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More than 79,000 fail to vote due to hostilities

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


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More than 79,000 voters failed to vote on election day due to wrong shipping of ballots and armed hostilities in 12 municipalities in the Visayas and Mindanao, the Commission on Elections said Friday.

A total of 79,920 voters from 203 clustered precincts in the country were affected by failure of elections in some towns in Iloilo, Samar, Sarangani, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), a Comelec record showed.

Earlier, failure of elections has been recommended in 11 municipalities in the country although the poll body has yet to make official declarations and reschedule voting in these areas.

via GMANews.TV.

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Declare failure of polls in Lanao Sur town, Comelec asked

MANILA, Philippines – A petition has been filed before the Commission on Elections en banc to declare failure of elections in another town in Lanao del Sur province, the eighth such petition that has been lodged before the poll body.

Tugaya has reportedly been the victim of harassment by armed groups that stalked the town’s polling precincts.

One lawyer Abubakar told the Comelec en banc that on election day, a grenade launcher was fired towards the school where elections were supposed to be held, resulting to fear among the voters and the board of election inspectors (BEIs).

Via Inquirer.net

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Gibo proposes de-synchronization of next presidential polls

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. yesterday proposed to de-synchronize the next national and local elections after the glitches that occurred in yesterday’s polls.

Teodoro was the 151st voter in Precinct 0025-A at the Carabaoan-Caocaoayan Elementary School in Barangay Carabaoan, Tarlac. He finished voting in five minutes.

He complained that the ballot was too long.

via Philippine Star.

ALSO READ: Bro. Eddie won’t run again if he loses

First automated polls may be game changer in RP politics, says Gordon

MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon said yesterday the country’s first automated election could be the “game changer” in Philippine politics.

“If it will work, everyone will say they were part of it. But if it fails, they will blame me and the Comelec (Commission on Elections),” he said.

Gordon, who authored the country’s election automation law, earlier said he expected a few precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to fail but stressed there would be no failure of elections.

Via Phil. Star

Special elections for seniors proposed

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is studying proposals to allow local absentee voting for senior citizens and to stop the clustering of polling precincts to avoid delays in future elections like what was experienced in yesterday’s exercise.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Comelec Commissioner Armando Velasco said they received numerous reports that senior citizens caused long delays in polling centers because they were allowed to vote ahead of others and took a long time to fill up their ballots, resulting in long queues.

“There are proposals to include the elderly in the local absentee voting,” he said. “Maybe we can look into that.”

Via Phil. Star

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Voting hours will no longer be extended, Comelec says

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


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(Updated 4:11 PM) Voting hours will no longer be extended, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday afternoon after various groups sought another extension.

“Though there are requests to extend further, we will not likely extend it, because there really is no need to [do so] because if there are still voters, we will not close the polls. Magtutuloy-tuloy tayo [hanggang makaboto lahat],” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez told reporters on Monday. (We will proceed until everyone will be able to vote.)

Via GMA News.TV

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Precincts adopt ‘number system’ to cope with long lines

MANILA, Philippines – Overwhelmed by the number of complaints from irate voters on Monday, some precincts have opted to adopt a number system to manage the swelling crowd.

Voters who endured long lines to cast their vote reported on social networking sites that they were given ‘stubs’ with priority numbers. The stubs correspond to a specific batch or time the voters will be allowed to do the actual voting.

Via ABS-CBN News

Failure of elections recommended for 11 areas

Failure of elections has been recommended to 11 municipalities in the Visayas and Mindanao due to various reasons, among them the non-appearance of election inspectors, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Monday.

Included in these towns are Masiu, Lumba-Bayabao, Lumba-Unayan and Tubaran in Lanao del Sur where members of the board of election inspectors (BEI) failed to show up, said Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez at a press briefing.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Incidents of violence verified by PNP

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‘Noynoy kin, allies behind Pulse, SWS’

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Relatives and close associates of Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino are directing behind the scenes the surveys being conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia, according to Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) senatorial candidate Francisco “Kit” Tatad.

Tatad, citing a research paper and documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), said members of the Aquino clan and former associates of the late President Corazon Aquino are directors and stockholders of SWS and Pulse Asia.

Among those named in the SEC documents and research papers were Rafael Cojuangco Lopa and Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco.

via Philippine Star.

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Villar featured in Forbes Asia Magazine

MANILA, Philippines – If elected president, Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. will be the first businessman elected into the highest office in the land.

Forbes Asia magazine recently ran a story on Villar’s candidacy, his struggle out of poverty, and his promise to apply a business management style of governance when elected president.

Last year, Villar ranked ninth on the Forbes list of the Philippines’ 40 Richest, having a net worth of $530 million.

Via Phil. Star

MEANWHILE:

Noli says PGMA has contingency plans but won’t tell

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo already has a contingency plan in mind in case the problems over the automation of the elections escalate, according to Vice President Noli de Castro.

De Castro was asked if the President is thinking of contingency plans considering the latest developments in the automation project. He said: “I think may naisip si Presidente na contingency kahapon. May pinag-uusapan na rin sila na contingency measures. I’m just not privy to tell you.”

De Castro said the President is worried over the latest developments in the automation project, but her hands are tied by law since the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is in charge of the elections.

Via ABS-CBN News

Chaos hatched to disrupt May 10 polls – Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay claimed yesterday that Malacañang has hatched a scenario of chaos to disrupt the May 10 elections and extend President Arroyo’s hold on power.

Binay, running mate of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino presidential bet former President Joseph Estrada, said the scenario is part of a “grand scheme” that is certain to be exploited by the Arroyo administration.

“There is an engineered chaos. Nothing happens by accident under the Arroyo administration. These very disturbing developments point to a carefully laid out plan to create chaos at the polls on May 10 that could lead to a failure of elections,” Binay said.

Via Phil. Star

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PCOS glitches part of ‘Oplan Rafael’ to keep Arroyo in power

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


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Militant group Bayan Muna on Wednesday said that the malfunctioning of the voting machines to be used in next week’s polls is part of some master plan to postpone the elections and retain President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as head of state.

“There is no longer denying the signs that Macapagal-Arroyo is orchestrating moves to ensure that the May 10 polls will fail,” said senatorial aspirant and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo during a press briefing in Intramuros, Manila.

Calling the plan Retain Arroyo through Failure of Elections (Oplan Rafael), he cited supposedly ominous signs like Defense chief Norberto Gonzales’ reported warning about a failure of elections and the Comelec’s “unresolved” automation problems.

via GMANews.TV.

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Arroyo election lawyer resigns over poll deferment dispute

MANILA, Philippines – The long-time election lawyer of President Arroyo has resigned over a dispute with Malacañang on the timing of elections given the new technical glitches that cropped up a week before the May 10 polls.

President Arroyo on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Romulo B. Macalintal as her election lawyer.

“The President has acceeded to Atty. Macalintal’s request,” Malacañang said in a statement Wednesday evening.

Via ABS-CBN News

Roxas nixes poll postponement

MANILA, Philippines—Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Sen. Mar Roxas urged the Commission on Elections on Wednesday to push through with the elections on May 10 as he called on the poll body to prepare for a manual count of votes should the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines fail again.

Roxas said that the Comelec should prepare for a manual count because the reconfiguration of the compact flash cards for 76,000 PCOS machines was a “logistical nightmare” and it might be impossible to finish before Election Day.

“The May 10 elections should push through because postponing it would become a slippery slope. Who knows when it would eventually be held if postponed? After one week? One month? In effect, it would be No-el (no elections). If it’s not on May 10, we would have No-El,” Roxas said in an interview.

Via Inquirer.net

Villar opposes poll deferment as Senate bets seek Comelec transparency

Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar Jr. on Wednesday opposed the proposed postponement of the elections.

At the same time, the party’s senatorial bets asked the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) to be transparent by convening all political parties and giving them a run through of what it will do on May 10.

“Nahihirapan na po ang mga kandidato. Talagang hinihintay na lamang nila ang election. Kung i-extend naman iyan, ewan ko kung papaano tatanggapin ng local officials,” Villar said in a phone-patched interview over DYHP-Cebu of the Radio Mindanao Network.

Via GMANews.TV

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Smartmatic says it can reconfigure 3000 compact flash cards per hour

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


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IN a comment on IT expert and Manila Times Tech Times editor Jing Garcia’s Facebook page, Smartmatic Asia president Cesar Flores assured that compact flash cards from the PCOS machines could be speedily reconfigured.

“We currently have 75 [computer] stations set up (will increase to 120 tonight). Each stations configures 40 cf [cards] per hour. That’s a capacity of 3,000 [cards] an hour,” Flores said.

He made the statement in response to Garcia’s Facebook status questioning the length of time it takes to reconfigure CF cards using one computer. “In one hour, you can reformat/reconfigure at least 24 compact flash cards, or 576 cards in 24 hours. With one computer, it will take at least 131 days to do that on 76,000 CF cards. You’ll need at least 50 computers to reformat all in 2 days,” Garcia said.

Flores pointed out though that the issue is how to keep the flow of cards coming, “as only 18,000 were in the warehouse and the rest are being retrieved from the field, and 40,000 are coming tomorrow from Taiwan and Hong Kong.”

In a press conference at the Commission on Elections this afternoon, Flores said the reconfiguration of the CF cards will be done at Smartmatic’s Cabuyao plant. The CF cards were being blamed for the discrepancies which occurred when several PCOS machines were tested via mock polls Monday. The results showed several national and local candidates not garnering any votes despite the proper shading of their names on the mock ballots.

Smartmatic needs to reconfigure about 76,000 CF cards before returning them to the polling precints where the PCOS machines will be delivered. (SFA/pulitika2010.wordpress.com)

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Automated polls to proceed as scheduled, Comelec assures

(Update 3:53 PM) The Philippines’ first nationwide automated polls will proceed as scheduled, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday, allaying fears of poll failure after voting machines suffered from glitches.

There is no truth to text messages indicating that elections will be postponed for at least two weeks, Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told reporters on Wednesday.

The poll body “has not voted on any postponement,” he said.

The commissioner issued the statement after administration lawyer Romulo Macalintal suggested that the Comelec defer the elections by at least 15 days because of recent glitches discovered with the automated voting system.

Via

GMA News.TV

AND: Palace backpedals on option to postpone poll

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Briefly…

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


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Arroyo sings in her first sortie for congressional seat

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines — In her first sortie since the campaign period for local positions started on March 26, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sang Florantes “Handog” on Saturday.

Gubernatorial candidate Lilia Pineda, a friend of the President’s, joined her in singing the familiar Pinoy tune about gratitude at a gymnasium in Lubao, hometown of her late father, former President Diosdado Macapagal.

Lakas-Kampi-CMD campaign coordinators said the rallys host, Rosve Henson, put Ms Arroyo on the spot during the program. The President took a dare and embraced Pineda as they sang before some 3, 000 people.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Group wants to save Pampanga from ‘dark forces’

Another mammoth crowd leaves Estrada speechless

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Former President Joseph Estrada was uncharacteristically speechless when he walked up the makeshift stage at the huge intersection-turned-rally site here late Saturday night.

For a few minutes, all he could do was look at the mammoth crowd and stare in disbelief how he—at 73 years old and almost a decade detached from his abbreviated presidency—could still gather such a big number at such short notice.

He said the number could go no lower than 50, 000, which was his biggest crowd to date and definitely no small feat for a campaign ticket lacking the star power of top endorsers such as Manny Pacquiao and Willie Revillame.

via Inquirer.net

Votes, not surveys, to decide candidates’ fate — Teodoro

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –- With a fortnight to go before elections, Gilbert Teodoro Jr. on Saturday night here declared that voters, not surveys, would decide the fate of presidential candidates.

The administration standard-bearer spoke before a huge crowd in a rally at the Rizal Park Saturday night, and took the opportunity to hold out an olive branch to his erstwhile allies.

“Let’s wake the others who are giving more importance to surveys and ignoring the voice of the people. For me until the last Juan dela Cruz speaks, it isn’t over. Juan dela Cruz’s vote is sacred,” he told a cheering crowd of 2,000.

via Inquirer.net

JC: We’ve gone this far, that’s a miracle

“MIRACLES” HAVE BEEN HAPPENING since the campaign began.

“We have survived this long, isn’t that a miracle? That a 40-year-old agreed to run for president instead of making money as a businessman, seven elder candidates of Kapatiran submitting to me, the youngest presidentiable, the endorsements from the bishops, the press picking us up, aren’t they miracles?” said John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, standard-bearer of the faith-based Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP).

The miracle of winning on May 10 will put him in the country’s highest post where he can continue his “politics of evangelization.”

via Inquirer.net

Perlas: Better a delayed election than a failed election

MANILA, Philippines – Why hold an automated election for the country’s highest office if there is a large possibility that it will fail?

Independent presidential candidate Nicanor “Nick” Perlas said this is the question that the Commission on Elections should consider when deciding on his petition to postpone the May 10 nationwide polls for 3 months.

“Instead of waiting for failure to happen on election day, we have to preempt it. We have to be active,” Perlas told radio dzMM.

via ABS-CBN News

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NP proposes an alliance with LP vs no-election scenario

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Senator Manny Villar’s Nacionalista Party is proposing an alliance with the Liberal Party and other parties to prevent a failure of election or a “Palace coup” type in case of a no-election scenario.

NP secretary general and Senator Alan Cayetano said the NP and LP can create a “working committee” to discuss how they can prevent a no-election scenario.

“If there’s one issue na pwedeng magkasundo ang LP at NP (that the LP and NP can unite) and this is an appeal to all parties, magkasundo tayo at magkaroon tayo ng (let’s unite and have a) working committee against a failure of election,” Cayetano said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Up to 6 million votes could be stolen, says party-list solon

MANILA, Philippines—Up to six million votes could be stolen through “digital dagdag-bawas” (vote-padding and shaving) in the May elections because of the Commission of Elections’ (Comelec) decision to deactivate two security features of the Precinct Count Optical System (PCOS) machines, warned Akbayan party-list member Risa Hontiveros.

The two security features that the Comelec “suspiciously and arbitrarily disabled” were the voter verification mechanism and the digital signature requirement in transmitting votes for digital canvassing, according to Hontiveros, a Liberal Party senatorial candidate.

She said the decision to “deliberately” disable the two security features of the PCOS machines was done without any Comelec resolution.

via Inquirer.net

EARLIER:

Estrada to meet with other candidates to plan moves in case of failure of elections

MANILA, Philippines – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer Joseph Estrada said he and other presidential candidates will be meeting to come out with a stand amid talks of a possible failure of elections.

“We will plan everything, maybe one week before the elections,” Estrada told ANC’s Strictly Politics Tuesday night.

Despite fears of failure of elections due to glitches in the country’s first nationwide automated polls, Estrada expressed hope that failure of elections will not happen.

He also appealed to authorities to push through with the polls and ensure an orderly and peaceful elections.

via ABS-CBN News

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No failure of elections

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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AD LIB By Greg B. Macabenta

Every time a Comelec official issues a reassuring statement to the effect that there will be no failure of elections on May 10, I am reminded of the commercial airline pilot who calmly addressed the passengers over the intercom: “Ladies and gentlemen, if you look out the right window, you will see that the right engine is burning. But don’t worry. Everything is under control.”

A short time later, the pilot spoke again, soothingly: “Ladies and gentlemen, if you look out the left window, you will see that the left engine is burning. But don’t panic. Everything is under control.”

Then after a few minutes, the pilot went on again, cool and collected: “Ladies and gentlemen, we shall now go through the standard emergency procedures. Please follow after me…Our Father, who art in heaven….”

In like manner, the Malacañang mouthpieces, Gary Olivar and Charito Planas, are reassuring us, in the most calm and collected manner, that, despite all signs to the contrary, everything is under control and there will be no failure of elections.

Click Greg Macabenta.

First 100 days
CORE By Benjamin E. Diokno

Amidst the uncertainty of whether the automated elections would work, a new government installed on June 30, 2010, should provide the country a new beginning. The new president should put in place within 100 days a framework of governance for the next six years.

His first major task is to design and implement a tax-and-spending package that will yield sufficient resources, on a sustainable basis, to finance the needs of an economy that has to grow fast enough, in an inclusive way, while at the same time making up for past neglect in education, health care, and public infrastructure.

The tax system has to be overhauled in a way that it does not disrupt the nascent economic recovery. But the quality of spending has to increase so that more resources should go to education, health care, social welfare and well-chosen public projects in urban centers and the countryside. The resulting tax-and-spending mix should be pro-poor and pro-business.

Click Ben Diokno

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Melo: Comelec on target for successful May 10 polls

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—It’s all systems go for the May 10 elections, according to the Commission on Elections.

“We are 100 percent on target,” declared Comelec Chairman Jose Melo in an interview with reporters barely three weeks before the first nationwide automated elections May 10.

He said on Tuesday that the Comelec was within its schedule for the deliveries of ballots, the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) voting machines, ballot boxes, and other materials within this week.

Click Inquirer.net

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Power supply for Mindanao during polls enough—energy chief

MANILA, Philippines—Mindanao can expect adequate power supply during the national elections in May, as the private sector and Department of Energy jointly have laid out concrete measures to avert possible power outages, Acting Energy Jose C. Ibazeta said on Tuesday.

Ibazeta said in a statement that these short-term measures, which included commitments from power generation companies and other concerned stakeholders on the island, were among those discussed during a meeting held on Monday.

The energy chief reported that Crystal Sugar Co. Inc. agreed to commission its biomass co-generation plant to supply as much as seven megawatts in additional capacity either to First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. Fibeco or directly to the Mindanao grid, once operational issues have been resolved.

via INQUIRER.net.

AND: Influential pastor warns of failure of elections

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Enrile: I will convene Congress in same week if elections fail

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


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Senate President and reelectionist Juan Ponce Enrile said on Monday that in the “extreme possibility” that a nationwide failure of elections occurs on May 10, he will immediately convene Congress “not later than Friday of that week, announce that there was no election of president and vice-president,” and follow the Constitutional rule on succession: that whoever is Senate President when the vacancy occurs will serve as acting President until a new President and Vice-President shall have been elected.

Asked for details on GMA7’s Unang Hirit, where he guested with two other senatorial candidates for the election forum Hiritan 2010, Enrile said: “At that point, if I’m not elected as a senator and there’s not enough for a quorum in the Senate to elect a president of the Senate after June 30, I will relinquish my position as Senate President to a senator whose term will end [in 2013], and make him Senate President so that the rule of succession will continue.”

Enrile was referring to a number of incumbent senators who could legally replace him as Senate President if he is not reelected, since their terms would end in 2013 and are not involved in the presidential contest. He mentioned specifically Senators Francis Escudero, Francis Pangilinan, Alan Peter Cayetano, Joker Arroyo, Gregorio Honasan, and Edgardo Angara.

via GMANews.TV.

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Mindanao execs warn of May 10 special operations

Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010


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ROXAS CITY, Capiz , Philippines  – Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III disclosed yesterday that he had received information about “special operations” or cheating being planned by certain groups to manipulate the May 10 elections in Mindanao.

He said that local officials, including those not allied with the LP, have pledged not to participate in any plan to cheat or derail the elections in their jurisdictions.

Aquino said the special operations or cheating during elections had been known to be going on in the country but the problem was that nobody had ever been convicted of an election offense.

via Philippine Star.

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US lawmaker concerned about possible poll fraud in RP

WASHINGTON DC – A US congressman aired his concern to President Arroyo about possible fraud in the upcoming Philippine automated elections.

Republican Congressman Ed Royce, who presented Mrs. Arroyo with the Teddy Roosevelt International Conservation Award on Tuesday night, expressed his worries at a dinner after the event.

Royce also told the president Filipino-American voters were worried their absentee ballots won’t be counted.

ClickABS-CBN News

AND: Election results to be known w/in 3 days-Comelec

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Arroyo wants imperfect, if not failed, polls — risk analyst

Posted by akosistella on April 14, 2010


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Comelec suffering from ‘longstanding reputation for being mismanaged and lacking transparency’

MANILA, Philippines–A political risk consultancy group suggests that President Arroyo may have been wanting an imperfect, if not failed, elections in May so as to ensure that her clout remains strong in the next administration.

The Pacific Strategies and Assessments (PSA) indicated in its April assessment of preparations for the May presidential and local polls that Arroyo has failed to address the concerns raised by experts and various political camps about the preparations for the first nationwide automated elections.

It doesn't help assuage fears, the group said, that Arroyo's victory in the 2004 presidential elections remains tainted with allegation of wholesale and systematic fraud.

“Because Arroyo has already been implicated in election fraud, most believe Arroyo would be willing to exploit any perceived malfunction in the automation election to her advantage,” the PSA report said.

The report says that Arroyo, now running for representative of her home province of Pampanga, is “determined to dominate the legislature with allies so she can presumably retain considerable power in the next government.”

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Lakas-Kampi funding woes lead to more defections

Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Lakas-Kampi-CMD’s lack of campaign funds continues to create cracks within the ruling party, weakening the base of support for its standard-bearer, Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro.

Ray Roquero, the party’s newly appointed secretary-general, said they are “racing against time” to reach their local candidates who have been complaining of lack of financial support.

“We hope to resolve this pressing issue soon. We will keep you posted because I know that deep in your hearts, you do care for Gibo,” Roquero said in a statement. “We only choose our president once in six year. I hope we will not commit a mistake.”

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

FROM THE PHIL STAR: Nograles, 30 congressmen leaving Lakas for NP?

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Teodoro camp slams ploys to shut him out of race

MANILA, Philippines – Administration standard-bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. may just be the next Harry Truman, Fidel V. Ramos and Barrack Obama, according to his camp.

Slamming what they called an “orchestrated ploy” to shut Teodoro out of the presidential race, his camp warned independent pollsters on Sunday that they might end up with “eggs on their faces” for trying to condition the minds of unsuspecting voters even before the casting of the first ballot.

“History is on the side of Teodoro,” his spokesperson and the director of the G1BO media bureau, Mike Toledo, said on Sunday.

Click Inquirer.net

AND: And now, a few words from Mrs. Gibo.

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High hopes, high stakes

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


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SOCIAL CLIMATE
By Mahar Mangahas

THE IMPENDING first-time nationwide implementation of an automated election system (AES) is accompanied by heightening public expectations and anxieties. Figures cited below are from the SWS media releases of March 2, 2009, Jan. 19, 2010, and March 26, 2010, on the SWS website.

The 2008 situation. Let us recall that the ARMM election of August 2008 was used as a one-region trial run of the AES. Two months later, in an October 2008 SWS national survey, 55 percent felt that a nationwide AES would improve the election process. Since a large minority of 42 percent felt the opposite, at that time national opinion tilted towards the AES only by a small balance.

In ARMM itself, however, opinions were very favorable. In December 2008, an SWS poll of 900 ARMM voters (3 percent error margin) on their personal experience in August found a very large 84 percent saying that the election process had improved. Most of them considered the 2008 ARMM election free and fair, recommended using the AES in the May 2010 national election, and believed that the Commission on Elections would be ready for it.

Click Mahar Mangahas.

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