Gordon clarifies statement, says he won’t back out from prexy race
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Presidential candidate Richard Gordon on Thursday clarified his earlier statement that he was willing to quit the presidential race and run the Commission on Elections himself to ensure the success of the May 10 polls.
In an interview with GMA News’ Arnold Clavio, Gordon — the main proponent of the automation law— said he was merely goading the poll officials to get their jobs right.
“Inuudyukan ko lang na gawin niyo ang trabaho niyo para matapos yan. Hindi naman dapat mahirapan ang Comelec sa nangyayari (I’m just goading you to do your job and finish it. Comelec shouldn’t find this situation difficult),” Gordon said.
Last Monday some Precinct Count Optical System (PCOS) units tested failed to read test ballots accurately, forcing the Comelec to pull out all the compact flash (CF) cards from their respective voting machines and move quickly to replace the cards with reconfigured ones.
In reaction to the technical problems, Gordon said: “Let’s make it work. If Comelec can’t do it, I will withdraw from the race and run the elections.” (See: Gordon open to defer May 10 polls)
Meanwhile, the Bagumbayan standard bearer urged the public to remain vigilant and ask the Comelec to release poll results on the evening of May 10, and not three days after the polls.
“Kapag three days hindi na automated yan. Pag matagal, may salamangka diyan (If it takes three days, then that’s no longer automated. If it’s that long, there’s already magic going on),” he said, adding that the main reason for automating the elections was to quickly count the votes to avert poll fraud.
He also rejected anew the proposals to conduct a parallel manual count of the votes on May 10, saying it is expensive.
Those who are proposing for a manual count should be the ones to shell out money, he said.—JV, GMANews.TV