• Why doubt persists about PNoy’s ‘election’

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    It happened toward the end of the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration, and GMA may be in a position to confirm it.

    There is a growing belief that President B. S. Aquino 3rd was not legitimately elected in 2010, but was simply “processed into office” by the Commission on Elections and Smartmatic, using the precinct count optical scan machines, which they had illegally divested of safety features and accuracy mechanisms. Aquino is, in effect, a de facto president.

    Some analysts suggest that under extreme political duress, GMA was forced to either cooperate or look the other way in exchange for some assurance that Benigno Simeon Aquino 3rd would be a benign president, and would not go after her for any of her purported sins.

    Regardless of who was proclaimed winner in that election, the process was illegal and invalid. In Germany in 2009, the Federal Constitutional Court declared automated voting unconstitutional because, according to the Court, it removed the “public character” of elections, and an election without a public character is not an election.

    This was one point I had tried to raise in public forums during the campaign, but of course nobody listened.

    In our case, a serious constitutional breach invalidated the process. The “election” was conducted by Smartmatic, a Venezuelan private firm, which had no legal personality to conduct any election, for and on behalf of the Philippine government. The only legally constituted body with the authority and the duty to conduct elections for the Philippine government was (is) the Commission on Elections.

    Assuming for the sake of argument, and only for the sake of argument, that the Comelec could delegate to a private foreign corporation the technical aspect of its authority and duty to conduct a national election, the law on automated voting, and the contract between the Comelec and Smartmatic on the use of the PCOS machines, prescribed a number of built-in safety features and accuracy mechanisms. These included the source code, the digital signatures, the voter verification mechanism, the ultra-violet marker, etc.

    The Melo Comelec removed all of these, illegally, and it has remained an unpunished crime. This automatically rendered the use of the voting machines invalid and illegal, and the “results” drawn therefrom equally invalid and illegal. No invalid process can produce a valid result.

    Homobono Adaza and Herman Tiu Laurel have petitioned the Supreme Court seeking to invalidate the whole 2010 elections. And some UP professors have filed criminal charges with the Ombudsman against the members of the Melo Commission for tampering with the PCOS machines and corrupting the elections.

    There has been no action either from the Supreme Court or from the Ombudsman.

    But this does not tell the whole story. How Aquino became a candidate and eventually president requires further telling.

    This was 2010, and Aquino was then on his third year as a non-performing senator, after three terms as a non-performing congressman. Unlike his late father who could charm a snake with his gift of gab, Noynoy was an introvert. Cory had to campaign house-to-house, and plead with the late Governor Jose Yap of Tarlac to make him win on his first bid for Congress. As senator he had no declared political ambition, having reached the Senate on the sheer strength of his late father’s and mother’s reputation.

    The declared Liberal Party presidential aspirant then was his friend and fellow senator Mar Roxas. They were both sprung from the same oligarchic class. Mar is the grandson of the late President Manuel Roxas, while PNoy is the grandson of the late Benigno S. Aquino, Sr., who was arrested in Tokyo for collaborating with the Japanese during the war but died of a heart attack before he could be tried for treason.

    Mar’s and PNoy’s fathers were Senate colleagues and were seen as the most likely rivals for the presidency had martial law not scrapped the 1973 presidential contest. Gerry Roxas was seen as the statesman and Ninoy the demagogue, but the latter was the smarter strategist and tactician. In 1971, while Roxas was caught at Plaza Miranda with his LP colleagues when the communists struck, Ninoy, the party secretary general, was nowhere in sight.

    Mar was going head to head with propaganda survey-leader Manny Villar in the pre-campaign, but he could not find a suitable potential team-mate–ideally someone from Luzon, preferably female or feminist. In one small meeting of LP leaders when the matter came up, former Batangas Rep. Hermilando Mandanas wondered why it had to be a problem when Sen. Aquino was right there with them. The suggestion provoked laughter among Roxas, Abad, and Sen. President Franklin Drilon. Little did they know that PNoy would have the last laugh in the end.

    Sometime in 2009, Cory suddenly took ill. The conscript media made a big event of the death watch, and prayers and solidarity messages poured in from all over, including from the Pope. Suddenly Cory was getting the media coverage she never got after EDSA, even while she was still in Malacañang. As death came to Cory, something bigger than life came to her son, proving once more the truth in the saying, “So long as there is death, there is hope.”

    From out of the blue, the stone rejected by the builders became the cornerstone. PNoy became the presidential candidate, while Mar slid down as his running mate. While Kris Aquino and her showbiz friends turned the wake into an extravaganza, the propaganda pollsters, owned or controlled by close relatives and friends of the bereaved family, suddenly found a new star.

    Until then the billionaire-senator Manny Villar had all the propaganda surveys locked in. Gilberto Teodoro, the brightest among the candidates, and Richard Gordon, who has done more in his one term at the Senate or as Olongapo mayor than Aquino in all his nine years as legislator, were kept at a ridiculously low position. They never moved at all.

    To finally dispose of Villar, the Aquino camp denounced the Nacionalista candidate as “Villaroyo”–meaning Arroyo’s real candidate, instead of Teodoro. This sent Villar’s rating tumbling down, while Aquino’s numbers shot up. But knowing the real meaning of these numbers, Aquino now aimed for the coup de grace: he said he would win by five million votes, but he would be cheated by Arroyo, so he would call for “people power” to claim the presidency.

    Arroyo could not take this lightly. Five years before that, Cory had gone to Malacañang, accompanied by four bishops, to ask Arroyo to resign. Arroyo listened to the bishops, and after they had spoken, said: “Thank you very much, I will think about it, please pray for me.” The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, meeting in plenary at the time, decided it could not ask Arroyo to resign, but that it could not prevent others from asking her to resign, either.

    Aquino’s people power threat , supported by the wild propaganda surveys, had a demoralizing effect on the Arroyo camp. They decided to negotiate a modus vivendi with the Aquino camp. They assured Aquino that he could have his five million vote-plurality over his closest rival, provided he would not wage any punitive expedition against Arroyo later. The agreement was brokered and guaranteed by the tycoons and the taipans. And so it came to pass—-the PCOS did its job, and US Ambassador Harry Thomas called on PNoy at his residence on Times Street even before the Congress could finish the count.

    It looked like a win-win situation even for GMA for a while. Some of her senatorial candidates who had lost in 2007 for being associated with her, won in 2010 for being associated with her. And despite PNoy’s five million-vote plurality, his number one senator, Frank Drilon, ranked only No. 4. And only one other LP candidate, Teofisto Guingona III “won.”

    There was no punitive expedition against Arroyo, in keeping with the purported agreement. But after a while, some people started asking, what and where is the program of this administration? It had none. But PNoy’s Akbayan advisers said, “We have a program. Impeach and remove Corona, send GMA to jail.”

    I have tested this story on Manny Villar. He smiled very broadly but refused to confirm or deny. Will GMA, despite her condition, honor us with a confirmation or denial. In any case, many seem convinced this is what happened. PNoy was never elected, and should therefore step down now.

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    1. It is indeed nice to reminisce the old days when everybody was awaiting the arrival of a Messiah, but was he indeed the ONE?Remember it was GMA who was president in 2010 when PNoy was elected as president. Who then has the power wielding on Comelec, GMA or PNoy, your guess is as good as mine. Mr. F. Tatad has a lot of things coming out of his convoluted mind

    2. If your story is true, then we are indeed a banana republic. Our president & senatongs are just a mere puppets of uncle sam.

    3. i love reading you’re opinion mr. tatad,just like a comic book when i’m still in my teens..

    4. Was Mar told to shut up inorder to give credence to Noynoy victory? The reason why Comelec chairman Brillantes is fighting tooth and nail to buy more Smartmatic PCOS voting machines to ensure victory for Mar as pay back??

    5. @geri pogi and @observer, the point being emphasized is that aquino and binay were elected by the pcos machine which was confirmed by the person who himself confessed to being paid 1B pesos by aquino and binay and did the automated dagdag bawas strategy. There was a kangaroo probe on the allegation but the pressure on enrile and melo to declare them the winners was strong enough to make them heed to their demand and this said, either they voluntarily step down or the evidence of a conspiracy to rig the election will force them to. Unbelievable how blindsided u both were by aquino’s dumbfounding portayal of himself as being clean and honest guy.

      • Hah??? Ang ibig mong sabihin, pati si Bise Binay ay bogus ang pagpanalo? Iyong pondo ni Binay ay galing sa 13%…. saan galing pondo ni Ninoy, sa Hacienda KKK?

    6. My god we love to wallow in the mud like pigs, don’t we? We also love to talk and talk but don’t have the courage to walk the talk!

      All of us stinks and the Oligarchs are smiling while busy destroying the country with their businesses designed mostly to enrich themselves and to hell with the common tao.

      As I said before, the people should be mad as hell and get rid of the political status quo. We need new blood to govern the country – not more of the same after Pnoy is gone. New blood is the only solution!

    7. Sorry senator tatad, like it or not, lots of things going on seem to point to another pnoy re election

    8. One sore point sticks out in this conspiracy angle : MAR ROXAS. How come he didn’t win. From some insiders during the election campaign – ROXAS was crucial. He was supposed to ‘control’ PeNoy, do most of the work, and be the forerunner for the next presidential elections…

    9. Mr. Tatad, you are peddling a very fantastic tale, a conspiracy theory, only the most naive will believe. Educated as you are, I do not even know if you yourself will believe in the yarn you cobble together. But I enjoy reading conspiracy theories, if only to amuse me of the foibles of politicians and has-beens. Thank you Mr. Tatad. You made my day!

    10. Tadtad ng kalokohan naman yan sinasabi mo na hindi legitimate na pangulo si abnoy mr Tatad.Dapat mayroon naghain ng protesta sa comelec noon pa kung di talaga si abnoy ang nanalo.Ang dapat sisihin ang mga pilipino bumoto kay abnoy at hindi ang smartmatic ang sisihin.Talagang hindi dapat nanalo si abnoy kasi lalong lumala ang ekonomiya ng pilipinas at mga krimen at dumami ang mga kurakot na opisyal at pulitiko sa administration ni abnoy.

    11. THIS IS A PALACE GROUND-SHAKING (POSSIBLY CREATING A SINK HOLE UNDERNEATH) REVELATION WITH FLAWLESS ANALYSIS OF EVENTS, CHARACTERS AND BACKDOOR WHEELING-DEALING !!! LET’S SEE HOW THESE POSITION USURPERS REACT. CAN GMA, THE KEY LINK, COMMENT WHEN SHE IS IN JAIL (KAYA PALA KINULONG AGAD AGAD !) AND VIRTUALLY INCOMMUNICADO ALL THESE YEARS ? SHE HAS ALL THE RIGHTS DI BA ? ABANGAN.! THIS SHOULD BE POISED AS A DAMN IF YOU DO, DAMN IF YOU DON’T PROBLEM ON THE ADMINISTRATION TO EXPLAIN AWAY CONVINCINGLY IMMEDIATELY. LIES REALLY HAVE THE TENDENCY TO LOOP BACK.

    12. What Venezuelan SMARTMATIC firm did was to sold some worthless cheat box called PCOS machine to PH gov’t worth Billions of pesos and at the same time they sold election results as well to individual candidates with the highest bidder gets the corresponding result. Since SMARTMATIC people are the only ones who knew the machine from inside out they must have a secrete digital key to remotely access it and manipulate the outcome of course with some COMELEC people behind it to do the cover up work .. automated election cheating result produced P-Noy the “balot” headed president of the Republic of the Thieves !

      • castrov.2014@yahoo.com on

        I am ordinary Pilipino. Sen. Tatad is dreaming . Parang galing ito sa pag ambush kay Enrile to declare Martial Law.

        I monitor the rise of PNOY to the presidency. I made my own personal survey, among tricycle drivers, among vendors in the market, retired teachers and active teachers. the resulT of my little survey was even higher than the ones of the survey firms. You want to know the results, out of every ten Filipinos 9 was for PNOY AND VOTED FOR PNOY. Hindi ito kasinungalingan. Hindi ito politically motivated. Hindi ito comic book. hindi ito perry mason, hindi ito alfred hitchcock. ITO ANG KATOTOHANAN.

    13. Filipinos have no huevos. Sa ibang bansa ay ginawang halinturan si Somosa. Walang matitira sa kanilang lahi.

    14. It’s good that matters relative to the elections of 2010 are being brought out with the end in view of showing that the Abnoy was never elected at all. There is a TV program (Diyos at Bayan) which showed the admission of Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes that there were indeed computer glitches in the elections of 2013 and 2010, and that our Abnoy could have been just a “digital president.” Brillantes also admitted that Comelec has sworn in 12 “accidental senators” in 2013. This TV program promised to continue threshing out this illegal occupancy (in Malacanang) of the Abnoy in the weeks to come.

      In pursuit of this conviction, a party list group has filed with the Supreme Court a petition seeking to annul the elections of 2010 and 2013 for reason that they were fraudulent. They presented documentary evidences to back up their complaint. let’s hope the SC act on this expeditiously.

      This being the case, that there are strong evidences to prove that the Abnoy was not legitimately elected, then it has become immediately mandatory that he steps down post haste. He is no different from a “squatter” who must be driven out from the position he illegally occupies. We cannot also allow him to squander the people’s money for his own vindictive personal agenda.

    15. Roldan Guerrero on

      We shall not wait for him to step down because he will never do it. We must carry him out of the palace and throw him at the Pasig river. If we will not do this, the Philippines at anytime now will become a failed state. We do not know the real situation of the government but it is most likely bankrupt now. We should now start trying the Thief Executive and his partners, of the crimes they did. What is only lacking now is somebody the Filipinos believe to lead the ouster movement for the THIEF EXECUTIVE!

      • Bonifacio Claudio on

        Where to look for a leader against the status quo? Someone in the ranks ala “Andres Bonifacio for full complete change, in line with the constitution” is not probable inasmuch as the “people” are deemed weak; on the other hand, someone in the category ala “Jose Rizal for wishful REFORMS” is the more improbable because the elite would never abandon its grip on all strata of the socio-economic-political atmosphere. Indeed, the likes of Marcos is one in a million – a revolution from the top. As if Marcos, after the EDSA 1986, was saying then & saying now “PAGKARAAN NG 28 YEARS AY HAHANAPIN NINYO AKO, PERO HINDI NA NINYO AKO MAKIKITA PA”. Nasaan na nga ba kayo, the likes of FE Marcos, na mga mamamayang may kakayahan para itaguyod ang kagalingan ng INANG BAYAN na araw araw ay kinakantahan at sinusuyo ninyo ng “Aming ligaya na pag may mang-aapi ang MAMATAY ng dahil sa’yo”; na kayo ay “Tunay na Pilipino sa isip, sa salita, at sa gawa”. Ang kailangan ng Inang Bayan sa ngayon ay isang nasabi ng “Kagalang-galang na Andres Bonifacio para ahunin ang Bansa sa kuko ng mga kutsabahan ng oligarch at ng mapang-aping gobyerno natin ngayon”; hindi mula sa elite ala “Jose Rizal para lamang sa balintunang reporma ng kasalukuyang mapang-aping gobyerno”.