to acknowledge.

This is the danger that the election technology that Smartmatic-TIM, the company that sold those 2010 PCOS machines to Comelec for use again in the 2013 elections, would employ this time a “pirated’ technology that’s totally unreliable and even legally unviable.  

This quandary could put the 2013 elections in limbo—or worse, in hell. Citizens should make enough loud noise so that the senators would act on this frightening prospect and conduct an urgent open inquiry.

I really don’t know whether to rant (at COMELEC’s ineptitude) or rave (at Smartmatic’s “panache”)… These are the things we should be talking about.


* Belinda Olivares-Cunanan is a veteran journalist with 25 years of experience writing a political column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. She is a Rotary Club of Manila Hall of Fame awardee for journalism. She has also received the Distinguished Alumna Award from her elementary and high school alma mater, the College of the Holy Spirit, and the Alumni Association Professional Award for Journalism from the University of the Philippines (UP).


About Seeing with Brahmin eyes
My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

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