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Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:56

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Today’s piece may surely be relatively briefer than in previous days.

Filial obligation beckons. Barangay Captain-son, Jaime “Boday”, only for the second time is taking me to call on friends in preparation for the 26th March campaign period start.    Saying here “only for the second time”, means that he was not sleeping all these time, even if without me. He was all the time, making regular rounds of certain nooks and corners, and was accompanied by his own circle of friends. Thus, presence, he must have thought, was superfluous. Kayang-kaya (More than capable), he was showing me. Go go go.

But that bi-angled development, earlier written here, may from today, be in place. Will let you know.

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Repentance comes last, so they say. For two highly noticed times, Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte regrets what his mouth had blabbered. This time on what he thundered of the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), during their proclamation rally in Tondo. However, he claims it was taken out of context.

Peter Laviña, the Duterte media bureau chief, in a press release, said the mayor was merely asking for the labor group to give him a chance to invite capital and help develop economic zones that will eventually create jobs.

“Duterte is a lawyer and is fully aware of the labor’s right to organize, freely redress their grievances and have a share of the fruits of their toil,” Lavina said.

Yes, he may be a lawyer, and must surely know his onions. But, saying one thing in public must be done with tact, and not with gaucherie, neither with ineptness.

This corner is of the belief, Duterte’s statement during the rally was not taken out context. The news daily The Manila Times (TMT), that carried the story said, the words were directly extracted from a video clip, and that his avowals were merely transcribed, then quoted. This is that TMT story that became an item in SS sometime. -

“Then you KMU people, stop the labor unions. I myself am pleading with you. We are one in ideology. [But] do not do that because you will destroy my administration. If you do that, I will kill you all. What would happen is, the solution would be killing (Underscoring supplied).. [Why? Because] I’d ask you to have a discussion and you wouldn’t bring yourselves to the table.

So do not do that – an active labor front. Because if you do, companies will pull out. Do not do it. Give the Philippines respect for about 10 years.”

“The warning was caught on video and went the rounds on social media, said TMT.” And DZT likewise published the item.

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Former Sen. Kit Tatad says, the Daily Tribune reports that a “big businessman,” has allegedly been “dangling incentives” to persuade non-Aquino Supreme Court appointees to declare that, contrary to what the Constitution says and what the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has established, Sen. Grace-Poe Llamanzares, a foundling of no known parentage, is a natural-born citizen, qualified to run for the presidency in the May 9 election. At the same time, President B. S. Aquino 3rd has been working on his own six Court appointees to do the same, the report said.

If that is the case, then Poe is indeed the reserved secret weapon of Pnoy.

And eagerly wants to face off with Manuel Roxas 2nd, Aquino’s publicly anointed LP presidential candidate; Vice President Jejomar C. Binay, the current front-running favorite; and Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who was reported to have suffered a minor illness after hurdling the first round of several disqualification cases.

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Speaking of presidential bets, this corner is reminded of yesterday’s commentary made by Manila-writer Atty. Batas Mauricio about one who is reportedly under heavy emotional stress, and is turning into a nervous wreck..

To this corner, after weighing their present moves and underlying circumstances, only two may have qualified, if indeed the report is true.

One, due to his reported hospitalization. The other due to Mauricio’s descriptions of being the top advertising spender, yet with a low rating in presidential likeability.

Then there was one.

Duterte is back on the campaign trail. Surely, he must be fit.

Roxas. Yet under observation. Has been in the news lately? Has he been on TV? Is he in lively spirit? In fighting form?

Aw, very likely, yes. But this corner has no personal knowledge of it. What you, guys say?

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The technical glitches encountered by the Comelec in conducting the mock polls is a matter of serious concern. This could be what is in the mind of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. as he expressed disappointment over the noted defects.

The mock polls showed grievous flaws including technical malfunctions that delayed voting in some precincts, and with some ballots rejected. Plus transmission problems, to boot!

Marcos lamented that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has not been able to streamline its operation and every step of the way, problems seem to arise.

He expressed hope that Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista, in particular, would be able to do something to correct these issues way before the elections.

Marcos said, as mandated by the Constitution, there is no way for the May 9 elections to be postponed.

The situation, he said is s perilous. No one can delay the elections, because it is a constitutional mandate, that even states elections must be held on the second Monday of May.

Marcos also cited reports that there were problems in the printing of ballots.

Postponements of the printing of the ballots mean delays in canvassing and eventually delays in proclamation of winners.

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All that brouhaha just must relate to to this.

Election watchdog, Reform Philippines Coalition (RPC) issued a statement that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is out to manipulate results of the coming presidential and local polls to favor administration bets.

Advocate for transparent and clean elections, Lawyer Glenn Chong, spokesman of RPC on Sunday disclosed that the Comelec did not subject the trusted build of the election management system (EMS) program as well as its newly-created version to an independent source code review to prime up the vote counting machines (VCMs) for cheating.

The non-review of the EMS source code, Chong pointed out, was admitted to him by Mario Garcia, project manager of election provider Smartmatic Corp., which supplied the three programs of the Automation Election System (AES) and the 97,519 VCMs that will be used in the May 9 polls.

Chong added, Garcia told him that they were already short of time and thus, before subjecting it to a source code review, the trusted build was made ahead.

That method, Chong explained, reversed the process.

“ Withholding a piece of code from the source code reviewers, refusal to print the voters’ receipt and the sudden revisit of the source and recompilation of the EMS trusted build as a way to possibly neutralize the exit poll strategy all point to one thing - kasadoang dayaan [cheating is already in place] as of today. I am dead sure about it,” he said. “I will bet my entire fortune on this conclusion.”

Chong revealed that there are two versions of the EMS that were deposited in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

According to Chong. the source code review is all but a zarzuela.

So there! That’s what we said, if all those processes, were with observers. Good thing, RPC exists. Hope it’s influence may effect corrections to the systems, if at all, still possible at    this stage of the game.

Brace up, folks.