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JPE to ensure proclamation of winners by June 15 By Angie M. Rosales 05/31/2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

JPE to ensure proclamation of winners by June 15


By Angie M. Rosales
05/31/2010

The Senate leadership yesterday vowed to overcome all delaying tactics and other schemes intended to sabotage the proclamation of the winning president and vice president in the just-concluded national elections.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile said he will exhaust all efforts to meet the self-imposed deadline of wrapping up the canvassing of votes by June 15.

“That’s my target, June 15. If there will be any snag, it still should not be later than the 28th or 29th of June. 

“I will not let allow this country to be without a president by June 30. I will not let that happen even if they hang me,” he said in a radio interview over at dzBB.

The upper chamber chief’s pronouncements made the assurance amid speculations by some sectors over setbacks in the ongoing canvassing procedures and concerns by some on possible protracted debates surrounding the electronically-transmitted results.

The Noynoy Aquino supporters have been vocal in demanding that Aquino be proclaimed and for the National Board of Canvassers, composed of both panels from the Senate and the House of Representatives, where Enrile sits as chairman, together with Speaker Prospero Nograles as co-chairman, to speed up the process, while doing away with the accuracy of the count.

“I no longer want to answer those doubting Thomases. I no longer want to speak on the issue. They can think whatever they want to think. They can die thinking (of the worst-case scenario) for all I care,” he said.

“I’m appealing to the public not to be swayed by doomsayers. They need not worry. They can be assured that we will be doing what is expected of us. We will do what we ought to do,” said Enrile.... MORE    

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/headlines/20100531hed2.html


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