“Our evidence is strong. The suspects were positively identified, again and again, by our two main witnesses.” – Julian Oliva Jr., counsel of the families
Month: May 2013
As reports abound regarding the lack of transparency in the conduct of the 2013 elections which was marred by many breakdowns and shortcuts, national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno called for a “FIT Audit” – a full, immediate and transparent audit of the poll results.
“Sadly, personality politics is still at play in the partylist contest. The system even goes to the extent that winnability hinges on traditional politicians’ endorsement and money.” – Carlos Isagani Zarate, Davao-based human rights lawyer and Bayan Muna second nominee
By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Widespread vote-buying appears to have cast a dark cloud on the integrity of the May 13 midterm elections. This may be compounded by probable cheating, exploiting the technical defects of the precinct count optical scan machines plus the glitches in transmitting voting results that…
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Another event that in this country comes almost as often as its fun-filled fiestas is over, and everyone’s happy — or at least appears to be, except those few, pesky critics of the way things are done in this earthly paradise. The Commission on Elections is happy.…
By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld The election into office of misfits, rascals, the poorly qualified and members of entrenched political dynasties may not be the worst result of the recently concluded midterm elections. More pernicious and fatal to our democratic processes, or the appearance thereof, is the virtual enthronement, if the Commission on Elections…
Rene b. Azurin, author of “Hacking Our Democracy,” said at the AES Watch press conference that against historical trends, from the beginning to the lull in counting, the ranking of senatorial candidates did not change, even the differences between their votes were almost constant.
Read main story: ‘2013 elections a technological, political disaster’ – election watchdogs
“What happened in this election “are very serious concerns of the Filipino people….This constitutes a grave travesty of the peoples’ right to suffrage and the integrity of the votes”– AES Watch
Related Story: Comelec ‘shortcuts’ made votes vulnerable to manipulation – election watchdogs
“We seriously hope that the Human Rights Victims Claims Board will be composed soonest. Martial law victims cannot afford to be disenfranchised, much more neglected again.” – SELDA
Proclaiming 6 senators based on 23.6-percent canvassed votes does not make an election, democratic and truly successful.