Clean and honest elections? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 May 2016 13:43

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

 

This is a TMT publication, “AFTER it learned that its technology supplier Smartmatic-TIM tampered with its  transparency server without authorization, the Commission on Elections ordered its automated election system provider to stay away from the canvassing and consolidation system.”

Ansina lang? (Simply that or is that the only thing?)

Crazy.

Admitting openly that its technology supplier Smartmatic-TIM tampered with its transparency server without authorization, that is the most that they can do?

Lawyers as they are, that’s plain and simple idiocy.

Clothed with authority to conduct the polls, to include counting, it should have outrightly stopped the counting, checked and verified the results.

But what happened? They simply barred the technology provider, proceeded with the counting with tampered machines.

So, as spoken in the chabacano parlance, “slow by slow” the then nearing million lead of Sen. Bongbong Marcos dissipated into thin air

The gull to claim they are clean and honest elections.

My foot!

* * * *There’s one good thing going, though. A poll watchdog said on Saturday, it will ask the Supreme Court to invalidate the results of the vice presidential race, saying the credibility of the polls was put in doubt with the admission of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that Smartmatic used a new script midway through the canvassing of votes.

Credible election advocate Glenn Chong, a member of AES Watch, said that his group will have no other choice but to file a petition at the High Court.

He added, “I think only the vice presidential race was compromised. The results of the presidential race is okay.”

But of course, Charlie. As written yesterday, the present dispensation fears violent protests from the voters that may spark EDSA 3.

On the other hand, the camp of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. had also called on Comelec to conduct an audit of the system and platform of the servers used during the elections.

From the looks of things, that unauthorized tampering was intended for no other reason but to rig the polls.

Marcos insiders told the Times that Marcos prefers a vote recount, admitting though, this can only be done if the May 9 election is invalidated.

* * * *

Earlier, Marcos supporters entertained high hopes that the untallied votes not yet in will still turn back the tables on Cong. Leni Robredo, as 555 VCMs from polling precincts in the Middle East and Africa still have to transmit results, 310 from North and Latin America, 339 from Asia and 152 from Europe. These VCMs supposedly account for around 980,000 registered voters, where voters turn out were high, with Marcos at the lead.

Still to be transmitted reportedly are 333 VCMs from Lanao del Sur, as well as 207 from Surigao del Sur, 158 from Maguindanao and 160 from Sulu.

And that could easily be another close to a million votes, with the lead of Robredo, even if  “doctored” is  a mere 210,000 or so.

* * * *

As early as now, Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte plans to launch a two-pronged strategy against illegal drugs nationwide. This was bared by ally, former Justice undersecretary Jose Calida.

The Duterte government, he said, will mount a nationwide crackdown against suppliers of illegal drugs, hunt down and arrest drug lords, and dismantle illicit drug laboratories.

Calida said drug lords and other hardened criminals will be incarcerated in a high-security island-fortress like the US’ Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.

Separating drug lords from the national penitentiary’s general population will curb their influence on prisoners and involvement in illegal drug-related activities inside prison, he noted.

“Illegal drug’s permeation is already horrible – it’s almost 100 percent,” he noted, adding that through this tack, criminality will also be reduced.

Calida noted that illegal drugs and poverty are the root causes of crime.

Duterte has vowed to stamp out crime in just six months of his presidency. (With TMT feeds)

* * * *

Pres. BS Aquino allies appear trying to hide the nightmare of the former because of the defeat of Ex-DILG Sec. Mar Roxas as president.

Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office said any criminal complaint that will be filed against President Benigno Aquino 3rd will not prosper.

You will recall, the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Pamamalakaya ng Pilipinas called on incoming President Rodrigo Duterte to put Aquino behind bars.

Coloma branded the call as nonsense, claiming the President has followed the Constitution and has implemented the laws fairly during his term as Chief Executive.

Owz…

Sought to be leveled against the president - who will lose his immunity from suit when he steps down on June 30 - among others, is the implementation of the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program and Priority Development Assistant Fund (PDAF) that the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional.

 

And later, the PDAP was simply re-named as DAP and soon after BUB (Bottoms Up Budgeting. (TMT-fed)