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BRILLANTES: UNOFFICIAL ELECTIONS RESULTS BLOWN OUT OF PROPORTION
[RELATED: Congress to convene National Board of Canvassers May 24]


MAY 16-3 PM Manila time -Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo, fourth from left, attends a thanksgiving mass for the peaceful elections with her children, from left, Aika, Tricia and Jillian Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Ateneo De Manila campus at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The official count and proclamation of the president and vice president are done by Congress, which will convene May 24. At right is Gina De Venecia. AP/Bullit Marquez Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Monday said that the unofficial results of the 2016 general elections are blown out of proportion. Brillantes reminded the public that the results from the transparency server of the poll body is unofficial. "Whether there are mistakes, errors or changes therein is no big deal. The official count which will render the transparency results insignificant shall be undertaken by the constitutionally mandated canvassing body - the Congress of the Philippines," Brillantes said in a statement posted on his Twitter account. The former Comelec chief also noted that any member of the poll body, referring to Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, should not be "shouting to high heavens" that Smartmatic violated protocols. Brillantes said that it would be awkward for any member of the poll body to lambast its own contracted provider without starting any investigation. WATCH: Guanzon slams Smartmatic for breaking Comelec protocol "The manner in which the Comelec commissioner has been relentlessly and recklessly assailing its own contracted provider even before the investigation she is proposing has been commenced, only projects a disarranged management of the electoral processes which benefits no one, much less the Comelec itself," Brillantes said. READ MORE...RELATED, Congress to convene National Board of Canvassers May 24...

ALSO: Poll body rapped for ‘hello, Garcia’
[RELATED: May 23 -Presidential, VPcanvass set to start]


MAY 16 -IT experts hit Comelec for Smartmatic tampering, likened Marlon Garcia to former Comelec official Virgilio Garcillano, who was accused of electoral fraud during the Arroyo administration. IT experts on Sunday accused the Commission on Elections of electoral sabotage for engaging the services of Marlon Garcia, the same Smartmatic project director who was embroiled in an election-related scandal in 2013, also for tampering with the transparency server. The Venezuelan technician admitted last week that he had introduced a script into the transparency server after voting had ended on May 9, but said it was just “a cosmetic change.” But IT expert and former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, a convener of AESWatch, vowed to revive his case against Garcia, the Comelec and other Smartmatic officials for “undermining the integrity” of elections. Chong, who ran but lost the 2013 congressional race, likened his case to independent vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., whose one-million vote lead over Robredo vanished after a few hours after the script was introduced. Chong likened Garcia to former Comelec official Virgilio Garcillano, who was accused of electoral fraud during the Arroyo administration. Garcillano was made famous for the “Hello Garci” scandal when then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo allegedly called him up and ordered him to take care of the administration candidates. In a complaint lodged with the Comelec and the Department of Justice, copies of which were obtained by The Standard, Chong said on May 13, 2013, Garcia, then Smartmatic technology manager, “inexplicably changed the scripts on the un-reviewed source code at or about the time of the canvassing purportedly to adjust the questionable figures” received and announced by the transparency server without notifying the Comelec and concerned political parties. The tampering was made two hours after the voting closed, Chong said. READ MORE...RELATED, Presidential, VPcanvass set to start...

ALSO: LIST - Duterte names possible Cabinet members


MAY 16 -In this Monday, May 9, 2016, file photo, front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is interviewed by the media shortly after voting in a polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Matina district, his hometown in Davao cit. Duterte was the last to vote among five presidential hopefuls. AP/Bullit Marquez, File
Presumptive president Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Monday revealed the names of the individuals he wants to be part of his administration. Among the officials he mentioned is his running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. He said he will ask Cayetano to choose between the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Justice Department or he may opt to stick to the Senate as he also respects that.
“You are my vice-president. Wala pa namang proclamation e,” Duterte said while asking Cayetano to join him in the press conference held at the Matina Enclave Clubhouse, Davao City. Duterte also mentioned that he offered former vice presidential bet and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Perfecto Yasay to serve as the acting Foreign Affairs secretary for a year. He even asked Yasay to take a furlough in his teaching career at a university in Hawaii to serve for a year. Under a Duterte presidency, the mayor said the Communist Party of the Philippines will be offered the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Labor and Employment or the Department Social Welfare and Development. The presumptive president also named the top candidates for the Philippine National Police chief post, whom he asked to be “passionately against drugs.” These are Chief Superintendent Ronald Dela Rosa, Mimaropa police officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Ramon Apolinario and chief of staff of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group Senior Superintendent Rene Aspera. READ MORE...

ALSO: Gibo Teodoro to meet with Duterte in Davao City
[EX-DILG CHIEF ALUNAN: “I shall quote verbatim what he told me -' I have not declined the offer of the President-elect to serve as Defense secretary. The importance of the position to the national interest requires no less than serious consultation especially with the president-elect before accepting such in order to ensure that a prospective secretary is the right choice' ”]  


MAY 16 -Gilbert Teodoro is the cousin of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III. AP/Bullit Marquez; Gibo Teodoro/Released
Former National Defense secretary and 2010 presidential candidate Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. on Monday arrived in Davao City to meet with presumptive president Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Teodoro, eyed to become part of incoming Duterte’s administration, arrived early Monday at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport. He is scheduled to meet with the mayor on Monday. “Yes, today may meeting sila sa Davao,” a former member of Duterte’s media group confirmed to Philstar.com. Teodoro’s arrival photo posted by Duterte’s ally, former Ateneo Blue Eagle player Joblack “Jobe” Nkemakolam, circulated in social media, creating buzz that the former secretary was meeting with the mayor for a possible Cabinet position. Teodoro’s meeting was set on the day Duterte is scheduled to receive well-wishers, guests, including ambassadors of China, Israel and Japan as well as other possible appointees to top Cabinet positions at the Matina Enclaves Clubhouse. READ MORE...RELATED, Alunan: Gibo still ‘undecided’ on DND post...

ALSO: LIST - Duterte bares initial plans for Philippines


MAY 16 -Supporters carry a giant Philippine flag during the final campaign rally of Philippine presidential race front-runner Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, May 7, 2016. AP/Aaron Favila
Presumptive president Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte on Monday revealed his initial plans for the country once he assumes office. Duterte has garnered about 16 million votes in the partial and unofficial count of the Commission on Elections, sealing his victory in the presidential race. Election 2016: Partial, Unofficial Tally During a press conference in Davao City, Duterte bared some of his plans for the Philippines: •Control drugs and crime •Suppress crime in his first 100 days •Increase compensation of workforce by way of allowances •No more licensing of heavy firearms, only rifles, shotguns and short firearms will be allowed •Restore death penalty for heinous crimes (rape with death of victim, kidnapping with ransom, robbery with homicide)•Issuance of clearances by government agencies within 72 hours •No more "lakbay-aral" •No more deploying of barangay "tanods" CONTINUE READING...


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Brillantes: Unofficial results blown out of proportion


Vice Presidential candidate Leni Robredo, fourth from left, attends a thanksgiving mass for the peaceful elections with her children, from left, Aika, Tricia and Jillian Sunday, May 15, 2016 at the Ateneo De Manila campus at suburban Quezon city northeast of Manila, Philippines. The official count and proclamation of the president and vice president are done by Congress, which will convene May 24. At right is Gina De Venecia. AP/Bullit Marquez

MANILA, MAY 23, 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Patricia Lourdes Viray May 16, 2016 - 3:21pm - Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. on Monday said that the unofficial results of the 2016 general elections are blown out of proportion.

Brillantes reminded the public that the results from the transparency server of the poll body is unofficial.

"Whether there are mistakes, errors or changes therein is no big deal. The official count which will render the transparency results insignificant shall be undertaken by the constitutionally mandated canvassing body - the Congress of the Philippines," Brillantes said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.

The former Comelec chief also noted that any member of the poll body, referring to Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, should not be "shouting to high heavens" that Smartmatic violated protocols.

Brillantes said that it would be awkward for any member of the poll body to lambast its own contracted provider without starting any investigation.

WATCH: Guanzon slams Smartmatic for breaking Comelec protocol

"The manner in which the Comelec commissioner has been relentlessly and recklessly assailing its own contracted provider even before the investigation she is proposing has been commenced, only projects a disarranged management of the electoral processes which benefits no one, much less the Comelec itself," Brillantes said.

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The former Comelec chair, however, said the poll body should take command responsibility if proven that a Comelec personnel or official gave Smartmatic the password to change a code in one of its servers.


Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. COURTESY OF GMA NEWS NETWORK

"In fine, I still maintain that if indeed the change was simply cosmetic and that the results were unaffected and the process involved is still admittedly unofficial, the same should not have been blown out of proportion," the former Comelec chief said.

Brillantes also questioned the claim of Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of victory in the vice presidential race when the Congress has not yet convened as a canvass body.

"Now Robredo wants (Sen. Bongbong Marcos) to concede based on alleged small unofficial lead. She cannot be that presumptuous," Brillantes said.

The former Comelec chief cited that Robredo's running mate, Mar Roxas, never conceded in the 2010 vice presidential race even after official count by the Congress. Roxas lost by more than 700,000 votes to Jejomar Binay.

READ: Robredo claims victory

Tatad lawyer backs Marcos’ poll fraud claim

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Congress to convene National Board of Canvassers May 24 Written by Tribune Wires Sunday, 22 May 2016 00:00


The Philippine National Board of Canvassers and Congress staff examine certificates of canvass

The Senate and the House of Representatives will go on a joint session next week to convene the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC) which will proclaim the winning candidates for president and vice president in the May 9 elections.

Senate Secretary Oscar Yabes said both houses of Congress will form the NBoC which is mandated to canvass the votes for the presidential and vice presidential race on May 24, a day after Congress resumes its sessions.

“On May 23, the Senate will first finish its work and pass on third reading a number of bills which are on the last stages of enactment. The next day we will proceed to join the House in convening the NBoC,” he added.

According to Yabes, the Senate and the House of Representatives, led by Senate President Franklin Drilon and Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., will adopt the concurrent resolution to call the joint public session on May 24, to be held at the House of Representatives building in Quezon City.

“During the joint session, the two chambers will adopt the rules for canvassing and create the Senate and House panels that will form the Joint Canvassing Committee, which will conduct the actual canvassing of votes,” he said.

Yabes then said the two panels will then start canvassing of votes on May 25, which will also take place at the House of Representatives building.

He noted that the consolidated canvassing system (CCS) which has 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, has been initialized and stored in the venue since May 9, the day of the elections.

“Likewise, we will physically transport to the House on May 24, Tuesday, all of the ballot boxes purportedly containing CoCs and election returns which, as mandated by the Constitution, have been earlier transmitted to the Senate,” he added.

Yabes explained that Congress is performing its constitutional mandate: “Under Article VII, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution, the Senate and the House of Representatives, in joint public session, will canvass the votes for the presidential and vice-presidential elections, upon determination of the authenticity and due execution thereof in the manner provided by law.”

“Unlike the senatorial and local elections where the canvassing of votes and the proclamation of the winning candidates are conducted by the Commission on Elections, it is Congress which canvasses the votes and proclaims the next president and vice president,” he added.

The 16th Congress, which began on July 22, will adjourn sine die its third and last regular session on June 10.


MANILA STANDARD

Poll body rapped for ‘hello, Garcia’ posted May 16, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera

IT experts on Sunday accused the Commission on Elections of electoral sabotage for engaging the services of Marlon Garcia, the same Smartmatic project director who was embroiled in an election-related scandal in 2013, also for tampering with the transparency server.

The Venezuelan technician admitted last week that he had introduced a script into the transparency server after voting had ended on May 9, but said it was just “a cosmetic change.”

But IT expert and former Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong, a convener of AESWatch, vowed to revive his case against Garcia, the Comelec and other Smartmatic officials for “undermining the integrity” of elections.


TRANSPARENCY. Atty. Glenn Hang Chong, former representative of Biliran, speaks about anomalies on automated elections during the Forum on Automated Election together with cospeakers: Mr. Agusto ‘’Gus’’ Lagman, Mr. Worthy Acosta, Dr. Millard Mamhot, and Dr. Margarita ‘’ting-ting’’ Cojuangco last Aug 8 at Silliman Hall. The forum aims to enlighten voters on issues regarding automated elections. PHOTO BY Nelly May Dableo INQUIRER FILE

Chong, who ran but lost the 2013 congressional race, likened his case to independent vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., whose one-million vote lead over Robredo vanished after a few hours after the script was introduced.

Chong likened Garcia to former Comelec official Virgilio Garcillano, who was accused of electoral fraud during the Arroyo administration.

Garcillano was made famous for the “Hello Garci” scandal when then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo allegedly called him up and ordered him to take care of the administration candidates.

In a complaint lodged with the Comelec and the Department of Justice, copies of which were obtained by The Standard, Chong said on May 13, 2013, Garcia, then Smartmatic technology manager, “inexplicably changed the scripts on the un-reviewed source code at or about the time of the canvassing purportedly to adjust the questionable figures” received and announced by the transparency server without notifying the Comelec and concerned political parties.

The tampering was made two hours after the voting closed, Chong said.

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At 7:30 p.m. of May 9, 2016, two hours after the voting closed and canvassing was already in progress, Garcia, now Smartmatic project director, ordered the introduction of a new script that resulted in the “breach” and change of a hash code that was supposed to protect the integrity of the packet data files in the transparency server, he said.

This developed as lawyer Harry Roque, first nominee of Kabayan party-list that won a seat in Congress, said Smartmatic must be investigated and be held liable for the unauthorized and patently illegal change in the server script.

“Their questionable move has brought serious doubts into the credibility of what should have been an otherwise orderly elections,” Roque said.

“That the change they introduced was cosmetic is not the crux of the matter. The point is that the script was changed, and without authorization at that. If Smartmatic was able to freely change the script without Comelec’s prior approval, any result can now be changed by them,” he said.

“If one character can be changed, so can others,” Roque said.

Chong said he could not understand why the Comelec had to hire the services of Garcia again when his penchant for violating the country’s laws were officially recorded as evidenced by the pending cases against him.

He said charges of electoral fraud were filed against Garcia and his fellow Smartmatic officials Albert Castro Rico and Cesar Flores.

Apart from Chong, those who co-signed the complaint were Leo Querubin, Maria Corazon Akol and former Comelec commissioner Augusto Lagman.

In the complaint, Garcia had tampered with the transparency service to “fix” the figures of about 12 million votes for the senatorial election as the numbers “far exceeded the number of voters in the precincts.”

The complainants said Garcia had to introduce scripts to “adjust the questionable figures.”

“Garcia had done it already three years ago and he did it again yet the Comelec still tapped him to do the dirty job for them,” Chong said.

Garcia admitted having ordered the change in the hash code but said a new script had to be introduced to change the “?” to “ñ” in the names of some candidates such as Roy Señeres for president and Sergio Osmeña and Getulio Napeñas for senator.

“Smartmatic made a serious security breach, one that should not have been allowed and one that they should be held liable for. As a petitioner against Smartmatic since way back 2009, I welcome the promise of Commissioner Rowena Guanzon to have them investigated,” Roque said.

Guanzon said Sunday the Smartmatic officials should not be allowed to leave the country while the incident is being investigated.

Chong echoed the views of an IT expert who exposed Garcia’s “illegal moves.”

At 4:57 a.m., Chong said Robredo overtook Marcos and posted a margin of 575 votes and since then had steady increased the margin to over 200,000 votes.

Chong said he suffered a similar fate as Marcos when his 2,000-vote lead was overtaken at 5 a.m.

“The hash code is like an electronic seal for the program but the Comelec allowed Garcia and Smartmatic to tinker with it just like that,” Chong said.

He said several senatorial candidates were most likely affected by the change in the script or commands.

“I would not be surprised for other people to believe that former Justice Leila de Lima, who consistently hung on to the 12th slot for the senatorial race, deliberately sat on our case because of the magic that Smartmatic officials can do,” Chong said.

De Lima, he said, failed to act on their complaint just like the Comelec.

So if I were Francis Tolentino, Osmeña and Martin Romualdez, who ranked 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively in the senatorial race, I would watch the figures very closely,” Chong said.

In the case of the Comelec, Chong said the officials also did not lift a finger on the complaint and even favored Smartmatic by awarding to the Venezuelan firm multi-million-peso contracts.

“The lowest bidders in the P507.7-million transmission contract, the P1.1-million thermal paper and P122.7-million national technical support system had been disqualified by the Comelec in favor of Smartmatic. Smartmatic is the most favored bidder by the Comelec,” Chong said.

Smartmatic, he said, remains “untouchable” to this day.

The IT expert who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Comelec had surrendered its matching password twice to Smartmatic, allowing Garcia to breach the system with the new code.

The surrender of the matching password by the Comelec gave the Venezuelan firm Smartmatic full access to and complete control over the transparency server, according to the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting-accredited IT expert, who requested anonymity so as not to violate the source’s non-disclosure agreement.

“The breach and tampering of the hash codes happened two times in as many nights,” the IT source told The Standard.

The source explained that the first breach took place at 7:30 pm of May 9, 2016 to change and tamper with the hash code to enable Smartmatic to “introduce a new script.”

The second breach, the source said, happened at around 8 p.m. of May 10 to “clean up the mess” and restore the pairing hash code.

In both instances, the source said, not one Comelec official was present.

“Under the rules of protocol, the transparency server can only be opened using matching passwords --one from the Comelec and another from Smartmatic. In the absence of either pair, the server cannot be opened,” the source said.

“So how was it possible that Smartmatic was able to gain access to and tamper with the hash code without the matching password from the Comelec due to the absence of the poll official?” the source said.

The breach prompted independent IT experts and election watchdogs such as the AESWatch to demand a probe.

The IT source debunked Comelec officials’ claim that the opening of the transparency server was witnessed by a Comelec official.

“The transparency server room is a restricted area. It is located in front of the building where the canvassing of votes by the PPCRV is being held at the Pope Pious VII along United Nations Avenue in Manila. There were only a few of us in the server room. It is hard to miss anyone who was present those two nights. I did not see anyone from the Comelec that came with Smartmatic,” the source told The Standard.

The source said only the Venezuelan Smartmatic IT technician went to the server to open it and introduce new scripts.

When confronted, the source said, the Smartmatic guy explained that a new script had to be introduced in order to change the “?” to “ñ” in the names of some candidates such as Roy Señeres for president and Sergio Osmeña and Getulio Napeñas for senator.

It was during the confrontation that the Smartmatic personel admitted that it was another Garcia, Smartmatic project director, who ordered the change in the hash code to enter the new script or command of the program.

The source said it was incumbent upon the Comelec to prove that one of its officials, who was entrusted with the password, was there to make access to the server possible.

“I was there. I should know. I even confronted the Venezuelan Smartmatic IT guy why he had to change the hash code or the electronic seal of the server,” the source said.

The Smartmatic technician, the source said, could not possibly deny that the hash code had been changed since the code was reflected on the file that was stored in the server or the files that were retrieved from it.

“All of our files that were retrieved from the server carried with it the hash code. Everybody has it. The PPCRV and those who participated in the canvassing could see them. And the files, including the results of the votes retrieved on May 9 had on it the hash code. A different hash code came out again on May 10 when the code was restored,” the source said.

With the Comelec yet to act on the allegations of irregularity, Marcos and hundreds of his supporters offered a “mass for truth and integrity” at the Baclaran Church.

Dubbed as “Buong Bayan Magkaisa, Isang Misa Para sa Katotohanan at Integridad ng Halalan”, the mass was offered by Marcos supporters and volunteers to give thanks for the peaceful elections and to pray that truth would prevail allowing the will of the people to be reflected in the results of the elections.

They were joined by Marcos who came with his wife Liza Araneta Marcos, son Sandro, mother, former first lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Romualdez Marcos, his cousin, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, other members of his family and close friends for the 12:30 p.m. mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Ben Sy. – With Macon Ramos-Araneta and Rey E. Requejo

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Presidential, VPcanvass set to start (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 22, 2016 - 12:00am 6 155 googleplus0 0


On Wednesday, they will convene as a canvassing board to begin the official tally of votes cast for presidential and vice presidential candidates in the May 9 elections. EDD GUMBAN

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate and the House of Representatives will start the canvassing of votes for president and vice president next week.

The two chambers will reconvene tomorrow as a law-making body to act on pending measures. They plan to do so until Tuesday.

On Wednesday, they will convene as a canvassing board to begin the official tally of votes cast for presidential and vice presidential candidates in the May 9 elections.

The canvass will be done in a joint session, where a quorum of each chamber must be present.

Before the count starts, the joint session will first approve the canvassing rules that the Senate and the House have drafted.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. promised the nation a speedy canvass by lawmakers.

He said it is their “bounden duty” to conduct the canvassing and determine the winners as fast as possible.

He said the two chambers would proclaim the winners before June 10, when the outgoing 16th Congress is scheduled to close its third and last regular session.

Senate President Franklin Drilon earlier made a similar promise, but said he could not predict a timeframe for the vote count and proclamation of winners.

Belmonte and Drilon will jointly preside over the joint session and the canvassing.

Under the draft rules, a canvass committee would be created, to be composed of members appointed by Belmonte and Drilon.

When Congress resumes sessions tomorrow, the Senate “will first finish its work and pass on third reading a number of bills which are on the last stages of enactment,” Senate secretary Oscar Yabes said.

“The next day we will proceed to join the House in convening the NBOC,” Yabes said. NBOC stands for National Board of Canvassers.

“Likewise, we will physically transport to the House on May 24, Tuesday, all of the ballot boxes containing the certificates of canvass (COCs) and election returns which were physically transported to the Senate immediately after the elections.

House Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II said the tight vice presidential race could delay the congressional count.

He said members of the canvassing committee and lawyers of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo could subject the COCs to close scrutiny for defects or signs of irregularities.

“We will have no problem with the presidential candidates because of the huge lead of Mayor (Rodrigo) Duterte and the fact that his opponents have already conceded defeat. But in the VP race, siguradong bubusisihin yung mga (they will surely scrutinize the) COC,” he said.

He added observations and objections from supporters of Marcos and Robredo among lawmakers and lawyers of the two candidates would result in canvassing delays.

He noted that Marcos lawyer former Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes has already vowed to subject the COCs to close scrutiny.

Gonzales pointed out that since the COCs contain votes both for president and vice president, delay in the tabulation of votes for Marcos and Robredo would mean delay in the tallying of votes for president.

Robredo, runningmate of administration standard-bearer Mar Roxas, is leading Marcos in the unofficial tally by more than 200,000 votes.

In tallying the votes, the canvassing committee would start with the COCs for overseas absentee and local voting. COCs from provincial and city canvassing boards would then follow.

The committee would compare the manually filled-out COCs and the electronic copies to be generated from the consolidation and canvassing system installed in the House.

Lawyers of candidates would be allowed to manifest their observations on the canvass documents. The joint committee would have the power to resolve all disputes.

After the canvassing is finished, the committee would prepare a report, which would be submitted to a joint House-Senate session, which in turn would pass a resolution approving such report.

The winning presidential and vice presidential candidates would then be proclaimed. – Jess Diaz, Marvin Sy


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LIST: Duterte names possible Cabinet members By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated May 16, 2016 - 3:52pm 3 1224 googleplus0 0


In this Monday, May 9, 2016, file photo, front-running presidential candidate Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is interviewed by the media shortly after voting in a polling precinct at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Matina district, his hometown in Davao cit. Duterte was the last to vote among five presidential hopefuls. AP/Bullit Marquez, File

MANILA, Philippines – Presumptive president Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Monday revealed the names of the individuals he wants to be part of his administration.

Among the officials he mentioned is his running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano. He said he will ask Cayetano to choose between the Department of Foreign Affairs or the Justice Department or he may opt to stick to the Senate as he also respects that.

“You are my vice-president. Wala pa namang proclamation e,” Duterte said while asking Cayetano to join him in the press conference held at the Matina Enclave Clubhouse, Davao City.

Duterte also mentioned that he offered former vice presidential bet and former Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Perfecto Yasay to serve as the acting Foreign Affairs secretary for a year. He even asked Yasay to take a furlough in his teaching career at a university in Hawaii to serve for a year.

Under a Duterte presidency, the mayor said the Communist Party of the Philippines will be offered the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Labor and Employment or the Department Social Welfare and Development.

The presumptive president also named the top candidates for the Philippine National Police chief post, whom he asked to be “passionately against drugs.” These are Chief Superintendent Ronald Dela Rosa, Mimaropa police officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Ramon Apolinario and chief of staff of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group Senior Superintendent Rene Aspera.

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In choosing government officials in his administration, Duterte said he will choose on his own. He said he does not want any senator or solon calling him up with their recommendations.

Duterte also said he does not want favors for promotion or recommendation. “I hate 'yang tawagan. Ayaw ko 'yan kasi in all probability, hindi ka qualified,” he said.

“Do not get any recommendations from anybody, I will decide on my own. After all, if anything goes wrong, it is the president who will answer or bear the burden,” Duterte said.

Duterte said all applicants in bureaus and government corporations must agree to have their names published.

“'Yung lahat except for secretary or undersecretary, I'll get it from the younger generations,” he concluded.

The presumptive president mentioned that he will talk to Gilbert "Gibo" Teodoro Jr. for a possible Cabinet position. "I'm still awaiting for somebody to handle defense. Gibo Teodoro is coming. I'll talk to him later," he said.

The following are the prospective Cabinet members of Duterte:

Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano – Secretary of Justice/ Foreign Affairs

Perfecto Yasay – Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs

Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez – Department of Finance

Chief Superintendent Ronald Dela Rosa, Mimaropa police officer-in-charge Chief Superintendent Ramon Apolinario and Chief of staff of the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group Senior Superintendent Rene Aspera – PNP Chief

Art Tugade – Department of Transportation and Communications

Communist Party of the Philippines – Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Labor and Employment or Department Social Welfare and Development.

Peter Laurel - Department of Education

Jesus Dureza - Peace Process

Bebot Bello - Peace Process (communist side)

Salvador Panelo - Presidential spokesperson

Salvador "Bingbong" Medialdea - Executive Secretary

THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY.


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Gibo Teodoro to meet with Duterte in Davao City By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated May 16, 2016 - 1:58pm 3 762 googleplus0 1


Gilbert Teodoro is the cousin of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III. AP/Bullit Marquez; Gibo Teodoro/Released

MANILA, Philippines – Former National Defense secretary and 2010 presidential candidate Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro Jr. on Monday arrived in Davao City to meet with presumptive president Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Teodoro, eyed to become part of incoming Duterte’s administration, arrived early Monday at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport. He is scheduled to meet with the mayor on Monday.

“Yes, today may meeting sila sa Davao,” a former member of Duterte’s media group confirmed to Philstar.com.

Teodoro’s arrival photo posted by Duterte’s ally, former Ateneo Blue Eagle player Joblack “Jobe” Nkemakolam, circulated in social media, creating buzz that the former secretary was meeting with the mayor for a possible Cabinet position.

Teodoro’s meeting was set on the day Duterte is scheduled to receive well-wishers, guests, including ambassadors of China, Israel and Japan as well as other possible appointees to top Cabinet positions at the Matina Enclaves Clubhouse.

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Reports said the Duterte camp confirmed the inclusion of Teodoro in the incoming Cabinet. He is reportedly eyed to be the secretary of Foreign Affairs.

In September 2014, Duterte turned down Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s proposal to become her vice presidential candidate for the 2016 elections. He instead endorsed Teodoro whom he described as an “honest man” with "capabilities beyond issue."

"He is a man of integrity and competence and he would make a good vice president of this republic," Duterte said previously.

Aside from Teodoro, Jesus Dureza, Carlos “Sonny” Dominguez, Tomas Alcantara and Maribojoc, Bohol Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. were the individuals said to be expected in Duterte’s Cabinet.

Teodoro is the cousin of outgoing President Benigno Aquino III, a pilot that has a Master of Laws degree in Harvard Law School and a member of the State Bar of New York since 1997.

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Alunan: Gibo still ‘undecided’ on DND post By Rosette Adel (philstar.com) | Updated May 22, 2016 - 4:01pm 7 193 googleplus0 0


Gilbert Teodoro said he has not yet declined the DND post. AP/Bullit Marquez; Gibo Teodoro/Released

Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III on Sunday confirmed that former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo" Teodoro has yet to decide on an offer by presumptive president Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to head the Defense department again.

In his Facebook post, Alunan said he contacted Teodoro after reports surfaced that he turned down the Cabinet post. He relayed to the public that Teodoro told him he is still undecided on returning as DND chief and has yet to consult Duterte.

“I have been in touch with former DND Secretary Gilbert Teodoro after reading reports here in Facebook that he declined the offer of incoming President Rody Duterte to return to the DND,” Alunan said in his Facebook post.

“I shall quote verbatim what he told me: I have not declined the offer of the President-elect to serve as Defense secretary. The importance of the position to the national interest requires no less than serious consultation especially with the president-elect before accepting such in order to ensure that a prospective secretary is the right choice,” he added.

Alunan has advised Duterte’s transition team that Teodoro’s has yet to decide on the offer.

On May 16, Teodoro arrived in Davao City to meet with Duterte who then offered him the DND Chief post. His meeting was held on the same day the presumptive president received well-wishers, guests, diplomats and possible appointees to Cabinet posisiotns at the Matina Enclaves Clubhouse.


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LIST: Duterte bares initial plans for Philippines By Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) | Updated May 16, 2016 - 5:14pm 2 342 googleplus0 1


Supporters carry a giant Philippine flag during the final campaign rally of Philippine presidential race front-runner Davao city mayor Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, Philippines on Saturday, May 7, 2016. AP/Aaron Favila

MANILA, Philippines — Presumptive president Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte on Monday revealed his initial plans for the country once he assumes office.

Duterte has garnered about 16 million votes in the partial and unofficial count of the Commission on Elections, sealing his victory in the presidential race.

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During a press conference in Davao City, Duterte bared some of his plans for the Philippines:

•Control drugs and crime

•Suppress crime in his first 100 days

•Increase compensation of workforce by way of allowances

•No more licensing of heavy firearms, only rifles, shotguns and short firearms will be allowed

•Restore death penalty for heinous crimes (rape with death of victim, kidnapping with ransom, robbery with homicide)

•Issuance of clearances by government agencies within 72 hours

•No more "lakbay-aral"

•No more deploying of barangay "tanods"

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•Mandatory curfew for minors, arrest parents due to neglect of duties

•No drinking alcoholic beverages in public places

•Create a Department of Overseas Workers

•Order arrest of illegal recruiters

•No collections of any kind for students in public schools

•Taxi drivers must have loose change at all times

•Call for truce and consider release of all political prisoners as part of confidence-building Duterte also revealed the names of the possible members of his Cabinet.

He admitted that he is also willing to offer some of the government's top posts to the Communist Party of the Philippines if they decide to join his administration.

The presumptive president discouraged his supporters from glorifying him, stressing that he finds extra adulation "corny."

“Even if I am your president, I would just consider me equal to you in terms of rights and responsibilities,” Duterte said.


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