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IT'S DIGONG BY LANDSLIDE, LENI BY HAIRLINE
 
[RELATED: Duterte picks Briones to head DepEd, Diokno as DBM chief]


MAY 27 -WINNERS: PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT The race is officially over and it's 'Digong' by a landslide and 'Leni' by a hairline. Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Maria Leonor Robredo topped their respective races for President and Vice-President in the 2016 national elections, based on the final tally of votes by Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers. Duterte, now all but proclaimed as the president-elect, had a lead of 6,623,822 over his closest rival, Mar Roxas. Grace Poe was in third place, followed by Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Roy Seneres. The final, official tally of votes for President, based on all 167 certificates of canvass (COCs), are: Duterte - 16,601,997 Roxas - 9,978,175 Poe - 9,100,991 Binay - 5,416,140 Defensor Santiago - 1,455,532 Seneres 25,779 Robredo ran neck and neck with Marcos in the vice-presidential race. The son of the former dictator enjoyed a lead of much as close to 3 million votes before Robredo caught up. She finished the race with a lead of 263,473 over Marcos. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano placed third, followed by senators Chiz Escudero, Antonio Trillanes, and Gregorio Honasan. The final, official tally of votes for Vice-President, based on all 167 COCs, are: Robredo - 14,418,817 Marcos - 14,155,344 Cayetano - 5,903,379 Escudero - 4,931,962 Trillanes - 868,501 Honasan - 788,881 Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers will now submit its committee report to the plenary of the joint public session. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte picks Briones to head DepEd, Diokno as DBM chief...

ALSO: Robredo vows ‘100% support’ for Duterte
[RELATED: Duterte on Cabinet post for Leni: That never entered my mind]


MAY 28 -May the best woman win, Leni Robredo said at the vice presidential debate. She has done just that, becoming only the second woman to become the nation’s second highest official.
In the end, the last man standing was a woman. As the second female vice president of the country, Leni Robredo vowed last night to give her all to the nation and her “100 percent” support to incoming president Rodrigo Duterte. The 51-year-old lawmaker from Camarines Sur thanked “all those who believed in me from the start when I started from zero.” “It is my obligation as a Filipino to give my 100 percent support to (Duterte),” Robredo said in Filipino in a television interview from her hometown of Naga City. “I know the elections became vicious, I didn’t pressure those who did not like me, but I hope time will come when I’ll be given the chance for them to know me. Because if they’ll know me, their negative perceptions will be dispelled,” she said. Robredo ran under the banner of the Liberal Party, whose standard bearer, former interior secretary Mar Roxas, came in second in the final congressional canvassing of votes for president. READ MORE...RELATED, Duterte on Cabinet post for Leni: That never entered my mind...

ALSO: Marcos wishes Robredo well, but...
[RELATED: Marcos camp - Fight not yet over]


MAY 28 -“We congratulate incoming president Rodrigo Duterte and wish incoming vice president Robredo well, but the search for truth will continue,” Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, Marcos’ campaign consultant, told The STAR yesterday. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV
Even as it offered good wishes to Leni Robredo for being declared winner in the vice presidential race by the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), the camp of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said it would continue contesting the poll result, citing massive fraud.
“We congratulate incoming president Rodrigo Duterte and wish incoming vice president Robredo well, but the search for truth will continue,” Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, Marcos’ campaign consultant, told The STAR yesterday. Lawyer George Garcia, head of Marcos’ legal team, made the same pronouncement. They said their search for truth did not end with the conclusion of the official canvass of votes for president and vice president by lawmakers convened as the NBOC. On Friday, the board officially declared Duterte and Robredo winners in the presidential and vice presidential elections. De la Cruz said their group is studying legal options to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic to subject their automated election system to scrutiny, citing discrepancies in the electronic transmission of the votes as well as reports of three million unaccounted or “missing” votes. READ MORE...RELATED, Marcos camp - Fight not yet over...

ALSO: P-Noy’s long goodbye - I felt for my ‘bosses’
[Aquino said treading the straight path in the last six years, Filipinos were also able to show the whole world what was possible through unity among the people. ‘I feel for you’ Aquino also took the opportunity to assure his bosses that he felt for them all the time but refused to be dramatic because he had to be strong in the face of problems, being the father and leader of the nation.] [RELATED: Duterte: ‘All Noy officials must go’]


MAY 28 -NO HEART OF STONE: President Aquino delivers a speech during the inauguration of a 10-megawatt solar project in Cabanatuan City the other day. KRIZJOHN ROSALES
It’s a long goodbye but President Aquino on Thursday vowed to continue serving his bosses – the people – until the last day of his term. Hurting from criticism that he lacks empathy, Aquino said he knows how to cry and he feels for the people, but it was not his style to be dramatic. After the May 9 elections, the spotlight has shifted to incoming president Rodrigo Duterte. Aquino told The Wall Street Journal on May 19 that he would refrain from commenting on the pronouncements of Duterte, giving his successor a honeymoon of sorts that was not accorded him in 2010. Aquino said he was criticized even before stepping into office. He still has until June 30 to serve and he said he would waste no time in fulfilling his mandate to the fullest. He said the defection of Liberal Party (LP) members to Duterte’s camp was understandable because they have the interests of their constituents to protect. Aquino is chairman of the LP. READ MORE...ALSO, Duterte: ‘All Noy officials must go’...

ALSO: Election for sale - Ex-poll execs sell ‘victory’ for P12M to P200M
[EXPLAINER: What Marcos Jr should do to prove election fraud]


MAY 28-Official canvass. Members of the National Board of Canvassers examine a Certificate of Canvass from Iloilo City during the final day of counting of the votes cast during the May 9 elections amid charges of cheating in the lower levels of the counting process. Ver Noveno INFORMATION technology expert and former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong bared evidence Friday that former poll executives had sold guaranteed victories to candidates who could be “programmed to win” in the May 9 automated elections. At the Contra Canvass forum in Quezon City, Chong, vice chairman and spokesman of the election watchdog Reform Philippines Coalition, said he has received a video showing how a former election officer was selling the system to a politician in the Visayas. “I have heard of the system being sold for P12 million to one candidate to as high as P200 million depending on the number of candidates programmed to win, but this is the first time I have received a concrete evidence of how it was peddled to candidates,” Chong stated. Showing a screen grab of the video, Chong said the former election officer offered to make the candidate win by giving him the database of voters in his area. The candidate would then choose the voters who will be retained and the edited database would be given back to the election officer. The election officer would then replace the discarded voters with other names complete with biometrics, and these would be used to rig the elections. READ MORE...RELATED, EXPLAINER: What Marcos Jr should do to prove election fraud....


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It's Digong by landslide, Leni by hairline


WINNERS: PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT

MANILA, MAY 30, 2016 (ABS-CBN)  RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News Posted at 27 May 2016 09:03 PM Facebook - The race is officially over and it's 'Digong' by a landslide and 'Leni' by a hairline.

Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Maria Leonor Robredo topped their respective races for President and Vice-President in the 2016 national elections, based on the final tally of votes by Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers.

Duterte, now all but proclaimed as the president-elect, had a lead of 6,623,822 over his closest rival, Mar Roxas. Grace Poe was in third place, followed by Jejomar Binay, Miriam Defensor Santiago, and Roy Seneres.

The final, official tally of votes for President, based on all 167 certificates of canvass (COCs), are:

Duterte - 16,601,997 Roxas - 9,978,175 Poe - 9,100,991 Binay - 5,416,140 Defensor Santiago - 1,455,532 Seneres 25,779

Robredo ran neck and neck with Marcos in the vice-presidential race.

The son of the former dictator enjoyed a lead of much as close to 3 million votes before Robredo caught up.

She finished the race with a lead of 263,473 over Marcos.

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano placed third, followed by senators Chiz Escudero, Antonio Trillanes, and Gregorio Honasan.

The final, official tally of votes for Vice-President, based on all 167 COCs, are:

Robredo - 14,418,817 Marcos - 14,155,344 Cayetano - 5,903,379 Escudero - 4,931,962 Trillanes - 868,501 Honasan - 788,881

Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers will now submit its committee report to the plenary of the joint public session.

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The joint session, scheduled to reconvene next week, is expected to approve the committee report and issue the resolution of proclamation.

Only then will Duterte and Robredo officially get the titles of President-elect and Vice-President-elect until they assume office on the noon of June 30, along with all other winners of the May 2016 elections.

Duterte will become the country's 16th President -- the 3rd mayor to assume the office after Emilio Aguinaldo and Joseph Estrada.

Apart from becoming the 16th vice-president, Robredo will also become the country's second female vice-president after Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

The joint committee wrapped up tallying after just 3 session days that began Wednesday. It accomplished 45 COCs on day 1 and 68 COCs on day 2. All 167 COCS were admitted.

Robredo, widow of the late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, ran an uphill climb to the vice-presidency after she initially lagged behind all the other candidates.

NO VINDICATION

Political analyst Richard Heydarian, a professor at De La Salle University, believes that Marcos had a lot to lose in the election because it would have been a vindication for his family if he won.

"BBM [Bongbong Marcos] may have lost the best, if not last chance for the Marcoses to return to power," Heydarian said. "A victory at the vice-presidential race would have set them for a comeback to Malacanang, serving as a kind of vindication for their fall from grace during EDSA Revolution. Generally, a defeat in the VP race doesn't bode well for future political plans, especially the highest office."

"This elections was particularly favorable for BBM because the zeitgeist of grievance politics meant significant protest vote (against the post-Marcos elite) in his favor," he added.

Heydarian believes Marcos' political future would be uncertain without an Aquino in power. "It would be more difficult because it was his image as an alternative to the Aquinos that mobilized a lot of support. But coming this close to VP and given the Marcoses' enormous resources, he can launch another campaign by 2022?"

He said Robredo and Marcos can have a rematch. "If Leni runs in 2022, BBM can launch a campaign claiming he wants to redress his supposedly 'unjust' defeat, since clearly he isn't accepting anything but victory now."

Heydarian also thinks it is not the end of the road yet for Poe and Roxas. "I think Grace too can make a comeback, more experienced and accomplished down the road. But the magic factor will be diminished. Mar can also make a comeback, especially if things go south under Duterte. He can also run for the Senate in 2019, become leader of opposition, then launch a third-time lucky bid for presidency in 2022."

But even that has risks, since the elections have yielded surprising results. Haydarian said, "Duterte's stunning victory shows we may very well get another phenomenal political outsider shaking up the electoral landscape in coming years and elections."

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Duterte picks Briones to head DepEd, Diokno as DBM chief


President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte said he offered former National Treasurer Leonor Briones to serve as Department of Education Secretary while he also asked former Budget Secretary Benjamin “Ben” Diokno to return to the Department of Budget and Management. Leonor Briones, Twitter | UP School of Economics

 MANILA, Philippines – President-elect Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte on Saturday evening said he has offered former National Treasurer Leonor Briones the post of Education secretary and has asked former Budget Secretary Benjamin “Ben” Diokno to head the Department of Budget and Management again.

Duterte said Briones will be tasked with resolving the issues in the implementation of the K-12 program.

Among those is accommodating students as schools adjust to the new Senior High School level and addressing the concerns of teachers who may lose their jobs as the program is implemented.

“She is quite familiar with the problem we are facing with the implementation of K to 12,” Duterte said of Briones, who is an advocate of budget reforms and of transparency in government spending. She has asked Duterte to give her until Tuesday, May 31, to decide on the offer.

Meanwhile, the president-elect also said he is offering Diokno the DBM post as he served there under the administration “of so many presidents.”

Both Briones and Diokno served under the administration of ousted President Joseph “Erap” Estrada. Diokno was Budget secretary to President Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

Briones and Diokno also teach at the University of the Philippines. Briones is a professor emeritus at the UP National College of Public Administration and Governance while Diokno is a professorial lecturer at the UP School of Economics. —Rosette Adel


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Robredo vows ‘100% support’ for Duterte By Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 28, 2016 - 12:00am 6 245 googleplus1 0


May the best woman win, Leni Robredo said at the vice presidential debate. She has done just that, becoming only the second woman to become the nation’s second highest official.

MANILA, Philippines - In the end, the last man standing was a woman.

As the second female vice president of the country, Leni Robredo vowed last night to give her all to the nation and her “100 percent” support to incoming president Rodrigo Duterte.

The 51-year-old lawmaker from Camarines Sur thanked “all those who believed in me from the start when I started from zero.”

“It is my obligation as a Filipino to give my 100 percent support to (Duterte),” Robredo said in Filipino in a television interview from her hometown of Naga City.

“I know the elections became vicious, I didn’t pressure those who did not like me, but I hope time will come when I’ll be given the chance for them to know me. Because if they’ll know me, their negative perceptions will be dispelled,” she said.

Robredo ran under the banner of the Liberal Party, whose standard bearer, former interior secretary Mar Roxas, came in second in the final congressional canvassing of votes for president.

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At the end of the canvassing by the joint session of the Senate and House of the Representatives – convening as the National Board of Canvassers – Robredo got 14,418,817 votes or a lead of 263,473 votes over her closest rival Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

After the final certificate of canvass (COC) was tallied, the bells of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peńafrancia rang in celebration of Robredo’s win.

The three-day canvassing was the shortest in recent history.

Robredo took the 10-hour bus trip to Naga City on Thursday night to celebrate the 58th birthday yesterday of her husband, the late interior secretary Jesse Robredo, who died in a plane crash in August 2012.

She monitored the canvassing of the last COCs in Congress with her three daughters, Aika, Tricia and Jillian.

“It’s like perfect timing. I didn’t expect that by his (Jesse’s) birthday, it will be finished. What luck that it was done on his birthday, of all days,” she said.

She said that it was “very providential” the canvassing was concluded just shortly after the mass for Jesse was finished.

“What would you call this (victory) if not providential? Everyone around me, my family, our supporters and country, knew that I was very reluctant (to run for vice president),” Robredo said.

She said the NBOC canvassing showed there was no cheating in the vice presidential race as repeatedly alleged by Marcos.

She said the copies of COCs and other documents she has are the same ones held by Marcos, whom she expects to file an electoral protest.

Robredo said she has been calm since the campaign ended and the canvassing started but was praying that she would be able to perform her duties well if she wins.

“That’s why during the mass, I asked for prayers, I asked them for prayers not only for the canvassing to finish but for me when I’m in office because I’m not wired for this. That’s why I really need all the support,” she said.


Very appreciative of Aquino

She said she was very appreciative of the support extended by President Aquino.

She said she will visit Duterte only after they are formally proclaimed by Congress next week.

During a vice presidential debate at the University of Santo Tomas last April, Robredo recalled that a moderator of a forum where she was the only one who attended commented that the “last man standing (in the vice presidential race) is a woman.”

When there were reports that Robredo was being eyed by the administration to be Roxas’ runningmate last year, her ratings in surveys was only one percent.

Ahead of her in the polls were Marcos, Sen. Francis Escudero, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV and Sen. Gringo Honasan.

She was in a statistical tie with Marcos in the surveys shortly before the elections.

Meanwhile in Davao City, the camp of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte last night said his victory was a “triumph of the people.” – Alexis Romero

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0 Share Alexis Romero - May 29, 2016 - 5:26pm DAVAO CITY – Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte has yet to decide whether to offer a Cabinet post to presumptive vice president Leni Robredo, saying he is still trying to find positions for trusted people who helped him win the election.

“That never entered my mind,” Duterte said Saturday night when asked if he would give Robredo a Cabinet position.

“(There are) party guys loyal to me all along, and maybe who are also -- in a way, or who were, for one reason or another -- a factor in my win in the presidency. I shouldn’t be looking beyond my borders yet,” he added.

Robredo was the runningmate of Liberal Party standard-bearer and former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II. During the campaign period, Robredo said she wants to coordinate and consolidate the government's anti-poverty programs if elected vice president.

Duterte said he does not socialize that much and that he had limited sphere of friends when he was still studying. He said that explains why he prefers to be surrounded by people he can trust.

“When I was a congressman, I wasn’t socializing actually. In the government, my acquiantances were my (brothers in the fraternity) and my childhood friends who are brilliant,” the next Philippine leader said.

“I could not have selected from a larger portion of the population for the simple reason that my horizon or the dimension of my personality is limited –school dorm, friends, (fraternity) brothers, that’s all. The rest are from Davao,” he added.

When asked if he is implying that Robredo would not be appointed to the Cabinet, Duterte replied: “No. I’m trying to explain first my response or retort to accusations that I gave posts to my classmates and friends. That’s just a very stupid allegation.”

“Look, I’m not rich. I’m not from Forbes (Park) and I am not from Ateneo, La Salle or UP (University of the Philippines). You don’t appoint somebody you don’t trust, but you have to also know the person or how long have you known the person to know enough his character,” he added.

Pressed if he and Robredo already talked, Duterte said: “Hindi nga! hindi ko nga kilala yan eh, sa totoo lang (No! In fact, I don’t really know her).”

He added that no meeting has been scheduled between him and the incoming vice president.

“I said I am busy. Why would I be in an awkward position when I am not ready to offer anything to her?” Duterte said.

Reminded that his camp previously expressed openness to give Robredo a cabinet post, Duterte replied: “If it’s just an opening of an opportunity, it would come later, it doesn’t mean to say that the door is open and there’s already a job waiting.”

“It’s an opportunity or chance, maybe we could talk of having a good rapport. In the meantime, we don’t know each other yet,” he added.

More appointments out Tuesday

Duterte also told reporters on Saturday that he wants to appoint former National Treasurer Leonor Briones as Education secretary and economist Benjamin Diokno as Budget secretary. If Diokno accepts Duterte’s offer, he would be returning to the post he held during the Estrada administration.

“Leonor Briones, who used to be the national treasurer, I offered her the secretary of Education because she’s quite familiar with the problems we’re facing,” Duterte said.

“Because of the implementation of K to 12 (program), there will be a lot of students that will be marginalized or would not be able to enroll and a good number of teachers (will also) lose their positions so it would be a problem. And for that, I took in Benjamin Diokno (as) the budget secretary,” he added.

Duterte said he has also chosen people to lead the defense and interior and local government departments. He said he plans to introduce majority of his Cabinet members on Tuesday, May 31.

The next Philippine leader also revealed that he already has people in mind for the Bureau of Customs, Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Land Transportation Office.

Duterte previously described the BoC, BIR and LTO as the “most corrupt agencies” in the government and even joked that he is considering abolishing them. He had also labeled PDEA as a “useless” agency because of its supposed failure to curb the sale and distribution of illegal drugs.


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Marcos wishes Robredo well, but... By Perseus Echeminada (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 29, 2016 - 12:00am 0 5 googleplus0 0


“We congratulate incoming president Rodrigo Duterte and wish incoming vice president Robredo well, but the search for truth will continue,” Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, Marcos’ campaign consultant, told The STAR yesterday. Philstar.com / Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines – Even as it offered good wishes to Leni Robredo for being declared winner in the vice presidential race by the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), the camp of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said it would continue contesting the poll result, citing massive fraud.

“We congratulate incoming president Rodrigo Duterte and wish incoming vice president Robredo well, but the search for truth will continue,” Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan de la Cruz, Marcos’ campaign consultant, told The STAR yesterday.

Lawyer George Garcia, head of Marcos’ legal team, made the same pronouncement.

They said their search for truth did not end with the conclusion of the official canvass of votes for president and vice president by lawmakers convened as the NBOC.

On Friday, the board officially declared Duterte and Robredo winners in the presidential and vice presidential elections.

De la Cruz said their group is studying legal options to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic to subject their automated election system to scrutiny, citing discrepancies in the electronic transmission of the votes as well as reports of three million unaccounted or “missing” votes.

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“This issue cropped up in the 2010, 2013 midterm election and now its ugly head has again showed, there must be a closure to this issues on discrepancies and undervoting,” De la Cruz said.

He also clarified that the Marcos camp has nothing personal against Robredo as its legal action is directed at the Comelec and Smartmatic.

Garcia, meanwhile, said the senator has asked his supporters to remain calm. Garcia added they would wait for the official proclamation of the elected president and vice president before making their next move.

Congress has set for tomorrow the official proclamation of Duterte and Robredo as president and vice president, respectively.

“Sen. Marcos instructed us to respect the proceedings of the board,” Garcia said.

He said one of the options he may consider is the filing of an election protest. But he admitted this could prove very expensive.

If such electoral protest pushes through, it would be based on what he described as an unusually high number of “under-votes” for vice president – supposedly 3.902 million. He said such phenomenon was very strange and unusual for elections with high turnout of voters. “We deserve an explanation on this matter,” he said.

Garcia said they are in the process of gathering affidavits of witnesses to alleged incidents of cheating.

He said they are gathering more details on reports of malfunctioning of several canvassing and consolidation systems (CCS) and vote counting machines (VCMs).

He added their IT experts have also presented technical information that may be useful if they decide to file an election protest.

He said the rules of the canvassing do not allow these “evidence” to be presented before the NBOC.

Garcia added such electoral protest would likely focus on results in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and the Visayas where most of the “under-votes” for vice president were reported.

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Marcos camp: Fight not yet over Published May 28, 2016 3:45pm Updated May 28, 2016 7:35pm By VIRGIL LOPEZ,

 "As far as Senator Marcos is concerned, the fight is not over."

Abakada party-list Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz made the statement on Saturday as he announced that the camp of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. will continue to press for a systems audit of the automated elections system even after the official canvass of votes for President and Vice President has ended.

"We have to continue asking for the systems audit. We have to search for the truth. Ayaw natin magkaroon ng pagaalinlangan," Dela Cruz, who is Marcos Jr.'s campaign adviser, said.

Marcos lost to Camarines Sur. Rep. Leni Robredo by just 263,473 votes, making it the closest vice presidential race since democracy was restored in 1986.

The senator has yet to decide on whether to challenge Robredo's victory before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal, which is composed of all 15 members of the Supreme Court.

While they have no plans of stopping Robredo's proclamation as vice president-elect, the Marcos camp said they will release their observations on how the canvassing of votes was conducted by Congress.

The observations will be presented to the joint session of Congress, which will proclaim Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Robredo as the next president and vice president respectively, on May 30, Dela Cruz said.

"We will definitely advise the joint session about our observations regarding what happened (in the congressional canvass) as part of our advocacy on electoral reform," he added.

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During the three-day canvassing, Marcos' camp had repeatedly pointed out the undervotes for each certificate of canvass.

An undervote means that the voter did not select any candidate for a particular position.

In the end, some 3.9 million undervotes were registered in the vice presidential race, which the Marcos camp suspected were credited to other candidates.

Aside from undervotes, they will look into the introduction of a new script or computer command in the Commission on Elections' transparency server on May 9, and the zero votes that Marcos received in some towns in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In Naga City, Robredo said it is Marcos' camp prerogative to the issue of undervotes in their future legal action.

"Ngayon mayroon na namang bago. Iyong null votes, ok lang, sige lang. As long as hindi nila kinokondisyon ang isip ng tao sa kasinungalingan," she said. — APG, GMA News


P-Noy’s long goodbye: I felt for my ‘bosses’ By Aurea Calica (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 28, 2016 - 12:00am 8 167 googleplus0 0


NO HEART OF STONE: President Aquino delivers a speech during the inauguration of a 10-megawatt solar project in Cabanatuan City the other day. KRIZJOHN ROSALES

MANILA, Philippines - It’s a long goodbye but President Aquino on Thursday vowed to continue serving his bosses – the people – until the last day of his term.

Hurting from criticism that he lacks empathy, Aquino said he knows how to cry and he feels for the people, but it was not his style to be dramatic.

After the May 9 elections, the spotlight has shifted to incoming president Rodrigo Duterte. Aquino told The Wall Street Journal on May 19 that he would refrain from commenting on the pronouncements of Duterte, giving his successor a honeymoon of sorts that was not accorded him in 2010.

Aquino said he was criticized even before stepping into office.

He still has until June 30 to serve and he said he would waste no time in fulfilling his mandate to the fullest.

He said the defection of Liberal Party (LP) members to Duterte’s camp was understandable because they have the interests of their constituents to protect.

Aquino is chairman of the LP.

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“I first felt my retirement because Bernie brought me my insurance since it had matured,” Aquino said, referring to Government Service and Insurance System president and general manager Robert Vergara, who was present during the inauguration of the 100-megawatt solar project of the First Cabanatuan Renewable Ventures Corp. at the First Cabanatuan Solar Farm in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija on Thursday.

Before that, Aquino led the unveiling ceremony of the Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project at Ipo Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan and the launching of the Balog-Balog Multi-Purpose Project of the National Irrigation Administration-Camp Facilities Site in Barangay Sula, San Jose, Tarlac.

Aquino said he might not be able to go back to his home province of Tarlac as president before stepping down from office.

“I thank all of you for your support for me since I was congressman until I became President. And I hope that when you look back, you can all say that our cooperation brought us much,” Aquino said.

The President said he would not forget what the Filipinos collectively achieved through cooperation and concern for each other under his term.

Aquino said treading the straight path in the last six years, Filipinos were also able to show the whole world what was possible through unity among the people.

‘I feel for you’ Aquino also took the opportunity to assure his bosses that he felt for them all the time but refused to be dramatic because he had to be strong in the face of problems, being the father and leader of the nation.


MARCH 24 -President Aquino (MB file photo) As the Philippines observes the season of Lent, President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Filipinos to be selfless like the Lord and show love for others. In his message this Holy Week, President Aquino said the nation has accomplished a lot along the Lord’s path of love and compassion and could attain more gains by following His good example. President Aquino (MB file photo) “Sa pag-ikot po natin sa bansa, harapan kong nakikita ang layo ng ating narating kumpara sa ating dinatnan.Napakasarap pong gunitain ang dami ng ating napagtagumpayan ng halos walang dagdag na pabigat sa bawat isang nakiambag (In my travels across the country, I have seen how far we have achieved. It’s really sweet to relish our many triumphs that have been achieved without additional burden on those who contributed),” Aquino said .REPOSTED FROM PHNO ARCHIVES MARCH 28, 2016.

He gave the assurance amid criticisms that he has a heart of stone and was insensitive or lacking in empathy – something which pains him severely.

He recounted how he cried his heart out when he was still a senator and his family was told that their mother, former president Corazon Aquino, no longer had the chance to survive from colon cancer.

Aquino said he cried uncontrollably when no one was looking – at the rooftop of the Makati Medical Center where his mother was confined.

Aquino also stressed that he need not be married to prove that he cared more than enough for the people when asked if things would have been different if he had someone to share things with while in office.

Typically, the President sought out the definition of empathy from Wikipedia and Merriam-Webster dictionary and spoke at length about the incidents where he said he gave his best shot to save people’s lives.

When told he should have shown the things he did to address all the crises so the people were not unaware of the efforts he exerted, Aquino said there was no point in posing before cameras when so many lives had to be taken care of, such as when Super Typhoon Yolanda struck in 2013 and millions of people were affected.

“Now, if I have somebody on my side, if I have a wife, I will (still) be the one to formally look for solutions, be in control. As for my wife, can I say: ‘Darling, could you be the one to cry?’” Aquino said, noting that he did not take on the job to act like someone from show business but rather to stand as a leader.

The President said during crises, he had to work fast to alleviate what the people were going through with whatever time and resources he had at hand.

He said he was also not the type to react violently to situations just to make people feel he was affected, and therefore, would have to take drastic actions that could endanger rather than save the lives of people.

“I am sorry, I poured (my heart) out. You were hoping to have seen my emotions. But sorry… I am not play-acting at being President, I perform my role as President, and I’d like to think every minute and every second of my presidency, to include even the sleeping moments,” Aquino said.

“So, I repeat, how should I have reacted to the Zamboanga City siege in 2013? Should I have pulled whatever was left of my hair and said: ‘What are we going to do here?’ Would I be of help with that? Should I have cried when they presented that problem to me? Should I have thrown tantrums? That is not presidential. I have the responsibility, as father of the nation, (since) the house is in trouble, (to) do what is right to protect the interest of everyone,” the President said.

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines – There will be no room in the next administration for appointees of President Aquino, incoming president Rodrigo Duterte made clear yesterday.

“They have to go,” he said, even as his transition team continues its search for people to fill the remaining positions in his Cabinet and other key offices.

“There are those we want to get, but the low pay in government discourages them from being part of my administration,” Duterte said.

The president-in-waiting said he hopes to gather his Cabinet officials here next week as he ruled out going to Manila ahead of his inauguration as the country’s 16th president on June 30.

The initial batch of Duterte’s unofficial Cabinet appointees met in Manila for the first time last Wednesday.

At the meeting, among others, were Salvador Medialdea who will be the executive secretary; Hermogenes Esperon Jr., national security adviser; Perfecto Yasay Jr., foreign affairs; Vitaliano Aguirre II, justice; Arthur Tugade, transportation; Mark Villar for public works and Emmanuel Pińol for agriculture.

Duterte also wants a massive revamp in the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Corrections and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency when he assumes office on June 30.

The plan stemmed largely from the death of five people, including an American citizen, in a concert at the Mall of Asia grounds on Sunday.

Authorities said these were due to drug overdose resulting in heart attack, kidney failure and dehydration.

Duterte did not hide his dismay over the incident.

“It was a failure of intelligence on the part of the police and other agencies concerned. How did it pass security?” said Duterte, who stressed that he was angry over how illegal drugs were distributed inside the concert venue and passed from one user to another.

The incoming president is also disappointed that nobody is talking about the incident that would have conveyed to the public the anger of parents.

“Where is the NBI and anti-drug, the police, local government and the national capital region? Where is PDEA? How come there were too many deaths? Had it been just one death, then it could be attributed to bad luck. But there were five, why did it happen?” Duterte asked.

He said the incident shows how prevalent the illegal drug trade is in the country, adding that police officers themselves are the ones controlling it.

Duterte plans to reassign police officers in the NCR and Luzon areas to several Mindanao provinces, including Surigao, Compostela Valley, Maguindanao, Zamboanga and Sulu.

He also wants a massive reorganization in the BuCor after hearing of reports on the manufacture of shabu inside the National Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa and Iwahig Penal Colony in Palawan.

If these law enforcers still would not reform after the reshuffling, then the Armed Forces of the Philippines will be asked to temporarily perform law enforcement duties in the fight against illegal drugs, he added.

Starting July 1, Duterte said he would also impose a mandatory drug test on all law enforcement agents to ensure that they are not into illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, outgoing Sen. Sergio Osmeńa III yesterday said Duterte has all the power to reorganize the executive department, including the bureaus of Customs (BOC) and Internal Revenue (BIR).

“The president has the power to reorganize the executive branch but he would need laws to establish new departments and appropriations,” Osmeńa said.

But reelected Sen. Ralph Recto said Duterte may not have meant it literally when he talked of abolishing some government offices.

Duterte also tagged the Land Transportation Office (LTO) as “most corrupt,” adding that it might be better to simply disband all three agencies.

“I’m very sorry but the most corrupt agencies – BIR, Customs, LTO – those three… I might as well abolish them,” Duterte said in a press conference in Davao City recently. – With Christina Mendez


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Election for sale: Ex-poll execs sell ‘victory’ for P12M to P200M posted May 28, 2016 at 12:01 am by Christine F. Herrera, Joel Zurbano, Macon Ramos-Araneta and Maricel V. Cruz


MAY 28-Official canvass. Members of the National Board of Canvassers examine a Certificate of Canvass from Iloilo City during the final day of counting of the votes cast during the May 9 elections amid charges of cheating in the lower levels of the counting process. Ver Noveno

INFORMATION technology expert and former Biliran congressman Glenn Chong bared evidence Friday that former poll executives had sold guaranteed victories to candidates who could be “programmed to win” in the May 9 automated elections.

At the Contra Canvass forum in Quezon City, Chong, vice chairman and spokesman of the election watchdog Reform Philippines Coalition, said he has received a video showing how a former election officer was selling the system to a politician in the Visayas.

“I have heard of the system being sold for P12 million to one candidate to as high as P200 million depending on the number of candidates programmed to win, but this is the first time I have received a concrete evidence of how it was peddled to candidates,” Chong stated.

Showing a screen grab of the video, Chong said the former election officer offered to make the candidate win by giving him the database of voters in his area.

The candidate would then choose the voters who will be retained and the edited database would be given back to the election officer.

The election officer would then replace the discarded voters with other names complete with biometrics, and these would be used to rig the elections.

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“Of course the candidate will just retain the names of his supporters in the database and discard those from the other party. That is the reason many were disenfranchised with names missing or transferred on Election Day,” Chong said.

Those who were programmed to win in the provincial level had the whole slate win from governor down to councilors, he said.

He did not identify them, however.

Chong said the technology in the particular video was sold for P12 million.

He declined to show the video, saying he would show it during a hearing of the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee in the Senate headed by Senator Aquilino Pimentel III.

“I will show this whole video in the JCOC and the witness who is very willing to testify so that everything will be public and official,” he said.

Chong also disclosed that the same technology had also been sold to a party in a province in Luzon for P200 million as it involved the whole provincial slate.

“I already predicted... three months ago that a whole provincial slate from the governor down will win and the rival party will get nothing because I know for a fact that they talked to the same people on the automated election system [AES].

“I am right because the whole ticket eventually won and the other party was wiped out so don’t tell me I’m a fortune teller. I know because they had this same system,” he said.

He also said he received many feelers from witnesses of election fraud and that he was in the process of evaluating each one, including any evidence they could produce.


Questions unanswered. Members of the National Board of Canvassers, including chairmen Senator Aquilino Pimentel III (left) and Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga (back to camera), examine Certificates of Canvass as critics continued to question the integrity of the elections where former election officials supposedly offered ‘victory’ to candidates who could pay for their services. Avito C. Dalan

Chong also disputed the claim of elections lawyer Romulo Macalintal, the counsel for the administration’s vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, who played down the importance of “undervotes” in the vice presidential race, referring to the difference between the number of votes cast for president and the number cast for vice president.

Chong said international election expert and election book author Douglas Jones, a professor at the University of Iowa, said undervotes should not exceed 1 percent of the total votes cast.

He said that according to Jones, if the number of undervotes reaches 5 percent, it is suspicious and if it reaches 10 percent, it is highly suspicious.

“In the recent polls, the undervotes recorded were at 3.3 million for vice president. That means some 8.43 percent did not vote for vice president,” he said.


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Chong said the 8.43 percent undervote was way past the “suspicious category” and near the category of “highly suspicious.”

“This is definitely an anomaly that the Comelec has to explain,” Chong said.

At the national canvassing of the joint committee, George Garcia, the lawyer for vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and Macalintal debated the significance of undervotes.

Garcia insisted the 3.2 million undervotes was “unusually high” while Macalintal dismissed it as “nothing unusual.”

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Garcia said it was impossible for some 14,000 Ilocanos in Ilocos Norte not to vote for vice president when their fellow Ilocano, Marcos, was among the candidates.

“The Comelec and Smartmatic have to explain this to the public where the 3.2 million votes went? And we want the public to know that up to this day, we are guarding their votes. We are trying to find out how the 3.2 million votes turned out missing,” Garcia said.

In other cases, Garcia said, the undervotes were called “null votes.”

Chong said that given the very suspicious high number of undervotes, and the unauthorized introduction of a new script in the transmission server after the polls closed, “it is safe to say that indeed the May elections were not credible.”

“The 30 consolidation and canvassing system servers or laptops that were sent to Laguna for reconfiguring are also compromised because they could have been reprogrammed for cheating,” Chong said in Filipino.

By not agreeing to a systems audit, Chong said, Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista and the other commissioners were liable for obstruction of justice that was tantamount to a betrayal of public trust, an impeachable offense.

“We challenge the Comelec to open the system for audit now because the longer they dilly-dally, [the more they] make us suspect the delays were deliberate to clean up the system so that we would find nothing there anymore,” he said.

The forensic examination by independent IT exports would reveal what other scripts or programmed instructions were inserted in the transparency server and consolidated counting servers other than the change in character from “?” to “ń”, Chong said.

Lawyers for Marcos on Friday demanded an explanation from Smartmatic Corp., the Comelec’s IT service provider, about the discrepancies found in the electronically transmitted certificates of canvass in several promises.

Garcia, Marcos’ lead counsel, cited the provinces of Nueva Ecija and Ilocos Sur in which the provincial canvassing and consolidation system (CCS) transmitted the COCs when there was an incomplete transmission of results at the municipal level.


Lawyer George Erwin Garcia (InterAksyon.com file)

“How can the provincial CCS transmit (the COC) to the Comelec when the program says it should be 100 percent transmission of all municipalities in that province?” Garcia said.

He said in the case of the two provinces the respective provincial board of canvassers were unaware the municipal transmissions were incomplete until the Comelec en banc ordered them to recheck and recompute the results.

They later found out that election results in one municipality was not included in the first provincial COC transmitted to the Comelec.

“How can this happen when Smartmatic assured us that their machines are accurate and reliable?” Garcia said.

“It’s their obligation to the Filipino people. They were the ones who supplied to us the machines, they were the ones who supplied to us the system, they were the ones who assured that it will be 99.9996 percent accurate, then an explanation is a must,” he added.

Garcia said that unless clarified and addressed properly, such an issue would likely raise questions over the results of the elections. “What if there was double transmission or no transmission at all yet the results reflect there was one?”

The lawyer said because of the discrepancies and the unusually high percentage of undervotes uncovered during the official canvass for the position of president and vice President losing candidates in other positions are probably now re-checking the results in their own area to find out what really happened.

Garcia also said the public also has the right to know why there was such a high number of undervotes for the position of vice president, which totaled about 3.2 million for the first two days of the official canvass.

“It’s true that some voters opted not to vote for a certain position and that’s normal. But take note of the percentage, that’s 3.2 million voters who did not vote for vice president,” said Garcia.

With such a hotly-contested election and the high voter turnout of over 80 percent, Garcia said the high number of undervotes should be explained. He said areas where large number of undervotes happened were in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Earlier, Marcos sought a systems audit of the central and transparency server of the Comelec after a Smarmatic employee introduced a new script without proper authorization from the Comelec.

It was shortly after the introduction of the script that Marcos began to lose his lead over his closest rival ruling party candidate Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo and eventually overtaken in the unofficial partial results of the elections posted by a poll watchdog group.

Marcos insisted only a system audit would clear doubts on the results of the elections. However, the Comelec rejected the request.

Election watchdog AES Watch co-convenor Bobby Tuazon earlier described the recently concluded election as “disaster.”

“After monopolizing the election technology in three automated elections (2010, 2013, 2016), it is time for Smartmatic to call it quits,” Tuazon said.

He added it was Smartmatic that “practically counted the votes by using a system that is not transparent thus leaving the country’s millions of voters in the dark whether their votes were properly and accurately counted.”

Despite the controversies surrounding the vice presidential race, the 14-member joint congressional canvassing committee is expected to proclaim winners for president and vice president on Monday.

House Majority Leader and Mandaluyong City Rep. Neptali Gonzales II, head of the House contingent in the joint canvassing committee chaired by congressmen and senators, said lawmakers would finish the task of proclaiming the winning president and vice presidents by next week.

“With the pace the canvassing is going, we are hoping to finish canvassing all the certificates of canvass tonight (Friday),” Gonzales said.

Gonzales expressed hope also that the NBOC secretariat will work on the canvassing report during Saturday and Sunday to prepare this for the approval of the House of Representatives and Senate in a joint session to be called again next week.

As of press time Friday, the joint panel has finished canvassing more than 140 of 165 COCs.

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EXPLAINER: What Marcos Jr should do to prove election fraud
If Mr Marcos seriously wants to know the truth, the truth is just sitting on his lap. His team surely has copies of the election returns printed at the precincts.


By Emil Marańon III
Published 9:00 AM, May 14, 2016
Updated 7:53 PM, May 14, 2016

Fast count stuns the nation.” This was the headline of a newspaper 6 years ago when Benigno Aquino III was elected in the Philippines’ first automated elections.
Last May 9, the country was stunned again by the unprecedented speed by which the votes were counted and transmitted. It did not take time after the closing of the polls for Mindanao’s Rodrigo Duterte to confirm his front runner status in the presidential race.

It was hailed by many to be the most peaceful, credible, and transparent elections in Philippine history, such that a few hours after and still within election day, Grace Poe conceded. Mar Roxas, the second placer, did the same the morning after. In Philippine politics where candidates often believe they were not defeated, only cheated, these were very refreshing gestures. They helped restore the public’s faith in the election system.

Despite the perceived success of the elections, however, vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and former First Lady Imelda Marcos, started to cast doubt on the process when his opponent Leni Robredo overtook him in the unofficial count being run by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) and various media outfits.

The Catholic church-based watchdog is connected to the Transparency Server of the Commission on Elections which instantly receives transmissions from the polling precincts from all over the country. PPCRV shares with the media and political parties what it receives.

Marcos' loyal supporters echoed his doubts, filling social media with claims of cheating and election fraud.


BONGBONG IS THEIR VP. Supporters raise a poster of vice presidential candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr during his final campaign rally in Mandaluyong City on May 7, 2016. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Mr Marcos primarily questioned how Jesse Robredo’s widow was able to reverse his early lead of 1 million votes after a few hours. Culling from statements that he and his team have made, this is their narrative:

At about 7:30 pm on election day, a new script was introduced to the Transparency Server, from which the PPCRV obtain its data for the quick count. This was supposedly able to alter the hash codes of the packet data.

After this alteration, his lead decreasd by about 1% to 2% every update for 26 times – supposedly an abnormal and incredible rate of decrease.

This resulted in increases in Leni Robredo's votes, contrary to the exit polls and his team’s internal survey that predicted he would win.

Robredo’s team argued that Marcos got an early lead because precincts in his bailiwicks – areas belonging to the so-called “Solid North”– were able to transmit first. Robredo’s bailiwicks – Bicol, the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao – came in much later.

Comelec meanwhile admitted the a script was corrected – from “?” to “N” – in the name of one of the candidates, but insisted that this did not affect the integrity of the results.

Given the highly charged electoral atmosphere, it was utterly foolish to correct the script without notice to political parties and interested groups (it turned out this was reportedly done by the representatives of Smartmatic and Comelec). However, anyone familiar with how the automated election system works would immediately find Marcos’ fraud theory more foolish.

If you want to win by altering election results, why tamper with the Transparency Server which only reflects what is fed to it by the precinct-based machines for quick count purposes? Why not tamper with the servers of the City or Municipal Board of Canvassers (CBOC/MBOC) and subsequent servers, whose counts are considered official results and will be used in the official canvass by Congress?

Any tampering with Transparency Server can easily be counterchecked using the data in the Comelec Central Server, the Board of Canvassers (CBOC/MBOC) server, and the 30 copies of the printed election returns (ERs) that are publicly distributed in each of the 92,509 clustered precincts nationwide.

As I have previously said, electoral cheating is not as simple as manipulating numbers, even if you can, as that is only half of the job. The other half and the more difficult part is making sure that it can withstand the scrutiny of your opponents, the general public, and the courts in an election protest that maybe filed later.

While it is tempting to further hammer on the serious flaws of Marcos' fraud theory, we should not lose our sight of the issues that matter in an electoral controversy. From the point of view of election protest adjudication, only two questions matter:

1.) Is there manipulation of or tampering with the votes by any of the contending parties?

2.) Did the manipulation or tampering materially affect the result of the election?

Given these parameters set by our election laws on how to properly assail election results, Mr Marcos should focus on the numbers rather than obfuscating the issue with graphs, statistics, unexplained trending, and fluctuations in transmission.

If he truly believes that the reversal of his lead was due to some fraud in the transmission, the simplest way by which he can check that is to compare the election results generated at the precinct level with the results actually received on the other end of the transmission chain. Mr Marcos and anyone who is curious can do these:

1.) Get hold of a copy of a printed ER from any of the clustered precincts which operated on election day, from anywhere in the Philippines. The PPCRV, Namfrel, and the precinct watchers of political parties and candidates – including Marcos' and Robredo's camps – should have those copies.

2.) Note the votes cast for the two candidates.

3.) Go to Comelec’s official site: https://www.pilipinaselectionresults2016.com/#/er and look for the transmitted electronic version of the printed ER.

4.) Compare the votes.

5.) If there is discrepancy in the numbers, that is your proof of fraud.

6.) If there is none, then there is no fraud in the transmission.

7.) Repeat this with any of the remaining 92,508 clustered precincts until you are satisfied with what you see.

If Mr Marcos seriously wants to know the truth, the truth is just sitting on his lap. His team surely has copies of the printed precinct ERs, while Comelec has made available all transmitted ERs for public scrutiny. Asking the Comelec to explain any “fraud” owing to a discrepancy in the results, which he has yet to show, is like putting the cart before the horse.

Lastly, all of Marcos' doubts and objections on any of the results are best addressed not before the media, but before the National Board of Canvassers for president and vice president once it convenes, and later before the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), if he is filing a protest.

Before that, any allegation of fraud is premature. As I post this, 4% of the precincts, representing some 2.5 million votes, remain untransmitted and can still dislodge Robredo from the lead. – Rappler.com

THE WRITER: Emil Marańon III is an election lawyer who served as chief of staff of retired Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. He is currently studying Human Rights, Conflict and Justice at SOAS, University of London, as a Chevening scholar.


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