KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: What if SC invalidates 2013 polls? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 13:59

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful…” (Colossians 4:2, the Holy Bible).

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WHAT IF SC INVALIDATES 2013 POLLS? What will happen if the Supreme Court, acting on a petition of some defeated senatorial candidates in the 2013 elections, decides to invalidate the result of that election on account of irregularities through manipulations of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines?

First, this would mean the ouster of the following senators from the Senate, in the order of the most number of votes garnered: Grace Poe Llamanzares, Loren Legarda, Chiz Escudero, Alan Peter Cayetano, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, Bam Aquino, Koko Pimentel, Antonio Trillanes IV, Cynthia Villar, JV Ejercito, and Gregorio Honasan.

Once these senators are ousted, there would be a need for a snap election to choose their replacements. Or, the tribunal may decide to allow them to hold on to their positions until the 2016 elections so as not to disrupt the work of the Senate, recognizing, in the meantime, the legal effects of their work under the doctrine of operative facts highlighted in the Supreme Court decision on President Aquino’s disbursement acceleration program (DAP) funds.

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“PNOY KNEW 2013 POLL RIGGING”: Why is there a petition seeking the invalidation by the Supreme Court of the results of the 2013 senatorial elections? The petitioners argued that those results came from the manipulation of the PCOS machines whic the Commission on Elections bought from Smartmatic, Inc., as shown by the nationwide 60-30-10 PCOS count where 60% of the winners came from the administration party and the rest from other parties.

Relative to this, Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco, a close relative of President Aquino, is accusing the President of having masterminded the rigging of the 2013 elections to favor candidates of the Liberal Party coalition, saying that the Chief Executive even gave P30 million to the Comelec to cover-up the election fraud, in the guise of prohibited intelligence funds.

In the Balitaan sa Aloha Hotel Forum hosted by newshen Lolly Acosta last Thursday, October 30, 2014, Ms. Cojuangco reiterated her accusations against the President, explaining that the Comelec could not have carried out the rigging of the 2013 elections to favor Aquino’s candidates without him knowing it, at the least. She was reported to have accused the President of giving another P30 million to a general, also to clean up the 2013 election fraud.

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COMELEC UNDER FIRE RE PCOS ROW: Comelec has consistently denied Cojuangco’s claims, even if other information technology or computer experts and former Comelec officials are relentlessly coming up with proof showing that PCOS results were indeed rigged in many ways, especially since poll officials removed vital security features which could have safeguarded the sanctity of the results coming from PCOS machines, in 2010 and 2013.

But Comelec has come under increasing fire for its insistence to use the discredited PCOS machines for the 2016 presidential elections, and for its decision to negotiate a contract with Smartmatic, Inc. for the purchase of some P18 billion worth of additional PCOS machines and for the “refurbishing” of the old ones.

Glen Chong, a former congressman from Biliran and who is himself an IT expert opposing the use once again of PCOS machines, warned that his group will file another case with the Supreme Court if Comelec allows Smartmatic Inc. to participate in its biddings for the 2016 presidential elections.

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