Finally

If the administration is cheating, why are opposition candidates winning? That’s the lament of the administration and its senatorial slate as the vote canvassing enters its homestretch and the Genuine Opposition appears set to dominate the winners’ circle. GO is concerned that the vote will be rigged to bring more Team Unity candidates into the last slots of the so-called Magic 12. The opposition is focusing on the results of elections in Maguindanao and Lanao. In response, TU has filed 120 complaints of cheating against GO in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, describing the GO victory as “statistical overstretch.”

Both camps will serve the cause of clean elections if they see to it that every accusation of cheating that they hurl against the other side is properly documented and backed by solid evidence. Both camps should also file formal complaints and pursue these, identifying the purported vote manipulators plus the politicians who benefit from the cheating.

Proper charges must be filed under Republic Act 9369, a law passed last January that punishes several poll fraud offenses including the crime of electoral sabotage with 12 years to life imprisonment. Those convicted under RA 9369 will also be permanently barred from holding public office.

The incoming members of the 14th Congress should lead the way in testing the effectiveness of this new law. RA 9369, which amended the poll automation law or RA 8436, details electoral offenses including withholding election returns as well as vote shaving and padding that have become staples in every Philippine electoral exercise.

The same complaints of vote manipulation are now being aired by several candidates in the midterm elections. Any candidate who thinks he or she has a valid complaint should press formal charges under the new law, identifying every individual, from election personnel to rival candidates involved in the purported cheating. Unless vote manipulators are identified, prosecuted and sent to prison, the nation will never have clean elections.


Just reading that, you’d think that that was said by someone from the COMELEC. But it wasn’t. That’s the editorial of the Philippine Star, 30 May 2007 edition. One wonders what’s taking people – politicians especially – so long to see the utter rationality of this call for proper documentation and solid evidence to back up accusations of cheating.

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  1. MAGUINDANAO AND LANAO DEL SUR

    The current batch of Comelec officials are again entangled in a dilemma of counting “controversial poll results” from 2 provinces known as hotbeds of electoral cheatings in the country- Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur. The current Comelec officials were not able to help the legislature in formulating electoral reforms that could have ensured honest and clean elections for the Filipino people. That batch of Comelec officials also failed to bring into proper closure the issue of the “Hello-Garci Controversy”. If only such batch of officials at this period of time ordered the “opening” of the ballot boxes from the Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur areas for the 2004 Philippine presidential election, such would had helped in settling the political dispute that arose from the Hello-Garci Controversy. Sometimes it’s tempting to say that the current Comelec officials must resign simultaneously, that is right after the proclamation of the winners among the senatorial aspirants of the May 14, 2007 elections in the Philippines. But I don’t think that such officials will do such an action. The best thing that the “Team Abalos” can do right now is to properly investigate the obvious poll-cheating mechanisms that have flourished in both Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur provinces for the past years. The Team Abalos can also suggest that the next set of Comelec officials should be selected by the Supreme Court justices, in order to ensure that Comelec would be headed by neutral people. Mr. Abalos is known to be a LAKAS-NUCD member. The future commissioners of the Comelec should not be active members of the established political parties in the Philippines. Team Abalos can make a graceful exit from the Comelec officialdom, if it can properly investigate the election-cheating machineries in Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, then, after the conclusive investigation, bring the sponsors of election-terrorism in the Philippines to justice, to stand for a fair trial under the legal system of this country. The so-called 12-0 victory of Team Unity over the Genuine Opposition in the insurgency-infested province of Maguindanao is statistically improbable and impossible. It is obviously a product of a cheat-mechanism. The Team Abalos at the Comelec should help the Filipino people in legally abrogating the electoral-cheating machineries that had been and are still being operated by election-terrorists in the Philippines.

  2. We’re working on it, Rummel. We have task Force Maguindanao to investigate the various claims of cheating in Maguindanao. Stay tuned, bro.

  3. Our Gratitude

    The Babae para sa Kaunlaran (BABAE KA) women’s party-list would like to express our gratitude to those who supported, campaigned and voted for the organization, as well as to those who in one way or another sympathized with us during the most trying times of the campaign.

    We could say that it is a campaign filled with unexpected challenges. From the start we knew that it would be difficult for us to gather the number of votes needed for a partylist to achieve its electoral objective especially given our meager resources compared to other groups. But still we persist. We dared to campaign in the hope that it will be a principled one — a campaign based on programs and platforms and not on the number of posters, streamers and media advertisements.

    However, we find out that it is more than that.

    During the party-list campaign, mudslinging and black propaganda prevailed perpetrated by those party-list groups in power. We never expected those leftist organizations to result to dirty tricks, lies, deceit and harassment but they did.

    The results of the party-list election and the ongoing drama wherein various organizations have been accused of vote padding are proofs that all the so-called charges against BABAE KA are fabricated by those with malicious and self-serving motives. BABAE KA has been vindicated.

    On the other hand, our issues against these organizations are true and would be proven, if the COMELEC will not give in to pressures from these leftists.

    To date, BABAE KA officers are still being harassed thru text messages. But as what we have stated, BABAE KA will never be cowed by the bullying tactics of these leftist organizations.

    The experience in 2007 party-list election will serve as a valuable lesson for BABAE KA. We shall come back stronger, better and much more prepared in 2010.

    Again, thanks to all.

    Mabuhay ang Kababaihan! Mabuhay ang Sambayanan at Pamilyang Pilipino!

    Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!

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