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Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


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‘Stop whining, Noynoy’
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

Monday morning I posted this “status” on my Facebook account: “I am beginning to sense that a lot of my friends, including those who voted for Noynoy, find his adversarial attitude toward the new Chief Justice a bit too much. What do you think?”

In minutes, several of my FB “friends” responded.

From Ed S: “I think so too. Time to mend fences and start anew. Besides, winning the election in spite of the odds is more than a slap on their faces. He just has to give them a tap on the back for consolation and enough of these rantings.”

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Form and substance
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

SINCE CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA decided to accept the poisoned chalice from President Macapagal-Arroyo, the least he is expected to do is to drink from it. Not least because he has gotten to be chief justice due to efforts and arguments first forwarded in 1998—when his appointment as a judge by President Ramos was voided by the Supreme Court—and which finally bore bitter fruit in 2010, when the Court granted itself an exemption from constitutional prohibitions on presidential appointments during the campaign and transition period, thus paving the way for Corona’s becoming chief justice.

So in a sense he is joined at the hip to the point of view that there shouldn’t be any sort of ban on appointments during election periods or in the transition from one administration to the next. And here, the contrast between this assertion—whether on the part of President Arroyo, who set aside precedents dating back to her own father’s revocation of the midnight appointments of his predecessor—and the present Supreme Court itself (in granting itself an exemption) not to mention Corona himself, who ignored former Chief Justice Manuel Moran’s decision, based on delicadeza, to decline an opportunity to return to the high court by means of a midnight appointment, is instructive.

Via Manolo Quezon

Shape up, Comelec
CALLING A SPADE…By Solita Collas-Monsod

May I ask why it is that nine days after elections, the PPCRV’s tally still covers barely 90% of the election returns? Surely by this time all 76,000 PCOS machines should have been able to transmit the results electronically. That is, after all, part of what an Automated Election System is all about. After all, the Comelec itself had originally stated that two days after the elections, the tally would be complete.

PPCRV has a lot to answer for, as far as I am concerned, particularly because it opposed (successfully) the accreditation of Namfrel which has more than 27 years and at least eight national elections’ worth of counting experience under its belt, compared to PPCRV’s zero experience. At the same time, Comelec also has a lot to answer for because it allowed PPCRV to conduct a public count, even if its accreditation — at least originally anyway, was limited to a count for internal purposes only. If I remember correctly, Comelec’s reason for not accrediting Namfrel was because the elections would be automated, and everybody would have access to the transmitted election returns, so Namfrel raison d’etre was gone. Or some such rot.

Via WInnie Monsod

Fraud will out
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

That fraud marked the automated polls can hardly be denied even if it is being vehemently denied by poll officials. But the blame really falls on the Commission on Elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and even members of Congress who were so gung-ho over automated polls and not bothering to insist on checks for the entire system, including the Comelec’s cavalier attitude in doing away with the important security checks.

And that is where the big problem of the credibility of honest elections comes in.

Via Ninez Cacho Olivares

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Noynoy, Roxas lead in OAV votes, DFA says

Posted by akosistella on May 19, 2010


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Liberal Party presidential bet Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running-mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II dominated the votes cast by Filipinos abroad through the month-long overseas absentee voting (OAV), data from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) showed.

Aquino, who continues to lead in various partial, unofficial tallies based on election returns from the Philippines, won by landslide in votes cast through the OAV with 45,734 votes, the DFA said.

Bangon Pilipinas standard-bearer Bro. Eddie Villanueva, who consistently places fifth in various unofficial election results based on votes cast in the Philippines, was in distant second with 11, 147 votes.

Via GMANews.TV

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PPCRV ends tally today; special polls in 9 areas slated

MANILA, Philippines – The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) winds up today its tally of election returns (ERs) with over 90 percent of votes transmitted from precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines processed and more than half manually counted.

Media communications director Ana de Villa-Singson said the PPCRV is set to shut down its command center at Pope Pius XII Catholic Center on UN Avenue in Manila and stop encoding ERs at 11 p.m. today.

PPRCV officials and staff will transfer to a smaller room where they will continue receiving data from the PCOS machines.

via Philippine Star.

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82-year-old nun is oldest Catholic poll volunteer in May polls

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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An 82-year-old nun who still wants to make a difference is turning out to be the oldest Catholic volunteer in the country’s first national automated elections.

Sister Gertrude Imperial from the Daughters of Charity is the oldest volunteer of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), sorting out election returns for encoding.

“I want a change in the government for the Filipinos to have better lives … that encouraged me to volunteer despite my old age,” Imperial said in an article posted Tuesday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site.

The nun was assigned to sort out election returns (ERs) for encoding at the PPCRV command center at the Pope Pius XII Center in Manila.

She said she is enjoying her work in helping conduct an unofficial tally of the results of the May 10 elections.

“I am enjoying my work here. It’s also nice to see many young people who also share the same vision of having credible elections,” she said. (GMANews.TV)

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LP: Roxas ahead by 137K based on 88 COCs

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) has advised leading vice-presidential candidate Jejomar Binay not to be confident with his current standing in the vice-presidential elections, as it unveiled data from certificates of canvass (COCs) that show Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II leading the race.

The LP based its finding on 88 out of the total 108 provincial and chartered city COCs that it has obtained, showing Roxas with a lead of 137,404 votes over Binay. Roxas has 11,890,802 votes, while Binay has 11,753,398 votes based on these COCs.

Binay earlier said he would win the vice-presidential race since he leads in the official tally of the Comelec and the unofficial count of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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PPCRV: 3 more clean elections needed to shake off bad poll habits

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


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At least three more “clean” and quick elections like the recently concluded May 10 polls may be needed to overhaul Filipinos’ bad election habits, a Church-based poll watchdog group said Tuesday.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said this year’s elections were a good start, with losing bets quickly conceding defeat instead of claiming they were cheated.

“Siguro tatlo pang eleksyon na malinis, ang di magandang ugali mapapalitan ng mas maganda, (lalo na) ang ugali na walang natatalo puro nadadaya (We may need three more clean elections as in the May 10 polls to remove the bad habits of Filipino politicians, especially of not admitting defeat and claiming they were cheated),” PPCRV Chairwoman Henrietta de Villa said in an interview on dzRH radio.

via GMANews.TV.

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Atienza files election protest against rival Lim

(Update 2 – 5:58 PM) Former Environment Secretary Joselito ‘Lito’ Atienza filed an election protest on Monday before the Commission on Elections (Comelec), alleging poll fraud after losing to incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim in Manila’s mayoral race.

“The results were not reflective of the actual votes cast due to irregularities and errors in the canvassing and counting in certain precincts,” Atienza said in his 13-page complaint.

The total number of votes in the election returns (ERs) was fewer compared to the tabulated results coming from the consolidation and canvassing system (CCS), the complaint said, claiming that the ERs were manufactured.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Comelec to proclaim last 3 senators today

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Estrada camp hits ‘massive selling’ of CF cards to cheat in May polls

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


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The camp of presidential aspirant Joseph Estrada on Saturday claimed the May 10 polls were riddled with what it considered “massive marketing and selling” of pre-programmed Compact Flash (CF) cards, which contain instructions for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to read the ballots.

At a press conference in Mandaluyong city, Ambassador Ernesto Maceda, former president Estrada’s campaign manager, claimed that before the elections, some people offering CF cards – supposedly programmed to make a candidate win – approached the camp of the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Maceda claimed the CF card brokers sell the programs for the PCOS machines from P30 to P50 million each.

via GMANews.TV.

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No more glitches in transmission of data to PPCRV—Comelec

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) assured the public that there would be no more glitches in the transmission of data from various precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in its servers at the Pope Pius Center in Manila where its accredited citizen arm Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has been doing its own tally.

Renato Garcia, consultant for ICT Operations of the Comelec, along with Cesar Flores, Smartmatic Asia Pacific President went to Pope Pius to repair the glitch of its servers which has caused delays in the tally being conducted by PPCRV.

“We would like to apologize for the delay here in Pius. The Pope Pius has a server that Comelec and Smartmatic has provided here to be able to access the results from the PCOS machines.”

via INQUIRER.net.

Over 300 clustered precincts had near-unanimous choices for president

If the 2010 elections are a gauge, bloc voting is alive and well in the Philippines.

According to an analysis of the GMA election tally, over 90 percent of voters in 326 clustered precincts around the country had the same choice for president. Benigno “Noynoy’ Aquino was by far the main beneficiary of this voting pattern, with 164 clustered precincts in 19 provinces and the national capital region voting nearly 100% for the presumptive winner of the presidential race.

At least 54 precincts voted almost exclusively for former president Joseph Estrada, while 67 and 61 precincts, respectively, went nearly 100 percent for Gibo Teodoro and Manny Villar.

Via GMANews.TV

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As Roxas awaits Visayas votes, Binay keeps lead

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


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As of the 5:31 p.m. update from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting PPCRV, the citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections based at the Pope Pius Center in Manila, Roxas was still nailed to the second spot with 12,670,877 votes.

Binay has so far garnered 13,478,375 votes, widening his lead to 804,669 votes from Thursday night’s 793,358 vote-margin.

Out of the 76,475 polling precincts across the country, 68,871 have already transmitted election returns to the Pius server, a small jump from early Thursday’s 68,373 precincts.

But votes from Central Visayas, much awaited by the camp of Roxas, the running mate of almost-elected president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, still remained uncounted as of 1:03 p.m. Friday.

Roxas’ camp has claimed that the senator will win by a “hairline” against Binay once votes from Central Visayas, his bailiwick, were counted.

via INQUIRER.net.

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2 LP candidates vying for last Senate seat

Local polls results via GMANews.TV

Comelec partial, offical tally of partylist groups

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VP race between Binay, Roxas still too close to call — PPCRV

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines — The vice presidential race is still a toss-up between Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay and Sen. Manuel Roxas II because some five million votes from more than 8,000 precincts—the largest of which are in the presumed bailiwicks of Binay and Roxas, have yet to be counted.

As small increments of votes slowly raised the tallies, Binay got 13,429,660 votes (40.77 percent of the votes counted so far), giving him a lead of 776,441 votes over Roxas as of the 5:30 p.m. count on Thursday, by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). Roxas received 12,643,219 votes (38.38 percent).

The figures represent the consolidated results from 68,601 precincts, or 89.70 percent of the 76,475 precincts nationwide.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Analyst: Vice-presidential race too close to call

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has yet to canvass or transmit results in some provinces known to be bailiwicks of Senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

This has apparently given the Liberal Party vice-presidential bet enough reason to refuse to concede to Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, who has been leading in Comelec’s canvassing of votes.

But Gemma Bagayaua Mendoza, editor-in-chief of abs-cbnnews.com, believes Roxas has reason to be optimistic.

Via ABS-CBN News

ABS-CBN News research results here

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Random Manual Audit may take a month to complete, PPCRV says

Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


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The Random Manual Audit (RMA) of over 1,000 precincts nationwide might take over a month to finish partly because of delays in the delivery of the reports to the Commission on Elections in Manila, the RMA Technical Working Group (TWG) said late Wednesday.

According to the RMA-TWG Chair Henrietta De Villa, officers conducting the RMA in the provinces are waiting for the rest of the precincts in their district to finish their respective reports before sending these to the Comelec, stalling the TWG’s evaluation.

“[We urge them] not to wait for the other reporters… baka kasi nagtitipid sa cost of sending, kaya aantayin lahat ng report na matapos sa kanilang [district]… eh isang taon pa kami mag-aantay niyan (They might be scrimping on the cost of sending, that’s why they’re waiting for all reports to finish in their district. But we’ll be waiting the whole year for that),” De Villa told reporters.

via GMANews.TV.

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PPCRV yet to tally votes due to delays in delivery of ERs

Election watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) cannot still start tallying the votes cast in last Monday’s automated elections due to the delay in the delivery of election returns (ERs).

“The delivery of the ERs is taking longer than expected, so we will not yet be able to [determine if the results tally]. So far we only have data from [six areas],” said Anna de Villa-Singson, PPCRV’s communications head.

As a government-accredited citizen’s arm, the PPCRV is using two sources for its partial unofficial tally: election results electronically transmitted to its servers directly from the election machines, and the 4th and 27th copy of printed ERs delivered through courier.

Via GMANews.TV

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Fast count stuns nation

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Shell-shocked.

Winners and losers did not know what hit them as a barrage of election tallies—first a trickle, then a torrent—confronted them with the reality that the poisoned political environment had nothing to do with Monday’s automated elections, officials said Tuesday.

“It was faster than you can say Garci,” said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Jose Melo, alluding to disgraced former commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, who was accused of colluding with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to rig the 2004 presidential election, a charge she denies.

The first results came from satellite transmissions—the VSATs and BGANs—from mountainous regions in northern Luzon where there were no regular cell phone sites and the voting populations were small.

via INQUIRER.net.

AND: PPCRV update for presidential, VP, senatorial posts

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STATEMENT OF SENATOR MAR ROXAS

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


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(As read by Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada)

“Magandang gabi po sa inyo. Gusto ko lang magpaabot ng mensahe sa ating mga kababayan: Hangga’t hindi pa tapos ang bilangan, hindi pa tapos ang laban.

“The race as between me and my closest competitor is indeed very tight. However, it is not for me, or anybody for that matter, to say if we’ve already lost, or if we will win in the end. It is up to the sovereign will of the people.

“The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting’s latest partial and unofficial tally as of this afternoon (as of 5:30pm –ed.) is based on roughly 85% of all election returns. This means roughly five million voters in more than 11,000 precincts have yet to be taken into consideration. Of this, roughly half are expected to come from our bailiwick regions. This just underscores that the fight is not yet over, and we should remain vigilant.

“At this point, I would like to thank: all our volunteers and supporters who have been guarding the people’s sacred right to vote; all the teachers and election officers who have been steadfast in their duty, in spite of the difficulty in navigating our new method of election.

“Most especially, I would like to thank the Filipino people for coming out to vote, despite the scorching heat of the sun; despite the long lines; and despite terror being sowed by some elements to compromise our democratic process.

“And at this point, I would like to make one more request: tuloy ang pagbabantay. Patuloy na maging mapagmatyag, hanggang sa kadulu-duluhan ng halalang ito. Sama sama po tayo, hindi natin pababayaan ang isa’t isa, tuloy ang laban.”

May 11, 2010

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Aquino, Binay in early lead for president, vice president

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay are leading the presidential and vice presidential race respectively, according to the initial transmission of results from various precinct count optical scanning machines nationwide.

Aquino, standard-bearer of the Liberal Party, is ahead of his rivals with 86,990 votes while Binay, runningmate of former president Joseph Estrada, is on top of the vice presidential list with 104, 042.

Estrada is behind Aquino, with 67, 425 while Senator Manny Villar is in third, with 55, 639, according to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, which started announcing the partial results immediately after the polling precincts closed at 7 p.m.

Via Inquirer.net

Posted in 2010 elections, Dick Gordon, Gilbert Teodoro, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Joseph Estrada, Manny Villar, MAR Roxas, News, Noynoy Aquino, Philippine politics | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Roxas fights to regain ground lost to Binay in surveys

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—Three days before the elections, Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Manuel “Mar’’ Roxas II is fighting back against his closest rival, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, by erasing any doubts that front-running presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy’’ Aquino III is firmly behind him.

Roxas was joined by Aquino in a press conference at the LP headquarters in Quezon City where the latter repeated for the nth time that Roxas was his only VP in the face of an aggressive push by Binay’s camp for a “Noy-Bi’’ ticket.

Aquino said he was “obliged” to come out and reject the “Noy-Bi” endorsement by a party-list group called Bandila whose nominee, he claimed, was Nilo Tayag, a former leader of the leftist Kabataang Makabayan who turned pro-Marcos in the post-EDSA years.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Liberal Party declared dominant minority party

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc on Friday declared the Liberal Party (LP) as the dominant minority party.

This means the LP will have access to the sixth copy of the election returns, which reflect the results of the automated polls. It also gives the party access to the Comelec central server for the transmitted results of the elections.

The Comelec, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), and the majority party will all have access to the server.

Via ABS-CBN News

Frontrunner Aquino warns of election cheating

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine presidential frontrunner Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III warned Friday that poll cheating could rob him of victory, as a survey showed he could achieve the biggest election win in the nation’s history.

Just three days before up to 50 million Filipinos go to the polls, the son of national democracy heroine Corazon “Cory” Aquino said he was buoyed by the latest survey results but urged his supporters to be vigilant against skullduggery.

“We are very grateful to our countrymen. They saw the validity of our message and they saw that we were sincere,” Aquino said after the survey showed 42% of Filipinos intended to vote for him to be their next president.

ABS-CBN News

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Opinions on the glitchy Comelec, Cardinal Rosales, and sanity

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


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Discombobulated
By LITO BANAYO

JUST as everyone was preparing to cast his vote less than a week away, the automated system that would govern the sanctity of sovereign choice gets discombobulated. What was billed by its sponsors, principally the discredited Comelec and the pollyanish PPCRV as a foolproof, Garci-proof “high-tech” system has suddenly seemed like Humpty-Dumpty.

Tested with actual ballots and actual candidate names printed on front and back, the Smartmatic PCOS machines failed quite miserably.

Click Lito Banayo

Sanity
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

I NEARLY FELL OFF MY SEAT LAST WEEK when I read about a Malacañang official agreeing with the Villar camp, saying Noynoy Aquino ought to submit himself to a psychiatric evaluation. That should be so, he said, for anyone contemplating becoming president of the Philippines.

I did fall off it when I next read about Erap saying the same thing. “The public has the right to information especially if you are seeking the number one position. You must be physically and mentally fit. I think I don’t need to (undergo a psychiatric evaluation) as my wife is a psychiatrist. But if there’s basis, I’m still willing to submit (to it).”

Click Conrado de Quiros

Archbishop, priests, nun challenge Cardinal Rosales on People Power
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo

When Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada and the nuns protecting him briefed Cardinal Rosales on the ZTE scandal, they got the shock of their lives. Perhaps conditioned by the role that the late Jaime Cardinal Sin played in fighting the then evil in the land, Jun and his nun-bodyguards were expecting morale support at the very least.

What they received was the exact opposite. Cardinal Rosales told Jun Lozada: “Truth and lie are the same. They are icing on the cake. What is important is the cake.” When Jun narrated that again to yours truly and some friends last February – one of the nuns who accompanied him to the ZTE briefing was present and confirmed the conversation.

Click William Esposo

Love our funny elections
Virtual Reality BY TONY LOPEZ

Funny our elections. We have the only body authorized by law and by the Constitution to conduct elections—the Commission on Elections or Comelec.

Yet, by practice, tradition and inclination, the Comelec cannot summon enough integrity and competence to manage our elections, the most elegant rite of democracy.

Click Tony Lopez

No holdover presidency
FRONTLINE by Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Truth is, I really don’t buy the scenario of Gloria Arroyo becoming a holdover president, mainly because the time for a “holdover” presidency — if it does come about at all, will have to start after June 30, 2010.

There also cannot be a holdover presidency because the succession mechanism should be at play — which would call for the Senate president to become the acting president.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

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Church group to have parallel tally of votes

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines—The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the accredited citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections, announced Tuesday that it will conduct its own parallel tally of votes on election day on May 10.

PPCRV’s Ana de Villa-Singson said PPCRV will get the fourth copy of the election returns to help them come up with an unofficial tally of votes a day after election day.

The tally will be apart from the results that will be obtained from the Commission on Elections from the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machines.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Villanueva urges vigilance against cheating

MANILA, Philippines—With just six days before the elections, evangelist turned presidential candidate Eduardo “Brother Eddie” Villanueva ordered his supporters to go on “red alert” and watch out for cheating and other signs of election manipulation.

Villanueva, who is making a second go for the presidency under the Bangon Pilipinas party, was alarmed by reports that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines failed to correctly tally votes during mock elections to test the machines on Monday.

He said the Filipino electorate should not let President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo get away with manipulating the election results as she is widely suspected of having done during the 2004 elections.

via Inquirer.net

30 Noy-Mar volunteers guarding each PCOS machine for LP

MANILA, Philippines – The Liberal Party (LP) will deploy volunteers to guard and monitor the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines.

LP vice-presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II said on Tuesday that at least 30 volunteers will be dedicated solely to monitor each voting-counting machine.

“From the time the PCOS is tested and sealed, you should closely guard it until May 10. The chip, the memory card is already inserted, you have to secure it,” Roxas told ANC’s Headstart in a one-on-one interview.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Filipinos believe foreign observers will aid clean polls, survey shows

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