Vice presidential candidate and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr delivering a privilege speech on Monday, May 23.
Sen. Bongbong Marcos criticized the glitches of the recently concluded election in his privilege speech yesterday.
Marcos said his co-senators, as well as the Filipino citizens, have the right to know that until now COMELEC has been delaying actions over his complaints.
“We have received reports of information and communications technology companies that were engaged by candidates to boost their chances in winning automated elections. Parts of the package included the access to official voters database and vaunted magic laptops which they claimed could tap into the COMELEC’s main server,” Sen. Marcos said.
The senator enumerated a number of problems that the voters and the board of election inspectors had encountered based on what they had gathered.
“There were areas wherein all vice presidential candidates received zero votes, except for Robredo. All votes from other precincts went to Robredo,” explained Sen. Marcos. “Some areas where there are members of the Iglesia ni Cristo who signified their support to us, saying they will be excommunicated if they wouldn’t, still no votes appeared. So what happened to their votes?”
But Sen. Bam Aquino, Robredo’s campaign manager, asked Marcos if the latter is saying that there was rigging in the transparency server.
“When it comes to the transparency server, there isn’t any confirmation of rigging because we couldn’t tell as of the moment,” Sen. Aquino said in a statement. “You said there was rigging that happened. But it is still premature to conclude that something like that happened?” he added.
“I am not saying that there was rigging that happened in the script alteration in the transparency server. What I was saying are the pictures, the video that we have collected from several areas where some voters were not allowed to vote,” Marcos replied to Aquino’s assertion.
Even so, Marcos’ camp is still pushing a cyber crime complaint against Smartmatic and the COMELEC-I.T. representative over the alleged unauthorized script alteration in the transparency server on the night of the May 9 elections.
The complaint will be filed at the Manila Prosecutors Office.
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Friday announced that the voter registration for the 2022 presidential elections will resume nationwide on Monday, January 20, except in some areas in Batangas and Cavite that were affected by the ongoing eruption of Taal Volcano.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez said voter registration in municipalities and towns of Batangas located within the immediate danger zone and other areas surrounding the Taal Volcano will be suspended.
These places include:
Mataas na Kahoy
Voter registration will also be suspended in the following localities outside Taal zone but still affected by ashfall, earthquakes, impassable roads and power interruptions:
San Luis, Batangas
Jimenez said the resumption of the voter registration in areas affected by Taal Volcano unrest will be “contingent on the ability of those places to recover and return to normalcy.”
Taal Volcano remains under alert level 4, which signifies an imminent hazardous explosion, despite decreasing emissions. The volcano belched ash and smoke last Sunday, January 12, which sent thousands of residents scrambling to safety.
Aside from these areas, Comelec said the resumption of voter registration will also be deferred in Makilala, North Cotabato which was hit by a strong earthquake last December 2019.
Registration is also postponed in 24 municipalities in Palawan province to give way to the May 11, 2020 plebiscite on the proposal to split the province into three areas.
As for the rest of the country, the poll body said the application and updating of records will be done at the Office of the Election Officer from Mondays to Saturdays including holidays, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age on or before election day or on May 9, 2022; a resident of the Philippines for at least one year; and must have lived in the place where he or she intends to vote for at least six months on or before election day.
The registration period will run until September 30, 2021, except on the following dates:
April 9, 2020 (Maundy Thursday)
April 10, 2020 (Good Friday)
December 25, 2020 (Christmas Day)
April 1, 2021 (Maundy Thursday)
April 2, 2021 (Good Friday)
Comelec also said that registered voters as of May 13, 2019 midterm elections need not apply anew.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) reiterated that the government’s war on drugs is a success, contrary to the figures reported by Vice President Leni Robredo.
PNP Officer-in-Charge Archie Gamboa said the campaign against illegal drugs was one hundred percent successful; this was after Robredo called the drug war unsuccessful during her report on Monday (January 6).
“Whether her numbers are merely an estimate or the exact value, in any case, the figure derived is totally wrong,” Gamboa said.
Gamboa also said that since 2016, they already destroyed 14 clandestine drug laboratories and 419 drugs dens.
The PNP had also confiscated around P40.39 billion worth of illegal drugs. These include 5.1 tons of shabu, 2.3 tons of marijuana, 500 kilos of cocaine, and over 42,000 pieces of the party drug, ecstasy.
Authorities have also arrested 220,728 individuals in 2016, with 8,185 high value targets.
Gamboa also reported that 5,552 drug personalities and 55 policemen were killed during illegal drug operations. Meanwhile, a total of 16,706 barangays are drug-free.
Gamboa said Robredo’s appreciation of statistics in her report was not mathematically acceptable. He also said that her 18 days as the co-chairman in the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) was not enough for her to provide estimates of the totality of the illegal drug campaign.
“Ang ginawa niya kin-quote niya iyong PDEG (What she did was, she quoted the PDEG) [Philippine National Police Drug Enforcement Group] that there are three tons of consumption per week for the drug problem of the Philippines and then in-equate niya ito sa drug recovered (then she equated it with the drugs recovered),” he said.
“Iyong appreciation niya doon sa statistics na iyon is wrong. Kung ganiyan ang appreciation niya (Her appreciation of the statistics is wrong. If that is her appreciation) it’s quite risky because if you have little knowledge that you present it could be very risky,” Gamboa added.
Meanwhile, the PNP official said despite the success of the government’s drug war, regional directors and head of national support units are doubling their efforts in the government’s war on drugs, terrorism, criminality, and corruption.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo criticized Vice President Leni Robredo’s revelations of what she claimed as her discovery during her short stint as the anti-drug czar.
In response to her press briefing Monday (January 6), the Palace said it was Robredo who failed as the co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD), and not the Duterte Administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.
“Palagay ko ang failure ay ang pag-upo niya (I think the real failure is when she took the post),” Panelo said.
Robredo spent only 18 days in the ICAD before President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed her from the position due to a lack of trust.
As for the figures that the Vice President divulged before the press, the Palace official said they were wrong and all anti-drug law enforcement agencies could attest to that.
Panelo argued that in comparison to Robredo, the President has unlimited resources when it comes to the government’s war on drugs as compare to her who knows nothing about the campaign.
“I think she just wants to be relevant,” Panelo said.
“It’s a dud. Wala naman siyang sinabing bago na hindi tinututukan ng mga ahensya na involved sa laban droga (There was nothing new with what she said that anti-drugs agencies didn’t address. There’s nothing new in what she said),” Panelo concluded. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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