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Erap to Noynoy: Concede, when I win polls By Gerry Baldo 04/29/2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

As LP bet threatens people power revolt if he loses

Erap to Noynoy: Concede, when I win polls

By Gerry Baldo

Following the Liberal Party standard bearer’s premature claim of having already won the presidency despite the fact that elections will still be held in some two weeks, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) presidential candidate former President Joseph Estrada yesterday said that Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, the LP bet, should immediately concede his loss in the polls should he (Estrada) win the presidency.
Estrada was reacting to a statement made by Aquino in a Bloomberg interview that he must have been cheated if he does not win the presidency in the May 10 polls, saying that “If someone else wins, such as when I win the presidential
elections, he (Noynoy) should then concede defeat, because if I win the elections, there won’t be any cheating because I don’t know how to cheat.”
Estrada, who had always been circumspect in attacking his opponents, said that he respects the opinion of Aquino even as he reiterated that his opponents could be in for a big surprise come Election Day.
He said that almost 80 percent of the voters are poor and that many remain undecided to this day..... MORE

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No ‘Garci’ boys in May 10 polls, vows Comelec chief By Marie Surbano 04/29/2010

No ‘Garci’ boys in May 10 polls, vows Comelec chief

By Marie Surbano

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Jose Melo has assured that the remaining members of the “Garci” boys would find it difficult to operate this time with the automated polls.

“There may be sleeping ‘Garcis’ here if we (conduct) manual (elections). The old ills of the manual system will be revived. There may be ‘Garcis’ sleeping here but with the automation, they’ll no longer
wake up,” Melo yesterday said.

According to the poll chief, apart from stoppoing the Garci boys from their operations, the automated polls will also prevent “dagdag-bawas” (vote shaving, vote padding) since the election results would be transmitted automatically from the polling precincts to the canvassing centers and eventually to the Comelec main office and to Congress which would convene as the National Board of Canvassers.

Melo issued this reaction following reports posted at the abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak that “Garci” boys are still well-entrenched at the Comelec.

Garci refers to controversial former Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano who was reportedly part of an operation that rigged the results of the 2004 elections to favor President Arroyo.... MORE  

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Enrile exposes presence in Cagayan of armed men in military uniform 04/29/2010

Enrile exposes presence in Cagayan of armed men in military uniform


Armed men, wearing marines and army uniform, are roaming and intimidating candidates of Team Cagayan in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd districts of Cagayan, a detailed report reaching the office of Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and his son Jack Enrile revealed yesterday.

Team Cagayan, a coalition of various political parties organized to unify Cagayan by Jack Enrile, running practically unopposed in the 1st congressional district, is pitted against the group of Rep. Manuel Mamba, who is running for governor of the province against incumbent Gov. Alvaro Antonio.

Antonio and his running mate Vice Gov. Leonides “Odi” Fausto are with Enrile’s group together with 24 of the 29 Cagayan mayors and the three congressional candidates: Enrile, 2nd district reelectionists Enciong Vargas and Randy Ting, son of Tuguegarao Mayor Delfin Ting, running in the 3rd district against Manuel Mamba’s younger brother William.

The report included names and military background of the armed men, who funded, recruited and procured high-powered arms and fast vehicles for them.

The report also mentioned, apart from several politicians, a wealthy businessman, an active PNP general assigned to Camp Crame and a retired Marine general as deeply involved in the plan to terrorize Cagayan and erase the Enriles and their allies from the political scene.... MORE  

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GSIS releases P49.84 billion in loans in 2009 04/29/2010

GSIS releases P49.84 billion in loans in 2009


The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) reported an overwhelming P49.84 billion loan disbursement in 2009, an amount filed through its state-of-the-art GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (G-W@PS) kiosk. This was achieved despite the slowdown in its operations brought about by the defective IBM-DB2 database system.

Data from the Information Technology Services Group of the GSIS showed a little over a million loan applications were filed online last year through the G-W@PS kiosks deployed in all GSIS servicing offices and selected government agencies.

Of the total loan applications filed, the GSIS approved 878,469 for a total consideration of P49.84 billion.
The GSIS said it was able to process a huge bulk of loan applications filed through the G-W@PS kiosks because it has moved to a new and better system, which is Oracle.

Introduced in 2006, the G-W@PS is hailed as the first in the world. It was launched in fruition of the pension fund’s commitment to provide anytime, anywhere service.... MORE

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Curiouser and curiouser EDITORIAL 04/29/2010

Curiouser and curiouser

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Media quickly reported that the psychological report on Liberal Party standard bearer Sen. Noynoy Aquino is a fake, following a purported denial by Jesuit priest Jaime Bulatao in the Ateneo Web site, alongside interviews with some officer from the Ateneo University’s Department of Psychology.

Is a denial proof that such documents are manufactured? If so, then a denial whether from officialdom or the courts of an accused, should then be taken as gospel truth and that would then be the end of the issue. Then too, does a psychologist deny or confirm whether he took such and such a case?

The psychological report said to have been done some 30-odd years ago on Noynoy may well be fake, but again, it may be for real. Still this is hardly the point, as what is extremely curious is, one, the quick denial from Bulatao, who is close to being a novenarian, stating that “it has come to my attention that an unverified psychiatric evaluation allegedly signed by me in 1979 about the mental condition of Sen. Benigno C. Aquino lll, is currently circulating in the news. I categorically deny having written that report.”... MORE

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Something’s cooking in the yellow front FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 04/29/2010

Something’s cooking in the yellow front

Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Something is brewing among the elitista supporters of Noynoy Aquino and it spells trouble to be created during the polls.

Already, Noynoy has come out in an interview claiming victory — something that his mother, the late Corazon Aquino, also did to create the impression that she had won the count, but was being cheated by Ferdinand Marcos.

But what is the presumptuous Noynoy Aquino’s basis of claiming presidential victory, since the polls are still 12 days away? 

Evidently, Noynoy bases his victory in the surveys which show him at the top and with something like a double digit lead.

That’s really laughable for a presidential candidate to declare his electoral victory on the basis of the dubious surveys, since it is not the survey numbers that are counted on May 10.... MORE  

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100429com2.html

Stability still elusive in divided Ukraine 04/29/2010

Stability still elusive in divided Ukraine


KIEV — The punches traded in Ukraine’s parliament Tuesday show the country remains far from politically stable and a deal to prolong the stay of the Russian Black Sea Fleet has only exacerbated divisions.

Analysts said the decision by President Viktor Yanukovych to sign an agreement allowing the fleet to remain in Ukraine until at least 2042 has sharply polarized national opinion to a worrying degree.

“Yanukovych’s political stability ended the day when he signed the accord on the fleet,” said Igor Zhdanov, president of the Open Policy center in Kiev.

“This is only a beginning, but this beginning could end in a serious political cataclysm. A step in this direction has already been made,” the analyst said.... MORE

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URL: http://www.tribuneonline.org/commentary/20100429com3.html

Tongue-tied in QC BLURBAL THRUSTS Louie Logarta 04/29/2010

Tongue-tied in QC

Louie Logarta

Quezon City Vice Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista, who is running for the office of mayor under the banner of the Liberal Party (LP) this May 10, appears so confident of victory that he has for the nth time snubbed an invitation to appear before the electorate in order to explain away damaging issues that have been brought to the public’s attention by his political opponents who in doing so are hoping to dampen his overrated popularity.
The most telling is this one regarding the plunder raps he’s facing before the Ombudsman for the merienda purchases of the Office of the Vice Mayor amounting to about P106 million (?!%&@ $#) dating back to more than a year ago which were allegedly done without the benefit of a public bidding, as per provisions of the Government Procurement Act or Republic Act (RA) 9184.
Bautista’s latest no-show was his refusal to appear before the candidates’ forum hosted by the influential Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) last week. This had come on the heels of similar invites issued to him by businessmen’s groups as well as the academe.
In contrast, former Malacañang chief-of-staff Mike Defensor, Bautista’s strongest opponent for the post soon to be vacated by Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, who is serving out his third and final term, has been appearing in public debates as often as possible (and he cannot seem to get his fill of them) and taking advantage of the opportunity to lash out at the tongue-less vice mayor for his alleged corruption.... MORE

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NP desperate SILVER LINING Dean Ernest Maceda 04/29/2010

NP desperate

Dean Ernest Maceda

In Karen Davila’s Headstart program over ANC, President Erap said that Manny Villar’s use of his mother Currita in a presscon was an act of desperation.

After denying that the Villar camp had released the first psychiatric report allegedly issued by Fr. Caluag, S.J. attesting to Noynoy’s severe mental depression, the NP the other day came out with psycho test II in a presscon by NP leader Guido Delgado, a former Napocor president and reportedly working with Ricky Razon on power projects.

This confirms Erap’s analysis that Villar is desperate.

It is obvious that the Erap-Enrile exposé on the Vista Land and Landscapes stock market exposé was a fatal blow to Villar’s chances. Previously, four big issues hit Villar lethally. 1) The C-5 conflict of interest issue supported by Sen. Joker Arroyo’s privilege speech as congressman; 2) The overspending of billions on TV/radio commercials and the buying of candidates; 3) The Villaroyo issue linking him to GMA; 4) The fake and false pretensions on being poor and pro-poor.... MORE  

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It’s the chief, not the clerk VIEWPOINTS Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz 04/29/2010

It’s the chief, not the clerk

Archbishop Oscar V. Cruz
All alone and possibly also lonely, the clerk is not only being haunted by so many angry and noisy rallies in some parts of the country, but also being bombarded by different insulting words and hurting titles from the different sectors of society — professionals as well as ordinary people.

Among the many accusations launched on the poor man, there is one that is quite outstanding in their significant and import: Acting secretary of Justice, he is precisely now being pictured as the incarnation of injustice. All these notwithstanding, he nevertheless still appears admirable in the sense that he is taking all the blows — standing up but not really fighting back.
Whether he knows and realizes it, he might find consolation in truth that the individual at the very center of the abominable and nauseating and case is not really him, one humble clerk — but his Chief plus the latter’s disgusting and deadly political benefactors.... MORE  

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Junta By Ronald Roy COMMENT 04/29/2010


By Ronald Roy


For their support, I wish to thank over 100 texters who read my article “Like lolo like father like son?” which this paper published last April 22. It’s a good feeling being commended for airing first-hand revelations about Ninoy Aquino’s ruthless and self-seeking nature. Verily, his declaration that “The Filipino is worth dying for” should be obliterated from our hard-earned P500 currency notes for unabashed deception. By his manifest unbridled ambition, Ninoy did say and do crazy things.

However, in fairness to his son Noynoy, it is possible he has neither the genes nor the errant ways of his grandfather and dad — a condition which, however, would bolster allegedly documented proofs of a recurring mental disorder that placed him under psychiatric care in Boston at the instance of Ninoy himself.
The pitiable Noynoy is in a no-win situation, and it certainly will never be my intention to ridicule him for an abnormality not of his own making. Nonetheless, he is either a potential harbinger of Maoist resurgence (thanks to his father’s communist proclivities) or a potentially psychopathic warmonger in the geopolitics of diplomacy. God forbid the day President Noynoy inexplicably splashes wine on to the face of a foreign ambassador presenting his credentials at a reception in Malacañang.... MORE  

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