Gordon insists it's important to review the source code

May 9, 2013 1:21 am 

MANILA, May 8 — Former Senator Richard Gordon Wednesday said it is very important to review the source code because the integrity and credibility of the conduct of the May 13, 2013 elections will depend on the source code.

During the oral arguments at the Supreme Court, Gordon said if the source code is doubtful, the credibility of the elections will be compromised.

Gordon was the principal author of Republic Act No. 9369 or the Amended Automated Election System Law.

He cited the filing of charges by Smartmatic against the Dominion voting system wherein it accused Dominion of failure to deliver the fully functional system in 2010.

Dominion owns the license of the source code of the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines then leased by Smartmatic.

Asked by Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe if the source code can be manipulated technically, Gordon said he believes it can be done by the supplier if it will be paid.

Even Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio expressed his belief that Smartmatic did not acquire the copy of the source code in 2010, hence, it filed charges against Dominion.

Gordon also proposed to proceed with the elections using the PCOS machines, but the counting should be done manually. (PNA)

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