Cheating: only way to stop Duterte PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:11

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying…” (Romans 12:12, the Holy Bible).

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DUTERTE RETAINS FORMIDABLE LEAD: All indications now point to a landslide victory by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on May 09, and when I say “indications”, I don’t just refer to the surveys, including the last survey carried out between April 26-29, taken right after the last presidential debates, showing Duterte retaining his formidable lead. I also refer to the increased frenzied attacks on Duterte by his rivals and their cohorts.

It is not too difficult to see that the supposed revelations of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and his warnings about Duterte’s impeachment, alleged power-sharing with the communists, and a threat of a coup by police and military personnel, are all a recognition of an impending Duterte victory.

If we add to all these the last minute attempt of President Aquino to beg for the block voting of the powerful Iglesia Ni Cristo in favor of Mar Roxas and Leny Robredo, it is clear that, even from their own vantage points, Aquino and his allies at the Liberal party can already literally smell and taste the beginnings of a Duterte presidency.

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CHEATING: THE ONLY WAY TO STOP DUTERTE: It is clear that the only way now that Duterte can be prevented from winning is by a manipulation of the results of the May 09 elections, through the use of computers, perhaps in the same way that, many have already publicly claimed, the 2010 and 2013 election results were manipulated and rigged.

Maybe this is the reason why the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is doing everything in its power to prevent Filipino voters from having a record of their own of whom they voted for, by preventing them from taking pictures of either their ballots or the receipts that would be issued by the voters’ counting machines listing the names of the candidates they wrote in the ballots.

It would seem that the overall strategy now is the make the results that the Comelec will announce the only result ever of the voting, counting, and canvassing on May 09. The objective is to proceed with the proclamation of the supposed winners even if, right from the very start, those winners did not even figure near the frontrunners in any surveys.

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MAY 8: NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AGAINST CHEATING: What can the Filipino people do against these projected rigging and manipulation of results? Technically, I am at a loss as to the steps that can be undertaken to assure that the computers to be used in the elections will faithfully uphold and protect the will of the Filipino electorate. I am a lawyer and a mediaman, and not a computer expert.

But be that as it may, I recognize, as some groups are already saying, that the people do have a right to rise and protest any result that they think was the result of cheating and fraudulent procedures. The Constitution, after all, allows the people to take power in their own hands to uphold their rights and the ideals of democracy, truth and justice.

Other than a people’s uprising in the concept of the Constitutionally-guaranteed right to a “people power revolution”, however, I suggest furious collective and nationwide Bible readings and prayers starting now, with a national day of Bible reading and prayer on May 8. Let us pursue Bible studies and prayers to empower our people with the wisdom and inspiration from God, as a frontline defense against election cheating!

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PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way): a Bible study and prayer session online could now be heard, 24 HOURS a day, in the Philippines and the world at  www.facebook.com/angtangingdaan or www.facebook.com/ANDKNK (and look for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts). Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0977 805 9058. Email: batasmauricio@yahoo.com.