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Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.’s final report on alleged fraud in the May 2010 elections

Posted by akosistella on June 28, 2010


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Observations, Conclusions and Recommendations pp. 21-27 of Chairman’s report

Complete document

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The congressmen/women who killed the FOI bill

Posted by akosistella on June 6, 2010


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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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Corona names Carpio-Morales as head of House electoral tribunal

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales takes over as chair of the Supreme Court’s third division and the High Court’s contingent to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) after a reorganization by Chief Justice Renato Corona.

In one of his first administrative orders, Corona assumed his new post as chair of the first division of the SC with Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. as working chair and Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Mariano del Castillo and Jose Perez as members.

SC spokesman and court administrator Jose Midas Marquez told reporters that the chief justice traditionally sits as chair of the first division.

via Philippine Star.

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Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin statement at Comm. on Suffrage’s 7th hearing

Posted by akosistella on May 28, 2010


(May 28, 2010; Batasang Pambansa Complex, Quezon City)

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Smartmatic says flash cards 100% ‘tamper-proof’

Posted by akosistella on May 22, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Voting machine vendor Smartmatic on Friday stood by the integrity of the automated election system despite claims of fraud by lawmakers who lost their re-election bids in the May 10 elections.

Cesar Flores, Smartmatic Asia-Pacific president, maintained that the compact flash cards for the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines could not be tampered even if they are stolen and someone tries to replace its data with fake election results.

“Everything is encrypted with 108 encryption, which is used by banks to scramble data. If they try to access the data, they cannot because it’s scrambled. If you take the card, you won’t be able to read it,” the Smartmatic executive said during the House of Representatives hearing on the alleged election cheating

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ALSO READ:

PPCRV uncovers apparent fraud in Basilan

Malacañang behind poll fraud claim-Locsin

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Comelec says losing bet behind ‘Robin’

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) believes a defeated presidential candidate is behind alleged whistleblower “Robin”, the masked man who claimed he was involved in massive fraud in the May 10 automated elections.

“Robin”, whose masked appearance has been likened to a koala bear, revealed a massive electronic cheating operation using alleged authentic ballots and “player” precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines to rig the May 10 election tally.

According to Robin, their group has copies of the 15 million original ballots, and they transmitted their results to the Comelec server before the actual PCOS machines in use in precincts and canvassing centers transmitted the results.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Nograles moves back proclamation timetable

Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Presidential frontrunner Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III might have to wait longer before Congress proclaims him winner in the May 10 presidential election.

Speaker Prospero Nograles has moved back the proclamation timetable by more than three weeks, from June 4 to June 30, when President Arroyo must hand over power at noon to her successor, as Congress looks for indications of automated poll fraud.

In a television interview, Nograles said the Senate and the House of Representatives would be able to proclaim the winning candidates for president and vice president “on or before high noon of June 30.”

via Philippine Star.

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Enrile squelches ‘no proclamation’ scenarios

SENATE President Juan Ponce Enrile squelched “no proclamation” scenarios owing to anomalies attending the May 10 automated elections as he assured that the joint congressional canvass of presidential votes, which starts next week, could be completed before June 30.

“We will try to make it [canvassing] fast but we are not going to sacrifice accuracy for speed,” Enrile said. “But we can assure the nation that we will finish it on time to proclaim a President and [a] Vice President before June 30. We estimate that the session for the canvassing could be over by June 4,” he added.

Enrile explained that the Senate and the House will first meet separately on Monday to draft the canvassing rules and then convene in joint session on Tuesday afternoon to approve the rules that will apply when they start canvassing the votes prior to proclaiming the official winners in the elections for president and vice president, as mandated in the Constitution.

Via BusinessMirror

AND: Estrada camp wary of Congressional canvass

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‘Teddy Boy’ blows top at Smartmatic official

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines 3rd UPDATE – Makati City Rep. Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr., one of staunchest defenders of election automation, blew his top during Thursday’s House inquiry into alleged poll fraud and cursed at a representative of poll automation supplier Smartmatic.

“You sons of bitches! You had us standing here guaranteeing to the public and the world that even if fraud is committed, we would be able to trace it. We never said that fraud could never be committed, but you said we could trace it. But now, you tell me that at 10 in the evening, you could do it [cheat] and we would never know?” Locsin, chairman of the House committee on electoral reforms and suffrage, told Heider Garcia of Smartmatic.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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House probe into ‘hocus PCOS’ stalls Comelec tasks

MANILA, Philippines – The Congressional probe into allegations of electronic cheating during the automated elections is causing delays in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) tasks, including canvassing and proclaiming election winners, an official said Thursday.

“The allegations of ‘koala boy’ are preventing us from efficiently doing our job,” said Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, referring to the election fraud whistleblower who appeared on ABS-CBN wearing a mask that made his face look like a koala bear’s.

“We’re supposed to be conducting meetings now and coordinating with field officials, but we can’t do it,” he added.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Comelec orders Antipolo vote machines, junked poll materials probed

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Editorials

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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BusinessMirror: Truth-seeking, not sour grapes

THE House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms opened on Wednesday hearings into allegations of irregularities in the May 10 elections, mostly the result of human manipulation of what should otherwise have been an exhilarating and peaceful—because speedy—exercise. It’s just as well that the House panel clearly laid down the spirit guiding the effort to uncover the truth, in order to keep out those who have “no real or helpful evidence to offer, only their grief [at losing],” as the panel’s very articulate chairman, Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr., put it.

via BusinessMirror.

Phil. Star: Welcome gesture

While some officials eagerly accepted and even lobbied for midnight appointments from President Arroyo, particularly for positions with tenure that the beneficiaries hope cannot be invalidated by the next administration, Jesus Verzosa has given the nation a welcome gesture of delicadeza.

Via Phil. Star

Malaya: Catching foot-in-mouth disease

CHIEF Justice Renato Corona the other day said he will ask his wife Maria Cristina to resign as chairman of John Hay Management Corp. a subsidiary of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority. Corona said the resignation takes effect on June 30. This is to put to rest allegations of conflict of interest, he said.

Has Mrs. Corona any other choice?

Via Malaya

Inquirer: Corona of thorns

LET US BE CLEAR: IF THERE IS A POLITICAL storm gathering over the designation of Renato Corona as the new chief justice, it is not the fault, or even the doing, of presumptive president-elect Benigno Aquino III. If you slap a man in the face, he might strike back or turn the other cheek, but in either case, he is merely reacting to the provocation.

Via Inquirer

Daily Tribune: Credibility is foremost

Revelations about massive fraud in the recent automated elections that, if true, make the “Hello Garci” scandal look like child’s play, have been surfacing in volumes that are now difficult to dismiss, putting the mandate on potential president Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino in great doubt.

Via Daily Tribune

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

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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

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

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

Via GMANews.TV

ALSO READ: Aquino urged to retain Verzosa

Dinky Soliman: Amoy lupa? Not me

AND:

Manny Pacquiao vows support for Noynoy Aquino

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

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

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

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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

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Comelec dares masked whistleblower to come out, specify fraud allegations

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


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(Updated 4:59 PM) The masked “whistleblower” who alleged that fraud took place during the May elections was dared by the Commission on Elections Comelec on Wednesday to come out in the open and specify his charges. An apparently irked Comelec chairman Jose Melo told the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms that the poll body was “ready to answer questions” but that the whistleblower has not given any substantive statement.”He must come out and identify himself and come out with specific charges,” Melo said.

via GMANews.TV.

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Nograles to sue Comelec, Smartmatic, others for sabotage

MANILA, Philippines—House Speaker Prospero Nograles said Wednesday he plans to file charges of election sabotage against officials of the Commission on Elections, some members of the Board of Election Inspectors and equipment supplier Smartmatic TIM.

In a statement, Nograles, who lost his bid for mayor of Davao City, has offered the House of Representatives as a sanctuary for potential witnesses who were the “least guilty” in alleged electoral fraud.

Nograles said that while the elections were generally credible, reports of automated election fraud from all over the country can no longer be dismissed as minor glitches.

Via Inquirer.net

MEANWHILE, CHECK OUT how Louie Locsin, spouse of Rep. Teddyboy Locsin, was herself a victim of poll fraud in Makati City:

(Photo 1: Votes cast and recorded before 8pm May 10, 2010)

(Photo 2: Votes being cast from 10 pm until 3:30 am May 11, 2010)

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President controls pork barrel – DBM official

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – It is the president who controls the release of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), popularly known as pork barrel funds, and not the Speaker of the House, a budget official said.

Militant lawmakers have complained that President Arroyo has been impounding their funds since 2005 when they started filing impeachment cases against her.

Some senators, including leading presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Francis Escudero, claim they have not been receiving their annual allocations.

via Philippine Star.

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Lakas House bloc consolidating

MANILA, Philippines – Outgoing President Arroyo presided last night over another meeting of newly elected congressmen belonging to the Lakas-Kampi-CMD in Malacañang in an effort to consolidate the party that faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives.

Party stalwarts said the meeting would try to finalize the selection of its candidate for speaker of the House.

“This is another consolidation meeting with elected Lakas-Kampi-CMD congressmen. But one thing is certain, we will not forfeit the fight for the speakership,” said Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman, reportedly among those being considered for the speakership.

Via Phil. Star

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House hearing on alleged poll fraud today

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—The House of Representatives is set to begin an inquiry today on allegations that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines used in the May 10 elections were tampered with to favor some candidates.

Speaker Prospero Nograles, Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr., chairman of the committee on electoral reforms and suffrage, and several congressmen will meet with officials of the Commission on Elections and its automation partner, Smartmatic Inc., at 1 p.m. to seek their explanation on mounting allegations of fraud in the last election.

“Smartmatic people have guaranteed the public that they (PCOS) are hack-free. . . . Suppose there are now evidence gathered that they were in fact not tamper-proof, what is the remedy?” Nograles said.

Nograles earlier proposed to put on hold the full payment to Smartmatic until all allegations about the credibility of the PCOS machines have been dispelled.

“I will not agree to giving Smartmatic full payment because the guarantees were not fulfilled based on the initial report that we have,” he said.

Citing an HBO documentary film, Hacking Democracy, the House leader said it was possible to manipulate the PCOS machines. The documentary was filmed over three years documenting the investigation of irregularities with e-voting systems that occurred during the US 2002 and 2004 elections, especially in Florida.

On Tuesday, reports came out about a masked man claiming that electronic vote-shaving took place in the last presidential election. (Inquirer.net)

ALSO READ:

Pinoy resilience made May polls possible despite gov’t failures — int’l observers

It was only because of the resilience of the Filipino people – teachers who acted as Board of Election Inspectors and voters – that the automated poll was made possible, an international observers mission that monitored the May 10 polls concluded.

The mission noted, on the other hand, that the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and its poll body failed to address election-related problems such as widespread intimidation, vote buying, corruption and violence, among others.

In a report submitted Tuesday to Senator Francis Escudero, co-chairman of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on the Automated Elections System (JCOC-AES), the People’s International Observers Mission (PIOM) said that the recent elections were not peaceful or violence-free, fair or honest.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: 60 controversial PCOS machines now in Senate custody

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‘Stop Comelec from destroying CF cards’

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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THREE losing presidential candidates have asked the Supreme Court for a temporary restraining order on the Commission on Elections to prevent it from destroying the compact flash (CF) cards that malfunctioned before and during the May 10 elections.

At the same time, the petitioners—Sen. Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, Nicanor Perlas and John Carlos “JC” delos Reyes—asked the Court to stop the poll body from implementing Comelec Resolution 8914 because it violates the people’s constitutional guaranteed right to information.

This is because the resolution has required affected Boards of Canvassers (BOCs) to delete from the laptops used in the canvass of votes data on the results of the final testing and sealing (FTS) of the CF cards.

via BusinessMirror.

ALSO READ:

House panel to hear allegations against Smartmatic

SPEAKER Prospero Nograles yesterday ordered the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms to exercise Congress’ oversight functions to determine the truth behind allegations that the country’s first automated elections were tainted with fraud and irregularities.

“I’ve ordered the committee to look into all the complaints regarding the conduct of the automated elections in the face of the allegations of electronic fraud and pre-determined election results or ‘hocus PCOS’ (precinct count optical scan machines),” he said.

Officials of the Commission on Elections and its automation partner Smartmatic are expected to attend the hearing and shed light on the concerns that congressmen will raise.

Via Malaya

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

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


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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.

ALSO READ:

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

Posted in 2010 elections, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Manny Villar, News, Noynoy Aquino, Philippine politics | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Six days after

Posted by akosistella on May 16, 2010


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METHOD TO MADNESS
By Patricia Evangelista

HIGH NOON, MAY 10. A FAT FIST SMACK-SMACKING against the cracked yellow wall, the mouth with the cracked red lipstick flapping open and closed, her gay lieutenant yapping in refrain. Cheating, screams the pudgy woman, as the madding crowd outside the classroom cheers. Inside, the teachers in white and stripes continue to count, shoulders wincing at each pounded fist. The numbers join the rabble, greasy elbow to empty gut, the hallway shrinks, and a teacher is shoved and mobbed.

Wet T-shirt day in Payatas-A, 6,000 votes for the taking, chipped red nail polish, swaggering bad boys in their wife-beater shirts and denim cut-offs leering down sweating cleavages in padded pink bras. Waiting three hours, says the old man in the baseball cap. Five hours, says the mother with the missing front tooth. Squares of paper brandished, numbers hand-printed, teachers in crisp white calling on 204.

Click Patricia Evangelista.

Posted in 2010 elections, Comelec, Dick Gordon, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Noynoy Aquino, Opinion, Philippine politics, Regions | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »