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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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Surprise! Jamby says Villar was cheated

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal does not believe that her most hated presidential candidate, Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, is that far behind Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the tallies of the Commission on Elections Comelec and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting PPCRV.

Madrigal, in an unexpected statement over ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda on Friday, said he thinks Villar’s votes may have been shaved.“

Maski si Villar na ayaw ko ay hindi natin mapaniwalaan na ganyan din lang ang kanyang boto Even Villar, who I hate, I don’t believe that he would only get votes that few,” said Madrigal, who had asked Filipinos not to vote for Villar because of his alleged corrupt and immoral acts.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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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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New MST poll: Aquino, Roxas still lead May race for top 2 electoral posts

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


LIBERAL party candidate Benigno Aquino III maintained a 15-percentage point lead over his closest presidential rival, Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr., 38 percent to 23 percent, in the latest Manila Standard poll.

Conducted between April 18 and 20, the poll asked 2,500 respondents to cast their votes for president, vice president and 12 senators on a ballot similar to the May 10 form. The survey had a margin of error of 2 percent on the national level.

Ousted President Joseph Estrada moved up one point to 19 percent, closing the gap between him and Villar, who lost three percentage points amid a continuous barrage of negative news against the Nacionalista standard bearer.

via Manila Standard Today Poll.


Roxas widens lead over 2nd-placer Legarda

SENATOR Manuel Roxas II widened his lead to 18 percentage points over vice presidential rival and fellow Senator Loren Legarda, as Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay continued to catch up in the latest Manila Standard poll.

Binay was the choice of 22 percent of the 2,500 respondents in the April 18 to 20 survey, placing him in a statistical tie with Legarda, said Manila Standard resident pollster Pedro Laylo Jr.

Former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando obtained 3 percent, while administration bet Eduardo Manzano took 2 percent.

Roxas regained the lead in Metro Manila with 37 percent, but Binay was at his heels with 35 percent. Compared to the April 4 to 6 survey, Binay lost 4 percentage points while Roxas gained 6 points. Legarda also picked up a 2-percentage point increase, staying in third place with just 13 percent. The number of undecided voters slipped to 9 percent from the previous month’s 11 percent.

Via MST Poll

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Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


Arroyo sings in her first sortie for congressional seat

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines — In her first sortie since the campaign period for local positions started on March 26, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sang Florantes “Handog” on Saturday.

Gubernatorial candidate Lilia Pineda, a friend of the President’s, joined her in singing the familiar Pinoy tune about gratitude at a gymnasium in Lubao, hometown of her late father, former President Diosdado Macapagal.

Lakas-Kampi-CMD campaign coordinators said the rallys host, Rosve Henson, put Ms Arroyo on the spot during the program. The President took a dare and embraced Pineda as they sang before some 3, 000 people.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Group wants to save Pampanga from ‘dark forces’

Another mammoth crowd leaves Estrada speechless

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Former President Joseph Estrada was uncharacteristically speechless when he walked up the makeshift stage at the huge intersection-turned-rally site here late Saturday night.

For a few minutes, all he could do was look at the mammoth crowd and stare in disbelief how he—at 73 years old and almost a decade detached from his abbreviated presidency—could still gather such a big number at such short notice.

He said the number could go no lower than 50, 000, which was his biggest crowd to date and definitely no small feat for a campaign ticket lacking the star power of top endorsers such as Manny Pacquiao and Willie Revillame.

via Inquirer.net

Votes, not surveys, to decide candidates’ fate — Teodoro

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –- With a fortnight to go before elections, Gilbert Teodoro Jr. on Saturday night here declared that voters, not surveys, would decide the fate of presidential candidates.

The administration standard-bearer spoke before a huge crowd in a rally at the Rizal Park Saturday night, and took the opportunity to hold out an olive branch to his erstwhile allies.

“Let’s wake the others who are giving more importance to surveys and ignoring the voice of the people. For me until the last Juan dela Cruz speaks, it isn’t over. Juan dela Cruz’s vote is sacred,” he told a cheering crowd of 2,000.

via Inquirer.net

JC: We’ve gone this far, that’s a miracle

“MIRACLES” HAVE BEEN HAPPENING since the campaign began.

“We have survived this long, isn’t that a miracle? That a 40-year-old agreed to run for president instead of making money as a businessman, seven elder candidates of Kapatiran submitting to me, the youngest presidentiable, the endorsements from the bishops, the press picking us up, aren’t they miracles?” said John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, standard-bearer of the faith-based Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP).

The miracle of winning on May 10 will put him in the country’s highest post where he can continue his “politics of evangelization.”

via Inquirer.net

Perlas: Better a delayed election than a failed election

MANILA, Philippines – Why hold an automated election for the country’s highest office if there is a large possibility that it will fail?

Independent presidential candidate Nicanor “Nick” Perlas said this is the question that the Commission on Elections should consider when deciding on his petition to postpone the May 10 nationwide polls for 3 months.

“Instead of waiting for failure to happen on election day, we have to preempt it. We have to be active,” Perlas told radio dzMM.

via ABS-CBN News

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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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Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010


Perlas calls for three-month postponement of automated elections

Independent presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas and the Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan (PANGMASA) called for a postponement of the national elections by three months during the presidential forum of Listen Mindanao at the Holy Cross University in Davao City this morning.

Perlas who raised the strong possibility of an ‘electronic Garci’ two months ago, said that there is “no way of determining the real winners of the automated election within 48 hours as the Comelec announced.”

via GMANews.TV.

RP politics has turned nasty – FVR

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Fidel Ramos said local politics has turned nasty and is no longer good.

“Garapalan na (It’s brazen),” Ramos said in an interview Thursday night at the New World Hotel in Makati City where he was keynote speaker at a forum sponsored by the German-based Hanns Seidel Foundation.

Ramos did not elaborate but was apparently referring to the infighting within the ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD and the heated exchange of allegations between the Liberal Party (LP) and the Nacionalista Party (NP). Ramos founded the Lakas party.

via Phil. Star

Palace to public: Help ensure success of automated polls

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang decried yesterday people spreading rumors of a failure of elections on May 10 and called on the public to remain vigilant and help the Commission on Elections (Comelec) ensure the successful conduct of the country’s first nationwide automated polls.

The Comelec, on the other hand, dismissed speculations of a failure of elections that could favor President Arroyo, saying it is considering an independent unofficial partial count of the election results.

Click Phil Star

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The candidates: Perlas

Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010


By Ana Marie Pamintuan

Everyone is talking about change after the elections, but how much change are we ready to have?

Not much, if the results of surveys on the Senate race are accurate. That depressing list of candidates making it to the “Magic 12” winners’ circle is dominated by old fogeys and the most notorious (NPAs) non-performing assets in the Senate who want more years to continue wasting our taxes. They share one thing in common: their names are familiar to voters.

Tell people to vote instead for some of the lesser known but infinitely more competent candidates, and they’ll say, “Who are they?”

Click Ana Marie Pamintuan.

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Why I will vote for Noynoy, and why he will win

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


Reprinted with permission from ROGUE magazine, April 2010

Actually, there’s no correlation. Either won’t be contingent on the other.

The first is a sure thing. I know what I will do come May 10 when I step into the polling place for Valle Verde residents in Pasig City. I will shade that oval, the way the Sexbomb Dancers have sufficiently enlightened me, right before the second presidential candidate’s name: Benigno Aquino III. And I’ll make sure to fight off the temptation to spit at the name that appears before his, whatzisname Acosta.

Just because I think the usual suspects have done their darndest to knock off Aquino from the uppermost perch, and succeeded somewhat despite Acosta’s tardy disqualification, shouldn’t make me express my disgust at Comelec’s apparent ministrations. No, I won’t soil and spoil my ballot.

I will vote for Noynoy and I will vote for Mar, primarily because — and this is the most fundamental of many reasons — I know our country deserves 12 consecutive years of good governance. Yes, I’m scanning far ahead. I’m looking beyond Noynoy’s six-year term. If the Liberal Party’s main ticket wins, it will mark the first time in ages that the tandem for the highest positions in the land gets elected together.

I don’t think they’ll ever quarrel over policy or girls or governance, from 2010 to 2016. Most likely, VP Mar will be highly supportive of Prez Noy2, and that they will conduct themselves in office as a true partnership. They’re friends, they’ve been friends, they’re the sons of a former LP tandem that was just as formidable, maybe even more so.

Both are intelligent, decent men advantaged not so much by wealth but by good upbringing, including education and having nice families. That is why Mar should then become president in 2016, and proceed from the foundation of stability and optimism we hope to have been put in place by then — by Noynoy with the help of his sisters and brethren, which will include all of us who vote him into power so that national corruption is drastically, dramatically decreased. Then Mar can continue the same and push an even stronger economic program forward.

By 2022, and I hope I can still be around to applaud those dozen years as they end, our yet nascent republic would then have attained more than a semblance of competitiveness with our neighbors. I also hope that by then the Catholic Church would have finally taken a backseat in the busybody observance of affairs of governance.

Noynoy thence Mar might have then conducted such a turnaround in national ethics and spirit that the usual bully pulpits would have been silenced on the use of strawberry-flavored condoms. Why, maybe even the matter of divorce might start to stand a chance for official consideration.

This is what I pray for (gulp, okay, that’s being tongue-in-cheek, since I usually just send tons of sunshine vibes to anyone in distress or critical health): that we Filipinos move forward not a hundred steps behind the ways of the rational, pragmatic Dutch, Belgians, Scandinavians, etc. — but only by about 50. Maybe by the time Baby James gets elected as Mayor of Quezon City, our capital can allow cafés to display rainbow colors not just for the aesthetics of it.

But to get back to the present — next month when we troop to the polls, as they say, it should be with much hope.

That is why we won’t vote for Nicky Perlas. Because he can only project himself as an environmentalist, albeit I recall that the organic pechay he grew on the edge of UP Diliman decades ago was priced nearly double that on supermarket shelves, and looked rather unfortunate.

That is why we won’t vote for that young fellow De los Reyes, whose youthful idealism only seems to translate itself into a certain picaresque weepiness — in mien, in voice, in articulation.

That is why we won’t vote for someone with a titular Bro before his name, because he can only be self-righteous, even if he properly belongs to that questionable breed of televangelists who indulge in an industry more than a poor excuse for faith.

That is why we can’t vote for Dick, because he hasn’t quite grown up from the Atenean cheerleader he was, so that the wurz-wurz motormouth capability doesn’t ever give us a chance to reflect and discern our way through matters of intellect and emotion, both.

We are sorry we can’t vote for Gibo, not because he has no chance of making it anyway, but simplistically because of the albatross on his back. He obviously has the intelligence, the youth, the idealism, and very likely the decency to do right by his countrymen. But he cannot proxy for someone whose dislike and distrust rating is much too heavy for anyone’s backbone.

Voting for Erap would have nothing to do with hope. He doesn’t even smoke that kind of cigarettes. Instant Alzheimer’s could wipe away any memory of plunder, but would we want anyone slurring his oath once again, with Ernie Maceda right behind him for the photo op?

That leaves us the top two candidates by virtue of the survey ratings. All the skeptics not in my payroll (meaning of my particular ilk) may spoof the way Conrad de Quiros has pared it down, again simplistically, to a mythical fight between good and evil. But there is something there, whether or not it tallies with our appreciation for complexities or the grays in between.

Sure, it isn’t a black-or-white world. But the specter of a Money Villarroyo as a Goliath of Mammon cum Mordor versus a bespectacled son of heroes who hasn’t had Botox or follicle transplants comes very close to silhouetting the protagonists.

I believe Noynoy will win the presidency because that kind of narrative pitting a crusader against a giant crustacean will appeal to most Filipinos.

Sure, the kids may sing along to the earworm of a jingle that professional admen have brilliantly concocted. But their parents will give it a good think as May Day Eve turns the corner, and they will say that Dolphy can entrust his kids to whomever, seeing as how a few of them went astray anyway, and that Manny Pacquiao can endorse anyone as much as he wants, but he’ll still be on a different page from where we regard our politicians and legislators, and that Sarah Geronimo has simply taken up where she left off with Sen. Ed Angara and STI, and that Willie Revillame’s support can only show what sort of company this free-spending candidate keeps… Blah blah blah. But they have heard enough of canny banking and land development practices, let alone “C-5 at Taga,” to take those testimonials for their pure word.

And if we were to see a 60-second TV ad that features Kris, Korina, Shawie and Vilma saying they’re related or married to certain men, but that beyond being kapamilya or kapuso they’re asking us to vote for Noy-Mar because “Para sa Bayan Ito!” — then I think we win pulling away.

That’s not even counting PBA MVP James Yap and son Baby James, who already commands such adulation as what got our matriarchal society gushing over the cutesy-tot stereotype of the Sto. Niño since Reina Juana of Cebu first held him in her hands.

Finally, I am confident of a Noynoy electoral victory because someone up there, his Mom more than what you think, will continue to do the supernatural for her countrymen’s sake.

It is also time, and it is our destiny, to break off that slough of despond that has characterized our civil service, once and for all — slash through that Gordian knot of corruption that we sneer at but still laugh about.

It is time for positive change, no doubt. Let’s get it on. And reward the yellow army of volunteers and all of the decent-minded kin and friends and barbers and masseuses we know who’ve asked for yellow ballers and yellow-ribbon stickers for their cars and tricycles.

It gratifies me that when I vote for Noynoy and Mar, I am assured that most of the writers, artists and musicians I’ve beered, whiskied, videoke’d and GRO’d with will do the same. That all my brothers and cousins and aunts and nephews will do, too. That most of my Bedan batchmates of H. S. Class of 1960 will also shade the oval before Aquino, Benigno III.

Not only do we owe it to Ninoy and Cory and their supreme sacrifices for Pilipinas, but to our self- respect as Pinoys.

I recall a night in the late ’90s, when it was still Giraffe at the back corner of the 6750 Tower on Ayala, and the place was jumping in the name of a private party. I went out for fresh air and smokes, that curious oxymoron, and ran into Rapa Lopa, who intro-ed me to his smiling cousin Noynoy, who had also lit up. We exchanged light banter. Someone pulled Noynoy away. Still light-years away from any attempt at gravitas, Rapa and I got to talk about the coming presidential elections, how Erap was posing such a threat for a comedown after FVR.

I said Noynoy should think of running for the Senate after his stint as Congressman, well, sometime, before the Marcos children beat him to it. And who knows, maybe from there something even better will happen in the distant future. I thought I glimpsed a furrow of gravitas overtake Rapa’s brow, but only momentarily, before he smiled again. “Sabi mo yan, ha, Krip?”

Yup. I said it. And now I want to prove myself a prophet in my own country. Unless — or else — it isn’t mine at all.

(Preview of an article for ROGUE Magazine, April 2010, out in the bookstores and your favorite newsstands this week.)

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‘Poll automation a black hole’

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidate Nick Perlas expressed serious concern over the seeming “last minute” changes being done by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on paraphernalia for next month’s polls, saying the automated system is proving to be the “black hole” of the elections.

Perlas told The STAR editors and reporters during a roundtable discussion yesterday that the Comelec slip-ups tended to show that “we are moving towards a failure of elections.”

Perlas stressed that the changes being made by the Comelec were not assuring the electorate of clean and orderly polls.

via Philippine Star.


A day in the life… of Nicanor Perlas

MANILA, Philippines – The intensified campaign has started to take a toll on the previously strict daily routine of 60-year-old presidential candidate Jesus Nicanor “Nick” Perlas III.

Working on a very lean P4-million campaign budget, Perlas said his team has to work around the schedules of commercial airlines and ferry companies as they go around the country and do their best to reach the most far-flung barangays in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

“My daily routine has started to get affected especially since we have to adjust to the schedules of flights and ferry trips as we go around the country,” Perlas, who prefers to cook vegetables he grows organically in his farm in Iloilo, told STAR editors and reporters yesterday.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Perlas plans to junk neoliberalism

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Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

Gibo invades Fernando territory

MANILA, Philippines – Former defense chief and Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro took his campaign sortie yesterday to Marikina City, the bailiwick of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando, who bolted the administration party after Teodoro defeated him in the party’s presidential nomination late last year.

Teodoro, whose late grandfather is from Marikina, was welcomed by mayoralty bet Dr. Alfredo Cheng and other local candidates.

Click Philippine Star.

Villar bats for strict monitoring of RP human rights situation

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday called for the strict monitoring of the implementation of human rights policies adopted by the government and treaties ratified by the Philippines.

“If we are serious in dealing with extra-judicial killings in the country, we must raise the awareness that the Philippines absolutely adheres to the highest standards of protecting the people’s rights at all times,” Villar said.

Click Phil. Star

Perlas vows to purge gov’t of Arroyo appointees

“For me, it’s simple: The people already know that Arroyo is corrupt, why would they accept the appointment by Ms Arroyo? For me, they’re already suspect,” the independent candidate said Tuesday.

“In general, all appointees of Ms Arroyo will be gone. I will appoint a whole new set of people,” he said.

Click inquirer.net

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Noynoy enjoys a Big Gulp lead in 7-11 mock polls

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

Thought this was interesting…

SEN. Noynoy Aquino leads the informal polls (Every Gulp Counts) of 7-11 stores nationwide.

(From the 7-11 web site. Data as of Mar. 23, 2010)

ON the other hand… Villar, Roxas dominate UP’s mock polls

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Lakas-Kampi coalition plans decisive ‘Battle of the Bulge’

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

Like a stealthy army preparing to launch a major offensive, the ruling administration coalition Lakas-Kampi-CMD is moving heaven and earth at the grassroots to save the lagging presidential candidacy of former Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

The question that perplexes many party leaders is: Considering that Teodoro is running behind, why move only now?The ruling coalition, which enjoys a headlock on 70 percent of local government positions, is pinning its hopes on superior resources and widespread party machinery to swing the tide of battle.

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Madrigal is ‘greenest’ presidential bet

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal is the most “green beans” among the presidential aspirants, various environmental groups said.

Following Madrigal, other leaders considered as green beans or pro-people and pro-environment are Nicanor “Nicky” Perlas and Senator Manny Villar.

The most mean beans or the least pro-people and pro-environment, meanwhile, is Senator Richard Gordon, followed by former president Joseph Estrada and former defense secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro.

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