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MANILA, Philippines -- Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes said on Wednesday that he will resign if circumstances force the holding of manual elections in 2013.
Brillantes said the poll body can only afford to wait until May for the Supreme Court to decide whether or not to allow the purchase of 80,000 precinct count optical scan vote-counting machines from Smartmatic Corp.
Beyond May, whether or not the high court decides in Comelec’s favor, Brillantes said they would have no choice but to conduct manual elections, which would violate the poll automation law.
Once this happens, he said, he would immediately file his resignation.
“Ano ba naman ang gagawin ko dito? Ayoko magpatakbo ng manual election. Nakakahiya in the first place and pangalawa (What will I do here? I don’t want to run a manual election. It would be embarrassing in the first place and second), on a personal note, mas maganda sa akin kung manual nasa labas na ako, maghahanapbuhay na ako, kasi ang laki kikitain ko. Kasi ‘yun ang ginagawa ko (it would be better for me if I am out during a manual election, I could make a living, I would earn a lot. Because that’s what I’ve been doing) for the last 20 years,” he said.
Before he was appointed, Brillantes was one of the most sought after election lawyers in the country.
“So my request to the SC is that, after the May 2 oral arguments, the SC will be enlightened and they shall resolve the case immediately and we hope it will be in our favor,” Brillantes said.