‘Balimbing’ season PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 14:10

Sound Snipings

BY Jimmy Cabato


My apologies to Gilbert Ledesma, whose name SS missed mentioning in the writeup of 29th May,  as rightfully one of the principal sponsors in the Ignacio-Fernandez wedding.

No offense meant, Bert. Especially so, his late father, Lerry, and SS were calling each other “Primo” (Cousin).

And it will be recalled the day after Norman’s wedding to Amee, the story on the background of Norman that appeared in DZT and in fb posts, Gilbert was credited to have helped mold Norman’s vocational and technical knowhow.

Of the omission, not even pun was intended.

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TMT’s Rigoberto Tiglao avers, the indications of cheating that made Leni “win” are so obvious, and the late Jesse Robredo must have turned in his grave when his widow, Leni, declared that her (purported) victory in the vice-presidential contest was made more meaningful as it happened on his birthday.

He explained, Robredo won over Marcos in the Congress’ official count by 263,473 votes. And that is almost exactly the same as her margin of 263,840 over Marcos in just two provinces. Tigalo continues, “perhaps, you guessed them right – Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao. Controlled by warlords and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), these areas can deliver the number of votes a candidate wants, if the price is right, he added.

This has been going on for decades, he opined. Then presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago also lost by a landslide in these two provinces in the 1992 elections.”

He dared anybody to give him a rational explanation why Robredo won by a landslide in those provinces?

Seemingly he suggests, it is an impossibility.

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Complaints of cheating continue to hound the “victory” of Robredo. At least two university professors, one a mathematical economist from Ateneo de Manila and another, a political science analyst and statistics expert from De la Salle University, said Robredo’s supporters continue to harass them online after they posted their findings on Facebook that it was statistically impossible for her to win the vice presidential race.

Lawyers for Marcos, meanwhile, pointed out an unusually high undervotes of nearly 4 million registered in the vice presidential race, and said the fight will go on as they plan to file a protest before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) contesting the official outcome of the canvassing of votes. (TMT)

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And here is more. A municipal officer in Quezon province on Sunday bared that he helped set up a command center in Lucena City where votes from all the precincts in his province were diverted and changed in favor of candidates of the administration party.

The witness, who identified himself as Ka Bert, was presented to members of the media by civil society leader Boy Saycon.

Ka Bert, a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, revealed his experience, narrating that one month before the elections, he was asked by their mayor, who is a member of the Liberal Party, to look for a warehouse that they can use as a command center for the elections.

At first he thought it was just for a command center or war room so he did not find the order strange.

Ka Bert continued, the first warehouse he recommended was rejected by the mayor and people from technology provider Smartmatic contending it was far from voting centers.

Only computer sets and other office equipment were earlier delivered. But one week before the elections, Ka Bert rued, at least nine Vote Counting Machines (VCMs) were brought to the warehouse.

That was when he started wondering, and inquired from his superior about the VCMs. The answer was that he should not ask questions because the order was from the top.

Manning the system, he bared were five experts from Smartmatic while four were from Quezon province.

It was on election Day, Ka Bert said, that all the VCMs were turned on.

After the close of voting precincts, he added that he was surprised when the VCMs started to get transmissions from the precincts.

It would then mean that the results received were doctored before re-transmitting the results to the National Board of Canvassers in Congress (NBOC).

As this was reportedly perpetrated in Quezon, the same must have also been executed in other big provinces and cities. (TMT-fed). In chabaccano, “Wat ers?”

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The “Balimbing” (A fruit with many sides.) season is here.

Already marked with political defections as soon as Davao City Mayor was declared presidential winner, the LIBERAL Party (LP) does a turnaround, too.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said President Aquino, the LP chair, had given the party the go-signal to support Duterte and his handpicked Speaker, incoming Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez of Davao del Norte province.

He said, LP will join the “Coalition for Change” led by Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to support incoming President Rodrigo Duterte’s legislative agenda in the 17th Congress. (PDI)