PCOS glitches part of ‘Oplan Rafael’ to keep Arroyo in power
Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010
Militant group Bayan Muna on Wednesday said that the malfunctioning of the voting machines to be used in next week’s polls is part of some master plan to postpone the elections and retain President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as head of state.
“There is no longer denying the signs that Macapagal-Arroyo is orchestrating moves to ensure that the May 10 polls will fail,” said senatorial aspirant and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo during a press briefing in Intramuros, Manila.
Calling the plan Retain Arroyo through Failure of Elections (Oplan Rafael), he cited supposedly ominous signs like Defense chief Norberto Gonzales’ reported warning about a failure of elections and the Comelec’s “unresolved” automation problems.
Arroyo election lawyer resigns over poll deferment dispute
MANILA, Philippines – The long-time election lawyer of President Arroyo has resigned over a dispute with Malacañang on the timing of elections given the new technical glitches that cropped up a week before the May 10 polls.
President Arroyo on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Romulo B. Macalintal as her election lawyer.
“The President has acceeded to Atty. Macalintal’s request,” Malacañang said in a statement Wednesday evening.
Via ABS-CBN News
Roxas nixes poll postponement
MANILA, Philippines—Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Sen. Mar Roxas urged the Commission on Elections on Wednesday to push through with the elections on May 10 as he called on the poll body to prepare for a manual count of votes should the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines fail again.
Roxas said that the Comelec should prepare for a manual count because the reconfiguration of the compact flash cards for 76,000 PCOS machines was a “logistical nightmare” and it might be impossible to finish before Election Day.
“The May 10 elections should push through because postponing it would become a slippery slope. Who knows when it would eventually be held if postponed? After one week? One month? In effect, it would be No-el (no elections). If it’s not on May 10, we would have No-El,” Roxas said in an interview.
Villar opposes poll deferment as Senate bets seek Comelec transparency
Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar Jr. on Wednesday opposed the proposed postponement of the elections.
At the same time, the party’s senatorial bets asked the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) to be transparent by convening all political parties and giving them a run through of what it will do on May 10.
“Nahihirapan na po ang mga kandidato. Talagang hinihintay na lamang nila ang election. Kung i-extend naman iyan, ewan ko kung papaano tatanggapin ng local officials,” Villar said in a phone-patched interview over DYHP-Cebu of the Radio Mindanao Network.