MILF calls PCOS 'cheat' machines

By Lore Mae Andong, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at May 31 2013 12:07 PM | Updated as of Jun 01 2013 03:38 AM

COTABATO CITY, Philippines - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) calls the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the recently concluded midterm elections as "cheat" machines.

MILF First Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar said they are now worried about the upcoming plebiscite that will determine the proposed areas in Bangsamoro territory.

He said vote-buying was very evident before the May 13 polls in some areas that will be under the Bangsamoro territory.

"If PCOS machine pa rin ang gagamitin, mangangamba ang marami na lalabas ang 'NO.' Sabotahe sa plebisito yun, eh di mas delikado dahil hindi matitigil kaguluhan sa Mindanao," Jaafar said.

He said it would be better if in the upcoming plebiscite for the proposed areas in the Bangsamoro territory and Bangsamoro Basic Law, biometrics systems will be applied just like in the United States.

"Ayaw rin namin gamitin ang manual kasi vulnerable yun for cheating, and gagamit na lamang ng biometrics tulad sa US kasi medyo safe gamitin yun, ma-guarantee ang safety," he said.

The MILF is hopeful that the government will do something about the matter.