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Pulitika2010 was a success because of you! Check out my stats! ;p

Posted by akosistella on January 4, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 1947 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 99 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 635mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 1,758 views. The most popular post that day was Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, twitter.com, and raissarobles.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vetallano acosta, maria montelibano, philippine constitution 2010, bong naguiat, and erap junks binay.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon May 2010
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The Lord of Makati – Can Binay explain his wealth? May 2010

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Tong Payumo on the SCTEX issue vs Sen. Noynoy Aquino January 2010

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Sen. Noynoy Aquino’s speech before the Makati Business Club January 2010

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Prof. Winnie Monsod on the C5 road controversy February 2010

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Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.’s final report on alleged fraud in the May 2010 elections

Posted by akosistella on June 28, 2010


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Observations, Conclusions and Recommendations pp. 21-27 of Chairman’s report

Complete document

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Smartmatic pitch: Buy our tech now, save billions in next polls

Posted by akosistella on June 16, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Election machine provider Smartmatic started its marketing offensive Tuesday by pitching to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the idea of buying now the technology they used in the just-concluded presidential and local elections, so the poll body can save billions in the succeeding exercises.

In a press conference upon the arrival of its Ambassador for Transparency, Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, the Venezuelan firm said the Philippine government only need to spend around P2 billion to buy the technology from Smartmatic, so it will have to spend only around P3 billlion for services (like transporting the machines) in the next 4 elections.

via ABS-CBN News.

I suggest Comelec wait for Rep. Teodoro Locsin’s final report on the poll fraud issues before making any rash decisions about buying those poll machines.

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Gordon admits ‘loopholes’ in poll-automation law

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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THE next Congress must move to immediately correct the discovered defects in the May 10 automated elections and put in place the needed reforms way before the next nationwide electoral exercise, according to Sen. Richard Gordon.“There were still loopholes,” admitted Gordon, a chief sponsor of Republic Act 9369, also known as the Amended Automation Election Law. “We need to have adequate preparations. We also need to overhaul our Commission on Elections [Comelec] in terms of putting in more computer-literate individuals.”Appearing at the weekly Kapihan sa Senado media forum, Gordon listed other urgent reforms, including an overhaul of the voters’ registration process. “This must also be automated. This means that we must consider having a national ID system.”

via BusinessMirror.

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How the machines controlled the elections

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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DAVAO CITY – The democratic election principle says voting must be kept secret while the counting must be made open and transparent. But with the way things went in the recently-concluded May 10 elections, things happened the other way around. At the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) session hall where the laptop terminal that gathered election results from various precincts in the city was placed, the widescreen projected the tabulation.

But if the laptop operator made the wrong entry or added the votes, no one would really know. There was no way of verifying the results because the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) laptop, which computed results at the snap of a finger, only showed the sum total of votes but not the figures entered via electronic transmission from the polling precincts.

via Davao Today.

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Poll officials must answer security issues – CenPEG

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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Even as Congress is set to proclaim the winners in the May 10 presidential race, there remain security issues related to the automated election and until these are plugged, doubts will linger on the credibility of poll results.

The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) through its IT consultant, Lito Averia, thus said today on the heels of a new controversy arising from reports that the Comelec had asked on May 9 regional offices of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) to configure new compact flash (CF) cards with the use of two burners. The new CF cards number about 1,600.

Averia, who made the revelation in yesterday’s hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, said the directive begs clarification by DoST. Congress members looking into the May 10 elections noted this fact was hidden from them by Comelec, with one of them, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, warning about a possible security hole. Both Comelec and Smartmatic had been saying that replacements for all the 76,340 CF cards found to be faulty on May 3 were to be supplied by the central plant in Cabuyao, Laguna.

via CenPEG.

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Golez: We still don’t think ‘digital’

MANILA, Philippines – Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez lamented yesterday that most people still adopt a manual mindset as some lawmakers and losing candidates continue to complain of poll fraud after the country conducted historic automated elections last May 10.

“We have to think digital and do away with the manual mindset. The soft and hard copies are one and the same,” Golez said during the hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms that is investigating allegations of hi-tech poll fraud.

He highlighted the issue before the panel of Makati Rep. Teddyboy Locsin after losing candidates have been pressing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its computer supplier Smartmatic to produce election results from the precinct to the provincial levels.

Via Phil. Star

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Corona names Carpio-Morales as head of House electoral tribunal

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales takes over as chair of the Supreme Court’s third division and the High Court’s contingent to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) after a reorganization by Chief Justice Renato Corona.

In one of his first administrative orders, Corona assumed his new post as chair of the first division of the SC with Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. as working chair and Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Mariano del Castillo and Jose Perez as members.

SC spokesman and court administrator Jose Midas Marquez told reporters that the chief justice traditionally sits as chair of the first division.

via Philippine Star.

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Liberal Party questions ‘3M uncounted votes’

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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(Via ABS-CBN)

ALSO READ: Aquino beats Estrada in San Juan; null votes blamed

President, VP winner proclamations delayed

FILIPINOS are entitled to know the truth about those null votes. With all the complaints of irregularities documented during the last elections involving the automated system itself (e.g. the PCOS machines, the CF Cards, the ballots), why should we take Smartmatic and Comelec’s word that these null votes are the result of voters not having voted for any VP candidate, or resulted from an undershaded oval beside the VP Candidate’s name, or overvoting – meaning thes voters vote for more than the These PCOS machines are hardly perfect, and may have mistakenly not counted appropriately filled out ballots.

What’s suspicious is that those null votes where significantly huge in areas where Jojo Binay led the VP count by at least 10 percent. These was evident in 3 regions alone. Also, in the Mindanao area, there was an unusually high turnout of voters in the ARMM provinces reaching over 90 percent, w/c was more than the national average of 70 percent. Ask any statistician and they will tell you that it’s statistically impossiblethat a candidate would just get zero or 1 vote, as what happened to Sen. MAR Roxas in the last elections. It’s deja vu all over again! Didn’t FPJ have this same problem when he ran in the 2004 presidential elections vs Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and he too received zero votes exactly in these very same areas that Roxas has been lagging behind Binay?

Congress as the National Board of Canvassers has the power to decide to count those votes. The legislators made the canvassing rules, and can very well adopt new rules and procedures to address the problem of those 3M null votes. The figure is just too large to ignore! Will the Senators and Congressmen be irresponsible and just close their eyes on this issue? What if it happened to them in the next elections?

Btw the Automated Election System Law (RA 8346) doesn’t contain any defintion of ‘null votes’, so I went to the Comelec web site to search through its resolutions and other documents which could contain the definition. Either there is no such published definition, or the Comelec web site was acting funky again.

And just for the sake of argument: Even if the null votes affect Sen. Noynoy Aquino and go the way of former President Joseph Estrada, as the Binay camp intrigues in an attempt to douse cold water on the LP’s assertions on behalf of Sen. Roxas, Aquino will still end up w/ a 2-million margin vs Estrada. So there.

Let’s get to the truth! Count those null votes now!

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The Philippines’ election: You couldn’t make it up

Posted by akosistella on June 2, 2010


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IN THE aftermath of heated presidential, congressional and local elections on May 10th, the Philippines basked in the glow of international commendation of its use of computer technology to produce, for the first time, seemingly indisputable results. But then a mysterious masked figure dubbed Koala Boy dropped out of the foliage to shatter the national daydream about stable governments untroubled by accusations of electoral fraud.

In a widely disseminated video-recording, a so-far unidentified man said he was a witness to wholesale electronic fraud during the elections. He is known as Koala Boy because the peculiar mask that he wore to disguise himself gave him a marsupial look. He said people, whom he did not name, short-circuited the computerised vote-counting system, selling blocks of fraudulent votes to candidates—in one case charging a vice-presidential candidate 1.4 billion pesos $30m for 7m votes. There were 50m registered voters.

via The Economist.

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Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin statement at Comm. on Suffrage’s 7th hearing

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


(May 28, 2010; Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City)

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Non-techie lawmakers slow down canvassing

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – When the joint canvassing committee of Congress starts its 2nd day of work on Thursday, it will be hard pressed to answer one primordial question that was left lingering in the minds of the public when it wrapped up its day 1: when will they actually start canvassing votes for president and vice-president?

Quite ironically, the automated election system, first tried nationwide in the recently concluded May 10 polls, is fast becoming part of the problem it was meant to solve — the country’s long time quest for honest, orderly, peaceful elections with results fast and truly reflective of the sovereign will of the people.

Long time questions on the technology used in the new system dominated day 1 of the joint committee’s work, propounded by senior citizen committee members who were, admittedly, not techie or technology-savvy.

Via ABS-CBN News

ALSO READ: Aquino, Roxas lead official tally

Enrile wants 76,000 CF cards to be retrieved and audited

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile on Thursday requested the retrieval, inventory and audit of all the 76,000 compact flash cards and precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the May 10 polls.

During the National Board of Canvassers’ Thursday session, Enrile also asked the body to create an independent technical committee that would check the CF cards as part of its mandate to ascertain the authenticity and due execution of the certificates of canvas (COC).

Speaker Prospero Nograles said the House has no serious objection to the proposal to form a technical group, but suggested that the info-technology (IT) experts of the two chambers of Congress should be the ones to audit the CF cards and PCOS machines.

Via GMANews.TV

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Locsin set to dismiss poll fraud testimonies

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


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(Via ABS-CBN News online)

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‘Whistleblowers’ keeping identities of poll cheats
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Here comes another whistleblower, or is it whistle-botcher. Admin stalwart Manuel Morato loudly testified in Congress that seven men had offered to cheat for his presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro for a fee. Details spiced up his tale. Four of the offerers were Comelec regional directors who hold sway over 14 regions. They initially asked for P1 billion to manipulate the automated results, but later settled for P750 million. Payment plan: P250 million down, then P400 million, and balance of P100 million after the election. Morato said he didn’t bite, but knew they were not con artists but “for real.” Yet when asked who the four poll officials were, he couldn’t recall because he left his notes at home. He vividly recounted, though, that he jotted down only the nicknames of two of the four, “Artie” and “Bong”.

Rep. Teddy Locsin told Morato to visit the Comelec office to possibly spot his suspects, like an eyewitness before a police lineup. No one in the House panel on electoral reforms bothered to test out the witness. He was not asked the clincher: how come he clearly remembered circumstances of the meeting with the poll cheats, yet forgot to bring his notes?

Via Jarius Bondoc

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Melo: Initial audit shows low discrepancy rate

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – The initial results of the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) Random Manual Audit (RMA) of selected precincts in the May 10 elections show only a small difference between the electronic and manual counts.

Some losing candidates have questioned the credibility of the automated elections using the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

This is the reason why many are waiting for the results of the RMA being conducted by the Comelec and the National Statistics Office (NSO).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ALSO READ: Was malicious software placed in recalled CF cards?

Aquino unfazed by poll fraud allegations

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno Aquino III, set to be the next president of the Philippines, said he was unfazed by allegations of election fraud and described complaints from losing pro-administration candidates as a “fishing expedition”.

Unofficial tallies from the elections commission show Aquino has an insurmountable lead of more than 5 million votes over his nearest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, in the May 10 ballot. The race for vice president is much closer.

On Tuesday, a joint session of Congress met to start the official tally of votes, but not a single ballot has been counted yet due to debate over technical details and doubts on the integrity of the automated vote count.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Palace urges House body to wrap up probe on poll fraud

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang wants a committee at the House of Representatives to wrap up its investigation into alleged anomalies in the country’s first-ever nationwide automated elections last May 10, saying it is time to “move forward.”

Palace officials are concerned that the hearings being conducted by the committee on suffrage and electoral reforms chaired by Makati Representative Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. could overlap with the joint congressional canvass for the presidential and vice presidential votes.

“We hope we could put an end to this investigation so we can move on,” Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza told reporters in Filipino, on Wednesday.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Morato: 7 ‘Comelec executives’ involved in poll fraud

Smartmatic admission of ‘innocent’ program errors alarms lawmakers


MANILA, Philippines – Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, resumed session on Wednesday afternoon but not a single vote was counted.

Day 2 of the joint session was instead spent grilling officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and election automation system provider Smartmatic on the authenticity of the results of the recent national polls.

The admission of Smartmatic Asia-Pacific president Cesar Flores of innocent program errors caused concerns that there may have also been program errors in computing the votes.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Canvassing deadline moved to June 15

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – The joint Senate-House canvassing committee will finish its tabulation of votes for president and vice president and proclaim the winners on or before June 15.

Committee co-chairmen Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Prospero Nograles made the decision in response to a query raised by Sen. Gregorio Honasan regarding the canvassing and proclamation timeline.

via Philippine Star.

ALSO READ: Erap lawyer insists ex-leader won elections

Party-list groups urge Comelec to push through with proclamation

MANILA, Philippines – Leading party-list groups have banded together and asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to proclaim on Friday all the winning party-list organizations.

In a statement, the Party-List Alliance welcomed the Comelec’s plan to proclaim the top 10 groups, saying “voters deserve and expect a quick announcement of winners due to automation” of the May 10 polls.

Via Phil. Star

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