I wonder bakit registrar ang pangalan mo? HIndi ALASKADOR!
Do you mind if I ask, sino sino pa ang mga katribu mo rito sa LAFI...
Reigning champs the DLSU Lady Spikers continued their romp as they demolished the NU Lady Bulldogs 25-8, 25-22, 25-19read more
The highest fan and issue threads will be posted weekly. Check out the gorgeous female celebrities that came out on top this week!read more
Fans just got a taste of what to expect this season. Here are the numbers that shaped the first week of UAAP volleyball action.read more
Japeth Aguilar's trey and block saved the day as Barangay Ginebra escaped the Talk N Text Tropang Texters 97-95.read more
I wonder bakit registrar ang pangalan mo? HIndi ALASKADOR!
Do you mind if I ask, sino sino pa ang mga katribu mo rito sa LAFI...
Tripple talo na -
National (as of 11:14 AM)
'COMELEC might get doctored documents in Maguindanao'
Genuine Opposition senatorial candidate Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III warned Monday that the Commission on Elections en banc could get doctored election documents if it pushes through with its plan to go to Maguindanao to investigate reported election irregularities in the province.
Pimentel said the alleged theft of certificates of canvass and statements of votes from the office of Maguindanao election supervisor Lintang Bedol is enough reason to doubt the authenticity of the documents.
"Bedol said the municipal COCs were stolen. After several days he said the COCs were misplaced and can still be located. Stolen is different from misplaced," Pimentel told ABS-CBN.
"[The COMELEC commissioners] will surely find the documents, and given that 30 days had passed, there are so many things that can be done to the documents," he added.
Pimentel said it would be the first time in history that the COMELEC en banc, sitting as National Board of Canvassers, would personally collect election documents.
He urged COMELEC to consider reports from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and other poll watchdogs on massive cheating in the province.
Last week, COMELEC Chairman Benjamin Abalos Sr. said he and other poll officials would go to Maguindanao to investigate the allegations of poll irregularities in the province during the elections.
Abalos said the trip would be a fact-finding mission that would investigate Bedol's claims that election documents he failed to present for national canvassing had been stolen.
For his part, Team Unity senatorial candidate Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri said he welcomes COMELEC's plan to go to Maguindanao. "We have been saying that there were elections held in Maguindanao," he said.
He said there are many ways of locating the missing documents. He said the COMELEC commissioner can get copies provided to candidates, coalition parties and elections officers.
Political parties and representatives of candidates are given copies of COCs brought to COMELEC for national canvassing.
Zubiri said based on the copies provided to the administration coalition, he received 195,000 votes out of the 212,000 votes cast during elections in the province. He said Pimentel received only 67,000 votes.
Pimentel and Zuribi are still fighting for the last available seat in the Senate race.
Pimentel is leading the count with 10,865,397 votes followed by Zubiri's 10,753,836.
If ever Zubiri's 195,000 votes are counted, he will overtake Pimentel by at least 17,000 votes and win the coveted Senate seat.
Ano ba 'tong si Koko Pimentel? Ayaw niya mag-declare ng failure of elections, ayaw niya rin magkaroon ng special elections, ayaw niya rin pumunta ang mga taga-Comelec sa Maguindanao para mag-imbestiga! Aba, eh halatang halata na kung sino rito ang talagang may pinagtatakpan.
Naku! Sino kaya ngayon ang may tinatago? Bakit kaya si Koko eh palag ng palag tuwing napag-uusapan ang Maguindanao. Mukha tuloy na siya ang may ginawang kababalaghan. Di kaya? Hindi naman imposible. Senador na ang tatay niya dati pa. Maimpluwensuya parin yun at may makinarya. Naku Koko, wag ka lang papahuli talaga kundi lagot ka.
Bilangin na kasi ang boto sa Maguindanao o mag special election. Si Migs ba nagrereklamao? Si Koko lang yata ang reklamo ng reklamo.
17,000 votes ang lamang ni MIGS
dalawin mu na lang si KOKO sa Mental
QTV: Task Force Maguindanao to check poll docs
06/18/2007 | 03:18 PM
^ Plantsado na nga.
Bakit pa pupunta si Abalos sa Maguindanao?
Para hanapin ang ano?
Kung may ipa-pa impeach siguro...............si Abalos na.
Tapos na ang 'palabas' sir.
nababawi na si koko
Last edited by juanatoledo; Jun 23, 2007 at 02:22 PM. Reason: double post
Canvass of tainted CoC to trigger political crisis
Canvass the tainted Maguindanao certificates of canvass (CoC) and proclaim Team Unity (TU) senatorial bet Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri at the expense of Genuine Opposition (GO) candidate Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will have come up with the perfect recipe for a long-drawn out political crisis.
This was the gist of the warning sent by opposition stalwarts yesterday during a press conference held at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City to the Comelec, which had one of the commissioners announcing that the Maguindanao municipal CoC (MCoC) were “authentic,” not “manufactured.”
The statement made by Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer Thursday was seen as a prelude to the canvassing of the Maguindanao second copy of the MCoC.
In a statement issued by GO Senator-elect Antonio Trillanes lV, read during the press conference, he warned that “We would definitely not take lightly any move by Comelec to desecrate the Maguindanaoans’ sacred right of suffrage by canvassing the manufactured results from the said province. In case Comelec has not noticed it yet, the tides are changing. This is your (Comelec) last chance to do the right thing.”
United Opposition (UNO)
president, Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay also urged the Comelec to proclaim Pimentel, saying the canvass of the tainted CoC from Maguindanao could trigger another political crisis.
“If the Comelec decides to canvass the CoC from Maguindanao despite the evidence of fraud, I fear that we will have another full-blown political crisis in our country,” Binay stressed.
The Makati mayor said various citizen’s groups, media, and even poll officials are one in saying that there was fraud in Maguindanao, and yet the Comelec has failed to act decisively on the matter.
“We cannot see any reason for the Comelec not to proclaim Koko Pimentel. The votes from Maguindanao are tainted and should be thrown out,” he said.
But Malacañang took the opposite position, expressing elation over Ferrer’s statement saying the CoC are authentic and not manufactured.
Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said this development paves the way for the canvassing of the Maguindanao votes and Zubiri will likely win over Pimentel for the last senatorial spot.
“ We would be very happy, indeed. I know Zubiri will get more votes than Pimentel ,” Ermita said .
But the opposition called on the Comelec to watch its step, as it said that it has copies of the election returns (ERs) in two municipalities of Maguindanao showing that the opposition candidates did not get a zero vote, as the second copy of the Municipal CoC now in the hands of Ferrer showed.
Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, who was also present during the press conference, warned Ferrer against issuing such statements of the documents being authentic, stressing that there is proof in the opposition’s possession that will contradicts Ferrer’s claims that documents that they had retrieved in the province were authentic, saying the opposition has proof to counter this claim.
Lacson said the ERs show that GO candidates did not get a zero vote.
He warned that if a recanvass of the Maguindanao will be insisted on by the Comelec, it will have a big problem in its hands as the opposition will be showing the inconsistency in the documents, as the figures in the ERs will contradict the CoC figures.
Comelec, for its part, ordered the Special Provincial Board of Canvassers (SPBoC) of Maguindanao to reconvene and hold the canvassing in the town of Shariff Aguak.
As stated in Resolution No. 8185, “the Commission resolved as it hereby resolves to direct the Special Board of Canvassers of Maguindanao to conduct the canvassing at Shariff Aguak in Maguindanao”.
It was also mentioned in the resolution that was promulgated yesterday that the ballot boxes containing the 21 Municipal CoC and Statement of Votes (SoV) retrieved from the Election Officers (EO) of the said province will be turned over by the Task Force Maguindanao, to the Maguindanao SPBoC headed by Lawyer Emilio Santos.
It was also indicated in the resolution that based on the Resolution No. 8062 that was promulgated last May 18, the transfer of canvassing from the provinces to Manila will not be allowed.
Ferrer said his report will be given to the SPBoC, syaing it is up to this special body to call in handwriting experts to check the authenticity of the documents. He added that interested parties could go there to question the authenticity of the documents.
“That is our finding, although we have to admit that we are not handwriting experts, we are not questioned document experts. Now it’s up to the special PBoC to find out or even engage-- there is a possibility that they might engage the services of handwriting experts, of questioned document experts, that is up to them”, he said.
Not surprisingly, the controversial Maguindanao Provincial Election Supervisor (PES) Lintang Bedol has gone missing once again.
Ferrer claimed they have been trying to contact Bedol but failed.”He cannot be found again. We have been trying to get in touch with him, but nothing (came out of it)”, he said.
The Comelec commissioner added that the Maguindanao PES could be suspended due to his disobedience to the orders of the Poll Body.
“It can carry a suspension. His continued disobedience to lawful order of the Comelec , that is valid ground already for his suspension but the first thing that we have done is to deprive him of his authority to use his power or authority as a PES”, Ferrer stated.
The Commissioner also said the body will be issuing a show cause order for Bedol to explain his conduct. Bedol could be cited for contempt if he still fails to answer to the order, he said.
According to Ferrer, Bedol could be facing sanctions from the Commission.
“But we’ll give him a chance to have his day in court as they say, due process, that’s guaranteed by our Constitution. And then there’s again the possibility, in my report that he may even be charged criminally, but not yet. We have to give him also a chance to explain.”
Ferrer also pointed out that Bedol was not supposed to gather the ERs from the election officers.
“If that is true, that is wrong. He should have sent them here, at the Comelec. That’s why we have no forms from there. That’s why we had to go there (General Santos). With Kristine V. Torres, Sherwin C. Olaes and Angie M. Rosales
Forcing through a Zubiri victory
Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer told reporters that his trip to Maguindanao, along with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman, Benjamin Abalos Sr., was a fact-finding mission, i.e., to merely find out for themselves that elections were indeed held — nothing more, nothing less, which was why the commissioners present, so it was claimed, did not entertain any questions from the lawyers of either political camp.
Yet Ferrer also claimed that the election documents, such as the second copy of the municipal certificates of canvass (MCoC), all 22 of them, were “authentic,” and not “manufactured,” since the CoC were “clean” and even had rain and sunlight smudges on them.
That was certainly a strange conclusion, coming from a commissioner, given the fact that he had nothing to compare the second copy of the CoC with any other copy, as all the copies, as claimed by the provincial election chairman in Maguindanao, Lintang Bedol, were “lost” or “stolen.”
The election document may have been “authentic” in the sense that the serial numbers may be right, and the security watermarks may have been “genuine,” but this hardly means that the figures entered in that second copy of the CoC have not been manufactured, what with the zero votes obtained by all the candidates from the opposition, and with all the votes going to the administration bets, which, as already stated by the Comelec, was statistically improbable.
Besides, it has been noted by the opposition lawyers that the CoC had the same handwriting, which should not be the case if the data were not manufactured.
But with the position being taken by the Comelec on the authenticity of the documents, there appears to still be that push from the poll body to get Team Unity candidate Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri into the senatorial ring and dislodge Genuine Opposition (GO) candidate Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III by canvassing these MCoC from Maguindanao.
This move would be a terrible mistake on the part of the Comelec, and one that its commissioners will never be able to live down.
Who is to believe that, given the time that had elapsed from the scheduled poll date, these figures on the CoC were not manufactured by the same administration cheating operators? That special ops were ongoing all that time was evident, since TV cameras caught some individuals buying votes for Zubiri during the special polls in certain Mindanao towns. What more in that Maguidanao area, where the votes are in question, with Zubiri wanting desperately to have these fraudulent votes counted, to get him to the Senate?
In truth, the Comelec is largely to blame for this Maguindanao vote fiasco. The poll body waited too long for the provincial CoC and the summary of votes to come in, when the law states very clearly that these must be submitted within a 72-hour period.
The Maguindanao results were out fairly early, giving the GO bets zero votes, which in itself was already highly suspect. Comelec failed to act on this, setting this aside until after some three weeks with announcements of ordering Bedol to appear before the body, then waited for some more time for him to appear.
Apart from this non-action on the documents delay by the Comelec, the body also was much too lenient with Bedol, allowing him too much time to appear before it, then wasting more time by not moving fast enough even after he had come up with the hoary tale that all the election documents that he had gathered from the municipal election officers were “stolen” from the office.
All these developments tend to create a strong impression that the Comelec has been cooperating actively to ensure a Senate seat for Zubiri.
It will be worse for the Comelec’s credibility to canvass the second copy of the CoC, which should not even be in the hands of the municipal election officers if, as claimed by them and Bedol, all the documents have been turned over to Bedol.
It stands to reason that if these municipal officers turned over all the copies, including the Namfrel and the GO copies, even the second copy would have been turned over to Bedol. Why, of all the copies, was the second one all retained by all the municipal election officers? That sounds much too fishy.
What is clear is that these documents have no integrity at all, and should be set aside by the Comelec, which should then proclaim Pimentel as the 12th senator-elect.
To force through a Zubiri victory will only create bigger problems for the Comelec, and Gloria Arroyo, the chief fraud schemer.
Buti naman itong abs-cbn ay medyo objective kaya hindi naging tabLOYD:
kung totoo ang HULA nito, PATAY na si KOKO:
National (as of 2:21 AM)
Migz hopeful of edging out Koko with ARMM votes
The Philippine Star
The word war continues.
Team Unity senatorial candidate Juan Miguel Zubiri said Saturday results of the special elections in two municipalities of Shariff Kabunsuan in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao could give him further advantage over his rival Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel Jr. for the 12th Senate seat.
Pimentel, who ran under the Genuine Opposition, however, said vote padding and shaving operations were carried out to give Zubiri a large margin over him.
Zubiri said the official results based on the certificates of canvass indicated that he garnered a total of 3,293 votes against Pimentel’s 1,027 in Barira and 5,788 versus 740 in Kabuntulan.
“The special elections were covered by both foreign and local media and watched by the political parties and other socio-civic groups,” he said.
Zubiri said this would add to the votes he would get from Maguindanao to win over Pimentel.
The opposition and other political parties earlier slammed the results of the Maguindanao elections as a “sham and farce.”
The CoCs submitted by the election officers of 21 of 22 municipalities of the province showed that Zubiri garnered 186,518 votes against Pimentel’s 58,622 for a win ratio of 76:24.
If and when officially canvassed, the Maguindanao results will secure for Zubiri the 12th spot in the winning column in the May 14 senatorial elections.
“The results of the special elections confirm Zubiri’s win in the Muslim areas and the margin he is getting will firm up his hold on the lead,” his camp said.
“This also shows that certain areas really vote almost as one and make collective decisions, even between two Mindanaoans,” Zubiri added.
But Pimentel said Zubiri was credited with roughly 110,267 fraudulent votes in the municipalities of Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Salvador in Lanao del Norte; Sultan Kudarat, Datu Blah Sinsuat and Kabuntalan in Shariff Kabunsuan; and Lutayan in Sultan Kudarat.
Pimentel said the voters’ turnout in these municipalities reached as high as an unbelievable 99.94 percent while Zubiri obtained from 79.92 percent to 98.34 percent of these votes.
In the municipalities where the alleged large-scale fraud occurred, Pimentel said watchers and representatives from the GO and National Movement for Free Elections were not given copies of election returns in gross violation of election laws and regulations.
Pimentel said the discovery of the “fantastic” but anomalous election results in the six municipalities further made clear the extent of the manipulation of the senatorial elections perpetrated by the administration’s special operators in cahoots with “unscrupulous and corrupt officials of the Commission on Elections.” Aurea Calica, Delon Porcalla
nene v migs
SC to tackle fate of 12th senator on Tuesday
06/25/2007 | 06:47 PM
The Supreme Court en banc will tackle on Tuesday opposition senatorial candidate Aquilino “Koko" Pimentel III’s petition enjoining the Commission on Elections (Comelec) from canvassing votes from Maguindanao province.
Supreme Court spokesman Atty. Jose Midas Marquez said the justices are expected to rule whether or not to grant Pimentel's petition for the issuance of a temporary restraining order against the Comelec's canvassing of election results from Maguindanao.
Earlier, Pimentel asked the High Court to restrain the poll body from implementing its June 6 order to initiate proceedings for the declaration of failure of elections in Maguindanao or from using any documents from that province in any canvass or recanvass of votes for senatorial bets.
The petitioner also asked the Supreme Court to compel the Comelec to declare the winner for the last slot in the senatorial race based on the results of the national canvass excluding those from Maguindanao.
Pimentel also assailed the Comelec's June 15 and June 18 orders authorizing Task Force Maguindanao to meet with various municipal election officers in the province to find out the veracity of election documents from Maguindanao.
The petitioner called this a "fishing expedition."
Without the canvassing of the Maguindanao votes, Pimentel would win over administration bet Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri by at least 120,000 votes. Zubiri, on the other hand, claimed that he would win if Maguindanao votes are counted. - GMANews.TV
Finally the Maguindanao votes are being canvassed. It's beem a long time since the canvassing was stalled because of several delaying tactics by Koko Pimentel. Up to now GO lawyers are still busy contesting the canvassing of the Maguindanao votes (much to the dismay of the other people they still have to deal with in their jobs as lawyer-professors).
Hopefully in no time the canvass is finished. The SC is still to rule on the application for a TRO of Koko Pimentel. The granting of this will stop the canvassing again. I hope the SC's ruling will favor expediency more than anything else.
You may be interested in visiting Dr. Martin Bautista’s website (a senatorial candidate of ‘Ang Kapatiran’ together with Adrian Sison and Zosimo Paredes). He’s a 44-year-old gastroenterologist in the US who came home. You can see from his background that he truly means service.
Inquirer Headlines / Nation
If Zubiri wins …
If Zubiri wins because of Maguindanao, Colmenares said “it would affect the credibility of his election.”
TU lead counsel George Garcia said nothing could change the mind of the opposition that the Maguindanao votes were rigged.
“When the canvassing began, that was already in their minds. You can’t change that anymore. Their thinking has always been the result is false, a hoax. What can we do?” Garcia said.
Garcia said that after perusal of the 22 CoCs, he was convinced that these were genuine and authentic documents.
Moreover, checking the vote tallies, Garcia said he saw that several towns gave more votes to GO candidates than to TU candidates.
In its resolution, the Supreme Court directed the Comelec and Zubiri, if he desires, to file their comments on Pimentel’s petition by noon on Thursday.
The high court said it would only be fair to get the side of the Comelec and Zubiri before issuing any TRO since there were factual and legal matters in Pimentel’s petition that needed to be resolved first.
“Accordingly, and considering the presumptive regularity of the Comelec’s assailed actions and the processes emanating therefrom, it is only fair that the Court, before it considers the propriety of issuing a TRO, accords the Comelec an opportunity to be heard by way of a written comment,” it said in a June 26 resolution.
Don’t preempt court ruling
Supreme Court spokesperson Jose Midas Marquez said the high court was banking on the poll body not to do anything that would make the court’s action useless, when asked if the issue could be rendered moot should the Comelec finished the canvassing of Maguindanao votes before Thursday.
“We are hoping that with the order of the court, they will act accordingly and will not do anything to preempt the decision of the high court,” Marquez told reporters.
“The fact that the case is being set for oral argument would be enough for the Comelec to act accordingly.”
In a 13-page petition, reelected opposition Sen. Panfilo Lacson asked the Comelec to dissolve the special provincial board of canvassers (SPBOC) for Maguindanao on grounds it was illegally created.
Lacson also asked the Comelec to not to canvass anymore the results from the Maguindanao, nullify the board’s proceedings and quickly proclaim the last winning senator.
Lacson said the Comelec en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, did not have the authority to form the SPBOC, that its creation was not needed and that the Commission committed grave abuse of discretion when it turned over the second copies of the municipal vote tallies it gathered from Maguindanao to the SPBOC for retabulation. With reports from Leila B. Salaverria and Jerome Aning
Ikinalulungkot kong ipahayag na tumalab na ang SUMPA kay NENE at KOKO, and for MIGS, your name is unblemished, share your glory with the Filipino:
(UPDATE 2) SC denies TRO on Maguindanao recanvassing
By Tetch Torres
Last updated 07:18pm (Mla time) 06/28/2007
MANILA, Philippines -- The Supreme Court en banc on Thursday dismissed opposition senatorial candidate Aquilino Pimentel III’s request for a temporary restraining order against the recanvassing of votes in Maguindanao province.
Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez said, barely 15 minutes after oral arguments, that all 12 Supreme Court justices unanimously voted to dismiss part of Pimentel’s petition.
However, the high court still has to rule on Pimentel’s main petition, which seeks to nullify the Commission on Elections resolution authorizing Task Force Maguindanao to examine the election documents from that province and to undertake proceedings if there was a failure of elections there.
Pimentel said he will have to win his main case.
In contrast, administration candidate Miguel Zubiri, who is in contention with Pimentel for the 12th Senate seat, said he was very thankful for the high court's ruling.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said they are confident the high court will also rule in their favor in the main case.
"We heard the petitioner himself say that there is no concrete evidence that the election documents from Maguindanao are fake. We believe we have justified and defended our actions before the Supreme Court," Jimenez said.
The high court, through Associate Justice Cancio Garcia, asked Pimentel for concrete evidence the election documents obtained by Task Force Maguindanao are fake as he claimed.
When Pimentel admitted all he had was circumstantial evidence, Garcia asked: "Why don't we let the Comelec canvass the Maguindanao votes and proclaim the winner?”
“You can file a protest with the Senate Electoral Tribunal. No voter will be disenfranchised," Garcia added.
Chief Justice Reynato Puno questioned the Comelec about the way it collected and recanvassed the Maguindanao votes and if the poll body will investigate the alleged cheating in that province.
Associate Justice Antonio Nachura also asked Comelec legal department chief Alioden Dalaig if elections actually took place in Maguindanao. Dalaig said elections did take place although he admitted he did not personally witnesse the voting there.
After the arguments, Puno ordered both parties to submit memorandums containing their arguments and answers to justices' queries.
In his main case, Pimentel seeks to nullify the Comelec resolution authorizing Task Force Maguindanao to examine the election documents and the June 15 ruling denying Pimentel's petition seeking the declaration of a failure of election in Maguindanao.
Originally posted at 6:13pm