by John Marzan
I don't trust this administration and I don't trust Arroyo's COMELEC.
Virgilio Garcillano could not have done this all alone without any help from other COMELEC operators and administration officials. Pero sabi ni Chairman Melo nung na-appoint siya para palitan si Ben Abalos na hindi raw niya papakialaman ang "Hello Garci", kaya hanggang ngayon wala pa ring napaparusahan o nakulong sa 2004 Garci presidential elections at sa 2007 Maguindanao "vote count".
In that same presscon, Chairman Melo clearly wanted to use the "computerization" of 2010 elections as a way to fix COMELEC's credibility problem and present it as the "reform" needed to move beyond Hello Garci.
But Melo got it backwards, and it is obvious he does not have any idea how the technology works or how it can be abused. Computerized voting won't make the elections more credible--just ask all the election experts around the world. It is ALWAYS about the people running the elections. By letting veteran admin and garci's lieutentants have unfettered access to the computers--cheating would become 10 times easier and faster. And almost undetectable. So any uninformed "stamp of approval" from a church group like the PPCRV on the 2010 elections won't really mean a thing.
So I am strongly in favor postponing the automated polling until 2013. By 2010, may bagong administration na (either Roxas or Villar) and the crooks that continue to remain "untouched" inside the COMELEC will no longer get any backing or protection from the Arroyo administration.
And by 2013, hopefully we'll be able to get a new COMELEC chairman that is younger and not as out of touch.
SOURCE: Philippine Commentary