29 June 2009
In a shocking turn of events, Total Information Management Corp. pulled out of its joint venture with Smartmatic for the 2010 poll automation project. The jolting development threw into serious jeopardy the automation of next year's presidential polls.
According to Cesar Flores Zavarce, the International Sales Director for Smartmatic, they answered the concerns raised by TIM but that they themselves were surprised when "they went directly to Chairman Melo and they announced that they're pulling out from the project."
The backlash was instant and tremendous. Comelec Chairman Jose Melo warned that TIM could be subjected to criminal prosecution if the bid's failure becomes final. Senator Richard Gordon termed it as "parang inestafa nila ang bayan."
More on this story in this News on Q report by Pia Arcangel courtesy of GMANews.tv:
And in this 24 Oras report by Mike Enriquez: