Tripoli Agreement to replace BBL? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2016 13:32

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato

According to editor Roy Ramos, 1-PACMAN, the party we then often featured in this corner ranked 3 in the elections in the city.

And with my own eyes, SS saw the national party results on TV that showed 1-PACMAN rank no. 3 over-all. If that means it snatched more than one slot in Congress is beyond SS. There’s no telling.

And as predicted through observations made in this corner by the manner 1-PACMAN moved during the campaign days, it was cinch that the party list was bound to grab a seat or two in Congress There’s no doubt, too, the party list will be true its advocacies. Mikee had said, their programs of action have long been drafted on the planning board.

It deserves the win. It really strove hard. Congratulations to Dr. Mikee Romero, its 1st nominee.

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The Philippine Star (PS) reports, “The incoming 17th Congress will not tackle the controversial Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which outgoing lawmakers have tried but failed to pass, according to Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez.

Alvarez,    who is the choice for speaker of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte, yesterday said “The BBL would be subsumed by the planned shift to the federal form of government that the Duterte administration would prioritize.”

But folks, that’s not all there is to it. The move must be carefully watched.

Good thing, we still have a Celso Lobregat in the halls of Congress, for as Alvarez had said the BBL would give way to federalism “because they are the same concept.” Read on.

“While waiting for federalism, the Duterte administration can fully implement the Tripoli Agreement,” he said.

Goodness Gracious. Tripoli agreement? That is the pact that led to the establishment of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Wow! Where forth thou art?

Zamboanga is part of the ARMM.

And friends, the Duterte scheme seems to have some facts contravening each other. Watch close. The Tripoli Pact instituted in place of BBL?

Contradictory to one and the other, by whatever analysis. This spells discontentment among rebel factions that may lead to renewed armed conflict.

The Tripoli Agreement is MNLF forged. BBL is MILF’s.

Whew..! Mama mia! To where is Zamboanga bound?

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The Senate and the House of Representatives will convene as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) on Tuesday to work on the canvassing of votes for the presidential and vice presidential election.

Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. will lead the two chambers in adopting the rules and creating the Senate and House panels that will form the Joint Canvassing Committee.

The actual canvassing of votes will begin on Wednesday at the House of Representatives.

But the Senate will proceed to join the House in convening the NBOC the next day yet, as it will first resolve natters up for third and final reading.

Senate Secretary Oscar Yabes noted that the consolidated canvassing system, which received the electronically-transmitted certificates of canvass (COCs) from provincial and city boards of canvassers, as well as special canvassing panels for overseas absentee voting, have been initialized and stored at the Batasang Pambansa since May 9.

That exactly is where the camp of competing VP bet Sen. Bongbong Marcos must train their sights on. All data were electronically transmitted.

The transparency server used in the transmission must be examined of its integrity.. Are they the originals or the servers that were tampered unilaterally and illegally by Smartmatic and Comelec technicians? If they were the latter, goodbye Bongbong chances.

For that matter likely, the Senator’s camp issued a call that as all Information Technology (IT) experts are welcome to participate in the system audit of the transparency and central servers of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), “We would like to urge all IT experts to go there [Comelec], to have themselves accredited and take a look and see for themselves what happened,”

Earlier, Marcos formally asked the Comelec to allow his own IT experts to conduct a system audit to find out what transpired after Smartmatic personnel changed the script of the transparency server on the night of May 9.

In addition to the audit, Marcos’ camp also asked Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista to provide additional information concerning other components of the Automated Election System like the transmission logs, the white list (vote counting machines, USB devices, BGAN or Broadband Global Area Network); digitally-signed election returns (ERs), and the public and decryption keys to open the transmitted files.

Marcos left no stone unturned, he also wants to know the number of CCS (Consolidation and Canvassing System) laptops/servers that were reported to contain rogue votes coming from the pre-election logical accuracy test and mock elections on election day; the municipalities, cities and provinces affected and the measures the poll body took to rectify the supposed error.

Marcos added that the people should not accept Smartmatic’s excuse that the change was innocuous because in computer technology, everything can change with just one push of a button or a single letter or icon.

The Marcos camp said that they also found out that all vote counting machines (VCMs) did not transmit a single election result at around 10 p.m. on May 9.

“Lahat ng VCM sa buong bansa walang nagtransmit (All VCMs did not transmit) for a period of one hour. After which nagkaroon ng kababalaghan (a mystery happened). Kaya dapat magkaroon ng system audit para malaman kung anong katotohanan” [A system audit will reveal the truth], he said. (With TMT feeds)