By JACK C. GADAINGAN
May 17, 2010, 7:54pm
Manila Bulletin

NAVAL, Biliran — This capital town is once again quiet, after four days of tension which started when the winning local candidates in the automated polls last Monday were proclaimed, and after incumbent Biliran lone district Rep. Glenn A. Chong reluctantly accepted defeat to challenger Rogelio J. Espina.

In his regular radio program ARANKADA aired over Radio Natin, Naval last Saturday, Chong called on his supporters to stop the protest rallies they have staged as he will now get ready to employ legal means in protesting the elections results.

Chong’s supporters, claiming that their candidate lost through electoral fraud and cheating, have been staging protest demonstrations here since Wednesday last week. Up to Friday last week, they barricaded the provincial capitol where the Provincial Board of Canvassers was holding the canvassing at the Legislative Building. The protest action has resulted to the wounding of one person, allegedly a Chong supporter.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Regional Director lawyer Nick Mendros, in an interview, belied the claims of the defeated Chong camp that massive election irregularities caused Chong’s defeat.

The Provincial Board of Canvassers in Biliran, headed by lawyer Richard Alvin N. Japson in the afternoon of May 11 proclaimed as winner for the lone congressional seat of Biliran Governor Rogelio J. Espina with 40,010 votes over incumbent Congressman Glenn Chong with 39,649 votes.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. MAO NI ANG KLASE SA NEWS ITEM NGA MAKAHAGTUK UG P25,000 PERMI UG KADA BUWAN KANG JACK GIKAN SA KAPITOLYO.

    MO-AKUSAR NA POD SEGURO NING MGA ESPINA KARON NGA BIAS ANG BI.COM KAY GI PLASTAR MAN NING ILANG BALITA DINHI.

  2. Congressman Glenn Chong you are still our Congressman.
    We admire your principles and the people who protest against
    The Espinas we have to wait another 3 years to come.
    We hope that the school buses for the poor students will still be serving to them.
    Good Luck Congressman Glenn Chong and God bless you and your family.We love you..

  3. bert, hala ayuha jud na imong congressman ang mga school bus unsaon naman na kay private property sa imong
    amo chong unsaon naman na hapit na baya ang klase sa mga estuyante ikaw nala palit ug fuel ana para modagan di gani ci chong kay mao baya na iya saad bisag dina ciya congressman pa operaton gihapon niya iya school bus..

  4. This is another news spin by the paid master Jack Gadaingan to create the impression in Region 8 that all is well in Biliran.

    This, together with the other twist on the other article” Random manual audit in Region 8 validates poll results” is an orchestrated media campaign planned by the holder of a fake doctorate degree Gerry Espina Sr.

    Rep Glenn Chong has confirmed that the protest has now been taken to the national level and the fight is far from over until the Comelec agrees to a manual count of the paper votes.

    Formalizing the electoral complaint does not mean acceptance of defeat. Acceptance of defeat only occurs when no action has been done and a silent acceptance is manifested. Biliranons have already manifested their complaint as shown in the protest rally held at the Provincial Capitol.

    We will continue with our peaceful protest which Jack Gadaingan has twisted to mean “acceptance of defeat”.

    Both Roger and Gerryboy Espina should not be comfortable with the thought that they can assume position in June 30 and or that, wallow in the thought that that the electoral challenge will take 3 years to complete. The protest will be resolved in as quickly as the automated vote count was conducted.

    The electoral challenge will be a proverbial “sword of Damocles” hanging on their heads that could drop anytime when Biliranons will achieve justice. This time, it will be different. We will not allow similar delays that the late Gov Danilo Parilla went through when he lodged an electoral challenge against Gerry Espina Sr on the mayoralty issue back in 2004 elections.

    All is not swell in Biliran until the paper votes are recounted; the Comelec explains the anomaly of the 2 PCOS and BGAN machines in Kawayan, the new bailiwick of Gerry Espina Sr.

    LET US CONTINUE WITH OUR PEACEFUL PROTEST. WE HAVE NOT ACCEPTED DEFEAT.

    LET US SHOW THIS PAID MORON JACK GADAINGAN, THAT BILIRANONS DON’T JUST GIVE UP A GOOD FIGHT. WE ARE A LOVING AND PEACEFUL PEOPLE, BUT WE ARE NOT STUPID.

    GOD BLESS BILIRAN.

  5. Nograles to sue Comelec, Smartmatic, others for sabotage

    By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 15:04:00 05/19/2010

    Filed Under: Politics, Inquirer Politics, Eleksyon 2010, Elections, Computing & Information Technology

    MANILA, Philippines—House Speaker Prospero Nograles said Wednesday he plans to file charges of election sabotage against officials of the Commission on Elections, some members of the Board of Election Inspectors and equipment supplier Smartmatic TIM.

    In a statement, Nograles, who lost his bid for mayor of Davao City, has offered the House of Representatives as a sanctuary for potential witnesses who were the “least guilty” in alleged electoral fraud.

    Nograles said that while the elections were generally credible, reports of automated election fraud from all over the country can no longer be dismissed as minor glitches.

    He issued the statement just hours before the House committee on suffrage and electoral reform began its probe on poll irregularities.

    Nograles said the “the gross disregard of the Comelec of mandated security requirements is tantamount to gross negligence of duty and culpable direct participation in the grandest election sabotage in history ever perpetrated in this country.”

    He argued that the Comelec made it easier for the cheating to take place by failing to implement security measures.

    Nograles claimed that based on testimony of IT experts, there were at least three ways the votes could have been manipulated in the last election: the use of predetermined results using excess official ballots; use of pre-programmed cf cards that can transmit fake results repeatedly; and the use of jamming devices to block transmission of authentic results and facilitate transmission of manufactured results.

    “We cannot allow our people to be hoodwinked by hallelujahs to a totally flawed election process,” Nograles said. “We must give back to every Filipino voter the truth of the vote stolen from them.”

    “I am filing cases against the perpetrators of this nationwide election sabotage and all those whose gross disregard of our election laws and their duty to secure the integrity of elections in the country and this includes the election fraud operators, Smartmatic Inc. and it’s sub-contractors, Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), officials of the National Printing Office (NPO), as well as officials of the Comelec,” said Nograles.

    Election sabotage under Section 29 of Republic Act 8436 covers acts that result in utilizing, tampering with, destroying and stealing official ballots, election returns and certificates of votes, electronic devices and their components, peripherals and supplies such as the counting machines, memory packs diskettes and receivers and computer sets.

    It also includes interfering with, impeding and absconding for the purpose of gain the installation or use of computer counting devices and the processing, storage, generation and transmission of election results, data and information as well as gaining and causing access to using, altering, destroying or disclosing any computer data, program, system software, network or any computer related devices, facilities, hardware or equipment, whether classified or declassified.

  6. I am sad that Cong. Chong was clearly cheated in the May 10, 2010 due to the following:
    1. 1,600 Flying voters
    2. PCOS and BGAN machines intercepted at Dapdap, Agpangi after an inventory was already conducted by the COMELEC Provincial Supervisor at Argo Forwarder Tacloban City
    3. A discrepancy in the number of votes for congressman
    And I pity most the common people of Biliran who are real victims of the fraud because they will now be deprived of the doable platform of government of Cong. Chong’s party.
    I know there are die hard supporters of Espina family because they receive so much favor from them and they are just thinking of themselves, not the good our poor brethren who are deprived of the basic services because of corruption.
    I just pray that the Lord who is Just and Most Powerful will give justice to His beloved poor.
    We love you Cong. Chong, you are the true winner!

  7. @louella
    at your reason #1
    1,600? 2000? 4000? Ano ba talaga? Sa susunod na gagawa kayo ng storya pag usapan niyo muna para hindi halatang peke ung modus niyo… HAHAHA
    #2
    Why the $#%#! would you link the “missing” PCOS machine with the victory of the Espinas? As if we have dealings with those machines.. And I bet you will say we do but you have no proof whatsoever..
    #3
    Discrepancy in the # of votes?
    Do you even know the ACTUAL number of votes? And what if 1 person can prove that he did not vote for a congressman? Won’t your assumption crumble to pieces?

    Well I don’t say you are wrong but I’m not saying you are right either.. Whatever you say is just a big maybe. So unless you have actual facts to prove what you say, don’t start talking like you know something.

    and it would be Ex-Cong Glenn Chong :P
    HAHAHA.. fitting..

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