Sen. Marcos cites glitches in the election

admin   •   May 24, 2016   •   2825

Vice presidential candidate and Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr delivers a privilege speech on Monday afternoon, May 23.

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.

(BRYAN DE PAZ/UNTV News)

Robredo assures no sensitive info on PH drug war will be disclosed

Robie de Guzman   •   November 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Monday assured the public that no classified information on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs will be disclosed.

Robredo gave the assurance in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning, relayed by Malacañang on Sunday, to fire the vice president as co-chairperson of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs if she divulges sensitive information that may jeopardize the government’s campaign and the national security.

The Palace issued the warning following Robredo’s request to access obtain baseline data, including the number of high-value targets, on the anti-drug campaign, and her recent meetings with representatives from the United Nations and the United States for possible aid that they may extend to fight the Philippines’ drug problem.

“Iyong assurance naman, lahat ng sensitive information hindi idi-disclose,” Robredo told reporters in the Senate where she attends the plenary deliberations on the proposed budget of the Office of the Vice President for 2020.

Robredo accepted Duterte’s appointment to co-lead the government’s war on drugs last Nov. 6.

She said her primary consideration in accepting the task was to promote bloodless campaign against illegal drugs, as well as other proposals to improve the government’s war on drugs. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

Robredo: Majority of illegal drugs in PH came from China

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo who is also the co-chairman of the government’s anti-illegal drug program, said that the majority of the illegal drugs in the country came from China.

After the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs (ICAD) Enforcement Cluster Meeting on Thursday (November 14), Robredo said this is based on the reports they currently have.

“Kasi iyong pinaka-report talaga sa atin ngayon, karamihan sa supply na pumapasok dito, galing China. Pati iyon mga nahuhuli sa ma nago-operate within the Philippines, karamihan Chinese nationals or Filipino-Chinese national (Because based on the reports we have, most of the supply entering the country came from China. Even those who are arrested for operating in the Philippines, most of them are Chinese nationals or Filipino-Chinese nationals),” she said.

The vice president also said she wants to collect more data and review the information they have gathered regarding the supply of illegal drugs entering the country.

However, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Chief Aaron Aquino the drugs entering the country came from the Golden Triangle Drug Syndicate.

The Golden Triangle, Aquino said, is an area on the border of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos.

Aquino added that due to the crackdown of illegal drugs in China, drug syndicates in the said country opted to get their supply from other places instead of manufacturing it.

Meanwhile, Robredo also plans to coordinate with other countries including the United States regarding the drug war in order to strengthen the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

Robredo wants clear PH drug war baseline data by yearend

Robie de Guzman   •   November 14, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday asked agencies comprising the law enforcement cluster of the inter-agency committee on anti-illegal drugs (ICAD) to produce by year-end a clear set of data on the government’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Robredo, who now co-leads ICAD, said this topic was among the key points discussed in her meeting with ICAD’s law enforcement cluster on Thursday morning.

“Ang unang na-highlight is as of now, walang clear baselines, so iyon ‘yung pinagtatrabahuhan. Mayroon nang efforts to do that. Iyon ang unang agreement na tapusin na iyong baselines, until the end of the year,” the vice president told reporters in an interview after the meeting.

“’Yong aming target until the end of the year, mayroon nang linaw. I think DILG would need more time to finish the information system, pero ipi-present nila sa amin on Tuesday,” she further stated.

The baseline data she is talking about refers to the number of drug users and drug dependents at the start of the campaign in 2016, as well as of surrenderers, arrested individuals, and the users undergoing rehabilitation.

Robredo stressed that having a clear set of data is important in dealing with the country’s drug problem. It will also be used to gauge the campaign’s accomplishments.

She also noted that government agencies have different drug war numbers.

“May listahan iyong barangay, may listahan iyong ibang local government units, may listahan iyong PDEA, may listahan iyong PNP. So just to harmonize all the lists,” she said.

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Ricojudge Echiverri agreed with Robredo, adding that the lists submitted by some local officials are also laced with politics.

“Hindi maiiwasan yung mga barangay, imbis na ang ibigay na listahan yung mga totoo ay nilagay nila sa listahan yung mga kalaban nila sa pulitika. So, ibii-vet pa yun ng PNP at PDEA,” he said.

Echiverri also revealed cases where some local officials provide erroneous information on drug war which does not help at all as a basis for crafting an anti-drug strategy.

“Kasi ngayon po kahit kasuhan namin sila, ano legal basis? Wala, so pag nalaman nilang walang basis eh di, wala na lang, gawin ulit,” he added.

Aside from having no centralized information system on the campaign, Robredo also identified some problems in the detention of drug users and dealers along with other detainees such as in the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP).

“Kahit sa BJMP, ‘yung mga detention prisoners, nahahalo ‘yung accused of drug use sa mga hindi accused of drug use, nagkakaroon ng hawaan,” she said.

To address this, Robredo recommended the creation of a technical working group (TWG) to tackle and draft proposed measures to help improve the government’s war on drugs.

“Hopefully, by early next week meron nang TWG na before the end of the year, ang target ko nga when I get invited to the House committee on dangerous drugs, ma-present na ‘yung hinihingi na tulong from Congress,” she said.

Next week, Robredo plans to meet with the DILG, Department of Health and the Dangerous Drugs Board to discuss more on their ongoing programs in line with the anti-illegal drug campaign. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

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