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Party-list solon slams “teachers are stupid” statement of Davao EO

8 May 2013 3 Comments

8 May 2013
Reference: ACT TEACHERS Party-List Representative Antonio Tinio (09209220817)

ACT TEACHERS Party-List strongly condemns the statement of Davao City election officer Aimee Ampoloquio saying that teachers sitting as poll workers with failing PCOS machines during final testing or sealing (FTS) are “forgetful or stupid.”
Media sources quoted Ampoloquio saying “It’s either they [the teachers] are forgetful or they are stupid.”
“Her statement is irresponsible and illogical,” said ACT TEACHERS solon Antonio Tinio.  “Errors found in Davao and in other FTS centers nationwide are due to the PCOS machines themselves, not the teachers.”
Errors reported include failure to initialize due to CF card errors, ballot rejection, shutdown due to thermal printer issues, or unexplained freezing.  IT experts from watchdog Kontra Daya predicted that the machines will present errors due to long storage and disuse, in addition to the errors inherent in the untested technology.
“COMELEC officials who lay blame on teachers for these PCOS errors display ignorance on the scope of BEIs’ roles as regards the machines or are merely looking for scapegoats to cover up for this unreliable technology,” Tinio stressed.  “These errors will remain until COMELEC follows the AES Law and opens the PCOS up to public scrutiny, mainly through the source code review.”
“Until then, neither Ampoloquio nor any local or national COMELEC official has no right to blame teachers–its deputies–for these errors.”
Tinio added that teachers do not enjoy full COMELEC support.  Though the poll body requires at least one member of the BEI to be IT-capable, it provided neither sufficient training nor compensation for the teacher hired as such.  Those who sat in COMELEC’s “trainings” or “refresher courses” reported that trainors just read or repeated what was wrirten in the manual.
“In 2010, COMELEC, on paper at least, required a PCOS technician for every precinct, provided by Smartmatic.  This year, it didn’t,” Tinio added.  “Reports have reached us that technicians from Smartmatic or outside sources are paid more than the  BEIs.  This is discriminatory.”
Finally, Tinio urged COMELEC to hold Ampoloquio, who suggested that the Davao BEIs must be questioned, liable for her unethical and groundless attitude.
“Her words demean those who, for decades, have been guarding the sanctity of our votes, oftentimes at great risk to their security.  This is highly reprehensible as she, the top local election official in Davao City, cast shadows on the capability and integrity of teachers in general.” ###

Office of Representative Antonio L. Tinio

ACT Teachers Party-List
“Ang Tunay na Tinig ng Teachers!”
Office Address Rm 511 South Wing, House of Representatives, Batasan Hills, Quezon City, Philippines 1126
Tel. +632-9316193 +632-9315001 loc. 7278
 rep.antonio.tinio@gmail.com  tinio.dal@congress.gov.ph

  • first, is it Ampoloquio or Apolonio?

    • admin

      eto po ang fullname Atty. Aimee Perolino-Ampoloquio

    • admin

      Sir Juan, our apologies for the error. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.