Ex- Comelec official fears delay in proclamation of winners

Five days before Election Day, former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, who supervised the first automated elections in 2010 and is now consultant of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, said there are a still lot of loose ends that need to be tied to make Monday’s election orderly. He is very concerned with very little time left […]

May 4, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  No Comments

Gordon to Comelec officials: ‘If you cannot do the job, resign.’

It’s as simple as that. Former Senator Richard Gordon who is running again for the Senate slammed officials of the Commission on Elections for painting a doomsday scenario if they were to comply with the Supreme Court decision to have the election machines on May 9 issue receipts of the voter’s vote. He said postponing […]

March 14, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  11 Comments

Is there something more in Lim’s ‘China election sabotage expose’?

I really hope that Election Commissioner Christian Robert Lim’s allegation that China is out to sabotage the 2016 elections is just a burst of irresponsibility that has been in abundance in this administration. What is more worrisome is if the sinister scenario that Lim raised is a camouflage for an operation just like what the […]

September 23, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Foreign Affairs  4 Comments

Bakit kaya hindi nababahala si Brillantes sa mga palpak ng NPO?

Nakakapagtaka, nakakaduda at nakakabahala ang hindi pagkabahala ng Commission on Elections sa mga palpak na nagyayari sa bidding ng pag-imprinta ng balota na gagamitin sa 2013 na eleksyun. Inamin ni Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. na palpak ang mga balota na ginawa ng Holy Family Printing Corp, ang pinanalo ng National Printing Office sa pag-imprenta […]

November 10, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2013 elections, Abante  No Comments

The high cost of a Corona conviction

Malacañang says the decision not to re-appoint Gus Lagman as Comelec commissioner has nothing to do with the impeachment trial of Chief Justice Renato Corona presided by Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile. They should tell that to the Marines. Following is the open letter of Lagman: To my friends, Without a new appointment, I cease to […]

April 19, 2012  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Corona Impeachment  301 Comments

Bakit hindi pa nasampahan ng kaso si Abalos?

Bakit ba hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa na-isampa ang kasong electoral sabotage laban kay dating Commission on Election chairman Benjamin Abalos na inirekomenda ng joint panel ng Department of Justice at Comelec? Ito rin ang tanong ni Sen.Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III noong Biyernes. From Inquirer: Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the case against […]

December 4, 2011  Tags: ,   Posted in: Abante, Election 2007  17 Comments

Paano isulong ni Brillantes ang reporma sa Comelec?

Ang isang malaking kasalanan ni Gloria Arroyo sa sambayanang Pilipino ay ang pagsira ng mga institusyon pangdemokrasya para lamang manatili siya sa kapangyarihan. Sinira niya ang military nang ginamit niya ito para mandaya para sa kanya noong 2004 na eleksyun. Sinira niya ang institusyon ng hustisya sa pamamagitan ng paglagay ng mga taong kulang sa […]

September 10, 2011  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Comelec  18 Comments

Comelec chief accused of unethical behavior

I did the following article for VERA Files. It’s also in the Manila Times, TV5’s Interaksyon, and Yahoo. The displaced director of the Commission on Elections’ Law Department has accused Chairman Sixto S. Brillantes Jr. of unethical behavior for allegedly requesting him to help absolve two Comelec officials ordered suspended by the Office of the […]

September 9, 2011  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Comelec, elections2010  331 Comments

Strange movements at the Comelec

A number of recent movements at the Commission on Elections don’t make sense. Update: Rafanan also removed from DOJ-COMELEC probe team. Brillantes says he is “uncontrollable” http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/08/26/11/rafanan-removed-poll-fraud-fact-finding-team The person who has always been known to be uncompromising in matters of electoral crimes and graft and corruption has been dismissed from his department level position while […]

August 25, 2011  Tags:   Posted in: 2004 elections, 2010 elections, Graft and corruption  25 Comments

Very satisfied

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, Tita de Villa, national chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, and Smartmatic people were all beaming with pride in last Friday’s presentation by Mahar Mangahas of the Social Weather Stations findings on the people’s evaluation of the May 2010 election. Sponsored by the The Asia Foundation, it was […]

July 30, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: surveys  6 Comments