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DUTERTE, BINAY CAMPS WARN ROXAS VS. CHEATING

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The camps of presidential candidates Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Jejomar Binay have raised concern over possible manipulation of results in the May 2016 elections in favor of the Liberal Party.

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The ruling party headed by President Benigno Aquino is fielding Mar Roxas in the May presidential race.

Duterte is standard bearer of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban.

Binay carries the banner of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

Peter Laviña, spokesman of Duterte, said that they are disturbed by the reports of cheating.

peter-lavinaLaviña said that their fear is not without basis, saying that the administration, whose standard bearer continues to lag behind other candidates, has the machinery, easy access, and control over the process and technology.

salgado 2The camp of Binay has also expressed fears of cheating by the administration party.Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman, said cheating could start at the National Printing Office (NPO).

“These reports of possible election fraud courtesy of the administration are reflective of the party’s deteriorating image and desperation, and indicative of the public crumbling trust in them,” Laviña said.

“Any attempts to distort the expressed will of the Filipino people, to twist and subvert this sovereign will, will be confronted with massive resistance and defiance — not only from us, but from the entire nation,” he added.

The Duterte camp urged all Filipinos to be vigilant against forces that will undermine the integrity of the election results.

“Let’s protect our future, our country, our democracy,” said Laviña.

Salgado said six top executives of the National Printing Office (NPO) suspended for graft continue to work in the sensitive office.

NPO prints the ballots to be used in the elections.

Salgado said the NPO and Malacanang have refused to follow a suspension order slapped against the six officers issued by the Ombudsman.

The officials, according to Salgado, could be part of a scheme by the administration party for NPO to print more ballots than needed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“Fight Hocus PCOS”

The camp of Duterte has also launched  a campaign to alert the public of possible cheating in the upcoming polls.

The campaign called “Fight Hocus PCOS” will  fight any effort to manipulate election results, according to Laviña.  

The Duterte camp is calling on all Filipinos who hold sacred their right to suffrage.

They are urging supporters to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to implement an important feature of automated voting — the printed ballot receipt that should be issued to every voter.

The Duterte camp is sensing some rigging of online polls following Sunday night’s (February 21) debate.

Laviña said Duterte was the top choice of netizens in these polls, but the results show a different candidate at first place.

For Laviña, this is a clear effort to cheat.

He said Duterte’s party, Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), their lawyers and IT experts are already looking into this.

One Duterte supporter who is an IT expert told the mayor there’s a big potential the upcoming polls may be rigged.

The presidential candidate said he will not take this lightly.

He’s counting on intelligence groups in the police and the military to also find out if there are indeed plans to manipulate election results.

 

OMBUDSMAN SLAMMED FOR ‘BIAS’ VS. BINAY

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The camp of Vice President Jejomar Binay has accused the Ombudsman of allowing itself to be a ‘political tool’ of the administration with its recent resolutions affirming its earlier resolution finding probable cause to file criminal charges against Vice President Jejomar Binay and his son dismissed Makati Mayor Junjun Binay.

salgado“So what else is new? We have always expected these resolutions from a biased and partial Ombudsman,” said Binay media affairs head Joey Salgado.

 “Simply put, the move of the Ombudsman fits into the orchestrated effort of Mar Roxas, the LP and its allies including Roxas’ mouthpieces masquerading as Palace spokesmen, to attack the Vice President,” said Salgado.

Roxas is the standard bearer of the LP (Liberal Party) headed by President Benigno Aquino.

Binay is the presidential candidate of the opposition United Nationalists Alliance (UNA).

Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales on February 5 in joint resolutions denied the motions for reconsideration filed by the younger Binay and other respondents against an earlier ruling by the Ombudsman finding probable cause to file criminal charges against the Binays and 22 others over the alleged overpriced construction of the Makati City Hall Building II.

Salgado sees politics in the timing of the Ombudsman resolutions.

He said the resolutions were released just a few days before the February 9 start of the campaign period for national positions.

He recalled that the resolution finding probable cause against the Binays was released by the Ombudsman on the same day that the Vice President  filed his certificate of candidacy for president.

“Alam naman ng Ombudsman na hindi pwedeng kasuhan si Vice President, pero itinuloy pa rin nila. Ang agenda ay ipagpatuloy ang mga kasinungalingan at paninira kay Vice President na sinimulan sa Senado at inabot ng mahigit isang taon at 25 hearings,” he said.

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The Ombudsman case against the Binays and other respondents stemmed from the investigation by the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee which probed alleged anomalies in Makati City. Vice President Binay is former mayor of the country’s financial capital before winning the vice presidency in the 2010 election.

Binay had refused to attend the Senate hearings that he described as ‘demolition by perception’ aimed to derail his presidential bid.

“We have never expected fairness and impartiality from the Ombudsman. We look forward to disproving all their allegations in an impartial court,” Salgado added.

Earlier reports said the administration was bent on sending Binay to jail before the May 9 election.

Binay is a top contender to the presidency and has led surveys for presidential preference. Roxas, on the other hand, has been faring badly in the pre-poll surveys.

Morales had earlier admitted that in the event that Binay wins the 2016 presidential election, the filing of charges would have to wait six years.

“As president, of course he has immunity,” said Morales.

Subject to finding probable cause, “it is only after he finishes his term, that we can file a case against him,” Morales said.

 

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EVIDENCE AGAINST THE VICE PRESIDENT. The folders of evidence Trillanes referred during the January 26 Senate hearing. Photo by Alex Nuevaespaña/Senate PRIB

The files of documents at the Senate that Senator Antonio Trillanes said are evidence of corruption against Vice President Jejomar Binay, are actually evidence submitted by the Vice President to the Senate Blue Ribbon Sub-committee containing documents belying the allegations.

The files were part of a recently-released television ad of Binay. In the ad, Binay said the sub-committee dismissed all of his explanations and the documents he submitted. The piles of documents supposedly left untouched were flashed onscreen.

During the 25th and last hearing of the sub-committee on Tuesday, January 26, Senator Antonio Trillanes said Binay in the ad lied about the piles.

For everyone’s information, the folders shown by Vice President Binay which are now behind me are actually evidence against him. He didn’t submit them. We got these pieces of evidence against him and copies have been forwarded to the Ombudsman, said Binay in Pilipino.

Turning the tables on Trillanes, the Binay camp said it is the Senator not the Vice President who is lying about the piles of documents.

“The folders displayed by the senators were submitted by the city government to show cooperation with the Senate. It shows that all transactions and projects are transparent and in compliance with established rules and procedures. By their own admission, the senators did not read all the documents,” Binay spokesman Joey Salgado said in a statement published in Rappler.

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SENATORS PREJUDGED BINAY FROM START

The Senate Blue Ribbon sub-committee hearing allegations of corruption leveled against Vice President Jejomar Binay did not read all of the documents submitted by Binay that would prove the allegations wrong.

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This information was squeezed by Senate Minority Leader Senator Juan Ponce Enrile from Senator Senator Aquilino Pimentel, chair of the sub-committee, during a hearing on Tuesday, January 26.

The hearing is the 25th and last by the subcommittee on allegations of corruption against Binay, members of his family and alleged dummies.

Binay’s camp said the members of the sub-committee did not read all of the evidence because they have already prejudged Binay even before the hearings started.

Appearing for the first time in the hearing, Enrile, a political ally of Binay, asked the subcommittee members if they completely analyzed the documents submitted by Binay.

“We have gone over a lot of the documents, but I cannot say that it’s 100%,” said Pimentel.

Despite its failure to fully appreciate all of the evidence submitted by Binay, the subcommittee issued a report recommending filing of plunder charges against Binay and his son, dismissed Makati mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay Jr.

Binay has refused to attend the hearings saying he would rather face the charges in the proper forum.

He said the Blue Ribbon probe was part of a “demolition by perception” instigated by rivals to derail his presidential bid in the 2016 election.

Binay, the front  runner in the latest pre-poll surveys for presidential preference by Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, is the candidate of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance *UNA).

Binay has also said that the sub-committee members were out to gain political points from the probe.

Pimentel, along with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano and Pimentel, formed the trio of “inquisitors” of the subcommittee that conducted nearly a year of hearings on the allegations against Binay.

Trillanes and Cayetano are running for vice president. Pimentel is president of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Laban (PDP-Laban), the party of presidential candidate Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. 

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Joey Salgado, Binay’s spokesman, said it is not surprising if the subcommittee members did not read all of the evidence submitted by Binay.

 “This is not surprising because the senators have already prejudged the matter even before the hearings started more than a year ago,” said Salgado in a statement published in Rappler.

Salgado said Binay submitted the evidence to show cooperation with the Senate.

“It shows that all transactions and projects are transparent and in compliance with established rules and procedures,” he said.

“By their own admission, the senators did not read all the documents,” Salgado said.