FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.
“Failure is not an option,” said Bagumbayan presidential candidate Richard Gordon, on mounting questions on the credibility of the PCOS machines to be used in the May 2010 elections.
"Focus and get to work. If it is necessary to move the election date by a week to ensure reliability of the machines, then do it. Work on the solution."
"These are tough decisions but they have to be made. Any CEO knows that problems arise at the last minute but panic is pointless because it does not solve the problem."
“I hate to say ‘I told you so’ but that seems to be the case. I pushed for partial automation as proof of concept from the time we started committee hearings in 2005 until 2007, and if we had done so in May 2007 in 2 provinces and 2 cities as required by the law, or even during the barangay elections in October 2007, we would have caught these glitches sooner. But in the Senate I was practically alone in my advocacy.”
The Senate and the House of Representatives ratified the automation law in December 2006, and the law was passed in January 2007. No pilot test of automation was done until the ARMM elections in August 2008.
“All that is in the past. Now we need to fix the problem, not fix the blame. I’m calling on the Comelec, the automation Advisory Council, and Smartmatic to step up to the plate. Stay the course, solve the problem. Failure is not an option."