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‘Poll fraud probe won’t delay proclamation of president, VP’

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


The ongoing investigation on alleged irregularities during the May 10 nationwide automated polls will not delay the proclamation of the country’s next president and vice-president, Congress leaders assured on Wednesday.

“It [the investigation] will not affect the canvassing. It will not delay the canvassing,” Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said in an interview aired over Bombo Radyo.

The House Committee on Electoral Reforms and Suffrage on Wednesday held a hearing on alleged fraud that took place during the May polls, which included pre-shading of ballots and transmission of results not coming from the official automated counting machines.

Via GMANews.TV

ALSO READ: NP looks into disturbing reports of poll fraud


Smartmatic plans to sue 3 bets over Antipolo caper

SMARTMATIC-Total Information Management (TIM) is mulling charges against presidential candidates Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, environmentalist Nicanor Perlas and Ang Kapatiran standard bearer John Carlos “JC” De Los Reyes for violating provisions of the E-Commerce Act.

“We may take legal action once we meet with our lawyers. But, for now, iyong violation of E-Commerce Act lang ang advice sa amin,” Smartmatic-TIM spokesman Gene Gregorio said.

E-Commerce Act refers to the unauthorized access (hacking or cracking) into or interference in a computer system and server or information and communication system; or any access in order to corrupt, alter, steal, or destroy using a computer or other similar information and communication devices without the knowledge and consent of the owner.

via Business Insight Malaya.


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‘Stop Comelec from destroying CF cards’

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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.


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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NAMFREL: Some PCOS machines failed accuracy test

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – It may have been high-speed, but was it accurate?

A report to be released by the poll watchdog National Citizen’s Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) showed that some Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines failed the accuracy test.

It may have no bearing on the national races, particularly the presidential race, but the questionable accuracy may have had an impact in hotly-contested races in the local front, and in the some cases, neck-and-neck races in the last spots for the Senate.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Clustered precints had perfect attendance on poll day


Estrada camp claims having proof of poll discrepancies

The camp of former President Joseph Estrada vowed to disclose evidence of alleged discrepancies in the results of the 2010 presidential race when Congress convenes as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) to canvass the votes for president and vice president.

In an interview with reporters on Thursday, Estrada’s legal counsel George Erwin Garcia said they will ask Congress to not rely solely on the electronically transmitted results when it convenes as the NBOC on May 31.

“We will be presenting evidence, documents and people to prove that there were indeed irregularities… which we think will reflect on the credibility of the elections,” Garcia said.

via GMANews.TV.

Madrigal, Perlas, De los Reyes charge election system was flawed

MANILA, Philippines—”The question is not whether we should concede to any particular candidate, but whether to concede or not to the validity and integrity of an unproven and flawed automated election system.”

The so-called “bottom-dwellers” in the presidential race— Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, Nicanor Perlas and John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes—made this assertion in a news conference Thursday at the senator’s New Manila, Quezon City, residence.

In a joint statement, they noted that “in the recent euphoria surrounding the perceived success of the automated polls, we may sound like voices crying out in the wilderness.”

Via Inquirer.net

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It’s wait and see for investors

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Foreign investors have adopted a wait-and-see attitude, putting on hold or temporarily withdrawing their investments in the Philippines due to jitters over today’s elections, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo.

“We continue to see inflows from the external markets. Perhaps if there will be – we don’t have the numbers yet – it is because of election jitters,” Guinigundo said.

He pointed out that foreign investors could have adopted a wait-and-see attitude because of the uncertainties brought about by the May 10 elections.

via Philippine Star.


Where are they voting?

MANILA, Philippines – The country holds its first fully automated general elections today, with about 50 million Filipinos expected to pick a new president, vice president and officials to fill nearly 18,000 national and local posts.

Among them are nine candidates seeking the highest office in the land.

Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno Aquino III will vote this morning at Precinct 1758 Central Azucarera Elementary School in Sitio Alto Barangay Central in San Miguel, Tarlac.

Via Phil. Star

Supreme Court ready to resolve auto poll cases

MANILA, Philippines – The Supreme Court (SC) is ready to resolve protests that could arise from the country’s first automated elections today.

SC spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said the High Court is ready to convene as presidential electoral tribunal (PET) after the polls and upon effectivity of its rules as approved by the magistrates before going on recess last week.

“With the new PET Rules out, the Supreme Court is ready to convene as the PET if and when the need arises,” Marquez said.

Via Phil. Star

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MBC disappointed with Comelec decision on manual count (and other newsbits)

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Business Club (MBC) expressed disappointment in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) rejection of proposals to hold a parallel manual count of votes for president, vice president and mayors to ensure that results of the May automated elections are credible.

The MBC is urging this time that the Comelec consider a simultaneous manual tally at least in the race for president, the most critical position.

“We are deeply disappointed in the Comelec for their outright rejection of our proposal to count just three positions in all the ballots cast on May 10,” said MBC in a statement.

Via ABS-CBN News

Madrigal calls for 1-day hunger strike to press for manual vote count

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines—Presidential candidate Ma. Consuelo Jamby Madrigal called on the Filipino people, on Thursday, to go on a one-day hunger strike to protest the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) junking the call for a parallel manual vote count.

“I am asking the whole country to be with me even for one day,” said Madrigal, who began her own hunger strike to call for clean and honest elections on Wednesday.

Madrigal, who held a caravan around Bacolod City Thursday afternoon, said she was surviving on water and calamansi.

via INQUIRER.net.

Lucy to replace Goma in House race

MANILA, Philippines – Television host Lucy Torres will replace her husband, actor Richard Gomez, in the congressional race in Ormoc, Leyte.

“We have decided to substitute Lucy to replace me as candidate in the fourth district of Ormoc, Leyte. We will not wait for en banc decision to come out. In that way, we will not have to go to the Supreme Court to fight another battle and spend more money, time and effort if we win this election,” Gomez said in a text message to The STAR.

Gomez, who is running for congressman in Ormoc, is facing a disqualification case for failure to comply with residency requirements.

Via Phil. Star

White envelopes distributed to Iloilo City voters

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines—Less than two weeks before the May 10 elections, envelopes are already spreading in La Paz District in this city.

But rather than containing money to buy votes, the white envelope is empty and only has a large red “X” mark and the words “Not For Sale” placed on the front.

The envelopes being posted on doors and gates of some residents in 11 barangay (villages) in the district are part of the campaign by the parish against vote-buying.

via Inquirer.net

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Politicians expected at Quiboloy birthday bash

Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, leader of the religious sect The Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name above Every Name (KJC), describes his 60th birthday celebration on Sunday as the “biggest children’s party in the land.”

The sect, founded in 1985, has converted its headquarters at Barangay Sasa here into a “Little Disneyland” for Quiboloy’s very special guests—hundreds of poor and malnourished children from all over Mindanao— and a number of politicians who have been openly courting his support.

“These kids cannot afford to go to Disneyland, so I brought Disneyland to them,” Quiboloy told the Inquirer

via Inquirer.net


Teodoro on Quiboloy bash: ‘I’m after his birthday celebration’

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro said he would attend the birthday bash of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name above Every Name, not for political reasons.

“I am after his birthday celebration,” Teodoro told reporters in his visit here.

Reports indicated that Quiboloy is expected to endorse his presidential candidate on his birthday Sunday.

Among those reportedly invited were Teodoro, his vice presidential partner Edu Manzano, and several other members of the Lakas-Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino-Christian Muslim Democrats senatorial slate.

Asked for a reaction on the possibility that he would be endorsed by Quiboloy, Teodoro said, “Hindi endorsement ang habol ko kundi birthday n’ya.”

Quiboloy’s religious group has over six million members.

Teodoro said he also attended Quiboloy’s birthday celebration last year.

“Itanong mo kung sinong mga kandidato ang nandito last year sa birthday n’ya. Ako lang. Hindi pa ako kandidato noon,” he said. (Inquirer.net)

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Noynoy, Mar keep survey lead

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and his running mate Sen. Manuel Roxas II have maintained their leads in various surveys three weeks before the elections.

The Manila Broadcasting Co.-dzRH survey on April 16 with 6,900 respondents showed Aquino leading the race with 38.6 percent, followed by Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. with 22.8 percent. Former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino got 21.2 percent; former Defense secretary Gilberto Teodoro of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD, 11.3 percent; Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas, 2.7 percent; Sen. Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan, 1.6 percent.

Vetellano Acosta, who had been disqualified, got 0.3 percent, while environmentalist Nicanor Perlas and Sen. Jamby Madrigal each got 0.2 percent. Olongapo City Councilor JC de los Reyes scored 0.1 percent.

via Phil. Star


Man who took a bullet for Noynoy in 1987 feels “spooked’ by him

THE man who took a bullet for Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno Aquino III at the height of the 1987 failed coup attempt is reportedly in hiding amid fears that his former boss is hunting him down, supposedly in an apparent attempt to “silence” him.

Joseph Galleta, a member of the so-called “Yellow Army,” has secured himself and his family after he was informed that Aquino is looking for him to prevent him from revealing that after saving the LP bet’s life in August 28, 1987, he was neglected and was dropped like a hot potato.

Members of the Yellow Army were former security men of Hacienda Luisita that were brought to Malacañang and operated under the command of the Presidential Escort Unit.

via BusinessMirror.


AFP intel official confirms Noynoy meeting with general

A military intelligence official has confirmed the reported meeting between Eastern Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer and presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

“It’s confirmed that they [Aquino and Ferrer] met. The meeting occurred about four days ago,” said the security official who requested anonymity. He said the meeting, which was also attended by several officers, took place in Davao four days ago.

The officers were allegedly disgruntled over their recent assignments within the military organization, the official said.

via GMANews.TV

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Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


Deputy jail warden sacked over Andal press con

MANILA, Philippines – Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo Puno ordered the relief of a jail official for allowing accused mass murderer Datu Unsay Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. to hold a press conference in the Bicutan jail to endorse a political candidate.

Puno ordered the relief of Senior Inspector Lloyd Gonzaga as deputy warden of the Quezon City Jail annex located in Bicutan, Taguig.

Gonzaga reportedly allowed Ampatuan to hold a press conference inside the jail facilities last Tuesday.

via Philippine Star.

Families of Maguindanao massacre victims seek Agra’s disbarment

MANILA, Philippines – The families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre last November yesterday sought the disbarment of Justice Secretary Alberto Agra for dismissing the murder charges against two prominent members of the Ampatuan clan.

Family members of 12 of the massacre victims, represented by lawyer Harry Roque, filed a complaint with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) seeking the removal of Agra from the roll of attorneys.

Agra on Saturday ordered the dropping of murder charges against suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Gov. Zaldy Ampatuan and Maguindanao Vice Gov. Akmad Ampatuan Sr.

via Phil. Star

Jamby threatens to go on hunger strike

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal threatened to go on a hunger strike unless the Commission on Elections (Comelec) adopts a parallel manual count in this year’s polls.

Madrigal made the threat after insisting on seeing Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento immediately despite being told to wait.

She told the Comelec staff that she did not have the time to wait for Sarmiento to finish his press conference because she had a flight to catch.

Via ABS-CBN News

Endorsements seen to boost Binay’s rating

MANILA, Philippines – Endorsements by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and gay-lesbian party Ang Ladlad could further boost the ratings of vice-presidential candidate Jejomar Binay in the homestretch of the vice-presidential race.

In the March 21 to 28 Pulse Asia survey of 3,000 respondents, the Makati City mayor received a 19% rating, just 4 points behind vice-presidential candidate Sen. Loren Legarda who got 23%.

Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda, Pulse Asia research fellow, said Binay, running mate of former President Joseph Estrada, is closing on No. 2 candidate Legarda.

via ABS-CBN News

CA bars taipan Lucio Tan’s daughter from running

THE COURT OF APPEALS HAS BARRED A daughter of taipan Lucio Tan from running for Congress in the first district of Quezon City on the ground that she is not a registered voter.

In a ruling dated April 20, a special division of the appellate court’s Eighth Division ordered the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to remove Vivienne Tan’s name from the voters’ list in Precinct 0853-A of Barangay Sto. Domingo, Quezon City.

Via Inquirer.net

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Gordon sues SWS, Pulse Asia over election-related surveys

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


Presidential candidate Richard Gordon has sued pollsters Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations (SWS), a TV newscast reported on Thursday.

Gordon’s lawyer Chito Diaz told Arnold Clavio on GMA Network’s Unang Hirit morning show he had filed a complaint for damages at a Quezon City regional trial court.

“We are also asking the court for a temporary restraining order (TRO), as well as a writ of preliminary injection,” Diaz said.

via GMANews.TV.


Madrigal joins Gordon drive vs pollsters

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential candidate Sen. Jamby Madrigal has made common cause with fellow candidate, Sen. Richard Gordon, in the latter’s “crusade against the unfair treatment that non-paying presidential candidates are getting” from survey organizations Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).

“Do you know anyone who has taken part in any of the opinion surveys conducted by False Asia and the Surveys of the Wealthy for the Stupid?” Madrigal asked.

Citing Pulse Asia and SWS insiders, the senator said “these polling firms use fraudulent survey methods,” a claim that Gordon made the other day.

via Inquirer.net

PATHETIC. Why doesn’t Gordon just focus his energy on his campaign instead of flying off into rages and suing people? Voters should think twice about supporting someone who can’t control his emotions and acts irrationally when things don’t go his way. Tsk. tsk.

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From BusinessWorld’s columnists

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


The person who gets my vote
TO TAKE A STAND by Oscar P. Lagman Jr.

The country has suffered from 12 years of maladministration — two and a half years of bumbling and plunder by Erap, and nine and a half years of immoderate greed, unconscionable extravagance, and brazen abuse of power by GMA. My choice therefore for the next president is one who will put an end to the wretchedness and shame we have endured long enough.

I dismissed early from consideration J.C. de los Reyes, Nicky Perlas, and Eddie Villanueva. They may be pure of heart and noble of motive, but their lack of exposure to the workings of government render them incapable of undoing the colossal damage wrought by Erap and GMA. As for Jamby Madrigal, she looked lost in the Senate.

Click Oscar P. Lagman Jr..

Needed: Visionary leadership
FRAMEWORK By Elfren Sicangco Cruz

The Philippines needs an honest president who must also be a great leader to transform our country into a great nation. But what is a great leader?

A great transformative leader possesses a paradoxical mixture of personal humility and fierce resolve. They can be shy and fearless; modest and willful at the same time.

Click Elfren Sicangco Cruz

Comelec lapses?
MAP INSIGHTS By Manuel A. Alcuaz, Jr.

The P700-million contract for over-specified secrecy folders is just the latest in a string of Commission on Elections’ lapses. The most applicable definitions I could find for “lapse” from Encarta World British Dictionary include: error, a momentary fault or failure in behavior or morality. I think “lapse” is too polite a word to describe Comelec’s many “sins,” “transgressions,” “misbehavior,” etc.

Before we analyze the P700-million lapse, let me review Comelec’s many other lapses which are costing the nation very dearly.

Click Manuel Alcuaz Jr.

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Saycon tags DND chief in junta plan

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines—Is Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales preparing the military for the possible failure of election of a president on May 10 and the takeover of a junta?

This is the question raised by Pastor “Boy” Saycon of the Council for Philippine Affairs (Copa) based on what he describes as an “A-1 report” from field officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines following quarterly battalion assessments by Gonzales.

“Since when has it been the official function of the DND secretary to conduct battalion assessment with battalion commanders in the AFP? Is he now functioning also as the chief of staff of the AFP? Does Gen. Delfin Bangit know anything about this?” Saycon asked in a recent interview with the Inquirer.

via INQUIRER.net.


Gordon seeks Comelec action on TV ads

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Richard Gordon is asking why the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has not acted on reports that his rivals in the presidential race—Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Villar—may have already overspent on television ads.

While Aquino and Villar may have exceeded the legal limit, TV ads of Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, an independent presidential candidate, have finally gotten airtime, which she claims has been cornered by the two over the past two months.

On Saturday, ABS-CBN started airing Madrigal’s 30-second TV ads on prime time. The same infomercials will be aired shortly by GMA 7.

Via Inquirer.net

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Posted by akosistella on April 15, 2010


Gordon to sue survey firms for conditioning minds of voters

MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon yesterday vowed to file a damage suit against the pre-election survey firms for allegedly conditioning the minds of voters.

Gordon said he ordered his lawyers to file the action for damages against these pollsters tomorrow.

“It (survey) is unfair. They are just conditioning the minds of voters,” he told The STAR.

He said he is particularly annoyed by the inclusion of his name in the surveys conducted even if he did not give his consent to the survey firms to use his name.

“If they intend to make business out of me, they should have informed me that they are including me,” Gordon said.

via Philippine Star.

Miriam to NP, LP: Stop the mudslinging

MANILA, Philippines – Re-electionist Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has called for an end to the mudslinging between the Nacionalista Party (NP) and the Liberal Party (LP), whose two presidential aspirants, senators Manuel Villar Jr. and Benigno Aquino III, have been swapping charges over Villar’s origins as a poor boy and Aquino’s mental health.

“I am calling for a halt to all these mudslinging. Some people are already commenting that this has become the dirtiest campaign in recent history and I join that view,” Santiago said after delivering a speech at the NP rally in Valenzuela last Tuesday evening.

“Can we please discuss issues here? In Politics 101, we are all taught that we must discuss fully every issue… but never dealing with personalities like where Villar really lived exactly in Tondo because he might have been living in a rich man’s enclave in Tondo,” said the feisty senator, who is seeking re-election as guest candidate of the NP, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino and the administration’s Lakas-Kampi.

Click Phil. Star

Jamby’s 1st act if elected president: audit all govt agencies

Independent presidential candidate Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal has vowed to prioritize an audit of all government departments as the very first item on her agenda if she is elected as the country’s next chief executive in the coming May polls.

An extensive audit of government departments would be the first step she will take to fight corruption under her administration, Madrigal said in an interview in GMA 7’s Kandidato.

“Ipapa-audit ko lahat ng departments… Parating sinasabi, may kakulangan ang pondo. Para sa akin, hindi tama iyon. May kumukuha ng pondo kaya kumukulang (I will order an audit of all departments. It’s always said there’s a shortage of funds. But for me, that’s wrong. Somebody is pocketing these funds, that’s why there’s shortage),” she said.

Click GMANews.TV

Binay: GMA travel bill nears P2.5 billion

MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo’s travel expenses since 2007 are expected to hit P2.5 billion, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay said yesterday.

According to Binay, the trips of Mrs. Arroyo from 2007 to 2008 alone cost taxpayers P1.45 billion, well over her official travel budget.

“On top of this, she is expected to have spent a billion more for travel for the whole of 2009 and for the first half of this year, for total travel expenses of P2.5 billion since 2007,” Binay, vice presidential candidate of Pwersa ng Masa-United Opposition under former President Joseph Estrada, said.

Click Phil. Star

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Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


By Conrado de Quiros

THE GAP BETWEEN NOYNOY AQUINO AND Manny Villar is now 12 points. That’s what the latest Pulse Asia survey says. Aquino got 37 percent and Villar 25 percent. It’s the newest twist in a campaign that has unfolded with epic twists and turns.

It has certainly defied expectations. Early this year, when Aquino’s lead fell to only three points, 37 percent to Villar’s 34, giving them a statistical tie in SWS’s poll, the pundits were saying the tide had turned. With his billions, they said, Villar was going to steamroll past Aquino. He wouldn’t stop until he had every adult, and not just every kid, humming his jingle. He was the kind of man, the pundits said, to seize the smallest opportunity and hold on to it tenaciously.

Then, suddenly, inexplicably, miraculously, he unraveled.

Click Conrado de Quiros.

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Easter greetings in an open letter to Kumpareng Manny Villar

Posted by akosistella on April 4, 2010


By William M. Esposo

My dear Kumpareng Manny:

First of all, I sincerely wish you the blessings and the emancipating effects of the TRUTH OF EASTER. Easter is the ultimate confirmation of the TRUTH of Jesus Christ — the fulfillment of the prophecy that the Messiah shall rise three days after death.

We miss the essence of Easter if we fail to live in the light of truth. Our nation is in this sorry state because many Filipinos do not know the truth, especially the historical truth. Thus it becomes the hallmark of a great Filipino leader to enlighten his benighted nation, not exploit it.

Because ours is a benighted nation, it all the more makes it a sacred duty for a serious, sincere writer to use his talent to share the truth with the people who are exploited because they do not know the truth.

When Senator Panfilo Lacson prosecuted you in the Senate for alleged DOUBLE INSERTION in the C-5 Road Project, I defended you. I defended you not because we were Kumpadres (Godfathers) for standing as sponsors in the wedding of Paolo and Carmina Saycon — but because I saw that the charges against you were false and baseless. True enough, the Finance Committee headed then by Senator Juan Ponce-Enrile absolved you.

Click William M. Esposo.

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Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010


[Sen. Manny] Villar is also involved in another land dispute where one of his firms, Crown Asia, is accused of land grabbing. This has to do with a 2.18 hectare property in San Pedro, Laguna sequestered by the Presidential Commission and is said to be owned by the government.

Crown Asia’s claim is being contested by residents and settlers in the area, who said the Calamba City Register of Deeds has no record of the title and Deed of Absolute Sale that Crown Asia presented to prove its claim. It appears that the Supreme Court has declared the land as sequestered property, ownership of which is expected to be formally transferred by the Sandiganbayan to the government anytime soon. The residents are saying that once the transfer to the government is effected, they expect to be given pre-emptive rights to buy and own the property.

What all these indicate is that in his dealings and actions, whether in business, sports, gambling or in politics, clearly Manny Villar will spare nothing to get what he wants. What happens if, despite all his efforts, he still doesn’t get what he wants?


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