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SC asked to order return to manual elections

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—A citizens group wants the Supreme Court to stop the Commission on Elections from implementing the automated polls and revert to manual balloting.

But at the same time, the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) said that the May 10 polls should push through, saying that a delay in the elections was part of a plot to put up a military junta.

“We will oppose all efforts to postpone the holding of the elections as this will inevitably lead to the transition [military] junta that (Defense Secretary) Norberto Gonzales has been advocating,” said lawyer and CCM president Harry Roque Jr. in a news conference a few hours before filing the petition.

Via Inquirer.net


Comelec preparing for special elections in some places

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections is preparing to hold special elections in certain precincts in case the replacement compact flash cards do not arrive on time for the computerized voting on Monday, Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said.

Melo, in an interview with the media Wednesday, said the Comelec is drafting a contingency plan in case Smartmatic TIM Corp., the automated elections supplier, fails to complete the replacement of the defective compact flash cards in the 76,300 precincts.

Melo said the poll body anticipates that about five percent of the precincts—“mostly in far-flung areas”—will not have elections on May 10.

Via Inquirer.net

Whistle-blower quits Comelec

MANILA, Philippines—The whistle-blower in the ballot secrecy folder scandal that rocked the Commission on Elections is calling it quits because of threats to his life.

Lawyer Melchor Magdamo said he received warnings that he may be at risk and has decided to resign from the poll body, which he joined in 2008, working in the office of Chair Jose Melo.

Magdamo exposed the alleged irregularities in the P700-million contract for the purchase of ballot secrecy folders to be used in the elections.

via INQUIRER.net.


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‘Don’t be surprised if frontrunner loses’

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The race for the presidency is still wide open, Malacañang said yesterday.

Speaking to reporters, Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan said Filipinos must not be surprised if the winner is not among the frontrunners in the surveys.

“Elections give us a lot of surprises,” he said.

Peyuan said figures from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed some 50 million registered voters nationwide, out of a population of about 92 to 94 million.

via Philippine Star.

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Military chief assures bishops about peaceful elections

MANILA, Philippines—Armed Forces chief of staff General Delfin Bangit said he saw no reason for a repeat of a People Power Revolution as he assured Catholic church officials that the military would do its best to ensure that the May 10 elections are peaceful and credible.

Bangit met with the permanent council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in Manila on Tuesday, and he said he briefed them about the Armed Forces’ preparations for the forthcoming elections.

The permanent council acts for and on behalf of the CBCP when the plenary assembly is not in session.

Via Inquirer.net


Palace: Arroyo in no hurry to name new chief justice

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is not in a hurry to name the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

This, a day after the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said it will submit on Wednesday to the President its 4 nominees for the highest post in the judiciary.

According to Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan, the President is not in a hurry as she is not under time pressure to make an appointment.


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Malaya and Mla Times opinions

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


MALAYA EDITORIAL: Caligula’s horse

WHEN Roman Emperor Caligula appointed his beloved horse Incitatus a consul, his action was treated as just another proof of his insanity. So when Gloria Arroyo appointed her personal manicurist as a member of the board of trustees of Pag-IBIG Fund, what then do we make of it?

We already know that Gloria is madly obsessed with power and wealth. But we certainly had no inkling she was mad in the way Caligula was. There are parallels. Caligula was a tyrant with a glutton’s appetite for extravagance. Now, the similarities are converging with the appointment of Anita Carpon to the policymaking body of a P230 billion government financial institution.

Via Malaya

The homestretch

So what is my fearless forecast? Noynoy-Mar. With Erap-Binay at Number Two. Or possibly Villar-Binay at number two, and Erap-Loren a close third.

Of course, fearless forecasts do not consider the risks of an automated Garci, as my friend Gus Lagman, who was with me in planning the anti-Marcos Makati rallies back in 1983, calls the looming hazard of the Venezuelan company called Smartmatic.

Last-minute money will give a small perk, but by and large, with the margins between 14-15, local executives will just use the presidentiable’s money either to ensure his mayoralty or congressional win, or pocket the same altogether. It can buy the local incumbent a new luxury car, or the wife a fabulous bauble from Hong Kong jewellers. As the sad spectacle of Gibo’s reliance on “party machinery” is showing, you cannot anchor a presidential run on flags of convenience.


DAILY TRIBUNE EDITORIAL: Generals take a stand

The tug of war between Gloria and Noynoy to win the support of the military for an extra-constitutional power grab, a caretaker junta on the one hand and another coup d’etat masked as another people power on the other, may result in both political opportunists cancelling out each other.

The command conference at Camp Aguinaldo the other day tackled, among others, contingency plans in the event of a failure of elections and that the military top brass who are mainly members of Class 1978 did make a vow not to allow a government that would not be coming out of the elections — which is both Gloria’s junta as being sold by Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales in his rounds on military camps and Noynoy and his yellows’ planned power takeover through another Edsa revolt. And why not, since the Noynoy Aquinos of the world, along with the yellows of this same world, never respect the rule of law, believing in the rule of force to get what they want.

Daily Tribune

Inconsistency, thy name is yellow
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Of all the highly political groups, the most inconsistent in their arguments are the civil socialites who have now donned the yellow color.

They excoriated the Supreme Court for affirming its decision granting the incumbent Malacañang tenant the power and authority to appoint the next chief justice. They insist that their interpretation of the constitutional provision on midnight appointments ban as applied to the SC justices is the correct one, concluding that the high court, with this recent affirmation of its earlier ruling, merely proved to be a puppet of Malacañang and a rubber stamp.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

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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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Filipinos not backing junta, says Enrile

Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Take it from Marcos’ martial law administrator himself.

Filipinos won’t accept a junta even if the May elections fail and produce no successor to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, according to Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile.

Enrile acknowledged that a military takeover was possible in a tense situation, such as a failure of elections.


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Another People Power Revolution in the making?

Posted by akosistella on March 26, 2010

By Jose Ma. Montelibano

After a presidential spokesperson uttered the words “military takeover” in the context of a missing Supreme Court Chief Justice, all sorts of reactions were uttered in response. Since the spokesperson was Charito Planas, a senior citizens and a veteran of Philippine affairs for five decades, her words were not seen as a slip of the tongue. They could have been, but Charito knows better than to provoke unwanted speculations in one of the most partisan moments of the country. Besides being such a contentious period, today also experiences the most unpopular president in Philippine history, and one of the least trusted among known personalities in Philippine society. What, then, prompted a presidential spokesperson to mention the possibility of a military takeover should no presidential candidate be declared as the winner in the coming elections?

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Déjà vu

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

By Conrado de Quiros

THE SENSATION WAS TRULY LIKE HAVING spun back in time and reliving 1972 all over again. That was what I felt last Monday after Malacañang’s spokespersons went into overdrive to assure the public that fears of a failure of election, and worse an extension of GMA’s rule, all resided in the mind of her critics and that she herself was bent on leaving at the end of her term.

Those assurances came in the wake of public furor over the Supreme Court’s ruling exempting GMA from the ban on midnight appointments, allowing her specifically to name the new chief justice. A development that clinched it in the minds of those who had gotten anxious about the way the elections, the first automated elections in the history of the country, were going, which was nowhere. If those elections turn out to be a mess, sparking more strident denunciations of cheating than have hitherto been known, the President can declare a failure, and supported by a new chief justice make it stick.

Click Conrado de Quiros.

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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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Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

Phil. Star: Junta

Considering the country’s recent political history, officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines should not be surprised that the public easily succumbs to speculation that the military might be used to facilitate cheating in the general elections in May. The worse speculation is that the AFP will be used to create a scenario that will warrant the declaration of a failure of elections, which could pave the way for President Arroyo to stay on beyond noon of June 30.

Click Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Small sacrifice

For the good of the country, we urge Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to resign before the May 10 elections to pave the way for the election of a new Senate president. The election of a new Senate president will help relieve the nation’s fear and uncertainty over a power vacuum in the event of a failure of elections.

Click Inquirer

Malaya: P100B stimulus package

FINANCE Secretary Margarito Teves’ announcement yesterday that, contrary to earlier official pronouncements, the government will pursue a P100 billion stimulus package this year should be taken with a grain of salt.

Click Malaya

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Why the most feared scenario is the least likely scenario

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

By William M. Esposo | The Philippine Star

This most feared scenario of GMA continuing to rule after June 30, 2010 is viewed by your Chair Wrecker as the least likely scenario. Let’s not even go to a head count of the AFP officers who will follow GMA. Let’s go and review if even her top political operators — Ronnie Puno first and foremost of them – would be willing to take big risks for her. How about Bert Gonzales and Leandro Mendoza? Will they take big risks for GMA?

They used to suppress dissent by citing “protecting the duly constituted authority” as their official cover. They can no longer apply that official cover to extend GMA’s term. In their hearts and minds, they know what can be done at this stage and what acts are considered sheer madness, if not suicidal.

Take the case of Ronnie Puno. Ronnie is a survivor with a talent for reinventing himself to be useful in new conditions. From his role during the Marcos regime, Ronnie has reinvented himself during the terms of Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and GMA. Don’t be surprised if Ronnie has already started the process of reinventing himself in the new administration.

Click William M. Esposo.

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Marines chief vows not to support military junta

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – A top military officer has denied reports that the military would set up a junta in case of a failure of elections on May 10.

Major General Juancho Sabban, head of the Philippine Marines, said he was against a military junta. “No more military junta,” Sabban said. “Ayaw namin doon (We don’t want it).”

Sabban said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) would work to ensure the success of the May 10 polls.

Click ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Military officials deny ‘possible’ junta if May polls fail

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Officials from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class ’77 and ’78 asserted Monday that there will be no junta in case there will be a failure of elections come May.

“I will assure you there is nothing like that and we are not going to be party to any unconstitutional means of taking over the government,” said Army Chief Lieutenant General Reynaldo Mapagu in a chance interview following the 113th Philippine Army Founding Anniversary celebration at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

Click Inquirer.net

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Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

Malaya: Junta a remote possibility

GARY Olivar, deputy presidential spokesman, is right. Takeover by a junta is an extremely remote possibility in the event of a failure of elections on May. 10. Indeed, the more likely possibility is that Gloria Arroyo will stay in Malacañang in an acting capacity and proceed from there on to make herself permanent head of government.

Click Business Insight Malaya.

Inquirer: Cracks in the barracks

IT does no good for any administration spokesman to address public fears about a military takeover by arguing, as Secretary Ricardo Saludo did the other day, that the country has never suffered a general failure of elections. Just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it cannot happen at all.

Click Inquirer

BusinessMirror- No debate: Jobs matter

But former labor undersecretary Susan Ople says the results of the latest NSO labor-force survey are “deceptive.”

“We shouldn’t just look at the numbers but also at the quality of jobs being generated. Most of these jobs are seasonal and contractual, and some are even campaign- or election-driven,” Ople pointed out. We should even expect further increases in unemployment and underemployment rates, particularly in the provinces affected by the ongoing power crisis, she adds.

Click BusinessMirror

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Arroyo can be sued for treason over military junta

Posted by akosistella on March 22, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — Liberal Party bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should be the last person to think of ceding control of the government to a military junta because of her constitutional duty to uphold civilian supremacy.

“The very first action of a Chief Executive is to uphold the Constitution which clearly states the supremacy of civilian authority over the military. To let a military junta take control and do nothing is nonfeasance,” said Aquino who noted that the President could be held liable for treason.

In a phone interview, Aquino said he was shocked why the President, through her assigned spokesperson, would even consider giving way to a military junta in case of a failure of elections.

Click INQUIRER Politics.


Senate can stop junta – lawmakers

MANILA, Philippines – If there is any institution that can derail the supposed plan of President Arroyo to extend her term or the possibility of a military takeover in case there is a failure of elections on May 10, it is the Senate.

This is according to representatives Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City and Edno Joson of Nueva Ecija, and former senator Ralph Recto, who is seeking re-election under the Liberal Party.

“The key to preventing an extended GMA term or a military takeover lies in the hands of our honorable senators. For the sake of national interest, they should set aside partisan politics, get their act together and resolve the issue on the succession to the presidency in accordance with the Constitution,” Rodriguez said.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Military takeover is far-fetched, says spokesman

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Palace sees junta if polls collapse

Posted by akosistella on March 20, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang yesterday assured the public there would be no failure of elections this May but warned of a possible military takeover in the ensuing chaos arising from such an event.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Charito Planas said President Arroyo is definitely stepping down on June 30 and arrangements were already laid out for a peaceful turnover to the next chief executive.

Planas made the statement amid talks of a possible failure of the country’s first nationwide automated elections allegedly being orchestrated by the administration to prolong Mrs. Arroyo’s stay in power, starting with the appointment of her trusted generals to top posts in the military.

Click Philippine Star.


AFP, PNP chiefs meet amid talk of failure of elections

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Gen. Delfin Bangit and Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director-General Jesus Verzosa met behind closed doors in Camp Crame on Friday.

The two were tight-lipped about the meeting.

But observers said it may have something to do with Verzosa’s position on the possibility of having a holdover president in the event of a failure of elections.

Click ABS-CBN News

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