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The congressmen/women who killed the FOI bill

Posted by akosistella on June 6, 2010


Faced with heavy criticism for the non-ratification of the Freedom of Information Bill, House Speaker Prospero Nograles on Saturday released the names of 139 congressmen who were either absent or were present but did not respond to the roll call.

Their absence during roll call resulted in a lack of quorum, which in effect killed the FOI bill as the 14th Congress is now drawing to a close.

GMANews.TV highlighted in bold the names of those who were authors or co-authors of the FOI bill but were absent during the roll call.

1. Abaya, Joseph Emilio A.
2. Agbayani, Victor Aguedo E.
3. Agyao, Manuel S.

4. Albano, Rodolfo III T.
5. Alcover Pastor Jr. M
6. Almario, Thelma Z.
7. Alvarez, Antonio C.

8. Amante, Edelmiro A.
9. Amatong, Rommel C.
10. Angping, Maria Zenaida B.

11. Aquino, Jose II S.
12. Arnaiz, George P.
13. Arquiza, Godofredo V.
14. Arroyo, Diosdado M.
15. Arroyo, Ignacio T.

16. Arroyo, Maria Lourdes T.
17. Balindong, Pangalian M.
18. Barzaga, Elpidio Jr. F.

19. Bautista, Franklin P.
20. Bichara, Al Francis C.
21. Biron, Ferjenel G.
22. Bondoc, Anna York P.

23. Bravo, Narciso Jr. R.
24. Briones, Nicanor M.
25. Britanico, Salvador B.
26. Cagas, Marc Douglas IV C.
27. Cajayon, Mary Mitzi L.

28. Canonigo, Ranulfo P.
29. Castro, Fredenil H.
30. Celeste, Arthur F.

31. Chiongbian, Erwin L.
32. Chong, Glenn A.
33. Clarete, Marina P.
34. Climaco, Mara Isabelle G.

35. Cobrador, Ceasar A.
36. Cojuangco, Mark O.
37. Coscolluela, Ma. Carissa O.
38. Dangwa, Samuel M.
39. Dayanghirang, Nelson L.
40. Daza, Paul R.
41. De Venecia, Jose Jr. C.
42. Diasnes, Carlo Oliver D.
43. Dimaporo, Abdullah D.
44. Duavit, Michael John R.
45. Dumarpa, Faysah RPM
46. Durano, Ramon VI H.
47. Dy, Faustino III G.
48. Enverga, Wilfrido Mark M.
49. Estrella, Conrado III

50. Estrella, Robert Raymund M.
51. Fabian, Erico Basillo A.
52. Fernandez, Danilo Ramon S.
53. Ferrer, Jeffrey P.
54. Fua, Orlando B.
55. Fuentebella, Arnulfo P.
56. Garcia, Albert S.
57. Garcia, Pablo P.

58. Garcia, Pablo John F.
59. Gatchalian, Rex
60. Gonzales, Aurelio Jr. D.
61. Gonzales, Neptali II M.
62. Gonzalez, Raul Jr. T.

63. Guanlao, Agapito H.
64. Gullas, Eduardo R.
65. Gunigundo, Magtanggol I.T.
66. Hataman, Mujiv S.

67. Hernandez, Ariel C.
68. Hofer, Ann K.
69. Ilagan, Luzviminda C.
70. Jala, Adam Relson R.

71. Jalosjos, Cesar G.
72. Jalosjos-Carreon, Cecilia G.
73. Jikiri, Yusop H.
74. Kho, Antonio T.
75. Lacson, Jose Carlos V.
76. Lagdameo, Antonio Jr. F.

77. Lazatin, Carmelo F.
78. Ledesma, Julio IV A.
79. Leonen-Pizarro, Catalina G.
80. Lim, Teodoro
81. Lopez, Carol Jayne B.
82. Lopez, Jaime C.
83. Macapagal-Arroyo, Juan Miguel
84. Malapitan, Oscar G.
85. Mamba, Manuel N.
86. Marañon, Alfredo III D.

87. Marcoleta, Rodante D.
88. Martinez, Celestino
89. Matugas, Francisco T.
90. Mendoza, Raymond DC
91. Mendoza, Vigor Ma. D
92. Mercado, Roger G.
93. Miraflores, Florencio T.
94. Nava, Joaquin Carlos Rahman A.
95. Nicolas, Reylina G.

96. Omar, Haron D.
97. Palparan, Jovito Jr S.
98. Pancho, Pedro M.
99. Pancrudo, Candido Jr. P.
100. Pingoy, Arthur Jr. Y.
101. Plaza, Rodolfo G.

102. Ponce-Enrile, Salvacion S.
103. Prieto-Teodoro, Monica
104. Puno, Roberto V.
105. Ramiro, Herminia M.
106. Remulla, Jesus Crispin C.

107. Reyes, Carmencita O.
108. Reyes, Victoria H.
109. Robes, Arturo B.
110. Rodriguez-Zaldirriaga, Adelina
111. Romarate, Guillermo Jr. A.
112. Romualdez, Ferdinand Martin G.
113. Romulo, Roman T.

114. Roxas, Jose Antonio F.
115. Salvacion, Andres Jr., D.
116. Santiago, Narciso III D.

117. Santos, Estrella DL.
118. Sarmiento, Ulpiano II P.
119. Seachon-Lanete, Rizalina L.
120. Singson, Ronald V.
121. Solis, Jose G.
122. Suarez, Danilo E.
123. Sy-Alvarado, Ma. Victoria R.
124. Talino-Mendoza, Emmylou J.
125. Tan, Sharee Ann T.
126. Teodoro, Marcelino R.
127. Teves, Pryde Henry A.
128. Tieng, Irwin C.

129. Tomawis, Acmad
130. Tupas, Niel Jr. C.
131. Umali, Czarina D.
132. Uy, Edwin C.
133. Uy, Rolando A.
134. Uy, Reynaldo S.

135. Valdez, Edgar L.
136. Villar, Cynthia A.
137. Villarosa, Ma. Amelita C.
138. Yu, Victor L.
139. Zamora, Ronaldo B.
(MDM, via GMANews.TV)


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Liberal Party questions ‘3M uncounted votes’

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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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


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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Palace urges House body to wrap up probe on poll fraud

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


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


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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Computer error, ‘2 sets’ of CoCs bared

Posted by akosistella on May 26, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE 4) The “erroneous” number of registered voters, the alleged “two sets” of certificates of canvass CoCs, and the digital signatures of the poll inspectors on the election returns were the focus of discussions Wednesday by the joint congressional canvassing committee seeking to start its count of the votes for president and vice president Thursday.

For hours, committee members from the Senate and the House of Representatives needled Commission on Elections and Smartmatic officials and technology experts over these concerns.

“I apologize for the error that is presented in the server,” Smartmatic president for Asia-Pacific Cesar Flores told the committee after Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile demanded an explanation as to why the figure “256, 733, 195” was reflected on the “No. of Registered Voters” during the initialization process of the consolidation and canvassing system CCS server to be used in the tally of votes for president and vice president.

via INQUIRER.net.


Epic failures of Smartmatic-TIM

The post-election drama is getting more exciting to watch. Since the past week, the public have witnessed the Congressional hearings on the alleged electoral fraud during the country’s first automated elections. The intense turn of events pushed a lawmaker to make ‘unparliamentary remarks,’ transformed a whistle blower into a ‘Koala Bear’ and prompted more losing bets to cry foul over electoral fraud. Yet it is still unclear what the government will do with the consortium that made the poll automation, along with the glitches, possible.

After winning the controversial bidding last year, Smartmatic International Corp. (Smartmatic), a subsidiary owned by Smartmatic International Holding Inc. from Netherlands, and Total Information Management Corporation (TIM), a domestic corporation engaged in information technology and service provider, became the main providers for the May 10 national elections using electronic voting solutions.

Despite major questions on poll automation, the Supreme Court upheld the contract between Comelec and Smartmatic-TIM. In an instant, Smartmatic-TIM became a household name as the major poll provider in the automated elections.


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Election returns flawed, says Locsin

Posted by akosistella on May 24, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Thousands of election returns ERs transmitted from the precinct count optical scan PCOS machines are void because these do not comply with the country’s laws on digital signatures, according to the chair of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform.

Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin, chair of the committee, said Sunday the ERs, on which the certificates of canvass CoCs are based for proclaiming the next president and vice president, had no digital signatures as defined by the country’s e-Commerce Law.The Electronic Commerce Act of 2000 Republic Act No. 8792 gives legal recognition to electronic documents so long as these can be authenticated.

But Locsin was hopeful that the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives, acting as the national board of canvassers for the presidential and vice presidential races, would just “close its eyes” on this “inadvertent mistake” and vote to recognize all the ERs.

via INQUIRER.net.


Comelec to review conduct of automated polls

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is conducting a comprehensive review of the first automated elections in the country, amid allegations of massive poll fraud.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the poll body is set to gather data and then hold a summit to thoroughly evaluate the conduct of the May 10 elections.

“The evaluation will last from two months or more, but initially we will just gather the data, process it and then evaluate it,” he said.

Via Phil. Star

AND: Angara sees quick canvass for poll winners

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Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


‘Stop whining, Noynoy’
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

Monday morning I posted this “status” on my Facebook account: “I am beginning to sense that a lot of my friends, including those who voted for Noynoy, find his adversarial attitude toward the new Chief Justice a bit too much. What do you think?”

In minutes, several of my FB “friends” responded.

From Ed S: “I think so too. Time to mend fences and start anew. Besides, winning the election in spite of the odds is more than a slap on their faces. He just has to give them a tap on the back for consolation and enough of these rantings.”

Click Dan Mariano.

Form and substance
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

SINCE CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA decided to accept the poisoned chalice from President Macapagal-Arroyo, the least he is expected to do is to drink from it. Not least because he has gotten to be chief justice due to efforts and arguments first forwarded in 1998—when his appointment as a judge by President Ramos was voided by the Supreme Court—and which finally bore bitter fruit in 2010, when the Court granted itself an exemption from constitutional prohibitions on presidential appointments during the campaign and transition period, thus paving the way for Corona’s becoming chief justice.

So in a sense he is joined at the hip to the point of view that there shouldn’t be any sort of ban on appointments during election periods or in the transition from one administration to the next. And here, the contrast between this assertion—whether on the part of President Arroyo, who set aside precedents dating back to her own father’s revocation of the midnight appointments of his predecessor—and the present Supreme Court itself (in granting itself an exemption) not to mention Corona himself, who ignored former Chief Justice Manuel Moran’s decision, based on delicadeza, to decline an opportunity to return to the high court by means of a midnight appointment, is instructive.

Via Manolo Quezon

Shape up, Comelec
CALLING A SPADE…By Solita Collas-Monsod

May I ask why it is that nine days after elections, the PPCRV’s tally still covers barely 90% of the election returns? Surely by this time all 76,000 PCOS machines should have been able to transmit the results electronically. That is, after all, part of what an Automated Election System is all about. After all, the Comelec itself had originally stated that two days after the elections, the tally would be complete.

PPCRV has a lot to answer for, as far as I am concerned, particularly because it opposed (successfully) the accreditation of Namfrel which has more than 27 years and at least eight national elections’ worth of counting experience under its belt, compared to PPCRV’s zero experience. At the same time, Comelec also has a lot to answer for because it allowed PPCRV to conduct a public count, even if its accreditation — at least originally anyway, was limited to a count for internal purposes only. If I remember correctly, Comelec’s reason for not accrediting Namfrel was because the elections would be automated, and everybody would have access to the transmitted election returns, so Namfrel raison d’etre was gone. Or some such rot.

Via WInnie Monsod

Fraud will out
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

That fraud marked the automated polls can hardly be denied even if it is being vehemently denied by poll officials. But the blame really falls on the Commission on Elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and even members of Congress who were so gung-ho over automated polls and not bothering to insist on checks for the entire system, including the Comelec’s cavalier attitude in doing away with the important security checks.

And that is where the big problem of the credibility of honest elections comes in.

Via Ninez Cacho Olivares

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BusinessMirror Editorial: The unrepresented majority

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


IN a country that showers with praise the millions of its workers who toil in foreign lands at great sacrifice to themselves and their families while shoring up the Philippine economy—for nearly four decades—it’s ironic that at press time, most of the many party-list groups claiming to represent the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are uncertain of victory.

“[Running for the party-list elections] seems to be an exercise in futility for these groups. This has been happening in past elections before,” Francisco Aguilar Jr. of the Partidong Pandaigdigang Pilipino said, in apparent exasperation, in an interview with the nonprofit OFW Journalism Consortium (OFWJC).

Among the groups that ran with a claim to represent the OFWs are the Alyansa ng OFW, Ahon Pinoy, Action Brotherhood for Active Dreamers, Akbay Pinoy National Organization, Adhikaing Alay ng Marino sa Sambayanan, KALAHI Sectoral Party, Pamilyang OFW-SME Network, Ang Kapisanan ng mga Seaman and United Filipino Seafarers.

via BusinessMirror.

Yes, it’s unfortunate that Toots Ople, the only one among the senatorial candidates who actually did anything to protect OFW rights, did not make it to the top 12 winning candidates. I’m pretty sure though that despite this setback, she will continue her advocacy and her hard work in the field. God bless, Toots.

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Can 13th senator take Aquino’s seat? Miriam says yes, Enrile no

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines — Can the Senate seat to be left by likely president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III be filled up by the senatorial candidate ranked 13th in the vote count, once Aquino is proclaimed President?

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the candidate ranked 13th in the counting could occupy Aquino’s seat if Congress passed a concurrent resolution, but Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile disagreed, saying special elections should be held for the vacated position.

Interviewed over dzBB radio, Santiago initially disagreed with the idea of allowing the 13th-ranked senatorial candidate to become the replacement for Aquino but changed her position when told this happened in the 2001 elections when Congress passed a concurrent resolution.

via INQUIRER.net.


Santiago warns Aquino on an ‘opposition’ Congress

MANILA, Philippines — Likely president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III may face an opposition Congress, with defeated presidential candidate and Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, incoming Pampanga representative, working to gain the Senate presidency and the House Speakership respectively.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago raised a potentially challenging situation for the would-be Aquino government, as she stressed that Villar had the “numbers” to regain the Senate presidency. She added that Ms Arroyo, being a shrewd leader and having made preparations for her new life in Congress, could just clinch the House leadership.

But Santiago said Ms Arroyo could only be the next Speaker if her alliances would hold after Aquino’s proclamation by Congress.

Via Inquirer.net

Belmonte ready for Speakership fight

MANILA, Philippines – Congressman-elect Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte of Quezon City is ready to be the candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) for the House Speakership against outgoing President and congresswoman-elect Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“I’ve expressed interest. Dati na akong naging Speaker and I know how it works,” said Belmonte on Sunday.

Belmonte, who is on his last term as Quezon City mayor, made the statement after Rep. Amelita Villarosa of Occidental Mindoro turned over the chairmanship of the Lakas-Kampi (Lakas) party to Arroyo.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Power blocs gear for Senate leadership showdown

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Comelec asked to probe glitches, disenfranchised votes

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Despite the fast transmission and tallying of results from the May 10 polls, election watchdog Kontra Daya Against Cheating said the countrys first automated elections were still “fraught with problems,” and called for an investigation into irregularities the group noticed based on its monitoring before and during Election Day.

Among the incidents that Kontra Daya urged the Commission on Elections Comelec to look into were the “faulty” compact flash CF cards on election day, which delayed voting and transmission of results; the failure of several Boards of Election Inspectors BEIs to use the UV lamps to verify the authenticity of the ballots; the actual number of reported disenfranchised voters; and reports of malfunctioning PCOS machines.“We are issuing these recommendations based on the monitoring work we did before and during the May 10 polls,” the group said in a statement on Sunday.

via INQUIRER.net.


Enrile: We won’t sacrifice accuracy for speed in canvass

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile assured the public yesterday that Congress will guard the integrity of the results of the canvassing for the votes of president and vice president.

“We will not sacrifice accuracy for speed,” Enrile told radio station dzBB in an interview.

Enrile said he and outgoing Speaker Prospero Nograles have agreed to move the canvassing a week earlier from the original May 31 schedule to May 24, when Congress convenes as a national board of canvassers for the canvassing of votes for president and vice president.

Via Phil. Star

Nograles to Comelec: Don’t pay Smartmatic yet

MANILA, Philippines – Speaker Prospero Nograles wants the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to withhold full payment to its automation contractor Smartmatic-TIM.

“Comelec should not fully pay Smartmatic for the automated elections until such time as the Congress Joint Oversight Committee can give the public a clean bill of health about the first automated polls,” he said.

Nograles said Congress would require Smartmatic to reveal if it sub-contracted the supply of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to other companies.

Via Phil. Star

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LP to pit Belmonte vs Arroyo for Speaker

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Despite a sprinkling of election losses by her congressional allies, the numbers are trickling in for possibly the speakership for outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who has made history as the first Philippine President to get elected to a seat in the House of Representatives.

Two trusted allies—a brother-in-law and the former head of an agency whom she wouldn’t remove amid charges of corruption—have sounded the call for Ms Arroyo to run for Speaker, the fourth highest position in the land.

Ignacio Arroyo, reelected representative of the fifth district of Negros Occidental and brother of Ms Arroyo’s husband Jose Miguel, said he believed Ms Arroyo had the numbers to carry her to the speakership.

via INQUIRER.net.


Zubiri to Noynoy: Consolidate your force in House or risk ouster threats

Leading presidential candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III must consolidate his forces in the House of Representatives as a “key” step if he is proclaimed as the country’s 15th President, a colleague advised Thursday.

Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri said it would be detrimental for Aquino to lose his grip on the Lower House.

“It’s key for the president to be able to control the House because the impeachment exercise emanates from it. If he is not able to control the House, delikado po yung magiging Pangulo sa mga impeachment complaint (the incoming President faces the danger of impeachment complaints),” he told reporters.

Via GMA News.TV

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Congress leaders move to advance vote canvass

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Moving for an early canvassing of votes for the two highest elective posts in the land, the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives started talks Thursday to change the legislative calendar.

Both chambers are scheduled to hold a joint session to canvass the votes for president and vice president starting May 31, but Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Speaker Prospero Nograles and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri agreed in principle Thursday to convene at the soonest time possible.

However, Enrile and Zubiri disclosed at the Kapihan sa Senado forum that what was preventing Congress from swiftly convening as the National Board of Canvassers was the Commission on Elections’ piecemeal submission of Certificates of Canvass.

via INQUIRER.net, .

AND: No quorum for early Canvass vote

Two election monitoring groups dispute Comelec’s claim of ‘success’ in May 10 polls


Winners in Luzon polls a mix of old and new

BAGUIO CITY — A mix of new and old faces will lead provinces and cities in Northern and Central Luzon in the next three years.

In the Ilocos region, proclaimed governors were Imee Marcos (NP) of Ilocos Norte, Luis “Chavit” Singson (Bileg) of Ilocos Sur and Manuel Ortega (NPC) of La Union. Reelected Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) had yet to be proclaimed on Thursday pending the completion of the provincial canvass.

Marcos, Singson and Ortega supported the candidacy of Nacionalista Party standard bearer Manuel Villar Jr.

Via Inquirer.net

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Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


People Power nostalgia helped Cory’s son win
POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual Jr.

CORE ISSUE: Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was not a candidate for president, but the opposition succeeded in setting her up as the core issue in the bruising campaign that saw the drubbing of candidates perceived, rightly or wrongly, to be her chosen ones.

The emerging results of the May 10 elections confirm this marketing success of anti-Arroyo forces in selling Sen. Noynoy Aquino of the Liberal Party as the answer to what they claimed was the runaway corruption in her administration.

Click Federico Pascual

Election results
ROSES & THORNS By Alejandro R. Roces

Our prayer before the elections was for honest and clean elections that would provide us with relatively untainted results. We are surprised at how quickly results were being reported. So quickly in fact, the speed has helped stymie cheating, ballot box switching and result manipulation. We have taken another step forward in our maturation as a democratic nation. We thank Senator Gordon and Congressman Locsin and all the authors of the poll automation bill.

Via Alejandro Roces

Too soon the poll praises
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Almost everyone is praising the speed with which the election results were recorded, with all the elation centered on the automated count. Almost.

While the speed with which the electoral count was refreshing, the question to ask is whether the results transmitted were accurate.

We may well have an electronically elected president, but one that may not reflect the sovereign will of the people.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares.

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Views from columnists

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


Learning from Lee Kuan Yew
AD LIB By Greg Macabenta

The management team that the new chief executive would assemble, along with his vice-president, will either lighten his load or add to the burden. This would depend on his choices and his ability to deal with them individually and as a team. Even the best advisers can become a burden when ego and self-interest prevail over duty.

The heaviest burden of all would be the culture of patronage, personal loyalties, utang na loob, short-cuts, nepotism, special treatment and misguided priorities and values — ingredients of a culture of corruption.

Click Greg Macabenta

Return of optimism
LEFT FIELD By A. R. Samson

Optimists are not always welcome to a televised discussion. They are too often dismissed as out of touch or too naive. The belief that things will turn out well in spite of the naysayers which media like to feature often seems almost irresponsible. And when things do turn out well and the sky not only failed to fall but features a blue sky and a yellow sun shining, optimists are not allowed to say — I told you so.

It is said that if pessimists like our so-called IT experts (our modern-day Cassandras) see Christ walking on water, they are likely to say that maybe he can’t swim. Optimism is certain to be making the rounds in the next few months, mostly having lunch with businessmen. She will be gaining more supporters and encountering fewer wet blankets. Optimism has always been the businessman’s mistress, someone he hides and keeps out of sight but loves with a passion. Inside the businessman’s body beats the heart of an optimist.

Click A.R. Samson

Beginning and end
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

NINE MONTHS AGO, RAIN FELL ON THIS earth but the people refused to budge. They had tumbled out of their houses to join the procession, and even as the wind swirled and the water poured, they refused to break ranks and seek shelter. That was the procession to bring the remains of Corazon Aquino to her final resting place.

Observers would place the size of the crowd at equal, if not indeed more than, the one that brought her husband, Ninoy, to his own final resting place 26 years earlier. All the more remarkable for man (or woman) and nature conspiring to not make it so. The woman had declared that day a holiday ostensibly to honor the dead but more than likely to dishonor it by luring the people, the students especially, to the Mall of Asia rather than the pall of ages. And nature had sent a storm to daunt the dauntless, the skies adding more tears to the copious ones shed by a grieving nation.

Click Conrado de Quiros

The temptation of expediency

We have a new president. We now shift our focus on Congress. Who will lead the Senate and the House of Representatives? Will the new Congress reclaim its status as a co-equal and independent branch of government, or will it continue to be the servile assistant of the Executive?

The House is weak because its members defer to the president’s dedazo, the act of pointing a finger to indicate one’s preference. Jose de Venecia Jr. became Speaker when Gloria Arroyo pointed her forefinger at him. He lost his job when she pointed her middle finger at him. It need not be that way.

Click Manuel Buencamino

A gracious political act
ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

IN JUST 15 HOURS, OR LESS THAN A DAY after the close of voting in the country’s first computerized election on Monday, Sen. Manuel Villar, who was running third in the tally of presidential poll results, conceded defeat to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Villar’s concession stamped a historical landmark as the swiftest ever in the annals of bitter Philippine presidential elections, in which losers seldom conceded defeat in polls often marred by violence and rampant cheating. The concession came in the wake of a deluge of results announced by the Commission on Elections at 11:11 Monday night, showing Aquino leading his nearest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, by more than 3.3. million votes, based on 57 percent of the election results electronically counted by the Comelec. At that moment Aquino tallied 8,958,396 votes, against Estrada’s 5,678,821, and Villar’s 3,058, 942.

Click Amando Doronila

Usurping Congress’ canvassing mandate
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho Olivares

What the Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners are doing is all wrong, in the sense that they as a body, are not empowered by the Constitution to announce the results of the elections on the presidential and vice presidential level, since this rightly belongs to Congress, that is tasked to canvass the results of the top two political posts, automated or manual, taken from the provincial certificates of canvass.

The task of the Comelec en banc, constituted as a national election canvasser, is to strictly announce and proclaim the senatorial winners.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

A little paranoia led to vigilance at polls

The news so far has been encouraging. We took our sacred duty in a democratic society seriously. A little paranoia, a nagging fear that you-know-who could try something fishy to stay there beyond June 30 led to an EDSA 1 like experience at voting centers nationwide. The act of voting was not easy. But people knew they had a lot riding on this election and were willing to make the sacrifice.

It was very encouraging to see people of all ages taking responsibility for their lives by enthusiastically voting. I suspect media warnings of dire consequences made people want to send an extra strong message that they will not stand for any more funny tricks from power hungry politicians. This time around, no one can accuse the Pinoy of being complacent …of taking the electoral process for granted.

Click Boo Chanco.

Automated victory

WE won!

We all did, even those who lost. We were able to pull off an automated election with minimum bother. Sure those pesky and temperamental PCOS machines never lived up to expectation but we Pinoys did something unimaginable. We patiently learned how to use the machines and never wavered even when, in some cases, we were tested to the limit.

Via Ducky Paredes

Revisit Pary-list
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

The weekend before E-Day, talk in online social networks, coffee shops, parish courtyards and elsewhere no longer swirled around the presidential candidates. Just about everyone assumed that the presidency was already in Noynoy Aquino’s bag.

Instead, discussion among many citizens centered on the so-called party-list system, particularly Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo’s gambit to remain in Congress as number-one nominee of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP).

Click Dan Mariano

Stormiest selection ever of Chief Justice
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

It was the stormiest selection ever of a Chief Justice. Bitter words exchanged. The Supreme Court’s image waned as the last bastion against absolute power. Bared was the vulnerability of the Judiciary — even of the fighting Senate — to influence by the Executive.

Dark clouds began to gather in December, long before CJ Reynato Puno’s retirement on May 17 would create a vacancy. The Judicial and Bar Council that vets judgeships was told that early to nominate replacements to Gloria Arroyo. At once authors of the 1987 Constitution and leading lawyers opposed admin Rep. Matias Defensor’s “premature” suggestion. Supposedly it would make Puno a lame duck in his last five months of jurisprudential leadership. Moreover, they said, the departing President had no authority to name a CJ on May 17. The date falls within the constitutional ban on midnight appointments, 60 days before a presidential election till the June 30 end of the President’s term. Draw up a shortlist if you must, they advised the JBC, but give it to the next President who’d still have time to meet the Constitution’s 90-day rule to fill up vacancies in the Supreme Court. Everything depended on Puno, as head of both the Court and JBC.

Via Phil. Star

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