Why not a council for responsible counting?

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WHOSE fault is the absurd appointment of a council for responsible voting to the sensitive task of conducting an unofficial count of the votes?

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Do we blame the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for not discerning what the name of PPCRV truly signifies and that its attention is on voting, not on vote tabulation?

Or do we blame the oddly-named Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) for misrepresenting itself as a vote counting operation? And for lobbying repeatedly to be the Comelec’s chosen one?

Lastly, does the addition of the word “pastoral” in PPCRV’s name signify rural life or rustic pleasures? For a country of 100 million people (54 million voters), and in this day and age, a pastoral operation is hardly the way to go in conducting an election vote count.

But of course, “pastoral” here means it is an arm of the Roman Catholic Church parishes, each of which has a “pastoral council,” the pastoral not connoting meadows and sheep but the priest-pastor who shepherds the arm of the Roman Catholic Church parishes, each of which has a “pastoral council,” the pastoral not connoting meadows and sheep but the priest-pastor who shepherds the Catholic flock of the parish.

Now that there is confirmation of a breach in the Comelec transparency server that provides updated vote results, the PPCRV would be wise to quietly adopt a new name and rebrand itself. It should shift focus to becoming a council for responsible counting. And the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy should disown it!

Smartmatic to be investigated

While PPCRV struggles to defend its vote count, the long-controversial Smartmatic, the provider of vote-counting technology to Philippine elections since 2010, has landed at the center of the VP controversy. And it could lose its lucrative business in the Philippines, at a time when the Venezuelan economy is tanking.

The revelation that it was a Smartmatic official who changed the script of the Comelec transparency server will now lead to a full-blown investigation by the poll body.

A member of the Commission declared at a news conference yesterday that Smartmatic should be held liable for the controversial change made in the script of the transparency server, which has led to doubts about the integrity of the election vote count.
Commissioner Rowena Guanzon said the Comelec’s permission was not sought for the script change, which she said is a “breach in protocol.”

She declared sternly: “This automated election is not owned by Smartmatic. It is owned by the Commission on Elections, representing the people of the Philippines! It is owned by the government! They were not supposed to change anything without our knowledge and permission,” she said.

Guanzon said she and other commissioners “will request for a formal investigation” to determine the liabilities.

Asked whether the issue could lead to the blacklisting of Smartmatic in future elections, she said they will have to look into the contract.

Guanzon said that regardless of the justifications and explanations being offered by Smartmatic for the violation, it has already damaged public confidence in the election process.

As this developed, Comelec chairman Andres Bautista insisted that the security breach did not alter the vote count.

His explanation notwithstanding, there is now wide public belief that Bongbong is the victim of a conspiracy to cheat him of victory.

Miriam joins the fray

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has joined her running mate in denouncing the apparent cheating operations.

Santiago stopped short of accusing the administration of engaging in “manufacturing numbers” to produce a victory for Leni Robredo.

Santiago said in a statement: “I find it astounding that Marcos should have led the vice presidential surveys for many months, until the penultimate month, when suddenly, the administration could jump up survey results to finally overtake him.

“The roller coaster ride of vice-presidential candidate Marcos invites comparison with a garrison state. In such state, the authoritarian government feels free to manufacture numbers as they are needed.

“This is an eventuality that will cause the peoples of the democratic world to shake their heads and question the values of the society it produced.”

Miriam’s strong words are corroborated by new discoveries that the cheating is not only in the VP race, but has snowballed into the senatorial contest.

The Comelec has announced that over 2 million votes have not yet been transmitted to the transparency server. The OFW votes have similarly not been tabulated yet. All this make the final results a big guess.

All the facts emerging from the review and investigation of the unofficial vote count in the vice-presidential election point to an effort at vote manipulation, and the execution of the so-called Plan B of the administration.

There is no scenario that points to PPCRV successfully defending the validity of its unofficial count. It is not an official count. Its chief value is for propaganada.

Cayetano’s opportunistic ploy

As all this swirls around her head, poor Leni Robredo looks increasingly like a politician who is out of her depth, and is in danger of drowning.

She is clearly just a pawn of the Aquino forces in their desperate attempt to hold on to power.

It may have been acceptable for her to just be a passive beneficiary of the cheating.
But it will look shabby and humiliating should the official count show that Marcos won for vice president after all.

Leni Robredo would then have to become as invisible as Mar Roxas is now.

That Alan peter Cayetano conceded victory to Robredo does nothing to bolster her chances of holding on. It merely proves the limitless opportunism of Cayetano. He seeks to turn his defeat in the VP race into a victory—by maneuvering to secure LP support for a bid for the Senate presidency.

This can only happen over the big body of Sen. Franklin Drilon, who will win reelection and will seek to become Senate president under a new Senate coalition.

The new senators going into the chamber like Dick Gordon will not allow themselves to be led by the nose by the perpetually-scheming Cayetano.

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  1. Very very clear the real score of Alan Peter Cayetano, “perpetually scheming” , he jumps every opportunity he has to boost his political ambition. Actually siya ang nakasira sa halalan na ito. Wala sanang gitgitan pag Duterte-Marcos tandem.

  2. speaking of opportunist there is no better or best example than Allan Cayetano. Regarding the VP race i am sure the LP is behind every sinister acts to rob BBM of his victory. You are correct that leni is just a pawn on this polical game of P(ab)noy.

  3. ppcrv should be stripped of its commission from the comelec or the church should distance itself from ppcrv lest it be embroiled in this cheating being done by comelec-smartmatic. ppcrv has been defending comelec eversince even in comelec’s violation of election laws like not impelementing the safeguards mandated by law. enrile in his speech in the senate after his jail time, questioned ppcrv and the comelec why it hid from the public the fact that 20% of votes in 2013 elections were not transmitted and eventually not counted. this could mean that some senators proclaimed by the comelec in 2013 are not senators

  4. Amnata Pundit on

    The first thing always is to consolidate power, so Duterte’s first job as president is to clean the Aegean stables that is the Comelec and make sure we replace Smartmatic with an honest and transparent Filipino-made computer program. As long as he puts the people first, and the sovereign will cannot be thwarted, then he is safe. Of course it follows that military and the police , throw in also all the barangay officials, including all the non-Catholic religions, should be in his camp. If he can consolidate his power this way, then he will be insulated from all the evil machinations of the American-led West and their local minions in Congress, Senate, Makati Business Club, Supreme Court, the NPA and the NDF, the “leftist” but western funded NGOs and last but not least, the Catholic Church. Lets all pray for Duterte.

  5. Commissioner guanzon is taking us for a ride seemingly fuming at the tampering done by smartmatic but attaching to her tirade the escape clause “unless the tampering is benign” which is setting up the “palusot” that will eventually be the position of the entire banc. The tampering is a violation of the law period and there is nothing there that qualifies whether the tampering is or is not benign. Guanzon must pursue this matter without any qualification and I am disgusted at this brilliantes’ phoo-phooing the violation as too minor to merit a comelec reaction. I see a pattern here and I agree with Glen chong that the only way to dispel all suspicion either way is to have an audit of the tampered machine by an independent IT team of experts.

  6. Becomes curiouser and curiouser, the numbers differentiating the VP and Presidential total votes will almost equate to the lead Marcos had over Robredo !

    1.5 Million people choose not to vote for a VP ? Amazing !!!

    The there are the Escudero votes that vanished and are vanishing, I do not believe that Cayetano got more votes than Chiz.

  7. Leodegardo Pruna on

    Allan is definitely an opportunist. He does not deserve the name “Cayetano” which his father honorably carried throughout his life. His father was a “Companero” to all. Allan, thinks that he will live indefinitely and he must sooner and not later that life is temporary. I had high respect in him but lose all of it because of his conduct in the senate and while in the campaign where he showed his true colors. Why concede to somebody who herself is allowing for other people like P-Noy to play around with her. She has not really awaken from her sleep because of ambition. God save the Philippines.

  8. ernie del rosario on

    Another person na ang alan ay Peter ! I hope, being a bible guru, Alan, also named Peter realizes his mistake as St Peter did when he BETRAYED Jesus three times before the cocks crowed three times. This time he conceded to Robredo even before the official VP canvass has even began and in the midst of a very controversial quick count. This is equivalent to abandoning the Duterte team and supporters that helped his campaign. A BETRAYAL in short. But compassionate as Jesus is, who forgave the earlier Peter, Digong most probably will forgive the present Peter.

  9. Yen am 101% bhind ur observatns on pprcv,cayetano’s clear obsession of power grabbing. Ds guy surely will not win come 2019, bcoz d filipino ppol has shown d ver dict in d latest poll rsults..dspite hs over a yr TV senate hearing xposure wt Trillanes..poor cayeta no..

    • Ulol itong Alan Peter Cayetano na ito. 1,000% BALIMBING. buti na lang hindi nakalusot. Wala din utang na loob ang taong ito. KALIMUTAN NA LANG ANG PEDRO NA ITO. Shortchanged si Rene Cayetano sa anak nyang ito. SAYANG!

    • JOERASUL, cayetano is a danger to du30, like robredo and keso de bolero, had he won the election. he is very capable of stabbing du30 in the back when the opportunity arises. we must remember the LAPIANG PORK will do everything to get back on the horse saddle as soon as possible that is why marcos has to be cheated of his win. they cannot do it to du30 since du30’s lead over the massaged numbers of boy pickup is very huge and only fools will tinker with it without inviting chaos in the streets.