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The Philippines’ Problematical New Veep

Posted by akosistella on June 15, 2010


By Philip Bowring

We have to talk about Binay.

There is one big fly in the ointment of reform and clean government promised by the soon-to-be installed administration of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III: his vice-president Jejomar (JesusJosephMary) Binay.

The oft-elected mayor of the Makati district, Manila’s business hub, Binay surprisingly prevailed over Noynoy’s running mate Manuel “Mar” Roxas in the recent polls. Thus the new president finds himself with an uneasy bedfellow in the running mate of Joseph “Erap” Estrada, the president ousted in the People Power revolt against Estrada’s corrupt and incompetent regime.

Binay’s success suggests that the urge for clean government was not the only factor at work in an election which gave Noynoy an overwhelming victory. For Binay, his populist stances, record of effective rule of Makati and high-profile fights with the outgoing administration of Gloria Arroyo triumphed, albeit narrowly, over Roxas, a competent but elitist former investment banker and grandson of the Philippines first president Manuel Roxas. Binay’s own controversial career and alliance with Estrada proved a help, not a handicap for one who has never been a nationally elected senator and with no obvious power base outside the capital.

via Asia Sentinel.


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Comelec dares masked whistleblower to come out, specify fraud allegations

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


(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.


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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Six days after

Posted by akosistella on May 16, 2010


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.

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The Lord of Makati – Can Binay explain his wealth?

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


(Published with kind permission from Newsbreak)

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Binay charged with illegal dismissal of 138 workers

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and City Administrator Marjorie de Veyra were charged before Office of the Ombudsman for the dismissal of 138 casual employees of the city government.

Lawyer Andrei Bon Tagum, who represents the workers, said a legal precedent of the complaint is that those who have worked for more than six months are considered regular employees.

In their complaint, the employees of the Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council (MADAC) and the Makati Action Center (MAC) said they were dismissed from their jobs because of their perceived loyalty to Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado, who is running for mayor against Binay’s son, Councilor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

via Philippine Star .

(GANITO TALAGA SA MAKATI. A friend took this photo of a squatters area in Makati City the day after ABS-CBN/ANC’s Halalan 2010 VP Debate, where Makati City Mayor and UNIDO vice presidential candidate Jejomar Binay claimed there were no squatters in his city. This is located along Guatemala St. in Brgy. San Isidro near Cash and Carry. My friend says “the street is no longer passable because people live on the streets. This scene is repeated on many streets in the richest city in the country. Ganyan sila Binay sa Makati!” Well as Binay’s ad goes: “Ke Binay gaganda ang buhay!”)


BIR seeks overturn of Makati tax ruling

MANILA, Philippines – The Bureau of Internal Revenue plans to file a motion for reconsideration before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) regarding the court’s decision to issue a temporary restraining order that prevents the BIR from garnishing the real properties of the Makati City government.

Tan-Torres said his office has been informed that the CTA issued the order last week. “The CTA has issued a restraining order barring us from garnishing the real properties, movable equipment and vehicles, bank accounts of Makati City. We have to abide by that order…but we will file a motion for reconsideration,” he said.

The CTA acted on a motion filed by the Makati government following the BIR’s April 8 decision to slap a lien on the city government’s properties following the failure of the Makati government to settle its taxes.

via Phil. Star

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Pimentel: Comelec bought ballot folders for P380 each

Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010


Election officials had bought nearly two million ballot secrecy folders for the May 10 elections at an overpriced rate of P380 each, Senate Minority Leader Aquilino Pimentel Jr. alleged on Sunday.

Citing information from a confidential source, Pimentel claimed there had been no bidding for the folders, which will be used to cover the ballot during voting. He declined to name the company that had bagged the contract from the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“I want Chairman [Jose] Melo to investigate this matter because this will taint the integrity of the Comelec. It looks like more than P300 per piece is too much… I cannot name my source because doing so will endanger his life,” Pimentel told GMANews.TV in Filipino.

Click GMA News.TV


Probe sought on ‘wrong’ ink for UV markings on ballots

Senatorial aspirant Jose de Venecia III on Sunday called on the House of Representatives and the Senate to look into the reported use of wrong ink for ultraviolet security markings printed on ballots for the May 10 polls.

De Venecia said the joint Congressional Oversight Committee on Poll Automation should determine whether the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-Total Information Management Inc, the consortium that will automate the May 10 polls, conspired so that ballots would not be verified as genuine or not.

“We urge the [committee] to immediately take cognizance of this seeming connivance of the Comelec and [Smartmatic-TIM] to remove a vital security safeguard for the [ballots] intended for our all-important electoral exercise,” he said in a statement.

Click GMA News TV

AND: Comelec, security officials decide Makati’s fate today.

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Lakas senate bets grumble over fund lack

Posted by akosistella on March 11, 2010

Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III and lawyer Raul Lambino pointed to the dearth of television and newspaper advertisements, and campaign posters for the candidates.

“We’re being out-postered by the opposition,” Bello rued in a phone interview, referring to the more popular reelectionist senators and congressmen topping the polls for senatorial candidates.

“We’re out-advertised. It’s as if we’re not running,” said Lambino, who initially denounced the Lakas-Kampi coalition then turned around and joined the slate as a substitute candidate.

Click INQUIRER Politics.


COA asks Binay, et al to explain ‘deficiency’ in P1.2B projects

MANILA, Philippines–The Commission on Audit has asked the Makati City government to explain why it implemented P1.2 billion worth of infrastructure projects last year without the approval of the city council.

State auditor Danilo Rodriquez of the Makati COA told the Inquirer that the agency sent an Audit Observation Memorandum (AOM) dated Feb. 18 in which it asked for an explanation from Mayor Jejomar Binay as well as the city accountant and city budget officer.

Rodriguez said that as of Wednesday, he has yet to receive a reply from any of the three officials.

Click Inquirer.net


Madrigal, 2 VP bets to inspect ballots, poll machines

Only presidential aspirant Senator Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal and two vice presidential hopefuls have agreed to inspect ballots and automated poll machines on Thursday at the request of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Earlier, the Comelec invited presidential and vice presidential candidates to visit the National Printing Office in Quezon City (NPO) where the ballots are being printed, and Smartmatic-TIM’s warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna where the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines units are being stored.

Click GMA News TV

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Binay son ousted in council shakeup

Posted by akosistella on January 20, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Makati City Councilor Jejomar Binay Jr. and eight other legislators walked out of the city council session on Tuesday amid moves by Vice Mayor Ernesto Mercado and the latter’s allies to strip him of his chairmanship of two committees.“Binababoy n’yo ang session You are making a mockery of the session,” Binay told Mercado and his allies as he left.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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