Cheating via the venomous VCMs PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 April 2016 11:32

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

Am squeezing in a few lines today in-between breaks just so to squelch the itch to write and to be still be of service to you, followings of Sound Snipings, amidst the heat of the campaign. (SS).

Could it be that Davao City Mayor and presidential hopeful Rodrigo Duterte has remained unaffected by the latest brouhaha he figured in – the rape joke?

National television reported this morning that Duterte remains on top of the heap in the ABS-CBN latest survey, even after said fluke – the bad joke.

SS woluld not venture even a guess. He will simply let time talk.

But SS relays this bit of one other information, while remaining mum still on its true worth. For stories such as this may be the handiwork of the opposing camps.

“An intelligence officer of the Philippine National Police (PNP) disclosed over the weekend that the police’s intelligence networks have received reports that supporters of presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte had started deserting him.”

Doubting on its credibility lies in then fact that said intelligence officer had requested for anonymity, and speaking clandestinely, may mean a fabrication of reports. Who knows?

In any case, the source said police intelligence personnel have monitored that some of Duterte’s supporters to  be withdrawing their support for his presidential run.

The intelligence officer added that Duterte’s supporters were disenchanted by his recent actions and pronouncements.

The officer said the mayor’s remarks regarding the 1989 rape-slay of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill did not sit well with many of his supporters.

“What we got is that some of his supporters were not really amused by his joke on the fate of the Australian missionary,” the officer said.

‘In their mind, Duterte is self-destructing,’ he added. (With TMT feeds)

Only time, may judge the reliability of the officer’s story.

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And in the vice presidential derby, “Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. continues to gather steam as the election draws near, topping a non-commissioned survey conducted by Pulso ng Pilipino, reports the TMT.

The survey which was held by the Issues and Advocacy Center from April 11 to 16 showed Marcos improving his rating to 29 percent from 27 percent from the previous survey conducted on March 16 to 22 by the same survey firm.

Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo placed second with 25 percent, followed by Senator Francis Escudero, 23 percent. In fourth place was Senator Allan Peter Cayetano with 15 percent followed by Senators Gringo Honasan and Antonio Trillanes 4th with four percent and three percent, respectively.

Marcos maintained his strength in Metro Manila, getting 38 percent of the votes of the 1,800 respondents. He was also the most favored candidate among the Class A/B segment with 27 percent, Class D with 23 percent and Class E, 24 percent.”

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In the meantime, absent when VP and presidential aspirant was here recently, Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan is reported to be doing a solo on the 30th of this month.

This was learned from Roby Sardenia, president of the Regional Federation of Guardians Philippines.

Sardenia said, Honasan’s sortie will commence with a 6 am motorcade around town and will proceed with a farmers forum at the Sta. Maria Elementary School Open Court from 9 to mid-afternoon of the same day.

In the forum, he said, some selected candidates have been invited as guests.

No other details were made available.

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What has been written as a spine-tingling possibility to this writer is cheating through the venomous Vote Counting Machines (VCM’s), the same PCOS dog with a different collar.

SS’s fear revolves around the candidacy of Barangay Captain-son Jaime “Boday” Cabato, a council aspirant.

Per unquestionable gut feel that sinks to the deepest recesses of his heart, mind and bones, with humility alongside, Boday is bound for victory as a councilor. Only the demonic counting machines can stop that. Here is that report —

“Delays and glitches marred the end-to-end election transmission test held by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Sunday.

The testing simulated election day scenario to determine how fast the voting results will be transmitted from the municipality level to the Comelec warehouse, which serves as the National Board of Canvassers.

The election and transmittal of votes were simultaneously conducted in the National Capital Region and Regions V, VII and XI, involving 34 precincts and 1,000 voters.

Commissioner Christian Robert Lim said there were delays because the official ballots for the town of Pateros in Metro Manila and Digos, Davao del Sur were switched (with each other).

The anomaly was discovered more than an hour after the mock voting started.

“The ballots for Pateros went to Capatagan in Digos, Davao, while the official ballots and I-button intended for Digos went to Pateros. There was a switch in deployment,” Lim told reporters.

The glitch delayed the voting process by about four hours in Pateros and seven to eight hours in Capatagan.

To save time, the National Printing Office in Quezon City reprinted the 50 ballots intended for Pateros so that it can be delivered immediately.

The ballots intended for Digos, on the other hand, was pulled out from Pateros and shipped to Capatagan, which is two hours away from the town proper.

“For Pateros, it arrived at about 12:30 to 1 p.m. We expect that mock elections in Digos would start by 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.,” Lim said.

With those kinds of delays and glitches, would we have a true and honest selection of officials on May 9 or will be polls be rigged?

SS strongly relies on the political savvy of LDP/NP chieftain to counter such evil, given the thought that Cong. Celso Lobregat never lets up his consternation of Mayor Ma. Isabelle C. Salazar.

And only God’s hand, can guide Lobregat to ensure that. Let us all pray.