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Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


Our week (or months) of living dangerously

Today is the day! In all of my 60 years, there have been very few days I approached with more trepidation than today. It isn’t even about me because the way I see it, my role and priorities have changed as a new dual citizen. Seeing the big picture and thinking less of “what’s in it for me” comes easier when you know most of your years are now history.

The reason today makes me so anxious is because I get the feeling that today, we approach an important crossroad for the country and future generations of our people. We have little margin for error and errors have already started to happen. Sara Soliven De Guzman, a colleague at PhilStar captures the feeling well in her Facebook post: “Exciting times in the Philippines… even if danger lurks beneath the shadows of darkness….”

Click Boo Chanco.

THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

A couple of weeks ago, a group asked me to be one of several people to utter a prayer for the elections. It was in the nature of a panalangin, a plea to heaven for the kind of future we want.

On my way to the place, I thought of this: “I pray to heaven to end the lying, stealing, cheating and murdering that have been rioting in this country all these years. I pray to heaven to give this country the respite it so badly needs and the deliverance it so badly wants.

Click Conrado de Quiros

A time for prayer and civility

Our Heavenly Father, please send down your righteousness, wisdom and mercy on the Filipino people, especially at these critical days of our national elections. We earnestly pray that this vital and crucial process will be carried out peacefully, honestly and successfully, and that the will and rights of the people will be upheld. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen

Click Ducky Paredes

Smartmatic’s listed owners/election watchdog fights
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Smartmatic was involved in the Muslim Autonomous Region’s 2008 election. At that time its local partner was Strategic Alliance Holdings Inc. to supply touch-screen voting machines. In SEC records Smartmatic-SAHI’s incorporators included Filipinos Juan C. Villa Jr., Cezar T. Quiambao, Saviniano M. Perez Jr., Jorge M. Yulo, and Miguel Antonio M. Villa, and Spanish Alberto Castro.

News reports and blogs, quoting IT and corporate sources, have linked the Villas and Quiambao to First Gentleman Mike Arroyo and Interior Sec. Ronnie Puno. Allegedly they are golf and business buddies, along with Ernest Villareal, Arroyo’s pal and one-time head of the Public Estates Authority.

Click Jarius Bondoc

To cheat one is to cheat all
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

YESTERDAY gang Badoy asked supporters of all candidates to wear white and gather, quietly and peacefully, to watch the sunset at Manila Bay.

The day of decision is here. As I told Veronica Pedrosa on Al-Jazeera on Saturday, we will be deciding on more than the candidates we will vote for today. I’d like to expand on what I told her.

Click Manolo Quezon

In all likelihood
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

It is almost certain that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has not purged the voters’ list as it should have been purged of zombie registrants, but if the election board officials will be doing their job right, then it is possible that a chunk of the zombie registrants would not be voting multiple times.

If that happens, then there would be much less than the 40 million extrapolated numbers of voters, and much much less than the Noynoy boast of an 8-million lead for him, which is silly, as these are survet numbers, not actual votes.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares.

AND: Election survival guide for journalists by Ellen Tordesillas


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