72 private armies pose threat to automated polls
Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – Violence threatens to mar the countrys first ever automated elections as police and military forces only have 2 days left to dismantle active private armies identified with local politicians.
Herman Basbano, member of the Malacañang-formed Independent Commission Against Private Armies, said that of the 112 identified private armed groups PAGs, a total of 72 remain active.
The commission said in a report to the Office of the President that 8 of the active PAGs are in Ilocos, 3 in Cagayan Valley, 6 in Central Luzon, another 6 in Calabarzon Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, 4 in Mimaropa Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, 7 in Bicol, 6 in Western Visayas, 2 in Central Visays, one in Eastern Visayas, 2 in Zamboanga Peninsula, 7 in Northern Mindanao, one in Caraga, and 19 in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Rebels attack troops delivering PCOS machines
MANILA, Philippines – Two Army soldiers were hurt after suspected New People’s Army (NPA) attacked troopers who were delivering Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to a remote area in Mati town, Davao Oriental on Friday.
Captain Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said the soldiers were delivering PCOS machines when they were ambushed by an undetermined number of rebels in Barangay Tagibo before noon.
Garcia said the rebels are members of the NPA’s Front Committee 18.
via ABS-CBN News
Poll machine tests extended until a day before elections
(Updated 4:46 p.m.) The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended its timetable for sealing and testing automated voting machines until May 9, Sunday, just one day before the elections.
Besides extending field tests for precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, resolution 8865 — issued by the Comelec en banc — also nullified a previous resolution 8758.
The earlier resolution says that the testing and sealing of the PCOS machines should be conducted three to seven days before election day, ensuring that the equipment is in good working order.
Delays hound delivery of PCOS machines
MANILA, Philippines – Delays continue to hound the Commission on Elections on Thursday as the poll body rush to deliver the remaining Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and reconfigured compact flash cards to polling precincts scattered throughout the country.
And with barely a hundred hours left before election day, time is swiftly running for the Comelec.
Via ABS-CBN News