QC solon faces charges For CF Card possession

FOR the unauthorized possession of a Compact Flash (CF) card, a Quezon city lawmaker may be in hot water.

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) through spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll boady is contemplating on filing charges to Quezon City Representative Annie Rosa Susano for her possession of CF cards, which were supposed to be used in the last May 10 polls.

Representative Susano alleged that the cards were used to rig the Quezon City mayoralty poll results, which made her lose to actor and incumbent vice mayor Herbert Bautista.

Asked by Smartmatic Asia president Cesar Flores where she got the CF Cards, Susano retorted back that it was not her problem but Smartmatic’s.

The Comelec has issued the statement since CF cards were supposed to be kept by authorized persons only.

The matter of the CF cards popped up after the house of representatives conducted hearings in the alleged poll fraud. (PIA-Bohol)

Gibo seeks ‘deeper inquiry’ into alleged poll fraud

AN alleged victim of vote-shaving in the May 10 automated elections, administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr. has called for an investigation into allegations of fraud by an unidentified witness.

Teodoro, fourth in the ongoing tally of the presidential race, said he wanted a deeper inquiry into the claims of the masked witness in the interest of truth and to remove taints on the credibility of the country’s first automated elections.

“In the interest, therefore, of transparency which is a standard that we cherish in governance, I request all concerned to take the necessary steps in order to determine the truth of the allegations made by the whistleblower because if proven correct, they seriously affect the integrity of the election. If, on the contrary, there is no closure to this controversy, there will always be a lingering doubt on the outcome of the election,” Teodoro said in a statement Friday.

Teodoro has conceded to front-runner Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

The witness, described by Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr., as a “koala bear,” said the votes of Teodoro, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino’s Joseph Estrada and Bangon Pilipinas’ Eddie Villanueva were shaved to benefit dilaw, or yellow, Aquino’s campaign color.

Comelec to evaluate Smartmatic compliance

COMPLIANCE and effects of non-compliance of Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) Corp. in the poll automation contract will be evaluated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said that it is important to include in the post-election evaluation the compliance and non-compliance of Smartmatic-TIM with the contract so that they will know if they were able to meet all the delivery schedules.

Jimenez said they will check if Smartmatic were able to meet the timetables that they agreed on. This will include the performance of the subsidiary contracts like ballot delivery, ballot box production, ballot box delivery and among others. (PIA-Bohol)

PPCRV concludes polls as ‘generally clean’

Manila, Philippines — The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) ended its parallel counting yesterday and concluded that although there were some discrepancies in the election returns (ER’s) that the group tallied, no systematic fraud occurred.

According to PPCRV, only .07 percent of the 43,035 ER’s from clustered precincts showed signs of
irregularities.

PPCRV Chairperson and former ambassador to Rome Henriettta de Villa characterized the 2010 Automated Elections as “generally clean”.

PPCRV chair and former ambassador to Rome Henrietta de Villa characterized the automated 2010 polls as “generally clean.”

“In the midst of the state of speculations, all the accusations that are now being thrown against the first fully automated election that was carried out nationwide, we, together with the majority of Filipinos, still believe that the AES (Automated Election System) must be here to stay,” De Villa said.

De Villa also added that if there were indeed attempts, it was not successfully pulled off.

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House body to probe Alleged poll irregularity

THE House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms would meet anytime this week to conduct probes on allegations of poll irregularity, reports confirmed.

Speaking for Speaker Prospero Nograles, Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr. invited committee members to investigate and clarify the alleged anomalies of the May 10 automated polls, same quoted reports bared.

The move also earned the support of election watch-dogs who gathered reports of irregularities and anomalies.

Locsin added that the committee would hold its sessions and would not take a break until June 30.

Meanwhile, many people have agreed that the recent automated elections went generally well and eliminated the processes where possible electoral fraud could be done. (PIA-Bohol)

Comelec proclaims last three senators

The Commission on Elections en banc convening as the National Board of Canvassers proclaimed Senators Sergio Osmena III, Lito Lapid and Teofisto Guingona III as the last of the twelve senators to serve until 2016.

Earlier last Saturday, Comelec has proclaimed Ramon Revilla Jr, Jose Estrada, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Juan Ponce Enrile, Pilar Juliana Cayetano, Ralph Recto and Vicente Sotto III.

Osmena garnered 11,583,854 votes, Lapid earned 10,971,045 while Guingona had 10,200,293 votes.

According to reports, the Comelec tally was based on 121 of the 274 certificates of canvass processed by the board of canvassers.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo however reportedly believes the remaining canvass will not materially affect the votes of the 10th to 12th ranking of winning senators. (PIA-Bohol)