Comelec To Oppose Arroyo Trip

Last Tuesday, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) said that it would be a challenge in the court for former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s fresh bid to seek medical treatment abroad, citing her tendency to “amplify” her health condition.

It was said and stressed by COMELEC Chair, Sixto Brillantes Jr., which was very risky for Arroyo to be allowed to leave the country since she is currently detained at Veterans Memorial Medical Center on charges of electoral sabotage.

“We don’t want to allow her again this time because she used to say that before and it turned out that she can be treated by our doctors here,” Brillantes told the reporters last Tuesday in a telephone interview.

Brillantes was referring to Arroyo’s previous attempt to leave the country supposedly for treatment of a rare bone disease. Also he said that the electoral sabotage was a capital offense so Arroyo could not just be allowed to simply leave the country. He said foreign doctors should instead be brought to the country to examine her.

Conceding that the Pasay City Regional Trial Court of trying the case against Arroyo has the final say on the issue, he said that the COMELEC would “ask for verification and check up on her true condition.”

Previously, a source coming from a close person to the Arroyo family said that the former President, who is now a representative of her hometown in Pampanga, was facing a “life-threatening condition” due to complications arising from her earlier surgery to treat her neck ailment.

On Thursday, Arroyo decided to undergo the Quantum electrochemistry examination at Makati Medical Center after experiencing choking sensations and shortness of breath.

A doctor present during the examination has said that a corrective surgery had to be done abroad as “no doctor would touch her here because of her delicate medical situation.”

A close Arroyo ally, House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, said that the former President had to seek medical treatment abroad because no Filipino doctor was willing to perform a surgery for her.

“They are hesitant because they are afraid that this might lead to her death. They know that she has a very rare ailment,” Suarez said in an interview with reporters.

He said Arroyo had identified medical experts abroad who were willing to perform the delicate surgery. He said the minority bloc would file a resolution appealing to President Aquino to allow Arroyo to leave.

He said the minority would use as a precedent the decision of then President Ferdinand Marcos to allow Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, the current President’s father who was under detention, to seek medical treatment abroad for his heart ailment.

“Why was Ninoy allowed to get treatment in the US when there are heart specialists in the country?” asked Suarez. “I think the President will consider our request because his only condition was if GMA (Arroyo) would return to which we have no doubts.”

Comelec To Get P430 Million For New ARMM Voters’ List

Yesterday, March 28, 2012 President Aquino approved in the notion of the P430-million financing that the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) is looking for to withdraw the voter’s list in the Autonomous Region Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) following reports that its population has been increasing over the years.

According to Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, “Considering that ARMM reforms have been high in our agenda, I think P430 million will not be too much compared to the restoration of the credibility in the upcoming elections,” President Aquino just gave his nod.

Secretary Abad told the reporters in a chance interview that the money will be obtained from the original budget for the ARMM election proper that were postponed in August 2011 and also from the “discretionary funds” of the President.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., who were also present in the meeting in Malacañang have proposed the amount that will be needing for the “total annulment” of the voters’ list in the five provinces of the ARMM. In line with this it has been notoriously known for “command votes” in years.

Maguindano, Basilan, Lanao Del Sur, Sulu, and Tawi – Tawi composes the ARMM.

“Mr. President, we are going to seriously consider annulling the voters’ list in the entire five provinces of ARMM,” said Brillantes. With this, they’ve observed that this is the quickest way to cleanse the Comelec records of double registrants and other election-related difficulties.

“There will be total annulment of voters’ list of the five provinces. This is what we are going to do,” Brillantes uttered, ARMM officer-in-charge Gov. Mujiv Hataman proposed that the general registration be performed in May instead of June.

“We have reservations about pocket registrations because some sectors might just put political color into it. We prefer and we want to pursue a general registration, and hopefully to have a biometrics system in 2013,” Hataman alleged.

Preceding to the agreement of the P430-million funding, Hataman thought they would be needing at least P280 million to push through general registration and also that the regional government considers this can still be done within a week or two but the COMELEC said that 17 days would do.

Brillantes assumed that the amount was high as for the government wants to gain machines that will be used for the purpose, as well as organize and utilize personnel.

Brilliantes aforesaid, “We can have several machines, but if there are no election inspectors then it will just delay the whole process. An election inspector should be there to conduct the oath for registrants.”

President Aquino observed from the PowerPoint presentation of the National Statistics Office that the ARMM population has been “very substantial,” mainly when records from 2007 and 2010 years were compared, which were both election years.

It was presented by NSO that ARMM had a population of 4.1 million in 2007 but in reality it was revealed last 2010 that it was only around 3 million, or a disparity of 1 million in only 3 years’ time.

One of the provinces in ARMM showed that there was only a difference of 432,000 in the population figures for 2007 and 2010.

NSO articulated that the ARMM had a population of 1.6 million in 1980, increasing to 2.1 million 10 years later (1990), then to 2.8 million in 2000 and 4.1 million in 2007, but decreased to 3.3 million in 2010.

“The population of the Philippines and Mindanao, both excluding ARMM, were falling from 1990 to 2007, whereas in ARMM, it was not only growing, (but) it was growing at an improbable rate,” according to Budget Secretary Abad.

For many years, ARMM has been considered to be the bailiwick of any administration and has been general with so-called “command votes,” which the region is always predictably to deliver to any administration candidate.

Comelec proclaims Osmeña, Lapid, Guingona

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, on Tuesday proclaimed Sergio Osmeña III (independent), Manuel “Lito” Lapid (Lakas-Kampi CMD) and Teofisto Guingona III (Liberal Party) as senators until 2016.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said the poll body decided to proclaim the 3 bets since the remaining votes to be counted “would no longer materially affect the outcome of the election.”

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal earlier said the poll body had less than 500,000 votes left to canvass.

The proclamation was held at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila.

Last Saturday, the NBoC proclaimed the first nine winning senators who will serve until 2016 namely; Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. (Lakas-Kampi CMD); Sen. “Jinggoy” Estrada (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino); Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (People’s Reform Party); former Senate President Franklin Drilon (Liberal Party); Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino); Sen. Pia Cayetano (Nacionalista Party); Rep. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (Nacionalista Party); former senator Ralph Recto (Liberal Party); and former senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Nationalist People’s Coalition).

Some PCOS machines Failed Accuracy Test

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.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has specified that the minimum accuracy rate for the China-made PCOS machine should be 99.995% or a maximum error rate of .005%. PCOS machines that failed to meet this standard should have been replaced as stated in the contract.

The poll body is supposed to test the accuracy of the PCOS in the final sealing and testing a few days before the elections. But the mess caused by the wrong configuration in the memory cards a week before the polls has sidelined any honest-to-goodness monitoring whether the accuracy of the PCOS was followed in the final test run.

As the Comelec has not released any report on the final testing and sealing, there is also no way of knowing how many machines that failed the accuracy test were actually used in the May 10 polls.

For the May 10 polls, the Comelec leased 82,200 PCOS from supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management for the 76,000 clustered precincts nationwide. The rest of the PCOS machines were intended to be used as back-up.

Accuracy issues

NAMFREL executive committee member Damaso Magbual told abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak that the group will present its initial findings this Friday on their observations as to the accuracy of the PCOS.

The report will indicate that there were accuracy issues on the PCOS.

For instance, in Precinct 1212 at  the UP Integrated School in Quezon City, the PCOS counted 602 ballots. But the random audit showed that there were 612 ballots cast.

“This is more than the maximum margin or error of .005%,” Magbual observed.

In that precinct, the PCOS also failed in the accuracy test in the counting of the votes cast. Quezon City Mayor Feliciano Sonny Belmonte, who is seeking a congressional post in the 2nd district, got 501 votes in the PCOS count, but the election return showed that he got 498.

Another congressional candidate, Don Emil de Castro, got 95 votes in the PCOS count. But the ER showed he actually got 102 votes.

In one precinct in San Juan City, the PCOS counted 616 ballots but the manual audit showed only 614 ballots were cast.

Still, in another precinct, the PCOS counted 607 ballots, but the manual audit showed there were 613 ballots cast.

‘Not alarming’

Magbual said the discrepancies in the PCOS count “may not be alarming,” but “this does not mean you should sacrifice accuracy.”

Asked if there was a pattern of inaccuracies on how the PCOS machines functioned, he clarified that “we are not yet seeing a pattern.”

Namfrel is conducting its own manual audit using ERs shared with other groups. The group sought accreditation to conduct the random manual audit but was blocked by its erstwhile ally, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)

Namfrel had wanted to expand coverage of the random manual audit from 1 precinct for every legislative district to 5 precincts. As Comelec denied Namfrel’s accreditation, the poll body passed that responsibility to the PPCRV.

The PPCRV is not expected to release the report of its random manual audit anytime soon.

Philippine Election Results: President and Vice-President Race

Senator Noynoy Aquino leads the presidential race and Jejomar Binay leads the vice presidential. Aquino had secured 40.44 percent of the votes counted, with Estrada on 25.76 percent and business titan Manny Villar in third place with 13.98 percent, Commission on Election chair Jose Melo told reporters.

Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay are the most voted candidates in presidential and vice-presidential posts in partial Comelec results. The national and local elections results will continue tomorrow after the chairman has announced via live broadcast in local TV.

Philippine Election Results: Latest Partial Official Results Today. The country has been under President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for 2 Presidential terms and now the people of the Philippine Islands are very excited to experience new leadership.

Here’s latest official tally of who is leading in the Presidential and Vice Presidential race in the Philippine Elections as of 7:30 AM Philippine Time:

Partial and Official COMELEC Philippine Election Results (about 71% of polling precincts)

Presidential Race

1.

AQUINO, Benigno Simeon III C.

10,527,696

(40.58%)

2.

ESTRADA EJERCITO, Joseph M.

6,665,960

(25.72%)

3.

VILLAR, Manuel Jr B.

3,626,442

(13.85%)

4.

TEODORO, Gilberto Jr. C.

2,766,266

(10.63%)

5.

VILLANUEVA, Eduardo C.

795,470

(3.10%)

6.

GORDON, Richard J.

389,374

(1.54%)

7.

ACOSTA, Vetellano S.

114,657

0.52%

8.

PERLAS, Jesus Nicanor P

35,357

(0.13%)

9.

MADRIGAL, Jamby A.

31,794

(0.12%)

10.

DE LOS REYES, John Carlos G.

29,339

(0.11%)

Vice Presidential Race

1.

BINAY, Jejomar C.

10,451,007

(40.48%)

2.

ROXAS, Manuel A.

9,601,411

( 36.93%)

3.

LEGARDA, Loren B.

2,720,422

(10.40%)

4.

FERNANDO, Bayani F.

746,101

(2.90%)

5.

MANZANO, Eduardo B.

476,879

(1.78%)

6.

YASAY, Perfecto R.

257,030

(1%)

7.

SONSA, Jose Y.

43,401

(0.16%)

8.

CHIPECO, Jesus Nicanor P

32,971

(0.12%)

Halalan 2010 PCOS Machine Election Automation VS Manual Voting Results

Manila Philippines – What do you think are the pros and cons of having an automated election? There are several issues and benefits regarding this automation of election. The question is, are you in favor of this automated election, are you satisfied in what you have paid in a billion pesos? Would you rather consider the short line for manual voting rather than than of long lines because it became a clustered precinct? As of May 11 We have partial results came from the PCOS machine and being announced by chairman melo of COMELEC, or would you choose the manual voting that the output might result in less than a week?

There are things that needs adjustments at first just like the PCOS machine, because things that are first tested are not guaranteed a 100% full accuracy sometimes it has bugs and other errors which are very usual to machines, but the thing is that the Smartmatic should put IT professionals or Technician who knows well of the PCOS machine and the Smartmatic should test the machine first before they distribute and if lack of time is the reason for this bugs in the PCOS machine, the thing that the Smartmatic should do is to hire more people in their company even for a month only just ti verify that the smartmatic is working great and reliable in counting of votes. The more people that works on the smartmatic the more productive or the more reliable the PCOS machine will be. The smartmatic should also foresee some of the risk that might happen when using the machine so that the technician will know what are the things that he needs to do to be able to fix it as soon as the election starts. Well In the manual voting there are several watchers and teachers that are need to be present just to be able to count the votes that sometimes none of them seem to do their task. The advantage of the PCOS machine is that it makes the counting easily, is makes less people involve in election counting, less effort and many more compared to manual voting that requires opposite of the automated election. A little advice is that before releasing of the machine be sure that it is working and complete in everything that is needed in the election and there should always be a person or technician or IT professionals who knows how to troubleshoot and Be sure to know what are the error and later on fix or enchance the PCOS machine for the next election.

Filipino’s wait for the big result after using the electronic voting system

By: Tobee Pineda

Manila, Philippines – After the big election day filipinos enthusiatically wait for the results for the presidency, Congress and local government positions to be announced.

Election is a evaluation on how filipinos choose wisely their officials to govern and promote democracy here in the Philippines. For the first time, a automated voting system was used for making elections more convinient and efficient, this is a effort in making elections not to cause chaos in voting just like in the past few years.

The Comelec estimated that some of their machines of 400 of the more than 80,000 machines malfunctioned during the poll of votes, also there are some machines that malfunctioned on some precincts causing trouble to voters as well to the BEI (Board of Election Inspectors).

In terms of the computerized voting system there is a big scrutiny in terms of the machines that some are defective and has a problem in transmitting results to the servers. It is expected that Comelec, within 72hours the results will be compelete.

Now as Filipino’s wait they see what are the potential benefits of each candidates that are close to winning to the said election. Filipino’s will see if their decisions in choosing the candidate officials are truly beneficial to the country.

Commission on Elections sustains unseating the officialdom of Panlilio as Governor

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has upheld the decision unseating Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio in favor of former board member Lilia Pineda, a poll body official said Thursday.

Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle confirmed that the en banc, in a split decision, upheld the decision of the second division saying Pineda actually won in the 2007 Pampanga gubernatorial race.

In a telephone interview on Unang Balita, Panlilio said they were very surprised by the decision. He also said that one of their lawyers, Atty. Sixto Brillantes, has yet to receive a copy of the decision, despite his office being merely five minutes away from Comelec.

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29 more gun ban violators nabbed

MANILA, March 21 – Government authorities arrested 29 violators of the Commission on Elections (Comelec)- imposed nationwide total gun ban on Saturday, bringing to more than 1,500 the total number of arrested individuals since the start of the ban last January.

Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said the latest violators were composed of 28 civilians and one government personnel.

Espina said the latest gun ban violators yielded 16 firearms -– three high-powered and 13 low-powered, 13 bladed weapons and an explosive during actual checkpoint operations on Saturday.

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No need for generators at polling places — Comelec

Despite the looming power crisis, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday stressed it has no plans of purchasing or leasing generator sets for the polling places come election day.

In an interview with reporters, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said that there is no need for the generators because voting on May 10 will run from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. — which will presumably have ample light even without electricity.

“We do not expect that there should be a need for generator sets at the precinct level because in general, the precincts will be well-lit because of the sunlight. Most of the election will be under natural light,” Jimenez said.

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