Comelec chair blasts PCOS software critics on Twitter

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In strongly crafted tweets, Brillantes belied the accusations of automated election critics CENPEG and AES Watch that the PCOS software is pirated. “Contrary to this lie, the Republic of the Philippines is the legal and true owner of the PCOS machines including the software installed therein,” Brillantes said. The poll chief said the purchase of the PCOS was made last March 30, 2012, while the cancellation of Smartmatic’s contract by Dominion happened on May 23, 2012. “Under the law, contractual obligations that have accrued prior to cancellation bind all parties, in this case both Dominion and Smartmatic,” he said. “In other words, we became the legal owners of the machines and software even before cancellation and we remain as such even after. This is a basic rule on contracts that our non-lawyer critics don?t care to understand or which their lawyers did not explain to them,” he added. Brillantes hit at the critics and said that the “continued assertion of falsehood aims nothing but to sow public mistrust and sabotage the upcoming elections.” Brillantes urged critics to instead help the poll body ensure a clean and honest elections. “As we repeatedly reiterated to these people whom we are meeting for the last three years, just help us make the 2013 elections successful,” Brillantes said. — PNA ]]>

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