Pulitika2010

Everything you've wanted to know about RP politics, but were afraid to ask.

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Pulitika2010 was a success because of you! Check out my stats! ;p

Posted by akosistella on January 4, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 1947 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 99 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 635mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 1,758 views. The most popular post that day was Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, twitter.com, and raissarobles.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vetallano acosta, maria montelibano, philippine constitution 2010, bong naguiat, and erap junks binay.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon May 2010
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2

The Lord of Makati – Can Binay explain his wealth? May 2010

3

Tong Payumo on the SCTEX issue vs Sen. Noynoy Aquino January 2010

4

Sen. Noynoy Aquino’s speech before the Makati Business Club January 2010

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Prof. Winnie Monsod on the C5 road controversy February 2010

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Thank you!

Posted by akosistella on December 30, 2010

HEY guys! Thanks so much for following this blog. I hope it’s contributed in some way to help you, dear readers, to fully understand the current political and economic situation in our country, as well as the electoral process and your candidates in the past election.

I set up this blog primarily as an educational tool because of the May 2010 elections, and since I’ve already accomplished what I set out to do, I am officially closing this blog tomorrow, Dec. 31, 2010. Please feel free to continue using it for research purposes, or just to re-read how amazing this past year has been in our political lives. Allow me to thank the publications and bloggers which and who graciously allowed me to use their information for dissemination to all.

We have a new administration in place headed by President Simeon Benigno Aquino III, whom we still hope would be able to attain all the goals he has set out to do for himself and for our country. As the year closes, and a number of us may feel a bit disappointed at his recent decisions, let me ask everyone to please pray for him and his official family, that they always put country above self in anything that they do.

Please continue to follow me on my other blog http://stella-arnaldo.blogspot.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @Pulitika2010, although I may change that username in the near future, or subscribe to my Scribd document feeds at http://www.scribd.com/akosistella.

Let me leave this blog with one thought, from the great comic Stephen Fry: “The greatest immorality for a politician is not to be wicked but to be stupid.”

Happy New Year, guysl! May the good Lord shower all of us with more blessings in 2011. Rock on, Pilipinas!

;p

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Rep. Teodoro L. Locsin Jr.’s final report on alleged fraud in the May 2010 elections

Posted by akosistella on June 28, 2010


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Observations, Conclusions and Recommendations pp. 21-27 of Chairman’s report

Complete document

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Smartmatic pitch: Buy our tech now, save billions in next polls

Posted by akosistella on June 16, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Election machine provider Smartmatic started its marketing offensive Tuesday by pitching to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) the idea of buying now the technology they used in the just-concluded presidential and local elections, so the poll body can save billions in the succeeding exercises.

In a press conference upon the arrival of its Ambassador for Transparency, Miss Universe 2008 Dayana Mendoza, the Venezuelan firm said the Philippine government only need to spend around P2 billion to buy the technology from Smartmatic, so it will have to spend only around P3 billlion for services (like transporting the machines) in the next 4 elections.

via ABS-CBN News.

I suggest Comelec wait for Rep. Teodoro Locsin’s final report on the poll fraud issues before making any rash decisions about buying those poll machines.

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The Arroyobamaquino conspiracy theorist

Posted by akosistella on June 16, 2010


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Dispatches from the Enchanted Kingdom
By MANUEL BUENCAMINO

Safely ensconced in his adopted country, thousands of miles away from the reach of any libel suits, self-exiled communist leader Jose Maria “Joma” Sison boldly accused a sister of President-elect Benigno S.C. Aquino III of conspiring with Gloria Arroyo and the CIA to cheat in the 2010 elections. I decided to interview the man hiding in the Netherlands.

“Let me read to you what you said in your interview with Pinoy Weekly.”

“Okay.”

“There are indications that the automated electoral system of Smartmatic, which is controlled by the US and its agents, was pre-programmed to make Aquino and Binay win. It’s obvious that a large number of votes were stolen from Manny Villar and Loren Legarda. Their precipitous decline was overkill and unbelievable. There are reports that high officials of the CIA, the Aquino family and the Arroyo regime decided on the pre-programming six weeks before the election. The meeting between Pinky Aquino-Abelleda and Mrs. Arroyo paved the way for the arrangement.”

Click Manuel Buencamino.

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For the love of Noynoy Aquino
Method To Madness
By PATRICIA EVANGELISTA

MANILA, Philippines—It is Independence Day in the land of the yellow morning, where the moon is a greasy pearl, freedom is a Twitter hashtag and the brave bawl in their cradles unless the cradles were pawned for the rose-red heart of a bottle of cheap gin. Philippine Airlines offers a “Proud and Free” Promo for the patriotic Filipino—$135 for Hong Kong, $690 for Honolulu, $790 Las Vegas not including government taxes and ticketing service fees. In New York’s 20,000-strong Filipino community celebration, Christian Bautista sings “Beautiful Girl” and “Can We Just Stop and Talk Awhile,” Carlo Orosa soars with the “Impossible Dream,” Sarah Geronimo is “well-applauded” for “You Changed My Life,” and fortunately remembers to sing “Magkaisa.”

Out on the Quirino Grandstand, on a stage with “a select group of 180 people,” the woman rumored to have a heart harder than the rampaging lead hooves of Leon Guerrero’s horse demonstrates that in the end, all you need is love. If only you could show her love, bring her flowers, buy her a two-piece Jollibee chicken meal in the fast-food court of the nearest SM shopping mall, play her your Jason Mraz ringing tone while holding her hand as you wait in line for tickets to John Lloyd Cruz’s “A Very Special Love.” But this is a woman whose natural milieu is the table beneath a Le Cirque chandelier, and so if love will not appear prostrated before her dragging Gilbert Teodoro, love can be bought, at the price of a P10-million praise parade bought with taxpayers’ money to “showcase the outstanding achievements of the 10-Point Agenda of the Arroyo administration.”

Click Patricia Evangelista.

ANYONE who pays their taxes religiously can very well comment on whatever President Noynoy plans to do for his administration, especially if it involves appointing Cabinet Secretaries.

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The Philippines’ Problematical New Veep

Posted by akosistella on June 15, 2010


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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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Manicurist, billionaire’s daughter, decline midnight appointments

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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Manila, Philippines – Nearly all of over 200 appointments made by President Arroyo just days before the 60-day ban on appointments prior to elections took effect were accepted by the appointees.

Among the few who declined were the president’s manicurist and the daughter of mall tycoon Henry Sy.

Many of the appointments were made to juicy positions in Government Owned and Controlled Corporations GOCCs. Anita Carpon, President Arroyo’s personal manicurist was earlier reported to have been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the P202 billion Pag-IBIG Fund.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Arroyo says no regrets about presidency


MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-six days before she formally steps down from power, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the country’s 14th president, said she has no regrets at all about her presidency.

“I have no regrets. (No regrets at all?) I don’t want to focus on negatives, so, in fact, rather than talking about regrets, I like to give thanks for the opportunity to serve the Philippines,” said Arroyo in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News.

President Arroyo made the statement despite the criticisms, accusations, allegations and scandals hurled against her administration, which, critics say, could lead to a multitude of cases that could be filed against her once the steps down.

Via ABS-CBN News online

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Gordon admits ‘loopholes’ in poll-automation law

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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THE next Congress must move to immediately correct the discovered defects in the May 10 automated elections and put in place the needed reforms way before the next nationwide electoral exercise, according to Sen. Richard Gordon.“There were still loopholes,” admitted Gordon, a chief sponsor of Republic Act 9369, also known as the Amended Automation Election Law. “We need to have adequate preparations. We also need to overhaul our Commission on Elections [Comelec] in terms of putting in more computer-literate individuals.”Appearing at the weekly Kapihan sa Senado media forum, Gordon listed other urgent reforms, including an overhaul of the voters’ registration process. “This must also be automated. This means that we must consider having a national ID system.”

via BusinessMirror.

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How the machines controlled the elections

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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DAVAO CITY – The democratic election principle says voting must be kept secret while the counting must be made open and transparent. But with the way things went in the recently-concluded May 10 elections, things happened the other way around. At the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) session hall where the laptop terminal that gathered election results from various precincts in the city was placed, the widescreen projected the tabulation.

But if the laptop operator made the wrong entry or added the votes, no one would really know. There was no way of verifying the results because the Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS) laptop, which computed results at the snap of a finger, only showed the sum total of votes but not the figures entered via electronic transmission from the polling precincts.

via Davao Today.

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Poll officials must answer security issues – CenPEG

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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Even as Congress is set to proclaim the winners in the May 10 presidential race, there remain security issues related to the automated election and until these are plugged, doubts will linger on the credibility of poll results.

The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) through its IT consultant, Lito Averia, thus said today on the heels of a new controversy arising from reports that the Comelec had asked on May 9 regional offices of the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) to configure new compact flash (CF) cards with the use of two burners. The new CF cards number about 1,600.

Averia, who made the revelation in yesterday’s hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform, said the directive begs clarification by DoST. Congress members looking into the May 10 elections noted this fact was hidden from them by Comelec, with one of them, Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, warning about a possible security hole. Both Comelec and Smartmatic had been saying that replacements for all the 76,340 CF cards found to be faulty on May 3 were to be supplied by the central plant in Cabuyao, Laguna.

via CenPEG.

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Golez: We still don’t think ‘digital’

MANILA, Philippines – Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez lamented yesterday that most people still adopt a manual mindset as some lawmakers and losing candidates continue to complain of poll fraud after the country conducted historic automated elections last May 10.

“We have to think digital and do away with the manual mindset. The soft and hard copies are one and the same,” Golez said during the hearing of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms that is investigating allegations of hi-tech poll fraud.

He highlighted the issue before the panel of Makati Rep. Teddyboy Locsin after losing candidates have been pressing the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and its computer supplier Smartmatic to produce election results from the precinct to the provincial levels.

Via Phil. Star

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Noynoy also eyes govt posts for Dingdong, Ogie Alcasid

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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Bukod sa TV host at talent manager na si Boy Abunda, nasa isipan din ni president-elect Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III na bigyan ng puwesto sa gobyerno ang mga Kapuso stars na si Dingdong Dantes at Ogie Alcasid.

“Si Dingdong, si Ogie…siguro dun sa mga advocacy nila gaya sa youth,” sagot ni Aquino nang tanungin kung sino pa ang entertainment personalities na ikinukonsidera niyang bigyan ng posisyon sa gobyerno.

Pero nilinaw ni Aquino na hindi pa niya nakakausap sina Dingdong at Ogie na maging bahagi ng kanyang magiging administrasyon.

via GMANews.TV.

And you thought Girl Abunda as DOT chief was bad enough, huh? Now I’m starting to believe that there may be some truth to those so-called “fake” psychiatric records on Sen. Aquino! It’s either that or the Aquino Cabinet search committee is just sitting on its ass. Que horror!

Seriously, why does Sen. Aquino seem hellbent on paying back all his endorsers and financiers w/ gov’t posts? I thought he was on the highroad to ‘new politics’? Wasn’t he the one who was quoted telling these very same people that they shouldn’t expect anything in return in case he wins? Well, it’s the same ‘utang na loob’ (debt of gratitude) syndrome all over again. Hay.

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Corona names Carpio-Morales as head of House electoral tribunal

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Associate Justice Conchita Carpio-Morales takes over as chair of the Supreme Court’s third division and the High Court’s contingent to the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) after a reorganization by Chief Justice Renato Corona.

In one of his first administrative orders, Corona assumed his new post as chair of the first division of the SC with Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. as working chair and Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Mariano del Castillo and Jose Perez as members.

SC spokesman and court administrator Jose Midas Marquez told reporters that the chief justice traditionally sits as chair of the first division.

via Philippine Star.

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Aquino’s camp moves for his early proclamation

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—The camp of Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino on Thursday moved for his early proclamation after getting more than five million votes lead over his closest rival, former president Joseph Estrada, in the ongoing canvassing of Congress.

Aquino’s laywer, Joel Cadiz, made the motion, saying that Aquino’s rival could no longer catch up since there were only less than two million votes left to be counted by Congress acting as the board of canvassers for president and vice president.

But Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri requested Aquino’s camp to be a little more patient since there were only a few certificates of canvass (CoC’s) to be processed.
Aquino’s camp acceded to Zubiri’s request.

Via Inquirer.net

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Noynoy, Binay still dominate Congress canvassing

As the official canvassing of votes for president and vice president nears conclusion, Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay continued to hold a tight grip on the top slots.

Out of the 278 certificates of canvass (COCs), 236 had already been opened by the Congress, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

Aquino and Binay ruled in most provinces and cities canvassed for the day such as Batangas, Quezon City, Sulu, Muntinlupa, Pasay City, Makati City, Malabon City, Pampanga, San Juan, and Maguindanao.

via GMA News.TV.

AND: Shooting halts voting in Lanao del Sur

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Liberal Party questions ‘3M uncounted votes’

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010


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(Via ABS-CBN)

ALSO READ: Aquino beats Estrada in San Juan; null votes blamed

President, VP winner proclamations delayed

FILIPINOS are entitled to know the truth about those null votes. With all the complaints of irregularities documented during the last elections involving the automated system itself (e.g. the PCOS machines, the CF Cards, the ballots), why should we take Smartmatic and Comelec’s word that these null votes are the result of voters not having voted for any VP candidate, or resulted from an undershaded oval beside the VP Candidate’s name, or overvoting – meaning thes voters vote for more than the These PCOS machines are hardly perfect, and may have mistakenly not counted appropriately filled out ballots.

What’s suspicious is that those null votes where significantly huge in areas where Jojo Binay led the VP count by at least 10 percent. These was evident in 3 regions alone. Also, in the Mindanao area, there was an unusually high turnout of voters in the ARMM provinces reaching over 90 percent, w/c was more than the national average of 70 percent. Ask any statistician and they will tell you that it’s statistically impossiblethat a candidate would just get zero or 1 vote, as what happened to Sen. MAR Roxas in the last elections. It’s deja vu all over again! Didn’t FPJ have this same problem when he ran in the 2004 presidential elections vs Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and he too received zero votes exactly in these very same areas that Roxas has been lagging behind Binay?

Congress as the National Board of Canvassers has the power to decide to count those votes. The legislators made the canvassing rules, and can very well adopt new rules and procedures to address the problem of those 3M null votes. The figure is just too large to ignore! Will the Senators and Congressmen be irresponsible and just close their eyes on this issue? What if it happened to them in the next elections?

Btw the Automated Election System Law (RA 8346) doesn’t contain any defintion of ‘null votes’, so I went to the Comelec web site to search through its resolutions and other documents which could contain the definition. Either there is no such published definition, or the Comelec web site was acting funky again.

And just for the sake of argument: Even if the null votes affect Sen. Noynoy Aquino and go the way of former President Joseph Estrada, as the Binay camp intrigues in an attempt to douse cold water on the LP’s assertions on behalf of Sen. Roxas, Aquino will still end up w/ a 2-million margin vs Estrada. So there.

Let’s get to the truth! Count those null votes now!

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Boy Abunda open to joining Cabinet after ABS-CBN contract ends

Posted by akosistella on June 2, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – After saying that he was “not inclined” to accept a Cabinet position in president-apparent Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s government, television host and talent manager Boy Abunda is now singing a different tune.

Abunda clarified that he is not closing his doors to the possibility of serving the Aquino administration, at least, not “while I am under contract with ABS-CBN.”

“Kasi baka sabihin nila kakainin ko ang mga salita ko ngayon. I am not closing my doors. But am I going to accept any offer, halimbawa, today? I am not. No, I am not going to take the position,” he told ABS-CBN News.

Abunda said his contract with ABS-CBN will end in 2011.

Aquino, older brother of Kris Aquino, is eyeing Abunda to become tourism secretary. He took note of “The Buzz” host’s ability to clearly communicate ideas and understand the audience.

When sought for reaction, Abunda initially said that although he is grateful to be considered, he is not “inclined to accept it.”

“I can help ‘Noy in another capacity. I have a personal relationship with Noy. I think it will be more effective if I continue what I am doing now… giving him advice — devoid of agenda and bias, devoid of politics,” Abunda said. (Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News)

Ayan, binawi na.

Lemme see.. among our past tourism secretaries were: Joe Aspiras, Tony Gonzales, Raffy Alunan, Narz Lim, Mina Gabor, Dick Gordon, and lastly Ace Durano. And Sen. Noynoy Aquino can only come up w/ Girl Abunda?!?!?

Cripes! I don’t think even Erap nor Manny Villar wouldn’t have been this idiotic to come up w/ an idea like this. What a big effing joke on everyone who voted for Noynoy Aquino. Nay, on the entire Philippines!

Time to pack our bags folks.

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