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Monday, 15 February 2016 13:56

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all. May you all be blessed with the spirit that this fine day fills.

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Not one candidate running for a top position on the national level is noticed to have turned into a wreck. But, writing from out of Manila, Atty. Batas Mauricio just must ln know some, for he would not gamble his credibility writing such a thing - a “... candidate for a top position in the May 2016 national and local elections (who) is (being) reported as having nightmares and sleepless nights as the campaign season started last Tuesday, February 09, 2016 (?). I was told this candidate is now suffering from extreme nervousness and anxiety and would usually call out aides even during the wee hours of the morning.”

That bet, he said, had spent millions of pesos in advertising, but popularity ratings have not increased as shown in surveys.

Now, now, now… There are only five (5) listed presidential bets, and none has been interviewed or videoed to be showing signs of a nervous wreck. Have you?

Guess neither. So, under all visible and non-visible circumstances, could anyone have been stricken with nervous breakdown?

Let’s name them one by one, and make guesses on how they appear these days. Game time. Timer strats now.

1. Sen. Grace Poe - Unlikely. Especially so, that Comelec has included her name in the official list of presidentiables. She appears composed.

2. VP Jojo Binay - Unlikely, too. He is practically on a statistical tie with Poe in the surveys. And seems unruffled.

3. Sen. Mar Roxas - Hmmm ... Appears poised. Yes. And collected. But is reported to have spent the biggest in advertising, reaching over a billion by this time, yet with ratings still on the basement.

4. Ex-Mayor Rodrigo Duterte - looks calm. But is reported to be held at bay back home in Davao. Political sorties sidelined ’til now.

5. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago - Seems unusual. Unusual, yes, in the sense she is not her usual self, that of a stubborn and resolutely over-aggressive figure. Owing perhaps to the her health, she seems to have mellowed some bit. But mellowing is a far-cry picture of a nervous wreck.

Very clearly, by the descriptions laid down by Batas, next to Duterte, who is under medical care, he seems to have been pointing to Mar.

We really can’t tell.

But hold on there. Right after his first crack on that alleged nerve-wreck, he next writes in the same article about Mar.

Pillo (Naughty guy).

“… (L)leaders of the Liberal Party must exercise extreme caution in talking about the chances of their standard bearer, Mar Roxas, in the upcoming electoral exercise, especially in public,” Batas cautioned.

He adds, If they have nothing to say that would boost at least the morale of their candidate, they should say nothing at all.

Recently, a national daily attributed to re-electionist Senate President Frank Drilon, a statement that “LP leaders are worried by the consistent low ratings of Roxas in surveys conducted by reputable survey firms.”

The LP statement, he said, gave the impression that the party is having nightmares and sleepless nights (Underscoring supplied)” due to the failing Roxas ratings.

He then chided the LP hierarchy for further alienating voters from Roxas, as such stand could influence them to vote for someone else thinking that a vote for Roxas will be useless.

There is, however a saving grace on that Drilon mouthful. He was also quoted as saying, the LP is now doing something about this,  In conclusion, size up now these description he made on the supposed nerved-wrecked candidate, as “… having nightmares and sleepless nights.)

Could that be the give-away on Mauricio’s first crack? That’s exactly the description he made of the nerve-wrecked candidate.

No lang (God forbid!)

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Boom! Talla ya (There it goes). Only yesterday, Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista gave assurances that the Denver-based SLI Global Solutions, which was tapped by the poll body to certify the systems, has completely repaired the defects on the source codes earlier found to bne defective.

Now, the latest. The electronics systems of voting for the May elections is a dismal failure.

The MB reports, “Rejection of ballots and slow voting time were among the glitches the Commission on Elections (Comelec) uncovered as it held mock elections in 20 areas across the nation,” Chairman Andres Bautista reported Saturday.|

In view thereof, Bautista said the poll body may decide not to use the voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) feature of the vote counting machines which allows a voter to check his ballot before it is counted, but also slows down the voting process.

Clearly then, to forego that feature will disallow the voter to know if his votes were counted for the candidates he had chosen.

But the poll chief said the Comelec is still discussing whether to activate a feature where the voter can visually review their votes on the voting machine screen before these are electronically counted.

This feature, absent in the 2013 elections, must be put in place, as it may lessen risks of another rigged polls.

A more serious concern, Bautista admitted, was the rejection of ballots in some of the 40 polling precincts in 20 areas where the mock elections were held.

At the Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School, the voting machine rejected three ballots because an election inspector exceeded the space allocated for his signature

At the Surallah Elementary School in Sultan Kudarat, a voting machine rejected a ballot six times, according to the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) which also monitored the mock election.

Bautista said the poll body will investigate the incidents of ballot rejection, but it appeared connected to the errors that were found in the source code of the vote-counting machines.

Unfortunately, rejected ballots will not be replaced with another ballot because each one has a specific identification number.

Gosh, let’s brace up for either a No-El or failure of elections.

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For blaming him and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for the non-passage of the controversial measure, Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile on Saturday blasted President Benigno Aquino 3rd, saying the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) “will remain dead”.

Enrile said Aquino should not point fingers over the BBL fiasco.

On that, this keyboardist agrees. Aquino has only himself to blame. Believed obsessed of a Nobel Peace prize, he batoned government peace negotiators to agree on MILF terms that we described yesterday this-a-way, “Government had signed a document, the Comprehensive Agrement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) that is so shot-full of holes - provisions that even a non-lawyer, or is it a school kid, can readily see as unconstitutional.

So, would they expect Congress to swallow the bitter pill?

We all are for peace, but peace must come within reasonable grounds that are beneficial to all stakeholders.”

Enrile further said, the BBL draft prepared by Malacañang would not have passed legal scrutiny.

The original Aquino-brokered BBL is a work of ignoramuses. They do not know the Constitution, Enrile was quoted as saying.

And shifting to a different topic, Enrile said, “The