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Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


Inquirer: Collective aspirations

We are all called upon to select tomorrow, May 10, both our local and national officials. Conventional wisdom has it that the electorate makes its choices according to different standards: with pragmatism at the local level; and with greater idealism, at the national. But the challenges facing our country are so great, that we must ask our readers to reflect on the implications of electoral choices being made in this manner.

Via Inquirer

Phil. Star: Say no to violence

The precinct count optical scan machines are passing their second test, after reconfiguration of their memory cards, and the Supreme Court has junked all legal challenges to the holding of the country’s first fully automated elections tomorrow. Energy officials have given assurance that there will be no blackout on election day. Public school teachers and volunteers of the accredited poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting are prepared to conduct random manual audit of the vote nationwide. If the PCOS machines fail on election day, officials of the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic appear willing to be hanged.

Via Phil. Star

People to thank for tomorrow’s polls
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David

AT THE SMARTMATIC-TIM OPERATIONS Center in Ortigas, colorful buntings and crepe paper swags, along with balloons of different colors, sway above the agents’ heads. When I ask Cesar Flores of Smartmatic if the color-coded décor has anything to do with politics, he shakes his head vehemently. “I guess it’s just our way of cheering up our people,” he says. On walls of the different areas are posted huge banners proclaiming: “Para sa Bayan (For the Country).”

The operations center, which has a Comelec counterpart at the PICC, is the nerve-center of the monitoring and managing efforts that began days before tomorrow’s voting. Agents handle calls from the BEI, or boards of election inspectors, for questions on any number of complaints: from malfunctioning PCOS machines, trouble with the ballots or difficulties in transmission, for which technicians from the different telcos are on hand. As we tour the facility, we also see and hear agents following up the various technicians and support personnel in the field, asking if they had completed their assignments.

Click Rina Jimenez David

Imponderable, unthinkable and unimaginable
WITH DUE RESPECT By Artemio V. Panganiban

IT WAS CLEAR TO ME ALL THIS TIME THAT glitches and hitches in the automated election system would arise here and there, in various parts of the country to the extent of about 20 percent of all the ballots cast on Election Day. But I never imagined a nationwide failure of election (no-el). Given, however, the logistical nightmare induced by the PCOS machines’ complete misreading of the votes during the test runs last Monday, I am now ready to believe the chilling scenarios painted by Comelec’s worst critics.

Click Artemio Panganiban

May 10, 2010

IN JULY 2009, IT BECAME APPARENT THAT the title of President of the Philippines was for Manny Villar, who was running over his lackluster rivals. All he had to do was wait for his confirmation after May 10, 2010 and thereafter take his new office.

Click Isagani Cruz

A hopeful yet fearful Filipino nation
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo

Tomorrow will be a fateful day in our history. The day is pregnant with both hope and fear – hope that things will get much better for all of us and yet we fear that our hopes can be transformed into our greatest nightmare should the May 10, 2010 elections be marred by massive fraud.

Based on the May 2 – 3 SWS (Social Weather Stations)-BusinessWorld nationwide survey which was published last Friday, Liberal party (LP) presidential candidate, Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, now leads his closest rival by 22%. Aquino rated 42% while former president Joseph Estrada had 20%, Senator Manny Villar with 19% and Gilbert Teodoro with 9%.

Considering the SWS track record for pinpointing election winners and losers, the same trend reflected in the recent surveys of the Pulse Asia and Manila Standard Today, the big boost of the Iglesia ni Cristo endorsement – few would doubt that Noynoy Aquino will be the next president on July 1, 2010.

via William M. Esposo.

Now it can be told: My vote goes to Manny
POSTCRIPT By Federico Pascual Jr.

MY VOTE: Friends and foes alike have been demanding to know who my choice for president is. I have ignored the question, mainly because I was not ready with a pat answer. But now I will open up, somewhat.

The bedrock of my selection process is: If there is anyone who can still save this country, he is not a traditional politician, but a no-nonsense manager. What we need is a really good manager.

That is the main reason why my vote for president goes to Manny.

Click Federico Pascual Jr.


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