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Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


(As read by Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada)

“Magandang gabi po sa inyo. Gusto ko lang magpaabot ng mensahe sa ating mga kababayan: Hangga’t hindi pa tapos ang bilangan, hindi pa tapos ang laban.

“The race as between me and my closest competitor is indeed very tight. However, it is not for me, or anybody for that matter, to say if we’ve already lost, or if we will win in the end. It is up to the sovereign will of the people.

“The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting’s latest partial and unofficial tally as of this afternoon (as of 5:30pm –ed.) is based on roughly 85% of all election returns. This means roughly five million voters in more than 11,000 precincts have yet to be taken into consideration. Of this, roughly half are expected to come from our bailiwick regions. This just underscores that the fight is not yet over, and we should remain vigilant.

“At this point, I would like to thank: all our volunteers and supporters who have been guarding the people’s sacred right to vote; all the teachers and election officers who have been steadfast in their duty, in spite of the difficulty in navigating our new method of election.

“Most especially, I would like to thank the Filipino people for coming out to vote, despite the scorching heat of the sun; despite the long lines; and despite terror being sowed by some elements to compromise our democratic process.

“And at this point, I would like to make one more request: tuloy ang pagbabantay. Patuloy na maging mapagmatyag, hanggang sa kadulu-duluhan ng halalang ito. Sama sama po tayo, hindi natin pababayaan ang isa’t isa, tuloy ang laban.”

May 11, 2010


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DND chief: Gov’t ready for 30% automation failure

Posted by akosistella on April 13, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – For the first time, a ranking official of the Arroyo administration admitted that the automated elections could fail.

Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales reveals up to 30% of machines to be used in the coming polls may not function properly.

He was quoting the Commission on Elections (Comelec), which supposedly made this statement in a security cluster meeting in Malacañang.

“Ang calculation nila, ang worst-case scenario is 30% baka hindi matuloy ang automation, pero ishi-shift din naman nila sa manual yun,” he says in an interview with ABS-CBN News. “Ang failure of election, masasabi natin kung walang resulta. Failure of automation and tinitingnan natin.”

Gonzales says even President Arroyo was surprised by the Comelec’s assessment.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Partial manual polls possible – Comelec

MANILA, Philippines – With the country’s first automated polls less than a month away, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is preparing for possible partial manual canvassing of votes.

This developed as Ang Kapatiran presidential candidate John Carlos de los Reyes called on voters to remain vigilant as election day draws near.

In a roundtable discussion with The STAR editors and reporters, De los Reyes said concerns over a possible failure of elections remain but that as a candidate he has to do some “balancing on a tightrope” and trust in the sincerity of officials tasked with ensuring clean and honest elections.

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A statement from the Ateneo Psychology Dept.

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


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It has come to our attention that a psychiatric evaluation of Senator Benigno Aquino III, supposedly conducted by the Ateneo de Manila University Psychology Department in 1996, is being circulated in the Internet and other media. The Psychology Department would like to correct this fallacious information. The document is false; no faculty member or other professional affiliated with the Psychology Department has ever conducted a psychiatric assessment of Senator Benigno Aquino III. Moreover, Fr. Carmelo A. Caluag, whose name appears as the signatory in the psychiatric evaluation form, is not a psychologist or psychiatrist and was never affiliated with the Psychology Department. The Department denounces this attempt to vilify a person’s character through the spreading of false information.

Psychology Department
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University

8 April 2010

ALSO READ: Noynoy: Psych claims smack of detractors’ desperation

LAME, lame, lame, Money Villaroyo. This was just poor dirty tricks ops. Whoever you’re paying to do this for you, get your money back quick. In-onse ka ‘pre. This was even lamer than the Topak and Gloriaquino ideas. Tsk, tsk.

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Arroyo declares state of calamity in Mindanao

Posted by akosistella on March 11, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has declared a state of calamity in Mindanao, but Malacañang has ruled out any price cap on oil prices under such a declaration, officials said Thursday.

“She has declared it in Mindanao,'’ Secretary Ricardo Saludo, presidential spokesman, said by phone, quoting Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales who pushed for the declaration.

Ms Arroyo flew to Tawi-Tawi to inspect the construction of three bridges, inaugurate a water supply improvement project, and then to Zamboanga del Norte to inspect a road project.

Arroyo was accompanied on her trip by Gonzales and Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Mindanao Development Authority, who confirmed to reporters by text that she has approved the recommendation to declare a state of calamity on the island.

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Acosta: No guarantee of peaceful transition

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – The assumption of Lt. Gen. Delfin Bangit as head of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the recent behavior of the Commission on Elections do not inspire confidence that the May 10 polls would be credible and honest, a Liberal Party senatorial candidate has said.

“This government is not yielding an inch. There is no guarantee of a peaceful transfer of power, because President Gloria Arroyo wants to hold on to power for as long as she can,” Neric Acosta said.

He had visited Negros Occidental Gov. Isidro Zayco at the provincial capitol here.

Acosta said the president was still a player since she was running for congresswoman of Pampanga and Bangit was closely associated with her.

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JPE to Villar: Filipinos are not for sale!

Posted by akosistella on March 3, 2010

I commend Senator Gordon for unmasking the real character of Senator and presidential candidate Manuel B. Villar as a man who thinks he can buy his way to the highest position in the land with his billions of money.

I understand Senator Gordon has come out to tell the public about the bribe attempt made by Senator Villar through an “emissary” and a “mutual friend.” I confirm that such attempt actually happened and I have no doubt about its veracity because Sen. Gordon told me about it immediately.

My recollection is that when I filed the report of the Committee of the Whole on the Ethics complaint involving the C5 controversy, having been signed by 11 Senators with myself as the author acting as Chairman, my Chief of Staff relayed to me by phone that another Senator, who Villar was supporting to replace me as Senate President, had approached Sen. Gordon to join the plot to oust me and install a new leadership in the Senate.

The approach, which came with an offer for a position of Sen. Gordon’s choice under a “Villar Administration” was turned down outright by Sen. Gordon saying “I cannot, in conscience, do such a thing, especially not to Senator Enrile who I regard as a father.”

On that same day, upon seeing Sen. Gordon arrive at the Senate session, I embraced him and whispered “Thank you, Dick. I know what happened.” At that time, he seemed surprised at my gesture and just hugged me back.

Several days after, when we were about to take up the report on the Floor, I got another report that Sen. Gordon was offered, on top of the first offer for a position if Sen. Villar makes it to the presidency, was likewise offered a huge amount of money to withdraw his signature from my report. I was appalled by this report and felt it was my duty to tell Sen. Gordon that such news was circulating. I called Sen. Gordon and informed him that I will never believe that he will succumb to such a brazen act of bribery.

Sen. Gordon privately confirmed to me that such offer was indeed made and that he felt furious and insulted by the temerity and gall of Villar to think that he can be intimidated by money, much less lured by an offer for a position of power. He immediately said NO to this offer.

Later, I learned that it went even beyond that; that Sen. Villar offered “reimbursement for what Sen. Gordon had so far spent for his presidential bid with an added premium just to convince him to withdraw from the presidential race.

I have known Sen. Gordon from his younger days, and one thing I can say is that this man cannot be bought. Sen. Villar is dead wrong about Sen. Gordon. You do not put a price tag on everyone, especially not Dick Gordon. GORDON.

Actually, I knew about the plan to oust me since last December. On the last day of our sessions before the Christmas break, Sen. Allan Peter Cayetano, on orders of his master, Sen. Villar, in no uncertain terms, delivered the threat to my Chief of Staff that if I make a move to gather enough votes in support of my Committee Report, Sen. Villar wants me to know that he will have no other choice but to take the Senate Presidency either for himself or for another Senator of his choice.

As things developed and the co-perpetrators of the coup plot against me began to show their real colors, I surmised that the “emissary” to Sen. Gordon and Sen. Villar’s nominee could be no other than Senator Edgardo J. Angara.

Sen. Angara later feigned ignorance about the plot and professed his loyalty to me. Of course! After all, it did not succeed. But I know first hand that from the Senators themselves who signed the resolution to remove me that he was Villar’s nominee as my replacement.

Sen. Angara is a man whose career I helped to start, and nurture: first, as a young lawyer, placing him no less than as the lead and founding partner of the law firm I established (the ACCRA or Angara, Concepcion, Cruz, Regala & Abello Law Offices), and later as President of the University of the Philippines by recommending him to former President Marcos.

Sen. Angara now says that it was the late former President Corazon C. Aquino who launched his career in government. So be it. I don’t anymore care to claim credit for his career nor his success in weaving his way into the corridors of power over the years. I would rather associate myself with more honorable men.

This attempt of Villar is similar to the offer made by another “emissary” to former President Estrada, our standard bearer in the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino- “reimbursement in exchange for withdrawal.” President Estrada rightly turned down this indecent proposal. President Estrada’s candidacy is NOT FOR SALE.

I had earlier revealed that Sen. Villar himself tried to bribe me into not proceeding with the investigation by the Committee of the Whole, offering me “help” for whatever it was I needed. As I said, I replied to him that I can only advice him to participate in the hearings and introduce evidence to counter the charges and evidence against him, and that I am giving him that advice for free, without any consideration. I wish to reiterate to Sen. Villar: I AM NOT FOR SALE.

If you tie all these things up with Sen. Villar’s unprecedented campaign spending for advertisements, cash give-aways to local officials and supporters, his media budget and sum it all up, then you have a complete picture of the man who is now presenting himself as the “best” alternative for the presidency.

Sen. Villar is a pretender posturing as a pleasant and decent person and using his poverty during his childhood days to project himself as pro-poor. It is as if having been once poor was equivalent to really having the heart for the poor.

Villar has to answer what he has done for the poor since he became a multi-billionaire and in his long career as a politician apart from his expensive “give-aways”, helping OFW’s, giving livelihood, building homes for the poor by shelling out money ALL FOR PROPAGANDA.

Sen. Villar must be asked what he did for the poor that he did not make sure was covered by media so he can use it for his campaign propaganda. He should be asked what social cause he has really championed as a legislator, not an ordinary one, by the way, for he served as no less than Speaker of the House and Senate President.

He should he asked how he victimized the poor and the taxpayers of this country with his financial schemes in the housing business, and about the collapse of his own bank, Capitol Bank, mysteriously leaving him richer, not poorer.

Amongst all who are now running for President, Villar stands out, indeed, as the RICHEST and one who thinks that everyone can be bought: the people through his misleading advertisements, some media people who are obviously in his “payola”, political leaders who are vulnerable to his offer to partake of his financial largesse, and all his attempts to bribe even his colleagues and fellow aspirants to the Presidency.

Sen. Villar may have succeeded to a large extent in deploying the huge fortune he acquired, perhaps some by honest means, but definitely, a large part, by the immoral use of his political position, power and clout to advance his own business interests as borne out by the evidence in Senate Ethics case and, much earlier, by the shenanigans exposed on the Floor of the Lower House by Sen. Joker Arroyo.

But on May 10, he must be taught a hard and painful lesson by no less than the electorate. He must be unmasked and rejected as a fake leader in order for the nation to redeem itself. We must clearly send the strongest message to Senator Manuel “Manny” B. Villar, as Senator Richard J. Gordon has said, that THE PRESIDENCY OF THIS NATION, THE FILIPINO PEOPLE, AND THE PHILIPPINES ARE NOT FOR SALE. (PR)

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Aquino’s lead down to 7 points in January SWS survey

Posted by akosistella on February 1, 2010

But Mar keeps big lead over Loren

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III still leads in the latest presidential survey conducted January 21-24 by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), but Senator Manny Villar has narrowed the gap to just 7 percentage points.

According to a press release sent out by the Liberal Party (LP) on Monday, its standard-bearer Aquino got 42% support from 2,100 respondents while Villar received 35%.

Aquino’s lead over Villar was 19 percentage points in December 5-10 and 11 percentage points in December 27-28.

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All poll machines in Philippines by Feb 21, says Smartmatic

Posted by akosistella on January 30, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – All machines that will be used in the May 10 elections will be in the Philippines by February 21, an official of poll automation supplier Smartmatic said.

Smartmatic is the Venezuelan company that is manufacturing the Precinct Count Optical Scanner (PCOS) machines that will be used in the 2010 elections. Its local partner is Total Information Management (TIM).

Cesar Flores, International Sales Director of Smartmatic, said on ABS-CBN News Channel’s (ANC) E-Leksyon Forum held Friday at ABS-CBN’s Dolphy Theater that all the 82,200 PCOS machines will already be in the country by next month.

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Ceasefire: All quiet on the Senate front

Posted by akosistella on January 28, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—After two days of acrimonious debates over the committee of the whole report linking Sen. Manuel Villar to the C-5 road controversy, senators agreed to a ceasefire Wednesday.

They said they would focus on approving measures in the remaining three session days before Congress goes on a break for the election period.

But the “final boxing match” between critics and allies of Villar has been reserved for next week, possibly on Monday or Tuesday, according to Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri.

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SWS survey says Herbert Bautista is preferred in QC

Posted by akosistella on January 18, 2010

In view of a sponsor-authorized publication of a commissioned survey, SWS is disclosing the survey’s pertinent results and technical details, for the benefit of the public.

A special Quezon City survey sponsored by Mr. Giovanni V. Estrada was conducted by SWS on December 16-19, 2009.

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People Power if 2010 automated polls fail – SWS survey

Posted by akosistella on January 18, 2010

Half (49%) of adults sense that people power will happen if the 2010 elections fail, according to the SWS October 24-27, 2009 National Survey.

The survey also found that 47% fear the counting machines are vulnerable to sabotage, and that 44% trust the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) to ensure the counting machines will not be sabotaged (Chart 1).

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Smartmatic-TIM on the latest delivery of PCOS machines and other equipment

Posted by akosistella on January 14, 2010


We wish to inform the public that 8,000 PCOS machines have arrived at the International Container Port on Sunday January 10 onboard vessel Yong Da 183E.

The latest batch of PCOS machines was released by the Bureau of Customs with dispatch and was immediately transported yesterday morning to the Smartmatic TIM warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna.

Additionally, two more shipments of 2,400 and 8,000 units have arrived yesterday onboard vessels Horai Bridge S006 and Wan Hai 172 S018, respectively. They are currently being processed and will be delivered to the warehouse after release.

Another shipment of 4,800 units of PCOS onboard vessel Yong Da 185 is expected to arrive in the next few days.

Regular deliveries will continue until February 21, when all of the 82,200 PCOS machines would have arrived in the country.

With regard to the other deliverables, we wish to inform the public that Smartmatic TIM has already completed delivery of the required number of the following items — canvassing unit/slaptops (1,722); Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) central server (1); CCS Backup (1); CCS server for KBP; dominant majority and minority
parties and accredited citizen’s arm (1); printers for canvassing units (1,722); generator sets (1,722), modems for CCS (2,400); Election Management System machine (1).

We would like to reassure the public that the preparations to fully automate the May polls are proceeding well — the Filipino people can finally look forward to choosing their leaders in a transparent and credible elections. (Press release)

Reference: Gene Gregorio
Spokesman and PR Manager
Smartmatic TIM Corporation
Mobile: +63 917 587-5714
Email: edgregorio@smartmatic-tim.com.ph or

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IN the interest of the public, I will be publishing regular press statements from the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic-TIM Corp. so we will all be able to keep abreast of the developments regarding to poll automation.

May I suggest though to Smartmatic-TIM that they should probably leave out the details of what ships the machines are on for security purposes. Evil minds can use this info for their nefarious purposes.

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