Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010
Poll exec wants Smartmatic to pay for UV lamps
An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday said that poll machine supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM), not the poll body, should pay for the ultraviolet (UV) lamps that will be used to verify ballots on election day.
Comelec Law Department head Ferdinand Rafanan hinted that Smartmatic-TIM should pay for the cost of the UV lamps because it was the supplier firm’s fault that the poll body had to disable the UV scanner on the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and to find a substitute UV device to be used in ballot verification
Bishop opposes party-list group Ang Ladlad
MANILA, Philippines—Despite the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Ang Ladlad’s right to run in the May elections, an official of the Catholic Church believes the party-list group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders should not be allowed to enter Congress, and said he would discourage people from voting for it.
Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, chairman of the committe on public affairs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, said the Catholic Church disagrees with the Supreme Court ruling and said accrediting Ang Ladlad as a party-list group would encourage an “abnormality.”
Gordon: past controversies will ‘hound’ Noynoy, Villar
“Pag nanalo si Villar, sigurado ako, i-bu-bully siya ng lahat sapagkat siya ay tatanungin, ‘Ano ang ginawa mo sa C-5?’” (If Villar wins, I’m sure, everyone will bully him because he’ll be asked, ‘What did you with the C-5?’) He will be hounded by all kinds of investigations [about] his past,” said [Sen. Richard] Gordon.
“In the same way, Noynoy Aquino will be hounded on why [his family] cannot declare land reform in their [lands] in Tarlac. He will be hounded why he cannot give justice to the farmers in that massacre in Tarlac,” he added.
Binay twits outgoing gov’t execs on toll fees, fire sale of gov’t properties
MANILA, Philippines– United Opposition (UNO) vice presidential bet Jejomar C. Binay said Friday that Filipinos should analyze the real reason behind the government’s insistence to collect 12 percent EVAT on tolls paid by private motorists on April 30, as well as the fire sale of government properties, as it may be a ploy to fund pabaon schemes for outgoing officials.
“Why, all of a sudden do they want to push this issue? Is the government as bankrupt as it appears or is this merely an attempt to give outgoing officials a chance to line their pockets with taxpayers’ money before they come down from their posts?” Binay asked in a statement emailed to media organizations.
Covenant for peaceful elections inked in Cebu
CEBU CITY, Philippines—Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and top police officials led Friday’s signing of a covenant for peaceful and honest elections witnessed by hundreds of government employees and individuals from various parts of the Visayas.
Before the signing of the covenant, Philippine National Police Director General Jesus Verzosa led hundreds of policemen from various parts of the Visayas in a three-kilometer march from the Fuente Osmeña rotunda to the Archbishop’s Residence, where the signing ceremony was held.