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Smartmatic says it can reconfigure 3000 compact flash cards per hour

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


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)


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.



AND: Palace backpedals on option to postpone poll


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Ex-Ombudsman tells Corona: Withdraw from CJ race

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


MANILA, Philippines –  Former Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo on Monday challenged Supreme Court Associate Justice Renato Corona to withdraw his name from the list of nominees for the position of Chief Justice.

In a letter to the Judicial Bar and Council, Marcelo said Corona should withdraw his nomination for the position of Chief Justice to prove he was sincere in saying that he does not need the position since he already has a faithful and dedicated wife, and a happy family.

“Well, if he was really not staging a scripted ‘zarzuela’ during his JBC interview last Monday, and if he is truly authentic to himself…the only honorable thing for him to do now, if he really means the words he has spoken, is to withdraw from the list of nominees to the position, or if he is nominated, to reject it unconditionally, to spare the country from further division and for the Supreme Court to be able to maintain its credibility,” Marcelo said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


We’ll defend appointments anywhere—Palace

MANILA, Philippines—Malacanang over the weekend said that it could very well defend the “midnight appointments” of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in a Senate inquiry or any other forum.

Gary Olivar, deputy presidential spokesperson, said Senator Francis Pangilinan was “welcome” to open an inquiry into the appointments once Congress resumes sessions after the May 10 elections.

Arroyo has come under fire over the appointment of her manicurist, Anita Carpon, to the board of trustees of Pag-Ibig Fund, and Palace gardener Armando Macapagal as deputy of the Luneta Park Administration.

via Inquirer.net

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Comelec exec tagged in secrecy folder deal – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


Lawyer says directive to suspend bidding defied

MANILA, Philippines—The winning bidder in the scuttled purchase by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) of ballot secrecy folders bagged a contract in 2008 after an election executive allegedly defied a directive of the poll body to postpone the bidding, a Comelec official said.

Lawyer Melchor Magdamo, who is assigned to the office of Comelec Chair Jose Melo, made the statement in an affidavit he submitted to a panel investigating the earlier decision to buy from OTC Paper Supply 1.8 million ballot secrecy folders at P380 each, a deal worth nearly P700 million.

The secrecy folder deal has since been junked, but the poll body has decided to probe the circumstances leading to its decision to buy the “extravagant” folders.

via INQUIRER.net.


Palace defends Comelec on folder issue

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Saturday came out in defense of the Commission on Elections which is getting weighed down by controversies arising from its preparations for the country’s first nationwide automated elections in May.

“If there’s any anomaly about these folders, this is now being investigated. Not a single cent has been paid for this contract,” Gary Olivar, deputy presidential spokesperson, said over government-run dzRB.

Olivar said he had spoken with Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento on several matters, including this, by phone.

via Inquirer.net


Evidence in poll exec’s graft case challenged

MANILA, Philippines – Government prosecutors have objected to the admission into the record of several documentary evidence in the graft case filed against former poll commissioner Luzviminda Tancangco in connection with the P6.59 billion Voters Registration and Identification System (VRIS) project of 2000.

In a 12-page comment, Prosecution Bureau I acting director Raymundo Julio A. Olaguer and assistant special prosecutor III Julieta Zinnia A. Niduaza and Judith Antonina R. Boco-Mate challenged the admissibility of Tancangco’s evidence on the grounds of failure to identify them during trial and for being immaterial and irrelevant.

Tancangco, former head of the Comelec’s bidding and awards committee, is accused of favoring Photokina Marketing Corp. in the bidding for the P6.59 billion VRIS project.

via ABS-CBN News

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Agra may reconsider after witness emerges — Palace

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


The emergence of a new witness linking two Ampatuan clan members to the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last November 23 may prompt acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to reconsider his order clearing them of the murder charges, Malacañang said on Sunday.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said Agra had kept an open mind on the matter, to the point of setting up a committee to review his ruling.

“That may be new evidence. People should expect Secretary Agra to consider [the evidence] during the review,” Olivar said on government-run dzRB radio.

via GMANews.TV.


Agra resignation calls mount

MANILA, Philippines – Two administration senatorial candidates have joined calls for the resignation of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra, saying his clearing of two members of the Ampatuan clan in last year’s Maguindanao massacre has cast doubts on his credibility as justice chief.

Former justice secretary Silvestre Bello III and broadcaster Rey Langit, Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial candidates, said Agra gained “public distrust” because of his move clearing Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan in the massacre of 57 people, including 32 journalists and two lawyers.
“This is just my personal thought, but I hope Secretary Agra will consider it because of the public outcry against his decision clearing the Ampatuans,” Bello said.

via Phil. Star

AND: Bacolod media hold torch march to press for Agra resignation

SO why is Malacañang speaking on behalf of Secretary Agra? Thought it didn’t have anything to do w/ Agra’s decision dismissing the charges against Zaldy and Akmad Ampatuan? Hmmm…

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Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


Manila Times: Misaligned priorities

THE National Statistics Office (NSO) reported a very disturbing piece of information this week.

According to the government’s main statistics agency, one in three poor Filipinos owns a cellular phone even as the majority of them have no access to sanitary toilets or electricity.

Among household appliances, only the TV outranked the mobile phone in ubiquity, with 43 percent of poor families owning the tube.

With six out of every 10 families having at least one member owning a cell phone, this makes the gadget the second most popular household convenience.

What makes this piece of information jarring is that at least one out of every three poor families has no electricity.

via Manila Times

Daily Tribune: Private citizen Villar?

Reacting to reports that Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, when he was Senate president, met with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in relation to getting his 180 day lock-up shares being freed and sold on a secondary level within the same period his companies’ IPO (Initial Public Offering) hit the stock market, which was then on a boom cycle, a Villar company official admitted that indeed Villar did meet with these officials, but claimed he met with them, not as Senate president, but as a private individual.

This is the hoariest explanation given yet from Villar’s camp, after Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) presidential candidate former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile exposed the Villar scam that not only probably impoverished the overseas Filipino workers who had bought the shares, in anticipation of making money (OFWs were targeted by Villar and his companies as share buyers with a roadshow yet), but also a lot of other stock market players who may have lost a lot of money, not even aware of the fact that, as they were buying up the shares, Villar was dumping his shares, and making billions out of it.

Via Daily Tribune

Phil. Star: Reduced to tears

Alberto Agra, in the brief period during which he will serve as justice secretary in an acting capacity, has managed to gain the kind of notoriety that is hard to ever live down. He will always be remembered as the justice chief who dismissed criminal charges that are already in court.His move might have escaped public attention in this busy election period if the case did not involve one of the most heinous crimes in the country’s history, and the most atrocious case of election violence.

Relatives and friends of the 57 people massacred in Maguindanao on Nov. 23 last year have wondered whether justice is possible under the watch of President Arroyo, a staunch ally of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., patriarch of the clan that now stands accused of conspiracy in perpetrating the mass murder. Agra’s resolution dismissing the multiple murder charges against Ampatuan’s son Zaldy and another member of the clan – charges that are already in court – can only reinforce the fears of the victims’ heirs

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: In good hands?

Deputy presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar said it was “certainly reasonable to ask about (Carpon’s) credentials.” But he told critics not to look down on Carpon saying, “It is not correct to question someone just because he or she has a poor station in life.” He said that was, in fact, one of the reasons she was picked for the job. The President deemed it appropriate to have somebody like Carpon on the board “to make sure that poor government employees were represented by one of their own.”

That explanation would have been believable if the President were more consistent. If she truly believes disadvantaged sectors are best represented by someone from their own ranks, why has she not dissuaded her son, Rep. Mikey Arroyo, from seeking to represent security guards and tricycle drivers in the House of Representatives? And if “poor government employees” need their own representative in the institutions that were established to promote their welfare, why stop with Pag-Ibig? What about the Government Service Insurance System? Or even PhilHealth?

via Inquirer.net

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Baby James and the Villar campaign

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010



THE latest Pulse Asia presidential survey shows Manny Villar trailing Noynoy Aquino by 12 statistical points. With an estimated 50 million voters, one statistical point translates to roughly 500,000 votes. Consequently, considering that the survey has a plus or minus margin of error of two percent, Villar would need 5,000,000 to 7,000,000 votes just to catch up with the leader. With just 19 days to go before the elections, that will require quite a sprint.

More significantly, Villar’s survey ratings for the past three cycles have been on a steady decline. From a high of 35 percent, it dropped to 27 percent, and finally to 25 percent. Those 10 to 14 percentage points can be interpreted as a minimum of 5,000,000 people becoming disillusioned with Mr. Sipag at Tiyaga.

Villar and his wife Cynthia have been quoted many times as saying that these survey results do not bother them at all. Is that grace under pressure, or simply false bravado?



IT’S so obscene, I can’t find the right words to express my outrage over the gall of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra to clear Zaldy Ampatuan, suspended governor of the Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao, and his uncle Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan Sr. of complicity in the most heinous crime this country has experienced and shocked even the a violence-weary world.

It’s also obscene hearing Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar describe as “an obscenity” the public’s accusations about Malacañang’s role in absolving the two Ampatuans of responsibility in the Nov 23 Maguindanao massacre that claimed the lives of at least 57 people, 32 of them journalists.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility is right. “The real and current obscenity in this country is the fact that the alleged president for whom Olivar speaks has become central to the major issues that beset this country, most particularly that of whether there will be a change in its putrid leadership rather than more of the same despite the 2010 elections.

Click Ellen Tordesillas

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No failure of elections

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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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DoJ order to clear 2 Ampatuans assailed

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


•Protesters suspect ‘collusion’

MANILA, Philippines-A Justice Department move to drop murder charges against two members of the Ampatuan clan who were previously implicated in the Maguindanao massacre has reaped a whirlwind of protests.

One senator lambasted the action of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra as pure hogwash. Others suspected it was done in exchange for votes for President Macapagal-Arroyo’s candidates in the May 10 elections, while one lawyer said it proved the victims of the massacre would not get justice under the present administration.

A Roman Catholic Church official, Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, said one could not help but suspect “a collusion” between the administration and the Ampatuans.

via INQUIRER.net.

Palace on Ampatuan case: Don’t look at GMA

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang described yesterday as “obscene” allegations that President Arroyo was behind the exoneration of two Ampatuan family members blamed for the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last year.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said such allegations could only further muddle the effort to seek speedy justice for the massacre victims.

“It is obscene to insinuate that the President would interfere for any kind of political or personal reason in the legal proceedings of a heinous crime like the Maguindanao massacre,” Olivar said.

Phil. Star

ALSO: Agra won’t inhibit self, cites proof of Zaldy Ampatuan alibi

LAST WEEK: Andal Ampatuan is for Villar

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Lakas execs to meet for ‘final reckoning’

Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Amid threats of possible defections, officials of the administration’s once proud Lakas-Kampi-CMD coalition are meeting on Tuesday for what a party executive called “a final reckoning.”

The calling of the meeting coincided with emphatic denials Sunday from administration standard-bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. that he was quitting the presidential race.

The meeting will discuss whether the party could provide financial and logistical support to its members in the local elections and head off any plan by some of them to switch loyalties.

Click Inquirer.net


Teodoro: No truth to withdrawing from race

MANILA, Philippines—UPDATE Administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro on Sunday quashed rumors he is withdrawing from the presidential race and took a swipe at his rival camps for spreading such talks “to satiate their salivation and hunger for power through the presidency.

“Teodoro reiterated he would continue his bid for Malacanang under the Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats party.Teodoro made the reaction when asked to confirm reports that he would issue a major statement Monday denouncing the alleged “VillArroyo” teamup of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Senator Manuel Villar and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Click INQUIRER.net.


Defections, fund lack peril Lakas

TO AVERT a “hemorrhage” in the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD, President Macapagal-Arroyo has swiftly replaced administration standard-bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. and two other resigned officials. But other officials say this may not stem the exodus of members desperate for funds.

Mayor Ramon Guico of Binalonan, Pangasinan, who is running for senator, Saturday said that with less than 40 days before the May 10 elections, other local officials had not received support from the party.

“That’s the danger. If the party fails to give support, it’s finished,” Guico, president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines and member of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD executive committee, said by phone. “That’s the reason for the exodus of governors. That’s the danger there.”

Click Inquirer.net

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Their master’s voice

Posted by akosistella on April 1, 2010


By Manuel L. Quezon III

IN “PRESIDENTIAL BANDWAGON: PARTIES and Party Systems in the Philippines,” Japanese scholar Yuko Kasuya set out to work on a problem. Here’s her own summary of what her work was about: “In the wake of democratization, one of the biggest challenges facing new governments is managing a smooth transition to democratic rule.” This was the specific problem Filipinos faced in 1986 after the dictatorship fell.

So Kasuya asked, “How can newly elected governments stabilize their hold on power and consolidate democratic processes?” Or, put another way, “Under what conditions might an apparently successful transition misfire?”

Kasuya “explores these questions by focusing on one of the most pressing issues in consolidating democracy: the stability of party politics.” And she also asks, why is it that “the party system changed from a stable two-party system to an unstable multi-party system in the aftermath of democratization in the Philippines”?

Click Manolo Quezon.

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More Lakas members could defect to NP, says Tañada

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—The resignation of the top officials of Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats could lead to more defections to the Nacionalista Party (NP) of Senator Manuel Villar, an official from the rival Liberal Party (LP) said.

“Gibo’s (Teodoro) resignation as chairman may lead to more defections from Lakas-Kampi. It shows that there are problems with the party because personalities formerly identified with Lakas-Kampi are aligning themselves with NP,” Quezon Representative and LP spokesman Lorenzo “Erin” Tañada III said.

Tañada, a reelectionist congressman, said the development in the ruling administration party “bolsters our claim that Senator Villar is the secret candidate of the administration.”

Click Inquirer.net


Palace exec: Gibo’s resignation puts admin party in ‘win-win’ situation

(Updated 11:05 a.m.) A Palace official said on Wednesday that the resignation of administration standard bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro as chairman has put the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD party in a win-win situation.

“If any, it’s a win-win situation for the party, since the new chairman, whoever the party chooses, can concentrate on his role and Secretary Teodoro can likewise focus on his campaign,” deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said in an interview with GMANews.TV.

On the other hand, he said “the President has no comment on the issue, leaving it in the hands of party organizers.”

Click GMANews.TV.

PUT it this way, now Rep. Nikki Teodoro, Gibo’s wife, will probably get her wish of putting up their own political party for her husband. Tsk, tsk. This is what happens when you disregard Uncle Danding’s wise counsel.

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No civility, no breeding

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010

By Boo Chanco

The way Ate Glue treats her appointees can only be described as “bastos”. This is most surprising because as she is a past president’s daughter we assume she has breeding. You would think her mother taught her some manners. It is apparent the nuns at Assumption failed to do that too. Look at how she treats high officials in government as if they are nothing more than household help, who incidentally, also deserve better. Ate Glue is too cacique for comfort! But even caciques have old world manners.

Ate Glue’s lack of courtesy betrays a mind set that explains why she is hated. Even some people who have worked with her call her evil behind her back. Simple courtesies separate us from creatures that live by the laws of the jungle… and yes, the snake pit of Malacañang. The most surprising thing is why she wonders why people don’t like her.

I still remember how badly she treated Dante Canlas, the UP economics professor without whose help Ate Glue wouldn’t have been able to submit an acceptable dissertation for her PhD after a UP School of Economics panel was reported to have rejected her first effort. Dr Canlas was the last to know that he had been relieved, first of his post as head of NEDA then subsequently as our country’s representative to the ADB Board. The worse part of it is, his replacement at ADB didn’t have the qualifications that could match Dr Canlas. She was just a regular “brown noser” to her not so royal highness.

Click Boo Chanco.

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Palace defends martial law declaration

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the dismissal of the rebellion case against former governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and six others, Malacañang said there was justification for its declaration of a weeklong martial law in Maguindanao in the wake of the Nov. 23 slaughter of 57 journalists, lawyers and members of a political clan.

“We continue to stand by the public policy wisdom of the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao, if you look at the positive outcomes from that declaration as well as the manner it was conducted,” deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said.

Olivar noted that Quezon City Judge Vivencio Baclig, in his decision, merely ruled out probable cause for rebellion and “did not speak for the broader issue of the appropriateness of declaring martial law at that time, at that place.”

Click Philippine Star.

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Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

Palace downplays defection of administration allies to opposition

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday downplayed the defections of some of the administration’s political allies to the opposition, saying this will not necessarily weaken its ranks in the May elections.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said defections are expected during election season and that concerned allies have their own reasons for doing so.

Among the prominent allies who shifted support was deputy National Security Adviser Luis “Chavit” Singson, who has left the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD to support Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr.

Click Philippine Star.

Villar endorses opponent of Escudero’s father

CASIGURAN, Sorsogon , Philippines – Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. met with political leaders here Saturday to show support for the congressional bid of former Mayor Edwin Hamor.

Hamor is being pitted against Sorsogon Rep. Sonny Escudero III, father of Sen. Francis Escudero.

“Sonny Escudero and Chiz are my friends,” Villar said.

Click Phil. Star

More seats in judiciary to be filled

ARMED with a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing appointments in the judiciary, President Arroyo is also looking at filling several vacancies in the judicial department, according to Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra.

He said the Judicial and Bar Council would continue to process candidates for other vacancies in the judiciary and submit their nominees to Arroyo.

The Supreme Court, in a March 17 decision, allowed President Arroyo to appoint the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno who is retiring on May 17. It said the election ban in the Constitution does not cover the judiciary.

Click Malaya

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PNP chief: ‘Spare us from issues’

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police PNP Director General Jesus Verzosa on Tuesday appealed to the public to stop creating “issues” concerning the relationship of the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines AFP with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and added that they should simply be allowed to do their jobs.

Verzosa, speaking during the joint security meeting with the AFP and the Commission on Elections Comelec, said that the PNP is working closely with the AFP and even the President to ensure honest, peaceful, and orderly elections.

“We request that we be spared from issues that are now arising that may hinder us in the performance of our mandated tasks. We want to show that we are doing our part—the partnership of the AFP and the PNP and our partnership with the President—in that we want to have honest and orderly elections,” Verzosa said.

Click INQUIRER Politics.


Palace downplays Verzosa snub

MANILA, Philippines—A Palace official on Tuesday said the media was “reading too much” into the body language of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as Malacañang continued to downplay suggestions of a rift between her and Philippine National Police chief Jesus Verzosa.

“I think one day of news is enough for that particular story,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar. “I think we are trying to read too much into the body language of someone even as … highly-placed as the President.”

He was reacting to reports that Ms Arroyo had again snubbed Versoza after she failed to acknowledge him when she spoke at the 113th anniversary celebrations of the Philippine Army in Fort Bonifacio on Monday.

Click Inquirer.net

AND: Biazon: Bypassing of senior military officers fuels more rumors

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