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Poll violence: Defense chief doesn’t like what he sees on the ground

Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010


•Says he’s alarmed by ‘nightmare’

DEFENSE Secretary Norberto Gonzales yesterday admitted that ensuring an honest, orderly and peaceful election will be difficult task based on the “nightmare” reports he has been getting from the field.

Gonzales’ admission came a day after Masbate governor Edna Kho surrendered two dozen high-powered firearms believed to have been used by her family’s private army in previous elections after last Tuesday’s peace and order council meeting with Gonzales and AFP chief Gen. Delfin Bangit.

“Frankly speaking, as your defense secretary, I’m kind of looking at the fact ahead of us when it comes to firearms, private armies, and wanting to make sure that our elections will be peaceful and orderly, it is really quite a task,” he said. “If I listen to the reports that I’m getting, wow, it’s a nightmare.”

via Business Insight Malaya.


DND chief: Gov’t ready for 30% automation failure

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time, a ranking official of the Arroyo administration admitted that the automated elections could fail.

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales reveals up to 30% of machines to be used in the coming polls may not function properly.

He was quoting the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which supposedly made this statement in a security cluster meeting in Malacañang.

via ABS-CBN News


US envoy ‘happy’ with election preparations

A Malacañang official on Wednesday said that the new American envoy to Manila has predicted successful elections in the Philippines on May 10.

According to Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza, US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas Jr. was “happy” with all the preparations for next month’s polls, which will pick President Gloria Arroyo’s successor.

Mendoza revealed that preservation of democracy, operations against terrorists in southern Mindanao and dismantling of private armed groups in Masbate province in the Bicol region were among the issues that President Arroyo and Thomas discussed during a meeting.

Via Manila Times

AND: New US envoy cites RP gains vs terrorism

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