Independent presidential candidate Nicanor Perlas and the Partido ng Marangal na Sambayanan (PANGMASA) called for a postponement of the national elections by three months during the presidential forum of Listen Mindanao at the Holy Cross University in Davao City this morning.
Perlas who warned the public of the strong possiblity of an ‘electronic Garci’ two months ago, said, “There is no way of determing the real winners of the automated election within 48 hours as the Comelec announced. The way things are being handled by the Comelec, the automated system will be the black hole of the election. Pushing through with the May 10 elections will just further plunge the country into chaos that is potentially violent.”
Nicanor Perlas cited the admission of the Comelec to glitches by an estimated 30% of the machines which will result in a manual count. He also mentioned that the Comelec admitted in a forum that the winners will not be known within 48 hours due to the sheer number of candidates. Moreover, he added, that absentee voting in Hongkong recently was marred by a malfunctioning machine that jammed and rejected ballots and that there is likewise a call for the review of the indelible ink contract and bidding process.
Section 5 of the Omnibus Election Code and Rule 26 of Comelec’s Rules of Procedure allow the postponement of election for serious causes that prevent the holding of a free, orderly, honest, peaceful and credible election.
“This election is suppose to resolve the legitimacy of the government that is under question due to the massive cheating and tampering of election results in 2004. But this is not going to happen the way Comelec’s preparations are going.The system is too complex. There are too many loopholes and too many changes even now with elections just three weeks away , that the electorate is not assured of a free, orderly and honest election.”, added Perlas.
Perlas in various presidential fora had earlier issued the warning of a repeat of the Garci scenario. “The probability is increasing every day for cheating facilitated by electronic devices. What will happen is that there may be an election but there will be failure of election.”, he stated. To avert such a failure, Perlas had proposed a manual count fall back option in a hybrid balloting, stating that even Germany and the Netherlands had scrapped automated elections after discovering that a high school student could hack the voting machines.
Nicanor Perlas is holding nationwide consultation and discussion with his supporters for possible actions in a failure of elections scenario.
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Ayala, a recipient of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ Fr. Neri Satur Award for Environmental Heroism, will even help compose the campaign song and participate in some of Perlas’ campaign sorties, a statement from Perlas’ camp said.
Ayala also allowed Perlas to use any of his more than 100 songs, which include the classic “Walang Hanggang Paalam.”
“Si Nick lamang ang nakakaintindi ng tunay na pakikipag-ugnay sa kalikasan at tunay na pagbabago (Nick is the only one who understands true interrelatedness with nature and genuine change),” Ayala said.
The critically-acclaimed Alexander, Ayala’s sister, as well as Tapati Tarangoy of Ayala’s band Bagong Lumad have also lent their support to Perlas.
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“Mr. Perlas will provide people in the Philippines concerned about Climate Change and other environmental concerns with a voting choice at election time.”
This were the exact words of Senator Bob Brown, a highly acclaimed Senator of Australia in his letter to COMELEC Chairman Jose Melo asking that the commission reinstate Nicanor Perlas.
Supporters from the Philippines and from around the world who had seen the works of Nicanor Perlas are coming together to make Filipinos and the COMELEC realize that by not including Perlas as a legitimate presidential choice we are turning a blind eye on probably one of the best practical visionary and environmentalist of our time.
Below is the scanned copy of the letter of Australian Senator Bob Brown to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC):
view from a fil-am on the 2010 presidential election – i hope filipinos will start to think before they vote
this is comment posted by jon from texas in this blog, (read here: https://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/2009/12/09/presidentiables-as-of-mid-november-2008/#comment-3287)
we think it’s a good read for all.
I am a Filipino-American living in the US for over 20 years.
I left the Philippines in my teens when Corazon Aquino became the president after Marcos. I was elated to see how the Philippines would progress economically and the possibility of replacing those dirty politicians in Malacanang.
The turmoil and hardship in the Philippines had progressively worse with the exception under the leadership of Fidel Ramos during his tenure as our president, the country became somewhat better and the country was in the verge and footstep of an economic recovery. There was a time where I could not wait to read the business section from Time Magazine on how progressive the Philippine economy under the Ramos administration. At last, the Philippine brand “The Old Sick Man of Asia” will finally get the cure.
Then comes Joseph Estrada who is clueless, stupid, and very naïve on how to run a country. If Filipinos has any sense they should vote to somebody who has a legitimate education that will help him interpret and execute the constitution. Estrada has no formal education, he is a dropped out of high school and college. Maybe he did not pass his classes…
When he won the presidency, Filipinos had put themselves again in-lined with Bangladesh as the poorest and pitiful country politically and economically. Not to mention the most corrupt country in the world led by Joseph Estrada who plans to run for president again.
I hope Filipinos will start to think before they vote. They should vote on who is qualified, has proven record of accomplishment, and with great vision of the future, and a concrete map to the country’s economic future not by popularity because they have money or their running mate is a celebrity.
When Joseph Estrada won the presidency, the country deteriorated. The people’s living condition became indescribable. As a Filipino, it hurts me to see this.
In my research, I think Dick Gordon by far is the most obvious qualified candidate that can make every Filipino proud. He has proven himself numerous occasions in desperate times. I hope the INC Church Leader will choose him as their prime candidate. Let us examine each candidate….
So who gave the best answer and who will you trust with your vote? Here’s the video capture of the first part of “Isang Tanong: The GMA News and Public Affairs Presidential Forum:
View the rest of the VIDEO HERE…
view individual videos from this show here: https://2010presidentiables.wordpress.com/category/gma7-isang-tanong/
thanks to shenbrood for posting this.
this is a good effort from GMA7 as it enables voters to compare the presidentiables.
i have problems with the way GMA7 did it:
- i find the game show format, feel and tone very unsettling. sure it makes it livelier but i think it cheapens the whole thing. one of these men will be the president of the country and topics are quite important to a whole country, i feel the game show format and feel as disrespectful of the position one of the men will eventually take.
- the questions asked were also on the cheap side. the questions were of the tabloid variety. they were asked only because they were controversial and placed the candidates in a tough and yes uncomfortable position but many of them have nothing to do with platform or real impact on the future of this country in terms the man who will occupy the presidency.
- mike enriquez was really a very bad choice to anchor the show. he was eay over the top. of course it matches the game show format and tone but i have already said i have problems with the concept.
now on the predientiables:
- i thought the presidentiables who came out the best were bayani, villanueva and villar.
- bayani was the best. he was confident, he answered the questions squarely and he gave very good answers. he may have come off as too stern, but he gave good answers.
- villanueva showed his experience on stage very well. he had control of his answers and he looked good on tv. his answer had form and direction and was very constructed.
- villar came out disarming. he parried the questions but it was not that obvious.
- the worst of the lot for me were perlas and de los reyes.
- perlas came out unsure with unnecessary words often said when he was searching for answers. you can see it in his eyes when he was unsure of his answer.
- de los reyes fumbled on his answers. he didn’t make sense most of the time and he seemed to know he performed badly. some of the things he said only had half a thought in them.
- all the others did just okay.
- aquino needs to slow down his answer. he had good answers but he was talking too fast that it was at times difficult to catch the point he was making.
- erap handled his answers well. but you knew he was giving us BS.
- teodoro came out well on tv. but his answers were not real answers. he even misunderstood the hero question. i’m wondering why he was so hang-up on the military.
(originally posted at Inquirer Politics http://politics. inquirer. net/view. php?db=1&article=20091009- 229132)
‘An inconvenient truth: Time to elect green president’October 09, 2009 05:52:00Philip TubezaPhilippine Daily Inquirer
MANILA, Philippines — Wanted: a green president who will address an inconvenient truth.
Filipinos should learn their lesson from the recent disastrous flooding and vote for someone who is “truly in favor of environmental protection” in the May 2010 presidential election, former President Fidel Ramos said Thursday.
Warning that the country faced far worse effects of climate change, Ramos told an eco-tourism conference in Makati City that voters should choose someone knowledgeable about sustainable development—or economic development that does not destroy the environment.
“Who are we going to vote for in 2010? Don’t ask me. It’s too early. But certainly, we should vote for someone, from the top to the local positions, who is truly, and indeed truly, in favor of environmental protection and sustainable development,” Ramos said.
“That is the challenge for all of us Filipinos,” he told the audience that included diplomats, former Cabinet secretaries and business leaders.
With the ravages of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” (international codename: Ketsana) and Typhoon “Pepeng” (Parma), Ramos said he expected “sustainable development” to be one of the key issues in the coming elections.
“The world has gained so much insight about global warming, the environment’s limited carrying capacity, and our own people’s unpreparedness even as our country gears up for elections in 2010, when sustainable development will be a key issue,” Ramos said.
To emphasize his zeal for the environment, the former President urged Filipinos to “wear something green” every day. He then pulled up his barong Tagalog to show a green golf shirt underneath. Read more…
We see on television a frustrated Aga Muhlach who talks about his frustration on the way our country is being run by politicians. He talk about how our country is being dragged into the sorry situation that we are now.
Come to think of it what he says is just the same reason why I am personally making a stand despite the sentiments and criticism of many people that Nick Perlas is my choice. Why? Simply because we deserve the best candidate and president. Our country deserves the best. Like Aga, I am sick and tired of seeing politicians who has no plans for our country but only wants the power of the position.
Thanks Rinoa for sharing this video in your blog. I hope that more people come to realize that in electing people in 2010 we need to be very careful and to make the choice not based on what the surveys says or whose popular but based on who really has a plan to make this country better.
We need not only a systemic change but also change in culture, politicians, politics and governance. This 2010 we have a choice and I hope that all of us see it.
There is a man named Nicanor Perlas who is incorruptible and has a concrete plan for our country…. a change that involves genuine change which also includes our culture and inner change.
What Aga talks about is the same sentiments why, I and many others are supporting Nick Perlas.
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