By Leslie Ann Aquino
Commission on Elections Spokesman James Jimenez is no longer the focal person of the local source code review for the automated election system for the May 2019 midterm polls.
Jimenez announced his resignation as focal person of the local source code review Monday due to an “unfortunate” incident.
“Last Saturday, we kicked off the source code review and unfortunately there was a small technical issue that resulted in the flashing of an image that was inappropriate to the event,” he said in a press briefing at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila.
The image, Jimenez said was that of an actress in a bathing suit.
“It was a desktop image and unfortunately when we were switching programs from presentation to presentation, the image from the desktop surfaced…So for a fleeting moment as the program switched from one presentation to the next, the image on the desktop flashed,” he said.
“I regret that but I have to take responsibility. It was our committee that arranged that event and that sort of thing should have been better handled,” Jimenez added.
As a consequence, he said he tendered his resignation as focal person of the local source code review because of the incident.
“One of the things I can’t abide is people saying I was hacked or it’s not my fault. It is my fault. I was responsible for that particular event. That sort of thing should have been handled better,” Jimenez said.
The poll official said he chose to resign for the overall credibility of the institution that he serves.
“Again, I’d like to apologize for the inappropriateness of the image,” said Jimenez.