Kontra Daya fears glitches in May polls

‘Mistakes same as in 2010 balloting’


The poll watchdog Kontra Daya on Sunday warned that Saturday’s mock polls conducted by the Commission on Elections were attended by the same glitches observed during the 2010 elections and showed that the Comelec was not prepared for another automated balloting.

“The mock election showed that the Comelec has not learned from the 2010 automated election system implementation,” Rick Bahague, an IT expert of Kontra Daya, said in a statement. “Failures and errors already pointed out by various groups based on the 2010 experience still exist.”

Bahague also stressed that the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines encountering problems in reading ballots “cannot be claimed as minor errors.”

Volunteers from Kontra Daya and VoteReportPH also noted other problems during the mock polls conducted at University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS) in Quezon City:

Failed to observe rules

Some Comelec officers and board of election inspectors (BEI) inside the precinct failed to observe the rules of the actual conduct of the elections. They were seen “tinkering” with the voting machine even after the initialization report, an act prohibited in the Comelec General Instructions in the 2010 elections;

The thermal papers did not properly fit in the PCOS printer. The PCOS machine also failed to accept and read the ballots and rejected some of the ballots.

The PCOS machine was restarted without informing the watchers and was subsequently replaced with a backup machine.

Bahague warned that the 2013 automated elections would be more “chaotic and problematic” than the previous balloting. “We should expect more PCOS in bad condition,” he said.

He also said the number of backup machines was insignificant, noting that only 2,000 units have been reserved as backup machines or one or two units per town.

Very minimal problems

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the conduct of the mock polls in 20 voting centers in 10 areas across the country on Saturday was successful despite a few minor glitches.

“All of the problems we saw are very minimal. But what we deem as challenging is the signal, which ultimately is beyond our control,” Jimenez said.

He said following the exercise, the Comelec acknowledged the need to review its signal mapping after they had trouble transmitting Saturday’s results in some areas.

“There should be a review of our signal mapping in order to validate if those indicated there are still accurate. We have to see it with our own eyes,” Jimenez said.

“Who would think that in Katipunan, we would have a hard time transmitting our results?” he added, referring to UPIS.

The results of the mock elections also showed that contingency programs for transmission such as the use of the Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) or a two-way satellite ground station called Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) must be ready during the actual elections on May 13, he said.

But the Comelec servers stationed in Cabuyao, Laguna, had no trouble receiving transmissions from the provinces.

Results from outlying areas

On Saturday, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. reported that the servers in Laguna successfully received results transmitted from the PCOS machines from Maguindanao, Tawi-Tawi, Camarines Sur, Negros Oriental and Misamis Oriental.

Jimenez said the PCOS machine in some of the selected voting centers encountered some problems early in the day but by afternoon on Saturday, they were already running smoothly. Among the glitches observed in the PCOS machines were difficulty in starting them up and the jamming of paper ballots.

The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel), one of the accredited citizens’ arms of the Comelec, earlier reported other problems like the machines’ thermal rollers were not working, voters’ lists were conflicting and there were missing clips in the PCOS machines.

Brillantes said spotting the deficiencies three months before the actual elections was a welcome development as it would allow the Comelec to avoid the same problems on May 13.

Something is wrong

But Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguelles on Sunday said “minor glitches” should not be taken lightly by the Comelec.

“Glitches are proof that something is wrong. The CBCP (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines) has reports that the defects are worse than what we are told. High-tech machines cannot take lightly these ‘minor’ defects,” Arguelles told the Inquirer in a text message on Sunday.

“Smartmatic actually admitted major problems in its court case with the foreign ex-partner,” the prelate added, referring to US-based Dominion Voting Systems.

Last year, Smartmatic filed a case against Dominion in Florida for an alleged breach in a licensing agreement and “tortuous” interference with Smartmatic’s business. It also accused Dominion of allegedly withholding technology and services.

The earlier deal allowed Smartmatic to use Dominion’s software to operate the voting machines and install pertinent upgrades to address glitches.

Arguelles said in light of the problems encountered during the mock polls, the Comelec must “sincerely and openly” investigate the PCOS machines and be open to a manual counting of votes “whether there is a failure or not in the machines.”

Warning against cheating

In a pastoral statement issued recently, CBCP warned of “wholesale” cheating in the May 13 elections if supposed deficiencies were not addressed.

“Election is not a matter of speed but of trustworthiness and honesty. If not properly addressed, the present automated election system can lead to wholesale cheating. The integrity of a pillar of our democracy—the election—is at stake,” the CBCP stated.

As for the random manual audit (RMA) conducted until early morning Sunday, Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) chairperson Henrietta de Villa said there were slight differences in some of the results when compared with those generated by the voting machines.

But De Villa said she found the process “satisfying” and she was not worried at all about some of the minor problems encountered.

“We just saw the other needs to make it (random manual audit) more accurate,” said the head of the PPCRV, one of the accredited citizens’ arms of the Comelec.

Under the Poll Automation Law, a random manual audit is required to check the accuracy of the results generated by the PCOS machines.

Manual counting

The RMA was only conducted at the UPIS, where they found a discrepancy of one vote each for six senatorial candidates, a mayoral candidate and a congressman, according to De Villa.

There were also five over-votes and 147 under-votes for the senators and eight over-votes for congressmen that were reported.

De Villa attributed the minor discrepancies to the manner of manually counting votes under the general instructions for the RMA issued by the Comelec. Under the guidelines, an ambiguous mark on the ballot will still be counted in the auditing even if the voting machines will not recognize them.

“These will have to be verified further by the Comelec as to where they can be attributed to,” she added.

De Villa also stressed the need for the election inspectors to undergo additional training.

“These BEIs are already used to manual counting. They need extra training for them to see how it is under the automated election system,” she said.—With a report from Nico Alconaba, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • patrickinca

    Do not vote on the May Election. For those PCOS machines are already
    been rigged  through the globe network. So Stop wasting your time. 

    • okayayonip

      NASA scientist ka ba.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Hindi ko alam kung ang smartmatic at comelec ay nag-conduct ng stress testing sa kanilang systems para malaman kung kaya ng sistema nila ang lahat ng posible maging problema…maging sa memory, storage, volume ng transactions at pati na signal jamming….they should use all available signal jamming devices para malaman kung may posibilidad ba talaga ma-hijack ang data at mapalitan……puwera na lang kung pananatilihin ng comelec ang speculations at magbigay takot sa mga pulitiko tiwali at magpagamit sa mga eleksyon mafia at magbigay ng malaking halaga!

  • boybakal

    Kontra Daya fears glitches in May polls….Alarmist…itong ganitong kaisipan ang nagpapagulo.

  • batangsulpok

    Mahirap ng mawala ang dayaan sa Pilipinas, kung baga, kung sino ang kilala at mapera ay siya rin mananalo dahil kaya nilang magbayad, mas madali nga ngayon dahil ang kailangang kausapin lang ay yun Programmer o Technician ng PCOS machines, ika nga, milyon lang ang katumbas, tapos ang botohan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Sino ang dapat paniwalaan? Kontra Daya o Comelec?

    • okayayonip

      hindi lang naipilit ng kontra daya ang pagbili ng comelec sa kanilang preferred voting machine kaya ‘yon “CRAB MENTALITY”. eto namang si arguelles wala ring tiwala sa PPCRB, wag lang na ‘di magka-papel de liha.

  • catmanjohn

    There is still time to correct the glitches and have more trial runs before all parties are satisfied. It is time for all concerned citizens to partake in whatever means possible to insure the voting in May is done properly. Otherwise the disease of poverty, corruption, and unrest will spread into every facet of Philippine society.

  • dodong1

    nakialam nanaman ang mga damasos….

  • basyong

    wholesale cheating yan sigurado.bago pa magbilangan alam na kung sino ang nagwagi gawa ng lutong makaw!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      magbantay ka sa eleksiyon, hindi puro dakdak. Kung wala ka nang tiwala sa kahit ano, e para ano ka pa sa mundong ito?


    SABI naman ng KONTRA BISYAPS, gumawa daw ng masusing paraan para ma-iwasan ang tilamsik ng mga daliri ng mga dalahirang bisyaps sa proseso ng election ng bayan.  Gusto daw ng mga bisyaps ay magpalabas ng USOK sa Malacanang tulad ng gimikan nilang ginagawa sa Vatican para kumita sa mga turista.  Kulay dilaw daw na usok pag nanalo laban sa CBCP at yellow naman pag natalo ang CBCP. :)

    ANAK ZA POTE, di na nga nila mapigilan ang naglalakihang agos ng mga sheeple nila sa kanilang koral, e, nakikisundot na naman ang mga TNL!  Yan ang siste sa marami ng kwarta, pera’t salapi…..dahil OK na sila sa nasubi nilang limpak-limpak na kayamanag ginto’t pilak, e-extra na muna sila mula sa collection nila at baka sakaling madenggoy nilang pabalik yong mga nagsipag-eskapo na sa kanilang kampo sa pamamagitan ng PAKIKISAMA (kuno) sa pagmiiron sa usapang pang-bayan….kontra usapang pang-simbahan.

    • basyong

      maglako ka na lang ng taho kaysa sa halik ng halik ng wet pu ni carandang!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahaha.gusto mo bigyan kita ng pwesto sa palengke ng meron ka naman pagkakakitaang madangal

  • aristeosj

    Election is a bane in this country.massive fraud and vote buying,
    endless election protests,corrupt election officials,killings,
    emergence of warlordism,etc..etc…

    it should only conduct election once every 10 years.

  • pepito gwaps

    Kanya kanyang doktoran na naman ng resulta ng boto nito. Mas maganda pa kung CCTV na lang nag-invest yong Comelec. During election tadtarin ng CCTv camera yong mga prisento then kung walang original video it means me dayaan doon na nangyari at kelangan idesqualified ang bilang ng boto doon at kung may delay at sarisaring irregularities ay pd ring marewind at makita ang tunay na nangyayari. Napakamura na ng CCTv cams ngayon.

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      CCTV will not help. The transmitted results can actually come from another location….this is handled by the computer program codes.

      Also, do not equate technical glitches with cheating. Cheating does not cause technical glitches. If the program codes were intentionally done such that there are built-in mechanisms for cheating, the machines will not malfunction because it will just be doing what it was programmed to do. Having said this, a malfunctioning pcos machine will not be able to transmit any results, and thus must be transmitted manually.  The bottom line therefore is to ensure the integrity of the source code.

      You cannot guarantee that there will be no technical glitches. Even internet banking and tv live streaming are experiencing this. Even text messages get failed sends. What is important is the method of handling such glitches by the source code itself.

  • farmerpo

    Given our election history, ANY improvement is welcome. The human is harder to manage than the machine. Itaga mo sa bato. If we improve our election counting by 10% (at worst) each election time, we can be thankful. In time, we will appreciate and demand faster and faster and faster counts until it becomes 100% as a habit. As of, let us just be watchful and vigilant and not 100% put the burden on the machines. Let us watch and be wary of the humans operating the machines. In IP parlance, let us bench check as we implement. Let us improve as we debug. Let us not be paralyzed by the possibility of failure or malfunction.

  • zeroko

    This is the biggest blunder our COMELEC has done to the voters comes election time. Imagine, just few PICOS machine has performed dismally, paano kung i-refuse ng voting machine ang mga ballots because it does not fit on the requirements. It’s too late to reprogram the machine. And then equate that to the thousands and thousands of PCOS machine scattered all over the country. He he he. Gulo! Terrible. Tapos niyan, speech, blah blah  blah na naman si Sixto Brilliantes. 

    Napakagaling ng mga Filipino-Chinese dominated government natin. They try to talk their way out of the problem. The thing is the problem will not disappear. FAILURE OF ELECTION ang mangyayari. And since the poll operator were not brief on how to go on manual, tapos na ang boxing. Kapooot! Baka abutin ang manual counting ng 3 months. Then the ghost of “dag-dag bawas” will resurface.

  • bogli_anakdami

    hay naku… hoy mga flip gung gongs, di pa naide-declare ang opisyal na bilangnang from the last eleksyon di ba?

    ‘sang tambaks pa ang mga kandidatong gung gongs na di pa tapos ang kaso… tulad noong mga balota from the south of ‘tang inang imperial manila eh puro peke…

    meron na bang tally?…

    kc, meron pang utang ang ibang traposakals dito sa looban… di pa tapos bayaran ang mga gung gong dito sa amin eh…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVFD4BILVPVGXWC3EPKWNBXAYE wyl5326

    As an IT consultant with over 30 years experience, I’m more concern with matching actual vote counts o as reflected on ballots feed into PCOS and the resulting printed results from each individual PCOS machines. They should tally for each candidate, otherwise it should be automatically junked ! Considering that nobody really have certified the source codes loaded into the PCOS machines, I’m doubtful of how the PCOS machines have been programmed and we can easily check them out without even resorting to mock voting, but just feed in enough test ballots in even in just a single location as some kind of a unit testing. I highly suspect that COMMELEC  don’t really know how to conduct unit testing and just doing their mock voting to convince non-IT people that it works and excluding them from watching the process is highly suspicious at best ! Who are they trying to fool ? We have enough IT Professionals who could watch the process but were never made part of independent observers, WHY ?

  • Karabukov

    Unless the verified and anticipated defects are truly major it is better to address these problems directly and specifically and deal with them in the most practicable manner than go back to manual balloting. It’s now a practical matter of probable costs and benefits.

    Instead of assailing Comelec and accusing them of incompetence or worse deliberately planning to cheat, if any, these volunteers, if they are truly for honest elections, should instead focus on plugging these possible holes in the automated system and coordinate with Comelec how they can help in a way that will not cause chaos and unproductive post-election blame games.

    Let them be helpful and let them take sincere and common sense precautions to shield them from being suspected of ulterior motives (commercial or political) or worse be unwitting tools of sore losers and outright cheaters.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MVFD4BILVPVGXWC3EPKWNBXAYE wyl5326

    Upon reading discrepancies, PPCRV should never accept any discrepancy at all, because computers are not supposed to make such simple errors specially when they only concentrated on single place when it should have been perfectly identified. Computers are not supposed to be like malingering humans, because they are machines and always consistent even when you repeat it a million times. The problem of this mock voting process was that the PCOS may have never been subjected to repeated test of feeding different batches of mock ballots and should consistently show similar discrepancies if the program it was running is the same ! If one batch of mock ballots feed consistently have one over ballot for certain candidate, that may mean the program in the machine could have been deliberately manipulated. Likewise, if the discrepancy is inconsistent, it is another sure sign that the program is unreliably inconsistent and should also be junked ! With computers, inconsistency even on a single instance is not acceptable. That is why we look for even a single centavo discrepancy from a total amount of several millions or billion peso transactions we process in financial applications. I’ve just recently came to a real problem that have a bug (discrepancy) of market value on 2 different displayed pages. We discovered one program somehow truncated the decimal quantity for a particular account and thus affecting the market values while the other display using different program was doing it correctly ! Unfortunately for us, we rely on COMMELEC who knows nothing about proper way of conducting test and just following letter of law about source codes that nobody among them knows how to read ! I don’t need to read the source codes but could point out discrepancies easily with proper test ballots feed into those machines and don’t even need hundreds of ballots on each Batch for easier verification. However, the more ballots feed into the machines will give us higher confidence but will also take more time for us to counter check them with manual count ! PPCRV should never even minimized a single discrepancy as it can mean unreliable result !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XQODE2FO77XSRL7WNORTHGEKUU Eric

    Rick Bahague, Lipa Archbishop Ramon Arguellespuro dada wla namang na iambag na solusion, baka gusto nila bumalik tayo sa manual counting para perfect wlang daya. GO COMELEC don’t listen to these doom sayers.

  • Fulpol

    junk the CLOSE SOURCE… push for OPEN SOURCE.. so the public may know what is happening and what happened…

    many IT professionals in PH but they can’t do anything because they system is CLOSE SOURCE, exclusive only for the company.. who can of course do some manipulation in just a “minute”..

    clean up this suspicious system before it will explode… quickly adopt OPEN SOURCE…

    OPEN SOURCE is the best solution to anxiety and suspicion…

    • ApoNiLolo

      Fulpy, I think I already explained to you the difference between an “open source” and “close source” and where each application is best suited. Either you don’t read “replies” to you or palagi kang “absent” sa klase! >: D

  • Fulpol

    OPEN SOURCE is the solution of the anxiety and suspicion… OPEN SOURCE is the answer to clean election…

    OPEN SOURCE, give it a chance… don’t let a single company destroy PH democracy by sheer “manipulation”…

    OPEN SOURCE, so the people may know…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6NV2NIE62WV3JGIGCBB7LFZBX4 generra


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    wholesale cheating = mongloyld prince president

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    balita sa raon..sold out na yung mga signal jammers..tsk tsk.. as usual ang goal ng mga mandaraya eh ganon pa din..patagalin or hindi mapadala ang mga resulta sa main comelec office lalo na pag alam nila na ang lugar eh malakas yung kalaban nila.

    meron din balita na :P kaya gusto nila malaman ang sourcecode eh para magaya nila yung DATA at para pag na JAM nila yung Pcos..eh sila naman ang magsend ng resulta nila hahahhaha..

  • Fulpol

    PCOS can’t work alone…. together with survey firms like SWS and Pulse Asia, they make the election, credible looking…

    “a minute to win it” can work if only the results of PCOS could tally with the surveys..

    a “minute to manipulate based on survey results”..

    three things to buy: COMELEC, PCOS and SURVEYS… wholesale… 3-in-1 package…

    for local candidates: just 2-in-1 package

  • warpiglets

    wala na lang eleksyon mga bwisit!

  • tra6Gpeche

    Ang mga Pilipino sa Pilipinas walang nasa isip kung hindi ang
    mandaya at mangloko sa panahon ng eleksyon. Paano aasenso at uunlad ang bayan
    kung ganito ang uri ng pagkatao ng Pilipino? Nauubos ang panahon ng bayan sa
    pagtuklas ng paraan para masupil at mapigil ang pandaraya. Ang resulta ay
    mananalo ang magnanakaw at mga ganid na pulitiko. Ang mga talunan ay ang ilang mabubuti ang pagkatao at hindi masikmura ang pandaraya.  Ang mga kabataang Pilipino ay
    ito ang mamamana…mandaya, manloko, magnakaw, pumatay at kalimutan ang kanilang karangalan at ang Diyos na lagi nilang pinagdadasalan! Kaya pag tumanda sila, bulok
    din ang kanilang pagkatao na tulad ng pagkatao ng kani-kanilang magulang,
    ninong at mga tiyuhin!

    • batangsulpok

      Kabayan, ang ugali ng ating mga kababayan sa Pilipinas ay puwede nating itulad sa sakit na cancer, malignant na, kahit anong chemo ay di na gagaling at mahirap mabago dahil yan ang kinagisnan at kinagawian na.

  • Albert Einstien


    code E- EBAC…estrada,enrile, binay, angara, aquino at cayetano…

    .E-EBAC lang sila ULIT…

    HUWAG KALIMUTAN …..Huwag na kayong E-EBAC muli…

    NEWS : PCOS 1 BILLION SCANDAL : Shortly after the May 10 elections in 2010, Manila Times columnist Buddy Cunanan presented a video to the media where a masked man had claimed to be involved in rigging votes. The man introduced himself as “Robin” The revelation: The masked man said they used “player” Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to transmit fake results ahead of the genuine ones. One of his allegations was that then Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay, who won the vice presidency, paid them P1 billion.

    MADALI lang naman IMBESTIGAHAN yan 2010 elections e..HANAPIN nyo yun mga NAWAWALANG PCOS at kuyari sira na PCOS…alamin nyo sino ang HUMAWAK at kelan NAIBALIK…..kung ibinalik pa…ang ine-examine nyo kasi yun legitimate na pcos e….saka nyo i-forensic exam..HULI yan..malamang yung mga dati ng mga sindikato KIKITA na naman….lol

    kelan pa gigising ang ating bayan…. so sad : < (

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night



  • mabuhay_si_marKy

    with the decisive changes that comelec were able to do (i.e. purging the partylist, etc) I BELIEVE IT WILL BE A CLEAN ELECTION. there will always be detractors.

    • superpilipinas

      With these PCOS machines, Clean as mud. He-he-he.

      • mabuhay_si_marKy

        yeah muddied with ur arroyojunked mind…lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RYJTO7WZU5UOBJZM4AX4WMOVH4 nayve

    no vote for recycle candidate 

  • superpilipinas

    Murphy’s Law:

    “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong.”

    COMELEC could not be trusted with automation anymore. They had 3 years yet this is still happening.

    Can we force these clowns to resign?

    Clean elections are crucial to the progress of the Philippines but PNoy and Brillantes are so incompetent to make it happen.

  • superpilipinas

    No to Traditional Politicians…..No to Political Dynasties….No to Showbiz candidates

    If you can’t find a good alternative, don’t vote for anyone.

    • dmsanders

      very well said NAKAKA UMAY at NAKAKA SUKA na PAULIT ULIT na lang na mga pangalan at apelyido ang nananalo KAYA HINDI UMASENSO ang bayan. 

  • Stephen Baguing

    Who the hell is this Kontra Daya Group?! And why do our bishop who is not an IT expert making such presumptions? Remember that no election is perfect even in the US which is the foremost democratic country in the world!

    • boldyak

      and they just want the election more cridible, what is wrong with that?….bwahahaha

  • $20926843

    If this coming election will be chaotic and violent because of the willful indifference being displayed by this SOB Brillantes and in spite of this, almost all of the candidates being supported by the inutile and autistic president in malacanang wins, then this guy should author a book entitled, “How to Rig an Election Without Really Trying”.  I am sure this book will be a best seller all over the world.

  • bugoybanggers

    Hanggat kayo ang namumuno, ganyan pa rin iyan.. akusasyon ng pandaraya. DEMOCRACY + more LAWYERS = DESTRUCTION to HELL.

  • im_not_convinced

    Basta Panalo lahat ng LP bets ok lang yan kay Brillantes.

  • rburke

    Epal na naman itong Gloria supporter na Archbishop Ramon Arguelles..imagine mas gusto nya ang manual voting..grabe..gusto niyang bumalik sa dagdag-bawas days..

  • Alfred

    HCOS PCOS ;)

  • dmsanders

    MALAKI na naman ang inyong KIKITAIN dahil sa HUKOS PICOS na iyan, palagay ko lowest 20M ang initial at pag nanalo sus ginoo  kawawan bayan ni JUAN kahit na sino ang manungkulan tila yata nasa KUMUNOY na ang PH NG DAHIL SA INYO mga GANID AT GAHAMAN. mabuti pa ang mga kalahi ni LOLONG umaayaw na kapag nabusog na siya namang KABALIGTARAN ninyo.

  • dmsanders

    nuong panahon ni mccoy na ang comelec chairman ay si Leony Perez, hindi marunong magbilang ng boto ang comelec, after ni perez marunong ng bumilang ng boto at nuong panahon ni GMA hanggang ngayon ay HUKOS PICOS ng PERA o DATUNG ang gustong gustong bilangin. 

  • dmsanders

    kahit na anong HI TECH machine ang gamitin at TAO ang naooperate andyan ang daya. at sana ang mga obispo eh huwag ng sumali dahil sila rin ay gumagawa ng ganito. One way pa nga ang kanilang ginagawa, bakit kamo COLLECT sila ng COLLECT ayaw namang MAG DONATE o magbigay KASI nga may  ugaling manok sila WALANG ALAM KUNDI puro kahig/kabig.

  • symonwho

    Comelec has an attitude problem with the mock elections. How can the real problems be addressed if they minimize these many issues encountered in the mock election and those
    raised by the election NGOs.
    They need to build trust and confidence and be open to critics so they can work together to ensure success.
    With their pronouncements, it is as if they want us to accept whatever the results would be. This is a recipe for disaster. 

  • falovs2023

    Paramihan na Lang ng like sa fb and paramihan ng followers sa twitter mas mabuti pa hehehe

  • fernan107

    nakialam na naman ang mga pare walang naman itutulong , pakialaman na lang ninyo ang simbahan hwag makialam pa sa politiko kasi kinokontra ninyo lahat pati ikakabuti ng mga taong bayan …. susmaryosep ka indo..

  • mabuhay_si_marKy

    and why would “minimal fear” be the subject of a headline? it only serves one purpose: to sow intrigue.  does not really help in projecting good governance and the rally that comelec is doing to clean the electoral process that has been abused in the past administration. let’s cut some slack people…

  • amelius23

    There is no 100% assurance that all the PCOS machines will perform without glitches, hence, there  are standby by PCOS machines anticipating this eventuality. We enjoin Comelec to continues random testing (dry run)  of other PCOS machines to all other and remaining  polling precincts throughout the country in order to verify the readiness of the PCOS machines and familiarize the teachers who will be mobilized as poll operators for the actual operation and conduct of actual voting. These can  be done between now and 1 week before the actual voting day of 13 May’ 2013. Kontra Daya, Namfrel, PCCRV, CBCP if they indeed want an honest conduct of election  and other accredited private entities should assist Comelec in conducting a free election without the interference and free machination of election cheats. There are places at this early that the teachers who will serve as poll operators are being offered as high as P30,000.00 each as a loan and if that particular candidate win the election, the loan is as good as already paid for.(in other words, the teachers will have to turn into blind eyes for whatever shenanigans this local politico will do inside the polling place with his watchers)   This is where the Namfrel, Kontra Daya,  PCCRV  and CBCP through their provincial and parochial bishops and priests should watch intently and should not be coerced to also turn to blind eye. Definitely, we will monitor the campaign strategy of a local provincial official  who officially proclaimed  that 10 mayors of the 13 towns in his province are with him.  (Hint: the province near Manila where you can see a lot of EPAL  posters  both for father and son).We will make sure that his Ninoy bill will not proliferate days before the election or else he will find himself in hot seat. He has done this on the last 2010 election and 2012 special congressional election  but now, he should be wise enough not to commit the same mistake of the father and son. A trap had been laid for him and his election operators. His batch mates from the academy cannot save him this time. Better come out clean this time since you can make an overkill of yourself  if it is true that you have 95  %. out  of the local mayors on your side, crispy  Ninoy bills  should not be a part of your campaign strategy.    

  • batukan

    it will do well for kontra daya and other organized group to “educate” the ‘common tao’ on electoral importance especially against trapos and epals through various means like those being done by religious groups on board buses and public transports, public speeches and ‘word of mouth’ (chismis) spreads.   

  • lattuaztar

    This Jimenez guy says signal is beyond his control. Any knowledgeable networker disputes such a claim simply because technology has myriad of solutions out there that may be able to completely eliminate glitches. You just need to find the right guy who has the skill to manipulate these sophisticated machines.

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