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Election dagdag bawas MR. EXPOSE Amb. Ernesto Maceda 06/06/2010

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Election dagdag bawas

Amb. Ernesto Maceda
While we respect the decision of the Joint Canvassing Committee headed by Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Prospero “Boy” Nograles, still it has been made clear that this automated election system involving the PCOS machines of Smartmatic are inefficient and recorded many errors, as admitted by Cesar Flores, Smartmatic chief who even apologized for the errors committed. Among the many errors, inflated 256 million voters recorded by the House of Representatives, the 158 million recorded by the Comelec server in the senatorial canvass and the many election returns pre-dated before May 10.

Protests from candidates in 42 provinces and cities are more than prima facie proof that electronic fraud has happened all over the country from Manila to Cotabato to Sulu.

The Comelec remains a principal suspect because it continues to refuse to heed calls for a simple, selective manual audit of votes to put the issue to rest. Opening a few ballot boxes in Antipolo, Manila, Quezon City and Cotabato should satisfy some doubting Thomases and critics.

Finally, Cesar Flores admitted that while the PCOS machines and their flashcards cannot be reprogrammed or reconfigured by outsiders, cheating can be done by insiders from Smartmatic, Comelec or even Provincial DoST officers.
The latest charge of dagdag bawas has come from an unlikely source — the Roxas camp. They claim they are victims of dagdag bawas. The necessary implication — was there dagdag bawas too against Erap?

Ugly head. Runaway crime reared its ugly head in the murder of a brother of BSP Gov. Amando Tetangco Jr. and two others in Angeles City which has become a killing field. Rene Tetangco, 42, Governor Tetangco’s younger brother, Florencio Yap, a big hardware owner and Dennis Guinto, Yap’s aide, were found shot to dead inside their Ford Expedition parked in a vacant lot along Friendship Highway.

In notorious Payatas where killings occurred almost daily, Romualdo Magbanua, 25, was shot dead by two armed men in front of his common-law wife.

In Cavite, another favorite site for salvaging, two dead women who showed signs of salvaging turned up in Barangay Sta. Lucia, Dasmariñas City.

In Negros Oriental, two persons were killed and two others wounded in a shooting. Enriqueta Nanuco and a one-year old housemate were shot dead inside their house in Valencia town.... MORE  

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