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July 28, 2015, Tuesday
  • Suspended Makati Mayor Junjun Binay asks CA to hasten the decision on Ombudsman’s suspension order against him. about 1 hour ago |
  • 9 PNP officials bag promotions. about 1 hour ago |
  • Deles hopes Congress will pass BBL by October before its members get involved in election-related activities. about 1 hour ago |
  • Rep. Rufus Rodriguez expresses confidence on the passage of proposed BBL at the plenary in August. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero also resigns from Joint Congressional Oversight Cmte. on Public Expenditures. about 1 hour ago |
  • UNA Spokesman Mon Ilagan says VP Binay will deliver his own SONA any day now. about 1 hour ago |
  • UNA says Aquino’s criticisms vs. Binay at SONA was 'un-statesmanlike' but they still respect the President. about 1 hour ago |
  • PCCO Sec. Sonny Coloma says it was the President’s decision to make his SONA a long speech. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says his detention over PDAF charge is an example of selective justice & not gov’t drive vs. corruption. about 1 hour ago |
  • Sen. Jinggoy Estrada says Aquino should not count the 3 senators’ detention as part of his administration’s accomplishments. about 1 hour ago |
  • Teachers’ Dignity Coalition dismayed when Pres. Aquino did not annouce any salary hike for teachers during SONA. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino’s report on textbooks and classrooms were all lies. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino’s last SONA was self-serving, lacking in content & full of propaganda. about 1 hour ago |
  • Fmr. First Gentleman Mike Arroyo says Pres. Aquino hit Mrs. Arroyo again at SONA because he lacked accomplishments. about 1 hour ago |
  • Belmonte has no plans of castigating 7 Makabayan bloc members after they flashed anti-Aquino banners after SONA. about 1 hour ago |
  • Belmonte admits he was embarassed when House Makabayan bloc booed Pres. Aquino after he delivered his SONA. 2 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero says he resigned from Finance cmte. chairmanship so that budget deliberations won’t be affected by talks on politics. 2 hours ago |
  • Sen. Chiz Escudero resigns as chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance. 2 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino’s SONA took about 2 hours and 10 minutes. 19 hours ago |
  • Some congressmen inside the session hall booed & raised anti-Aquino banners right after Pres. Aquino delivered his last SONA. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Our country’s transformation has just begun. Our direction depends on the Filipino people.” 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the 2016 election will be a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid.’ 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino cites survey that says 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe PH will soon become a developed country. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino to the Filipino people: It gives me great honor to serve you. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says his job is like that of a punching bag. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells his siblings that only a few days remain & he will soon stop dragging them to the sacrifices he makes for the country. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo continues to give him inspiration. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Mar Roxas’ resilience vs. criticisms is proof that ‘you can’t put a good man down.’ 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the members of his cabinet for their work. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino thanks Congress for passing meaningful laws. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “It’s time to pass an Anti-Dynasty Law.” 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino laments the views of those who are anti-BBL but can’t give a better alternative on how to achieve peace in Mindanao. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says it doesn’t matter if he is not present at groundbreaking ceremonies so long as projects are properly built. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says party affiliation is not a basis in implementing government projects. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino gives updates on government’s flood control projects. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: "The time is avoid responsibility has ended." 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino boasts of PNP’s 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino identifies programs to enhance capabilities of the AFP and PNP. 20 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says gov’t is moving to buy-out the MRT. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the supposed benefits of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) & K-12 programs. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says only one labor strike was recorded in 2013. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Philippines is now ‘Asia’s Rising Tiger.’ 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hails the huge number of cases filed by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares vs. tax evaders. 21 hours ago |
  • Aquino cites the detention of 3 senators & hospital arrest of a fmr. president as proof of his fight vs. corruption. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hits previous justice system that looked away from corruption. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino seeks apologies for not doing the traditional SONA walk saying he does not feel well. 21 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino now walking towards session hall in Batasang Pambansa for his last SONA. 22 hours ago |
  • 3 helicopters currently flying over Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 22 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles from PSG compound now traversing Marikina area. 22 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe arrives at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City to listen to Pres. Aquino’s last SONA. 22 hours ago |
  • Tesda Chief Joel Villanueva says he is now 90% certain he will run for senate. 23 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles leaves PSG Compound in Malacanang heading to the area of San Juan. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI admits its probers weren’t able to enter the Manalo Compound in QC to probe abduction and hostage-taking claims. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI says there is no evidence that proves some INC members were abducted or taken hostage. 23 hours ago |
  • NBI considers reports of abduction & hostage-taking involving INC members a closed case. 23 hours ago |
  • 5 cops injured so far during commotion in the midst of anti-gov’t rallies along Commonwealth Avenue in QC. 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte asks House members to explore the possibility of resuming peace negotiations with CPP/NDF. 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte urges colleagues to pass the proposed BBL & “have the courage to finally come to peace with one another.” 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte says the passage of economic chacha will reverse the trend of the economy’s “de-industrialization & de-agriculturalization.” 23 hours ago |
  • Belmonte seeks the passage of economic charter change & BBL in his speech at the opening of Congress’ 3rd regular session. 23 hours ago |
  • Traffic from Zuzuarregue St. to Philcoa along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City still light. 23 hours ago |
  • Philcoa going to Fairview along Commonwealth Avenue temporarily closed to motorists in view of SONA. 23 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow slow moving from Fairview to Elliptical Road along Commonwealth Ave. in QC as the bulk of anti-gov’t protesters arrive. 23 hours ago |
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‘Poll fraud benefited LP’

By Christine F. Herrera | Oct. 07, 2013 at 12:01am
Tingting: Cheating rampant last May

The election watchdog led by President Benigno Aquino III’s aunt Margarita Cojuangco on Sunday accused the ruling Liberal Party of cheating in the May 2013 elections, saying LP candidates benefited from 70 clustered precincts that had a 100 percent voter turnout—and where even the votes of the dead were counted.

Isang Bayan Isang Boto co-convenor Worthy Acosta said cheating was rampant nationwide.

“Electoral fraud was discovered nationwide, particularly in areas that were declared ‘zona libre’ (free zones) where the President’s allies slugged it out with the Liberals,” Acosta told the Manila Standard.

Among the clustered areas that had 100 percent voter turnout were Abra, Apayao, Basilan, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu, Acosta said.

In these areas, Acosta said the senatorial and congressional candidates belonging to the opposition United Nationalist Alliance obtained zero votes, which was statistically impossible.

“Most of these clustered precincts with 100 percent voter turnout were in opposition bailiwicks where UNA candidates obtained zero votes and the Liberals, 100 percent of the total votes cast,” Acosta said.

In some areas, the Liberals obtained 99 percent of the total votes cast while the UNA and the independent senatorial and congressional candidates would share 0.50 percent and 0.18 percent, respectively.

Cojuangco said they found evidence to prove that the 60-30-10 voting pattern was consistent with the results in that the Team Pnoy candidates getting 60 percent of the total votes cast, the UNA bets getting 30 percent and the rest of the independent bets sharing the remaining10 percent.

“The Team PNoy senatorial candidates were digitally elected and the real voters were disenfranchised,” Cojuangco charged.

Cojuangco ran but lost under the banner of UNA, whose president is Vice President Jejomar Binay. At least 110 LP candidates won House seats.

But Cojuangco said Binay had nothing to do with her group’s nationwide probe of the May elections.

Cojuangco reiterated that the government is now spending P30 million “to fix the mess and cover up the crime.”

Among those who most benefited in the fraud was Senator Grace Poe, who ranked No. 1 in the recent polls.

Cojuangco said she had brought the issue to the attention of Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., who chose “not to dignify” her accusations.

“I do not want to answer your queries,” Brillantes told Cojuangco in a letter, in response to her question as to why safeguards for the automated polls were “deliberately ignored.”

“We have sufficient reasons and evidence to believe that the 2013 elections were rigged. That massive and nationwide election cheating happened. That cheating was done using pre-programming of PCOS and servers casting doubts on the integrity of the 2013 elections. That the election results were not credible from the proof I have,” Cojuangco said.

Cojuangco urged her nephew-President to investigate the matter, considering that it was his team that benefited from the electoral fraud.

“The President was indignant of the alleged electoral fraud that happened during the previous administration. It is therefore incumbent upon him to be indignant of the electoral fraud that took place under his watch,” Cojuangco told the Manila Standard.
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