Source code review to take 1 year: Larrazabal

Posted at May 07 2013 01:32 PM | Updated as of May 07 2013 09:32 PM

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MANILA, Philippines -- Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said while there may not be enough time for a source code review, the code's availability will raise the public's confidence on the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

Larrazabal cited the 2010 elections where no political party reviewed the source code even if it was already available three months before election day.

He added it will take one year to do a full source code review.

"May duda tayo sa software, check natin. 'Yung sasabihin na walang time eh pwede naman mag-review even after the election 'di ba? At kung may makita kayong mali after's not too late because that can affect, that can help in the 2016, 2019 and 2022 elections," Larrazabal said.

Another former Comelec Commissioner Gus Lagman, meanwhile, refuted Larrazabal's account that political parties did not try to conduct a source code review in 2010.

"Meron, umabot pa nga ng Supreme Court," he said.

"Ang sabi ng Supreme Court sa Comelec kailangan i-pareview niyo 'yan dahil nakalagay sa batas. Ito namang Comelec pumayag na rin kaya lang ang dami naman in-impose na restrictions sa pagrereview na... Sabi ng mga magrereview huwag na lang kung ganyan," Lagman added.

ANC Dateline Philippines, May 7, 2013