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50 percent manual audit of election ballots pushed

By Gerry Albert Corpuz

MANILA, Philippines-The left-wing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) on Wednesday urged the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately conduct at least 50 percent manual audit of all election ballots that will include the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to determine if there is truth to allegations that the elections was rigged in favor certain candidates in the recently concluded May 10 national and local elections.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said the allegations regarding automated –led cheating to favor certain candidates were serious enough to merit at least 50 percent manual audit of election ballots of all clustered precints.

“The Comelec is constitutionally, lawfully, politically and morally obliged to perform a round-the-clock manual audit of elections ballots that went through the PCOS machines. The election returns which were printed by PCOS machines should not be used as basis for audit. The manual counting of election ballots remains the most effective means to check if there is really large-scale cheating in the May 10 political exercise,” added Hicap.

Hicap aside from ARMM, the 50 percent manual audit should cover and concentrate should include vote rich areas such as the National Capital Region, the Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon regions, the Northern Luzon provinces, the Bicol region, Western Visayas and Central Visayas region and all Mindanao regions to mention a few.

The Pamalakaya leader said Comelec can accomplish manual audit of at least 50 percent of election ballots in two weeks time and can come out with objective and honest-to-goodness findings by the second week of June, where there is enough time to reverse previous proclamations and declare the real winners in the May 10 polls.

“Chairman Jose Melo and his peers at Comelec have two weeks to perform manual audit of election ballots. This is the only way to check or validate and affirm the outcome of the first automated polls in the country,” said Hicap.

The Pamalakaya official issued the proposal a day after a witness surfaced yesterday in a press conference called by losing presidential bets Nicanor Perlas, JC de los Reyes and Sen. Jamby Madrigal claiming massive automated election cheating were conducted in favor of President apparent Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III of Liberal Party and former Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, the leading vice-presidential candidate according to latest tallies.

The witness claimed the votes of administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino presidential candidate former President Joseph Estrada and Bangon Pilipinas Eddie Villanueva were shaved to benefit Aquino. The witness also said voted for vice-presidential candidates Loren Legarda and Bayani Fernando were also shaved in favor of former Mayor Binay.

The still identified witness who revealed the election irregularities through a video claimed Teodoro lost 5 million to 6 million votes, while Villanueva lost 2 million to 3 million votes. He said Estrada lost a lot but he did not provide a figure. The witness also said Legarda’s votes were shaved by 4 million to 5 million votes and these were transferred to Binay. With a report from Cupcake Mendoza

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Government, private hospitals told: Send doctors to evacuation centers

Government, private hospitals told: Send doctors to evacuation centers

The left-wing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya)on Tuesday urged government and private hospitals to dispatch doctors and other health personnel to evacuation centers and other areas ravaged by storm Ondoy and attend to the medical needs of victims of massive flood since Saturday.

“Malacanang is highly obliged to send government doctors and personnel to evacuation centers and other areas affected by typhoon Ondoy. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo should forget her enthusiasm for foreign trips and grandiose dinners and dispatch state resources according to the needs of the affected people,” said Pamalakaya Vice-chair for Luzon Salvador France.

The Pamalakaya leader added: “We also ask private hospitals to send its army of doctors, nurses and other medical aides to evacuation centers and other devastated areas to help the victims of storm Ondoy. Even for this trying moment, please withdraw your fetish for big profits and put the people’s interest and health above profits and promising returns on investments.”

France said Malacanang and the Department of Health should mobilize doctors and other medical people from the Philippine General Hospital, the East Avenue Medical Center, Ospital ng Maynila, Jose Reyes Memorial Hospital, Philippine heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, National Kidney Hospital, Philippine Children Hospital and the other state-run hospitals to check up patients in evacuation centers and other flooded areas.

As for private hospitals, Pamalakaya suggested that doctors and other hospital workers from St. Luke’s Hospital, UE Hospital, UST Hospital, Makati Medical Center and the likes should also be sent to provide their medical expertise and share their medical technologies to victims and other indigent patients in evacuation centers and ravaged areas in the National Capital Region and nearby provinces affected by typhoon Ondoy.

Pamalakaya also proposed a P 10-billion health crisis fund for the victims of typhoon Ondoy. The group said the fund should be used for the additional purchases of medical equipment and medicines for the indigent patients.

Meanwhile, the militant group appealed to all presidential candidates not transform their relief campaigns for Ondoy victims into launching pads for presidential campaigning.

“Please do not trivialize the situation and turn your relief activities into a de facto electoral campaign for presidential election. If you want to help, just help and stop making noise or issuing statements as if it is already election campaign time,” said Pamalakaya.

The militant group was referring to the announcement of Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino and Vice-presidential candidate Mar Roxas that their team will launch its own campaign for the relief and rehabilitation of flood victims. It was announced a day after their sortie in Mindanao.

“If Noynoy and Mar want to help, then please do, and they are welcome to do so. However, stop treating this crisis as an opportunity to gain electoral advantage. That’s political opportunism,” said Pamalakaya.

“We appeal not only to Senator Noynoy, but to all presidential candidates to be please be sensitive enough to the collective sentiment of the people in relation to the current disaster problem and crisis,” said Pamalakaya. #

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2010 presidential wannabes dared: Put GMA on trial or forget bid

2010 presidential wannabes dared: Put GMA on trial or forget bid

The left-leaning fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakayta) on Wednesday put to task all candidates in the 2010 presidential elections to put President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on trial over grave human rights violations, election fraud and high crimes of corruption, saying the new presidency next year is politically, legally and morally obliged to pursue the trial of the 21st century.

In a press statement, Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said all presidential candidates in the 2010 presidential polls should expect this knockout question once they submit themselves to the electoral populace during next year’s campaign trail.

“This is the ultimate killer question which the electorate will throw to all presidential wannabes whether they are from the pro-administration bloc or from the opposition side. The people who will decide the fate of these presidential candidates will not take no for an answer. If they will not respond on the affirmative note, the presidential bets should better forget their bid and just say goodbye to their 2010 stint,” said Hicap.

The Pamalakaya leader said so far it was only Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio who took the challenged and replied to the public query about the presidential candidates official political standing on the proposed trial of President Arroyo on charges of extrajudicial killings, election fraud and big time crimes of corruption.

“We are still waiting for the official response of other 2010 presidential contenders. Although the 2010 elections is still a year away, it would be better for the aspirants to state their official standing on the people’s outcry calling for the eventual trial of President Arroyo after the commencement of the 2010 presidential polls,” added Hicap.

Pamalakaya said it would formally submit a letter of inquiry to all presidential candidates including but not limited to Vice-President Noli de Castro, Senator Manuel Villar, Senator Francis Escudero, Senator Loren Legarda and Senator Mar Roxas, asking these 2010 presidential aspirants to state their case on the proposed trial of Arroyo.

“The presidential candidates in 2010 cannot evade this political bombshell from the people. It would be the ultimate killer question, and their response would decide whether they deserve to get the top elective post in 2010,” the group said.

Pamalakaya likewise asked all the 2010 presidential candidates to express their respective views on the alleged plan of Mrs. Arroyo to represent her district in Pampanga in 2010 to get away with the scores of criminal and civil charges expected to be filed against her after the 2010 elections.

“How these presidential candidates are going to react on this? This is another 64- American dollar question they can’t evade,” the group said.

The militant group recalled that on July 19, 2007, President Arroyo made a public announcement of her possible future plans, and one of them is to seek a congressional seat in congress in 2010, which Pamalakaya said was an option to keep her immunity from suit.

Pamalakaya told presidential candidates that during the Luzon Urban Beltway Infrastructure Conference held in Malacañang, President Arroyo told participants that she was not prepared to retire from politics even after her term ends in 2010 and she might seek a seat in the House of Representatives in 2010.

Hicap said during the conference, President was quoted as saying,” Who knows, I may run for Congress in my hometown.” The Pamalakaya leader also said in that conference the Chief Executive also made clear on the controversial proposal on Charter Change, saying the revision of the 1987 Constitution will remain a platform commitment of her administration. #

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Pamalakaya dares senators to change Senate leadership, after Enrile endorsed Chacha

Pamalakaya dares senators to change Senate leadership, after Enrile endorsed Chacha

Asserting that Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile is now toeing the Palace line for Charter Change and has reneged his promise to keep the Senate as independent branch of the government, the leftwing fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) dared senators to change the leadership of the Upper House.

“The Senate President is now actively playing his role as stooge and endorser of Malacañang’s bid to further cannibalize the reactionary 1987 Constitution to super reactionary to allow President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s term extension,” Pamalakaya national chair Fernando Hicap said in a press statement.

“If that is the case, then a change in Senate leadership that will oppose this dirty Chacha game is a must and warranted,” added Hicap.

Enrile yesterday declared that the Senate was prepared to consider moves in the House of Representatives to amend the economic provisions of the 1987 Charter, and that he was keeping an open mind on other possible changes.

“For endorsing Arroyo’s Chacha, Enrile betrayed the stand of the Senate and the Filipino people, and therefore he deserves to lose the Senate presidency for talking and acting like a GMA hooligan politician,” the Pamalakaya leader added.

The militant group said contrary to Enrile’s statement that he has an open mind; the Senate President according to Pamalakaya was acting in behalf of the narrow interest of President Arroyo, adding that Senator Enrile is a poor copy cat of House Speaker Prospero Nograles.

“The game plan of Malacañang is to pursue Chacha by all means, at all cost and whatever it takes. The controversial House Resolution No. 737 is the first step to force both chambers to work as a constituent assembly in revising the constitution. Once the assembly is there, lawmakers will do whatever they want to do with the charter, including the vote on the perpetual stay of Mrs. Arroyo to power,” said Pamalakaya.

The militant group said HR No. 737 will practically kill the country’s fragile sovereignty and patrimony because it will allow 100 percent foreign ownership of lands and other significant sectors in the economy like mining, education, media, utilities, advertising, health and other public sectors.

Pamalakaya said HR Resolution 737 aside from paving the way for term extension of the President and other incumbent elected officials; will also lead to the eradication of Bill of Rights provisions of the 1987 Constitution and the return of US military bases in the country and the entry of nuclear weapons and toxic wastes in the country.

However, Pamalakaya was confident that opposition Senator Francis Escudero, chair of the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments would keep his promise to reject any resolution that would call for the revision of the 1987 Constitution through constituent assembly.

Likewise, the militant group challenged presidentiables Senator Manuel Villar, Loren Legarda, Mar Roxas and Panfilo Lacson to come up with a joint or separate resolutions calling for the rejection of Chacha. #

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