“Tekkie Nga Ba o Teka Muna?” (Is it a technology we can trust now or not yet?)

Program: Cheche Lazaro Presents (Episode 13)
Presented by: Unlimited Productions, Inc. and ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Aired on: January 20, 2013 (ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best)

VIDEO LINK: http://www.probetv.com/2014/04/clp-13-tekkie-nga-ba-o-teka-muna/

Preparations are underway for the May 2013 elections and no less than the influential Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has sounded the alarm about a looming disaster in nation’s most awaited event of the year.

At the heart of the threatening storm is the very backbone of the elections – the precinct count optical scan machines (PCOS).

CBCP President and Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma doubts the accuracy of the PCOS that will be used in the forthcoming mid-term elections. He wants a thorough testing of the voting machines. So fearful are the bishops of the computerized polls that the PCOS machines would be part of the agenda of the CBCP meeting this month (January).

Are the bishops’ fears unfounded?

A week into the official start of the election period, Cheche Lazaro Presents unravels the bases of the apprehensions not just of the CBCP but of election watchdogs and IT experts as well. It takes a deeper look into the mechanics of the automated elections that have left non-techie Pinoys overwhelmed with the swift conclusion of the 2010 polls and indifferent to charges of widespread digital cheating.

Training the spotlight on three 2010 election protests that have cast doubts on the prospects of fraud-free polls, veteran broadcaster Cheche Lazaro sits down with IT experts to discuss high-tech election fraud and explain in layman’s language the technobabble that threatens to undermine Philippine democracy. One such case of alleged digital cheating was filed by then election lawyer Sixto Brillantes, now chairman of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

The apprehensions about the elections go beyond the PCOS machines. There are allegations of corruption in the procurement of poll paraphernalia by the Comelec and a legal tussle between PCOS supplier Smartmatic and software provider Dominion Voting Systems puts in question the automation of elections itself.

With four months to go before the mid-term polls, Cheche Lazaro Presents weaves a story that tackles the country’s overall state of preparedness for the May 13 elections in a two-hour documentary for Pinoy techies and non-techies.


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