IBM and the Philipines Battle in Court

According to the Associated Press, the whole thing was kicked off when the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) filed a civil suit against IBM last week. GSIS was demanding over 100 million pesos in damages and legal fees in relation to alleged faulty software.

IBM says it had nothing to do with the dodgy software at all, and claims GSIS acquired it from a local company. Big Blue went on to release a statement clarifying that it was not involved in the design, supply, installation or maintenance of the GSIS systems.

The AP this week reports that IBM Philippines has filed suit against GSIS following an advertising campaign in which the agency claimed IBM  had sold it faulty software. IBM Philippines says the GSIS ads in local newspapers "were not only false and misleading, but were motivated by ill will and malice," and is demanding a little over $4.3 million in damages.

Check out the full story here.

  • IronRyan21
    Um the Philippines? This seems kind of funny considering I didn't know there was PCs in Manila. j/k.
  • Kary
    IBM sued for 100 million Pesos
    Philippines counter sued for $4.3 million (US?)

    I wonder what the exchange rate is (Peso vs. US$)...or I would if I hadn't seen it in the other article: "The computer firm is demanding 205 million pesos (4.33 million US dollars) in damages and legal expenses."

    You sue us we double dog sue you in return...Muhahhahahahah
  • zerapio
    KaryI wonder what the exchange rate is

    Was it that hard?
  • shock_at
    From what i read from the local news sites, it seems that the IBM's software had problems with large amounts of data. The local company that was mentioned in the article was affiliated with IBM, so its the contractor (Questonix) and the software company (IBM), and questonix said before that the IBM software was buggy and that IBM wasnt doing anything to fix it

    now questonix is saying that the cause of the crashes was due to not using the best database practices

    Shouldnt the software manufacturer be liable if it's software was not working as intended?
  • dxiii
    IronRyan21Um the Philippines? This seems kind of funny considering I didn't know there was PCs in Manila. j/k.
    Hey IronRyan, up yours buddy. They have more computer parts readily available in the Philippines than you can find any crappy computer store here in the States. I built 4 computers while I was there, without the hassle of ordering from some damn website and waiting for my parts to arrive. So don't be a smart ass when you obviously don't now anything about another country.
  • chyll2
    Haha, this happens around early April when GSIS system failed, and since they cant blame themselves, they pointed fingers to Questronix and IBM.

    Apparently, the Philippines would lose this one.

    Yes we do have PCs here in Manila, and most of them can be better than yours.
  • dougwhateva
    LOL Just be thankful that your country is still getting in the news haha. No one cares about the poorest country in Asia anymore hahahaha.
  • @dougwhateva: obviously you don't know much about Asia. There are other countries worst off than the Philippines. At least get some info before you start talking out of your behind.

    @IronRyan21: If there weren't computers in the Philippines, how'd all the 3gp scandals get uploaded?

  • 100.000.000 pesos is $210.530US.
    Now gets countersued by almost 20 fold!
  • anamaniac

    IBM is taking it way out of proportion.
    Your software seems defunct... so just take care of the issue.

    I think I want to take a acationin the Philippines now.