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

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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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

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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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Newly proclaimed senators vow to support Aquino presidency

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


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Newly proclaimed senators from different political parties on Saturday vowed to support the administration of winning presidential bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, and called for unity among their ranks days after the country’s first nationwide automated polls.

Senator-elect Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr., who ran under the administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD, said winning candidates should go beyond political lines and rally behind Aquino.

“Siya ang hinalal ng sambayanan. Siya ang pinagkatiwalaan. Mapa-oposisyon, mapa-administrasyon, dapat suportahan sya. Ang nakataya rito ang kinabukasan ng ating sambayanan (He’s the one elected by the people. He’s the one they put their trust on. Whether you’re with the opposition or administration, you should support him. Our nation’s future hinges on this),” he said.

via GMANews.TV.

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Aquino vows justice for murdered LP ally

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


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TARLAC CITY—Apparent President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said that he would pursue justice for a murdered friend and chief of staff of a Liberal Party leader who was gunned down by policemen in a Cavite town on Election Day.

Aquino, together with his running mate Sen. Manuel Araneta “Mar” Roxas II, went to Enriquez Funeral Chapel in this city at 11 a.m. to condole with relatives and friends of retired Col. Arnulfo Obillos, the chief of staff of former Congressman Plaridel Abaya.

Bacoor gunfight

Obillos, a resident of this province, along with another Abaya bodyguard, Sgt. Juanito Paraiso, were killed when police in Bacoor, Cavite, opened fire at them as they accompanied Abaya to the town police station to complain about alleged harassment of Abaya supporters.

via INQUIRER.net.

MEANWHILE:

Noynoy open to LP-NP House alliance vs GMA

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said yesterday he is open to an alliance with the Nacionalista Party (NP) of rival Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. in the House of Representatives for as “long as it would be for the good of the nation.”

Outgoing Quezon City Mayor Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. also said that an alliance between the two parties is “possible” to be able to come up with a majority to support his bid for speaker of the House of Representatives.

Belmonte is expected to be pitted against President Arroyo in the battle for the speaker’s post. Malacañang said the President has an “advantage” in the contest.

Via Phil. Star

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Alleged fertilizer scam point man loses gubernatorial bid in Capiz

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


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CEBU CITY — It’s official: Capiz reelectionist Gov. Victor Tanco (Liberal Party) has won his reelection bid against the controversial former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante, the alleged architect of the fertilizer scam.

Bolante lost not only the gubernatorial post but a chance to gain political vindication from the public drubbing that he got when he was made to face a Senate inquiry on the fertilizer scam. The Senate hearings had recommended charges to be filed against him and several government officials.

Likely president-elect, Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Mar Roxas, a native of Capiz and Aquino’s running mate under the Liberal Party, personally campaigned in the province against the election bid of Bolante.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Dy beats Padaca in Isabela’s race for governor

ILAGAN, Isabela, Philippines —- Rep. Faustino Dy III derailed the reelection bid of Gov. Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca after votes from the two remaining Isabela towns were canvassed by the provincial board of canvassers at past 7 p.m. Thursday.

Dy, whose brothers were defeated by Padaca in the 2004 and 2007 gubernatorial races, received 274,757 votes while Padaca got 271,319 votes from 35 towns and one city.

Padaca was leading by at least 3,000 votes on Thursday afternoon before votes from Angadanan and Palanan towns were received by the PBOC.

Via Inquirer.net

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Congress leaders move to advance vote canvass

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Moving for an early canvassing of votes for the two highest elective posts in the land, the leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives started talks Thursday to change the legislative calendar.

Both chambers are scheduled to hold a joint session to canvass the votes for president and vice president starting May 31, but Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Speaker Prospero Nograles and Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri agreed in principle Thursday to convene at the soonest time possible.

However, Enrile and Zubiri disclosed at the Kapihan sa Senado forum that what was preventing Congress from swiftly convening as the National Board of Canvassers was the Commission on Elections’ piecemeal submission of Certificates of Canvass.

via INQUIRER.net, .

AND: No quorum for early Canvass vote

Two election monitoring groups dispute Comelec’s claim of ‘success’ in May 10 polls

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Winners in Luzon polls a mix of old and new

BAGUIO CITY — A mix of new and old faces will lead provinces and cities in Northern and Central Luzon in the next three years.

In the Ilocos region, proclaimed governors were Imee Marcos (NP) of Ilocos Norte, Luis “Chavit” Singson (Bileg) of Ilocos Sur and Manuel Ortega (NPC) of La Union. Reelected Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr. (Lakas-Kampi-CMD) had yet to be proclaimed on Thursday pending the completion of the provincial canvass.

Marcos, Singson and Ortega supported the candidacy of Nacionalista Party standard bearer Manuel Villar Jr.

Via Inquirer.net

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Aquino-Roxas tandem overwhelms opponents in voting in US

Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


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WASHINGTON – Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III of the Liberal Party won more votes than all the other presidential candidates combined in the District of Colombia and 10 other states that the Philippine embassy here had jurisdiction over in the May 10 general elections.

Consul General Domingo Nolasco, chairman of the Special Board of Canvassers for the US, said of 1,723 absentee ballots cast within the embassy’s area of control, 981 went to Aquino.

In second place was Lakas-Kampi’s Gilbert Teodoro with 213 votes followed by Nacionalista Party’s Manuel Villar (181) and Bagumbayan’s Richard Gordon (141).

Similarly, Aquino’s running mate Mar Roxas received more votes than all the other vice presidential aspirants combined.

via Philippine Star.

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Villar ready to accept results of ‘credible’ elections

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Reaching out to his rivals in the presidential race, Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel B. Villar Jr. called for reconciliation soon after he cast his vote in his hometown of Las Piñas City on Monday, vowing to to respect the results of the first-ever computerized elections so long as they were credible and urging his opponents to do the same.

In an admission which could ensure a smooth transition of power come June 30, Villar himself said he would readily concede defeat in a credible, orderly elections

“First, if the elections are orderly, that’s O.K. Hindi naman tayo pikon na tao (I am not touchy). I will support (the winner). I’m not a disorderly person. But I must be convinced that that is the will of the people,” he told reporters at a press conference.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Comelec checking reports some ballots were not checked for authenticity

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is still verifying reports claiming that ballots fed into voting machines may not have been checked for authenticity.

The poll body “is still verifying these cases,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal told GMANews.TV on early evening of Monday, the day the Philippines’ held its first nationwide automated polls.

Various precincts across the country may have failed to use ultraviolet (UV) lamps, a device that was supposed to check authenticity of ballots, anecdotal reports reaching GMANews.TV said.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Automation makes polls safer for teachers-DepEd

I CAN attest to the above. Like other voters, I was just so excited to get my ballot, I forgot to ask the BEI officer to scan it w/ her UV lamp to authenticate it…not that I saw any lamp around. I just kinda took it on blind faith that the ballot was secure. So what happens now? Does this invalidate the votes in our precint or the electoral process itself?

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Voters remind Loren to follow the queue

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Some registered voters in Malabon got irritated when Nacionalista Party NP vice-presidential guest candidate Loren Legarda went ahead of the queue at the precinct when polls opened on Monday.

Some supporters in Potrero, Malabon cheered “Loren, Loren, Loren” when she arrived, while other voters reminded Legarda that she should fall in line.

“Ma’am, pila po kayo,” some voters said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Roxas rides tricycle to polling center

ROXAS CITY, Philippines – Senator Mar Roxas, the running mate of Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, rode a tricycle on his way to the polling center at the Rufina Andrada Santos Memorial School on Monday.

A supportive crowd welcomed him at the school when he got off the tricycle to enter Precinct Number 0244A in Barangay 5.

It only took a few minutes for Roxas to cast his vote.

Via ABS-CBN News

Did Erap not vote for a vice president?

MANILA, Philippines – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer Joseph Estrada’s spokesman Margaux Salcedo has denied reports that the former president did not vote for a vice president.

The reports were apparently prompted by viewers’ impression of how he shaded the ovals on his ballot when he voted at an elementary school in San Juan City in Metro Manila at high noon Monday.

Estrada’s running mate is Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay.

Via ABS-CBN News

Villar, Nanay Curing vote in Las Piñas

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, Jr. cast his vote in Las Piñas at around 10:50 on Monday.

The NP presidential bet was voter No. 188 in precinct No. 222.

Villar was joined by his wife, Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar.

Via ABS-CBN News

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List of candidates for the Phil. elections (May 10, 2010)

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


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PRESIDENT:

Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III – Liberal Party
John Carlos “JC” delos Reyes – Ang Kapatiran
Joseph “Erap” Estrada (Ejercito) – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Richard “Dick” Gordon – Bagumbayan
Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal – Independent
Nicanor “Nicky” Perlas – Independent
Gilberto Teodoro Jr. – Lakas-Kampi-CMD
Eddie “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva – Bangon Pilipinas
Manuel “Manny” Villar – Nacionalista Party

VICE PRESIDENT:

Manuel “MAR” A. Roxas II – Liberal Party
Dominador Chipeco Jr. – Ang Kapatiran
Jejomar “Jojo” Binay – PDP-Laban (guest candidate, PMP)
Bayani “BF” Fernando – Bagumbayan
Edu Manzano – Lakas-Kampi-CMD
Perfecto “Jun” Yasay, Jr. – Bangon Pilipinas
Loren Legarda – Nationalist Peoples Coalition (guest candidate, NP)
Jay Sonza – Kilusang Bagong Lipunan

SENATORIAL CANDIDATES:

LIBERAL PARTY
• Nereus “Neric” Acosta
• Martin Bautista
•. Ruffy Biazon
• Franklin Drilon
• Teofisto “TG” Guingona III
• Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan, LP guest candidate)
• Alexander “Alex” Lacson
• Yasmin Lao
•. Ralph Recto
•. Sonia Roco

NACIONALISTA PARTY
• Pia Cayetano
• Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
• Ramon Mitra III
• Liza Maza (Independent, NP guest candidate)
• Ariel Querubin (Independent, NP guest candidate)
• Gilbert Remulla
• Satur Ocampo (Bayan Muna, NP guest candidate)
• Susan “Toots” Ople
• Adel Tamano
• Miriam Defensor Santiago (PRP, NP guest candidate)

PWERSA NG MASANG PILIPINO
•. JV Larion Bautista
• Joey de Venecia III
• Juan “Johnny” Ponce Enrile
• Jinggoy Estrada
• Apolinario “Jun” Lozada
• Francisco “Kit” Tatad (Grand Alliance for Democracy, PMP guest candidate)

NATIONALIST PEOPLE’S COALITION
• Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza – guest candidate, PMP
• Vicente “Tito” Sotto III

LAKAS-Kampi-CMD
• Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III
• Ramon “Bong” Revilla
• Ramon Guico
• Raul Lambino
• Rey Langit
• Lito Lapid

BANGON PILIPINAS
• Zafrullah Alonto
• Kata Inocencio
• Adz Nikabulin
• Ramoncito Ocampo
• Alex Tinsay
• Israel Virgines

ANG KAPATIRAN
• Rizalito David
• Jo Aurea Imbong
• Zosimo Paredes
• Ma. Gracia Riñoza-Plazo
• Adrian Sison
• Reginald Tamayo
• Hector Tarrazona
• Manuel Valdehuesa Jr.

KILUSANG BAGONG LIPUNAN
• Shariff Ibrahim Albani
• Nanette Espinosa
•. Alma Lood
• Regalado Maambong
• Imelda Papin
• Hector Villanueva

PDP-Laban
• Gwendolyn “Gwen” Pimentel (guest candidate, NP)
• Henry Caunan

INDEPENDENT
• Danilo Lim
• Jovito Palparan Jr.
• Reynaldo Princesa
• Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III (guest candidate, Liberal Party/Partido ng Masang Pilipino)

OTHERS:

• Emilio Mario Osmeña – PROMDI

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The last pitch from the candidates

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


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Erap showcases mass appeal in final sortie in Tondo

In his final sortie for the upcoming May polls, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard-bearer former President Joseph Estrada had one message: “Akin ang Tondo.” (Tondo is mine.)

Showing that he still has the common touch, Estrada and the rest of his party held on Saturday night their miting de avance in Tondo, Manila—traditionally one of the poorest areas in the country’s capital city, with its foreshore areas home to urban informal settlers from the post-World War II period onwards.

Estrada said during the evening rally that he personally chose Tondo as the venue for his party’s final sortie since it is his birthplace and the starting point of his career as an actor.

Via GMANews.TV

Gibo: Filipinos deserve only the best

MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro said the Filipino deserves only the best during his miting de avance at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila Friday night.

The crowd of thousands was composed mostly of youth groups and urban poor organizations clad in green.

“The time has come for Filipinos to make a decision, to decide on their future,” Teodoro said in Filipino.

Via Phil star

Noynoy: The fight continues

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III yesterday vowed to continue the fight even after tomorrow’s elections have been concluded.

Aquino said he is not being complacent despite a commanding lead over his rivals in the surveys as the campaign drew to a close.

Aquino told his supporters during the LP’s miting de avance in Quezon Memorial Circle on Friday that “we have not yet won, we are not yet assured of a good future – the fight continues.”

via Philippine Star.

Villar promises to end poverty

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. started his campaign for the presidency in Tondo, Manila, where he traces his roots, and ended it there with a promise to end poverty in the country.

Villar wanted to send a strong message about his platform and his roots by choosing to hold the NP’s miting de avance across the notorious symbol of poverty in the country, Smokey Mountain in Vitas, Tondo.

The sprawling property that forms part of the Harbour Center of businessman Reghis Romero was the venue of the NP’s final salvo before tomorrow’s elections, far from the clutches of the elite and the middle classes but just a stone’s throw from some of the poorest of Metro Manila.

Via Phil. Star

AND: As thousands cheered, not 1 presidential bet lost

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Firms join in on the elections

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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THE MAY 10 general elections is, without question, the most important since the 1986 snap election that saw the late Corazon C. Aquino “win” the presidency from the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

It marks the first time that the Commission on Elections will implement automated elections and also signals the end of the nine-year hold of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the country’s reins.

Also, the May 10 elections present a golden opportunity for Filipinos to bring about the change that they seek through the ballot, instead of going to the streets.

It is people power of the voting kind.

via INQUIRER.net.

MEANWHILE:

Cliffhangers can still pull a surprise in senatorial race

MANILA, Philippines – It seems the re-electionists and returning senators are taking an easy ride in the senatorial race. Surveys of Pulse Asia since the beginning of the campaign period show that 6 re-electionists and 4 former senators have been consistent in the Magic 12.

“Much of that is name recall. It’s not an ideal situation but that’s the experience with the senatorial race. Most people don’t scrutinize the senatorial candidates, except maybe in the urban areas. They get swayed by the names,” said political analyst Fr. Jojo Magadia of the Ateneo de Manila University.

“Nearly all the attention is on the presidential race and, to some extent, the vice-presidential race,” added Pulse Asia chief research fellow Ana Tabunda.

Via ABS-CBN News

EARLIER:

The final push turns Metro into seas of green, yellow, orange

MANILA, Philippines—The main contenders for the Philippine presidency Friday night made their final push for votes in separate grand rallies that turned parts of the metropolis into seas of green, yellow and orange.

Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar held his miting de avance in a vast field facing the once infamous symbol of poverty—Smokey Mountain—in Tondo, while survey front-runner Sen. Benigno Aquino III brought his “yellow forces” to the Quezon City Memorial Circle, where he and several city mayors danced on a stage with comedian Pokwang.

Arroyo not invited

Tens of thousands of supporters of former President Joseph Estrada and his Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino massed on the track oval of the University of Makati, while administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. staged his final show of force at the Rizal Track and Field Stadium in Manila, urging a mammoth crowd to show the world that Filipinos would not be guided by opinion surveys in choosing their president.

Via Inquirer.net

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Villar confident of winning unless automated polls goes wrong

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Senator Manuel Villar Jr. expressed confidence that his party will win in Monday’s election unless something goes wrong with the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) automated election system.

At the same time, Villar said he is now leaving his destiny to God as he capped a 90-day nationwide campaign in a miting de avance in Tondo, Manila last night.

 “Whether or not I can fulfill my dream of ending poverty, it’s up to our Lord now. I’ve already given my best shot in my firm belief that it’s what our Lord wants, this is what our people want,” he told reporters. 

via Philippine Star.

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Teodoro: May 10 polls a big test to see if Filipinos can elect good leader

MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) Delivering the final salvo for his bid for the presidency, administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro stuck to his positive campaign, praising the Filipinos and saying they deserve the best leader in the coming May 10 elections.

At the packed Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila Friday night for his miting de avance, Teodoro said the world is watching the Filipinos not only if they can hold a credible elections, but also if it can elect a leader who can manage a country mired in woes.

“This election is a test, to find out if the Filipinos can elect a leader who can rise up to the challenges . . . The world is watching us to see not only if the elections are clean, but to see what will be the results. Have the Filipinos elected a leader who can manage the country’s many problems. . . one leader who can unite rather than cause disunity?” Teodoro said.

Via Inquirer.net

AND:

Gordon: I have done my best in my campaign

MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon said his three-month campaign had been an “uphill run all the way.”

“I have done my best. I make no predictions. I have run uphill all the way. I have run against surveys, I have run against money and made protestations with the Comelec. I’m at peace. I make no predictions,” he said.

Speaking to reporters just before attending a rally Thursday night in Marikina City with his running-mate Bayani Fernando, Gordon lamented that Monday’s elections could show the absence of meritocracy in the country.

Via Phil. Star

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PCOS glitches part of ‘Oplan Rafael’ to keep Arroyo in power

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


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Militant group Bayan Muna on Wednesday said that the malfunctioning of the voting machines to be used in next week’s polls is part of some master plan to postpone the elections and retain President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as head of state.

“There is no longer denying the signs that Macapagal-Arroyo is orchestrating moves to ensure that the May 10 polls will fail,” said senatorial aspirant and Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo during a press briefing in Intramuros, Manila.

Calling the plan Retain Arroyo through Failure of Elections (Oplan Rafael), he cited supposedly ominous signs like Defense chief Norberto Gonzales’ reported warning about a failure of elections and the Comelec’s “unresolved” automation problems.

via GMANews.TV.

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Arroyo election lawyer resigns over poll deferment dispute

MANILA, Philippines – The long-time election lawyer of President Arroyo has resigned over a dispute with Malacañang on the timing of elections given the new technical glitches that cropped up a week before the May 10 polls.

President Arroyo on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Romulo B. Macalintal as her election lawyer.

“The President has acceeded to Atty. Macalintal’s request,” Malacañang said in a statement Wednesday evening.

Via ABS-CBN News

Roxas nixes poll postponement

MANILA, Philippines—Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Sen. Mar Roxas urged the Commission on Elections on Wednesday to push through with the elections on May 10 as he called on the poll body to prepare for a manual count of votes should the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines fail again.

Roxas said that the Comelec should prepare for a manual count because the reconfiguration of the compact flash cards for 76,000 PCOS machines was a “logistical nightmare” and it might be impossible to finish before Election Day.

“The May 10 elections should push through because postponing it would become a slippery slope. Who knows when it would eventually be held if postponed? After one week? One month? In effect, it would be No-el (no elections). If it’s not on May 10, we would have No-El,” Roxas said in an interview.

Via Inquirer.net

Villar opposes poll deferment as Senate bets seek Comelec transparency

Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar Jr. on Wednesday opposed the proposed postponement of the elections.

At the same time, the party’s senatorial bets asked the Commission on Election’s (Comelec) to be transparent by convening all political parties and giving them a run through of what it will do on May 10.

“Nahihirapan na po ang mga kandidato. Talagang hinihintay na lamang nila ang election. Kung i-extend naman iyan, ewan ko kung papaano tatanggapin ng local officials,” Villar said in a phone-patched interview over DYHP-Cebu of the Radio Mindanao Network.

Via GMANews.TV

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‘Iglesia’ set to endorse Noynoy, Mar

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


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THE Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is set to announce the names of the candidates they are endorsing in the May 10 polls either today or tomorrow.

A staff member who requested not to be identified said the announcement will be made during worship services. In this case, the endorsement will be made tomorrow, since no worship services are scheduled on Wednesdays.

Yesterday, reports circulated that the INC, which has some six million members and is know to vote as a bloc, will endorse the team of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

via Business Insight Malaya.

MORE NEWS ON THE PRES’L CANDIDATES:

Comelec reaffirms Estrada’s qualification to run

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections on Tuesday reaffirmed its decision to allow deposed president Joseph Estrada to run for President in the May 10 elections.

At the same time, the Comelec also upheld earlier rulings disqualifying actor Richard Gomez and Palawan Representative Abraham Mitra from running for representative of Ormoc and governor of Palawan, respectively.

The Comelec, in dismissing the appeal of Evillo Pormento to kick out Estrada from the race for the presidency, said Pormento presented no argument that would make the poll body change its mind.

Via Inquirer.net

19 party-list groups endorse Gibo

MANILA, Philippines – A coalition of 19 party-list organizations including thousands of urban poor residents in Tondo, Manila declared their support for administration candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr.

Former Interior secretary Rafael Alunan also joined in support of Teodoro.

Their endorsements came after Davao-based Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ picked Teodoro on Sunday.

via Phil. Star

Villar vows to bring home stranded OFWs on Day 1 of presidency

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar has reiterated his vow to bring distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) back to the country and provide them with jobs and livelihood opportunities.

In his speech at his campaign rally in Vigan last Sunday night, Villar said this policy would be set into motion on Day One of his presidency.

He promised to establish a country that can provide opportunities to Filipinos so parents do not have to leave their families and children behind in order to work abroad.

Via Phil. Star

Quezon City court won’t stop poll surveys; denies Gordon’s TRO request

MANILA, Philippines – Citing lack of jurisdiction, a Quezon City court denied yesterday a petition of Bagumbayan Party standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon for a temporary restraining order to stop the release of survey results on presidential candidates by pollsters Social Weather Stations (SWS) Inc. and Pulse Asia Inc.

Judge Bayani Vargas of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 219 said it is the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that should determine whether the conduct and publication of surveys on voters’ preference violate the Fair Election Act.

“Considering that the authority to enforce and implement the said law pertains to the Comelec, to the court’s mind, the jurisdiction to rule on the issue brought before this court also belongs to the said body,” said the three-page order dated April 30.

Via Phil. Star

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Gibo: Still an uphill climb ahead, even after Quiboloy’s endorsement

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


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DAVAO CITY , Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro yesterday said the presidential race is still a tough fight for him despite the endorsement given by evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation.

“It is still an uphill climb ahead. That is why I need your prayers, I need the prayer of every Filipino. The climb uphill is not an easy one. But truly, I am humbled, let us all pray together as we all go together in this endeavor. I ask of you to be with me,” Teodoro said.

On Sunday night, Quiboloy endorsed Teodoro in a global worship service attended by 50,000 of his followers. The endorsement was also broadcast by congregation-owned Sunshine Media.

Via Phil. Star

Aquino admits asking Binay to be DILG chief

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Liberty Party (LP) standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has admitted offering a Cabinet position to Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay in case he wins in the presidential elections.

Interviewed in a campaign rally in Albay on Monday, Aquino said he asked Binay, who has been a local official since 1986, to be his secretary of interior and local government.

But Aquino pointed out that he had made the offer before Binay decided to run for vice president and running mate of his rival, former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

via ABS-CBN News.

Erap to Noynoy: ‘Here I come’

FORMER President Joseph Estrada yesterday told Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino not to be so confident about winning the May 10 elections despite leading in surveys since last year.

“The race is not yet over, we believe we can still catch up. The surveys showed that we are catching up very fast,” Estrada said in a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Mandaluyong City yesterday.

“The undecided voters have increased. As you know my supporters are the silent majority,” he added.

Via Malaya

Villar, Loren confident of victory on May 10

VIGAN CITY , Philippines — Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. and his running mate Loren Legarda are confident of victory on May 10.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Villar said he is not bothered that Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation had endorsed Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr.

“It’s fine,” he said. “As I said, there are groups who will support and others who will not. If they do, thanks. If they don’t, it’s not a problem.”

Via Phil. Star

Teachers ready for polls, says DepEd

INFO-TECH capable.

This is how the Department of Education (DepEd) described teachers who will sit in the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in next Monday’s automated local and national elections.

Secretary Mona Valisno said at least one of the three members of the BEIs in every precinct has the capability to perform the task professionally.

Valisno made the assurance as 137,200 teachers have been certified by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as information technology capable after they got an average passing rate of 91% in the DOST Certification Program.

Via Malaya

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