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The Noy Chronicles

Posted by akosistella on July 13, 2010


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By Yoly Villanueva-Ong*

PART 1


A good beginning


MANILA, Philippines – This three-part series is a first person account of our experience with the 15th President of the Philippine Republic. Despite the chaos, rough sailing and dubious characters we encountered in the so-called people’s campaign, I firmly believe that our nation has been handed one more miraculous chance at grabbing our place in the sun, after nine years of merciless darkness.

This is an attempt to set a piece of history on record, even if admittedly the view is long but narrow, as seen only from my personal lens. Six years from now we may look back and hopefully earn the right to give ourselves a pat on the back because we did not squander our potential; that we were able to prevail over vast differences and vested interests; that we managed to climb Mount Nebo and have a glimpse of the Promised Land.

via The Noy Chronicles part 1.

The campaign that never was
(The Noy Chronicles part 2)

MANILA, Philippines – “This election is ours to lose,” was the ironic statement of Danny Gozo, as he briefed me over coffee. Atty. Henry Gozon echoed the same sentiment, when he told Noy with a chuckle, “The only way you will lose is if you make major mistakes.” This wasn’t just cockeyed optimism.

An internal survey done by Mercy Abad with field work in late August 2009 placed Noy at 54 percent, with a trajectory that could reach as high as 63 percent, and a deep commitment measured at 41 percent. In layman’s terms this means that 6 out of 10 Filipinos was inclined to vote for Noy, and a hardcore 4 out of 10 said they would surely vote for him. This is important because research has shown that 33 percent of the electorate will likely change their mind.

Via The Noy Chronicles part 2

As it was in the beginning
(The Noy Chronicles, Part 3)

MANILA, Philippines – The campaign sputtered along like an overheating car just trying to make it to December for a tune-up. We assumed that Comelec would disallow pre-election activity after the last day of filing. But they did not. That favored “he who has gold”, but not those who needed a pit stop. Noy was still ahead, but Villar was gaining, fuelled by burning big bucks. (SWS, Dec 09 Aquino-46.2%, Villar-27%; Mar-43.3%, Loren-32%)

The confidence had considerably lessened. Reinforcement was badly needed. So the informal family effort developed into a parallel shadow group dubbed “Pinball” after Pinky and Ballsy. Talk was that COPA and other “Coryistas” who felt excluded in the campaign, found their bearings here.

Via The Noy Chronicles part 3

*Yoly Villanueva-Ong is chairperson of the Campaigns Group of Companies

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The Philippines’ Problematical New Veep

Posted by akosistella on June 15, 2010


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By Philip Bowring

We have to talk about Binay.

There is one big fly in the ointment of reform and clean government promised by the soon-to-be installed administration of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III: his vice-president Jejomar (JesusJosephMary) Binay.

The oft-elected mayor of the Makati district, Manila’s business hub, Binay surprisingly prevailed over Noynoy’s running mate Manuel “Mar” Roxas in the recent polls. Thus the new president finds himself with an uneasy bedfellow in the running mate of Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the president ousted in the People Power revolt against Estrada’s corrupt and incompetent regime.

Binay’s success suggests that the urge for clean government was not the only factor at work in an election which gave Noynoy an overwhelming victory. For Binay, his populist stances, record of effective rule of Makati and high-profile fights with the outgoing administration of Gloria Arroyo triumphed, albeit narrowly, over Roxas, a competent but elitist former investment banker and grandson of the Philippines first president Manuel Roxas. Binay’s own controversial career and alliance with Estrada proved a help, not a handicap for one who has never been a nationally elected senator and with no obvious power base outside the capital.

via Asia Sentinel.

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Where To Now, Mar?

Posted by akosistella on June 12, 2010


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By Leo Alejandrino

Mar is not our Vice-President. This breaks my heart not for anything but because he is a friend of the Filipino and the Filipino did not know it.

The nation did not see the humility, honor and character when Mar stepped aside in favor of Noynoy, giving up years of preparation and a legacy laid 50 years ago by his family.

The majority of Filipinos did not recognize that Mar is honest and truly caring for this nation, the best qualified and intentioned, a good man.

They did not appreciate that by denying Mar the Vice-Presidency they denied Noy, a President they so dearly want to succeed, of a key ally for reform.

I am saddened because it confirms my worst fears that the Filipino time and again is his own worst enemy in choosing (or in this case not choosing) his leaders.

via Wired.

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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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Aquino’s camp moves for his early proclamation

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—The camp of Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino on Thursday moved for his early proclamation after getting more than five million votes lead over his closest rival, former president Joseph Estrada, in the ongoing canvassing of Congress.

Aquino’s laywer, Joel Cadiz, made the motion, saying that Aquino’s rival could no longer catch up since there were only less than two million votes left to be counted by Congress acting as the board of canvassers for president and vice president.

But Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri requested Aquino’s camp to be a little more patient since there were only a few certificates of canvass (CoC’s) to be processed.
Aquino’s camp acceded to Zubiri’s request.

Via Inquirer.net

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Noynoy, Binay still dominate Congress canvassing

As the official canvassing of votes for president and vice president nears conclusion, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay continued to hold a tight grip on the top slots.

Out of the 278 certificates of canvass (COCs), 236 had already been opened by the Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

Aquino and Binay ruled in most provinces and cities canvassed for the day such as Batangas, Quezon City, Sulu, Muntinlupa, Pasay City, Makati City, Malabon City, Pampanga, San Juan, and Maguindanao.

via GMA News.TV.

AND: Shooting halts voting in Lanao del Sur

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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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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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Roxas family still solid w/ Aquino sisters

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


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(via ABS-CBN News)

I APPLAUD the Araneta/Roxas family for keeping on defending the Aquino sisters, who have been their friends since they were kids. I also understand completely why they have to maintain that the relationship w/ those girls is as solid as ever. Good for them then.

Personally, I really don’t see any point in denying what the LP and Roxas’ own political officers and supporters in the field had been reporting since February. Besides, that TV ad endorsing Binay that would’ve been shot by one sister, and those Noy-bi posters in one of the girls’ cars were not the figments of anyone’s imagination. There was treachery and you can bet my sweet ass on it.

“Cunning and treachery are the offspring of incapacity.” (François de la Rochefoucauld, French author, 1613-1680)

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Noynoy voters pick Mar more than Binay – SWS

Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010


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ONLY 1 in 4, or 26.4 percent, of those who voted for apparent president-elect Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd voted Mayor Jejomar “Jojo” Binay of Makati City for vice president, results of the recent TV5-Social Weather Stations (SWS) exit poll showed.

And a larger percentage of those who voted for Aquino picked Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd (64.4 percent), his official running mate.

Seven out of 10 (71.5 percent) of those who voted for former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada also voted for Binay.

Both Binay and Roxas admit that the endorsement of Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero of the Aquino-Binay tandem, also known as “NoyBi” resulted in a surge in Binay’s ratings.

VIa Manila TImes

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Special elections on May 28 still tentative

Special elections will be held on May 28 for provinces that declared poll failure during the May 10 polls, according to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Thursday.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larra-zabal said the poll body would be holding special elections in seven municipalities of Lanao del Sur, in two municipalities of Basilan, in the towns of Guimbal, Iloilo, Pagsanjan and Western Samar to make up for the failure of polls declared earlier.

But Larrazabal also mentioned that the schedule might be moved, because May 28 will fall on Islam’s worship day.

via Manila TImes.

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Noynoy urged: Don’t appoint ‘The Firm’ lawyers to gov’t

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – The promise of leading presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of zero tolerance for corruption may not happen if he appoints members of “The Firm” in sensitive positions in government, a veteran lawyer said Thursday.

“Itong government ni President Noynoy Aquino, ito na ang nangyayari, jockeying for positions,” former Solicitor-General Francisco Chavez told ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda.

Chavez said that according to some lawyers that he talked to, former Defense Secretary Avelino “Nonong” Cruz Jr. is asking for the Department of Justice, while former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo is lobbying for a position in the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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LP picks Belmonte for House Speaker

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) has chosen returning Quezon City 4th district representative Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. as its bet for Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 15th Congress.

Thirty of the 46 LP members who will assume their posts on July 1, met with incoming President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and LP vice-presidential bet Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas Wednesday night.

Among those discussed was the LP bet for the House Speaker when the 15th Congress convenes.

Via ABS-CBN News

MEANWHILE: After June 30, coast is clear for Lacson

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Arroyo Cabinet members told: Spill beans on ex-boss before joining Noynoy

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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Arroyo Cabinet members planning to join the official family of President-apparent Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III should spill the beans on their former boss’ abuses, a militant group said Wednesday.

The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) stressed the need to have Mrs. Arroyo investigated and charged for various misdeeds during her nine-year reign.

“It is not surprising that former Arroyo officials will be seeking new appointments under the Aquino administration, especially after their involvement in the Aquino campaign. Some of them appear to be determined to get back their previous posts. These former Arroyo officials however should first make a full accounting of their role in the previous regime. They should at least be willing to testify against the outgoing president,” said Bayan secretary general Renato Reyes Jr., in an article on the Bayan website (www.bayan.ph).

Via GMANews.TV

ALSO READ: Aquino urged to retain Verzosa

Dinky Soliman: Amoy lupa? Not me

AND:

Manny Pacquiao vows support for Noynoy Aquino

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Sarangani province Congressman-elect and 7-division world champion Manny Pacquiao met with incoming President Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party on Tuesday night. 

The Filipino boxing icon and Aquino had a 30 to 45-minute meeting at the Aquino family residence along Times Street in West Triangle, Quezon City.

This was confirmed by his Atty. Edwin Lacierda, Aquino’s campaign spokesperson. He said the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion was accompanied by his wife, Jinkee.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ASIDE FROM his quick fancy footwork, Manny Pacquiao also excels in speedily changing political loyalties.

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Noynoy, Roxas lead in OAV votes, DFA says

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


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Liberal Party presidential bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running-mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II dominated the votes cast by Filipinos abroad through the month-long overseas absentee voting (OAV), data from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) showed.

Aquino, who continues to lead in various partial, unofficial tallies based on election returns from the Philippines, won by landslide in votes cast through the OAV with 45,734 votes, the DFA said.

Bangon Pilipinas standard-bearer Bro. Eddie Villanueva, who consistently places fifth in various unofficial election results based on votes cast in the Philippines, was in distant second with 11, 147 votes.

Via GMANews.TV

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PPCRV ends tally today; special polls in 9 areas slated

MANILA, Philippines – The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) winds up today its tally of election returns (ERs) with over 90 percent of votes transmitted from precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines processed and more than half manually counted.

Media communications director Ana de Villa-Singson said the PPCRV is set to shut down its command center at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center on UN Avenue in Manila and stop encoding ERs at 11 p.m. today.

PPRCV officials and staff will transfer to a smaller room where they will continue receiving data from the PCOS machines.

via Philippine Star.

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Uncharitable, unkind

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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NEWSSTAND By John Nery

The iconic Conrado de Quiros and the redoubtable Billy Esposo, two columnists I look up to and who have never been less than generous with me, have written recent columns that strike me as more partisan than necessary, or indeed as intended. On the junking of Mar Roxas, Noynoy Aquino’s running mate, Conrad has written much the more nuanced analysis; Billy’s defense of this political maneuver is ruder and rawer, and thus harder to digest. But I hope I am not mistaken in taking their columns the second part of Conrad’s is in today’s edition as all of a piece.

I trust they will forgive my temerity.

I was not involved in any political campaign, but I do have many friends in many of the political camps. Although I think I now understand the big picture, it will take me some time to sort out all the facts; for now, I will only take issue with Conrad’s analysis, and expose Billy’s illegitimate arguments.

Click John Nery.

The one who cuts through the BS.

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Cleansing

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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LOWDOWN By Jojo Robles

Since it now appears that the Yellow faction is going to handily beat the politicians’ camp in the in-house battle for access to and control of the presidency, it’s good to know who the movers and shakers in this ascendant sub-group in N/A’s organization are. At the very least, the following information will help those people who are right now desperately trying to find out who to send their resumes to, in the hopes of snagging some of the spoils that the incoming administration will be handing out.

The Sisters—all of them, yes, Kris included—belong to the most exclusive inner circle of N/A’s camp. These women, to whom Cory entrusted the care, feeding and even the clothing of N/A, will hold the most power next to the incoming president himself, when it comes to matters of policy, appointments and most of the other day-to-day stuff that require N/A’s attention.

The Sisters were the first to start campaigning to junk Roxas by quietly asking financial backers and local supporters of N/A to start considering a “Noy-Bi” tandem behind Roxas’ back. The Designated Girlfriend, Valenzuela’s Shalani Soledad, may soon join this club, if she passes muster and improves her standing to First Lady during N/A’s term.

Click Jojo Robles.

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Infighting in Aquino camp goes public

THE infighting in the camp of president-elect Benigno Aquino III went public Monday, after a leader of his volunteers group accused Liberal Party politicians and the Hyatt 10 of hijacking reform.

“From the start, the rift was between the reformist volunteer groups and the trapo political party,” said Conrado de Quiros, a columnist of the Philippine Daily Inquirer and a member of the Volunteers for Noynoy [Aquino] Movement’s executive committee.

On one side of the rift are the supporters of Aquino’s vice presidential running mate, Manuel Roxas II; the so-called Hyatt 10, composed of former Cabinet members who broke with President Gloria Arroyo; Liberal Party officials led by campaign manager Florencio Abad; and former Arroyo Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz.

Via ManilaStandardToday

Interesting points raised in both these pieces. I’m surprised though that a distinguished columnist like Mr. De Quiros allows himself to be involved in these issues. Affected, kasi totoo ang mga bintang?

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Who will be the people around President Noynoy?

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS By Babe Romualdez

Some of the names being floated are quite unknown to most Filipinos. For instance Bong Naguiat who was mentioned many times is an old friend and classmate of Noynoy at the Ateneo. He is reportedly being eyed to replace PAGCOR chair Efraim Genuino, while the buzz is strong that another close friend, Pete Prado, will be the next Transportation Secretary. Jojo Ochoa, Noynoy’s legal counsel, is being considered for the position of Executive Secretary while former GMA Defense chief Nonong Cruz will probably head the Department of Justice.

Obviously, those expected to occupy various government posts are members of the so-called Hyatt 10, among them Dinky Soliman who has already been offered her old position at the Social Welfare Department. But because of the uncertainty of the situation of Mar Roxas, others are not sure whether they will in fact be appointed to Noynoy’s official family. However, Cesar Purisima is reportedly slated for Trade and Industry, the old position of Johnny Santos who in turn will reportedly have the Energy portfolio. Butch Abad who played a major role in the Liberal Party campaign of Noynoy will probably return to the Department of Education, aside from the fact that his sister Julia – who is Noynoy’s chief of staff at the Senate, is expected to play a major role in the next administration.

Click Babe Romualdez.

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David heads Aquino talent search

PLANS are underway for the creation of a search committee for the cabinet positions in the incoming administration of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Reports said the committee will be headed by former Civil Service Commission (CSC) chairperson Karina David.

Florencio Abad, LP campaign manager, could not confirm David’s appointment.

“Hindi ko pa nadidinig kay Sen. Aquino pero magiging asset siya (David) sa search committee,” he said. “Dahil sa seven years na karanasan niya (sa Civil Service Commission) malaki maitutulong niya diyan.”

Via Malaya

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