By: X-Men
Photos by Kenskie
First Posted 17:25:00 06/28/2010
Last Updated 16:25:00 06/29/2010
BiliranIsland.com

The security preparations laid down for the inaugural ceremony of Governor-elect Gerardo S. Espina, Jr. on June 30, 2010 that will be held at around 10:00 in the morning at the Governor’s Hall located in the 3rd Floor of the Capitol Building is a plain and simple overkill.

Consider these security preparations: 1. officials and guests who are given official invitation signed by Mr. Avelino S. Hernandez, Provincial Administrator will submit today, June 28 their names including only one companion who either be a staff member, a driver or an assistant by calling the Governor’s Office thru Mr. Gershon Apura to facilitate the preparations of the masterlist and access passes. Guests not included in the masterlist will not be admitted to the capitol compound. 2. If the invited official or guest will use an official vehicle, one must report first to the capitol authority in-charge of the inaugural ceremony the plate number of the vehicle for the issuance of a gate pass because the policy is that vehicles again not included in the masterlist will not be admitted to the capitol compound. 3. Reception area and processing of security clearances will be at the corner at the national highway to Brgy. Calumpang towards the cross-country road and Brgy. Larrazabal (near DPWH area). All guests coming from downtown area are directed to use either the Atipolo diversion road or Lupa road. 4. All invited guests will be present at the reception area at around 8:00 to 9:00 in the morning to facilitate clearance.

Comelec proclaims Gerryboy as Gov, Montoy as Vice-Gov
Comelec proclaims Gerryboy as Gov, Montoy as Vice-Gov photo by Gervin Cabia, PIO Capitol

In addition, Col. Wilson Caubat, Provincial Director of the PNP in the province of Biliran made an official pronouncement last week in a radio program sponsored by the capitol, Sibya sa Probinsya hosted by Aldrin Caing, that there will be policemen that will be stationed in the 2nd and 3rd floors of the capitol building aside from the yet undetermined number of cops not in uniform plus members of the Philippine Army that will be deployed at the capitol ground on the day of the inauguration.

Checkpoints are also put in place by the PNP near the Naval municipal hall and at the diversion road going to Larrazabal three days before the inaugural ceremony.

One of the distinguishing features of the inaugural ceremony which is in one way or the other part of the security plan is that people who are invited to attend are required to wear in white color attire which is the motif of the ceremony.

A number of Biliranons who have already made known with the security preparations for the big event at the capitol on June 30 have asked, why the overkill security? Is the governor-elect afraid of his installation to office as the governor-elect in the province of Biliran? To whom is he afraid of? Will it be good for his leadership to start in an atmosphere of fear? Or in instilling an environment of fear to the Biliranons?

This is the first time to happen in the province of Biliran where security preparation is already overkill for an inauguration of a public official whom the people have entrusted their precious votes. Past inaugurations were made free for the public to witness, to enjoy and to savor the sweet of victory as a way of gratitude to the people who put him into office.

We do hope this will not send a wrong signal to the Biliranons as the governor-elect will start to perform his official function as Governor in the province of Biliran with the attached corresponding responsibilities, obligations and duties in the service of the Biliranons whom he will fulfill for three years beginning July 1, 2010.

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50 COMMENTS

  1. Such preparations are warranted in the face of the mob who, in the past, have shown that some of its members are mindless and unreasonable (therefore they are the mob; pardon the tautology for emphasis). The same people who up to now have not been able to present convincing, incontrovertible, and prima facie evidence and proof of alleged cheating in the polls. The same people who rant like mad dogs in the blogs with their mouths frothing and oozing with invectives and unmentionable abominations. The same people who cannot reason with ease, who do not listen to others (read: there are Biliranons who did not vote for Glenn Chong in case you don’t know that), and who are not really out for justice but for the imposition of their own will and perspective on the whole Biliran citizenry. But, most of all, the same people who have shown that they have the capacity to hurt anyone who disagrees with them. Even the vulnerable and innocent. Take the case of the woman from Busali, Biliran who was wrongly accused of carrying CF cards and was mobbed on her way out of the capitol shortly after the elections. Take the case of the woman from Busali, Biliran who was wrongly accused of carrying CF cards and was mobbed on her way out of the capitol shortly after the elections.

  2. The Espinas are worthless they were never born to win,but they were only born to cheat,completely….So those people who liked those Espina will surely regret on their decisions in my example is,if a teacher is on the side of Espina so,they would also cheat,like failing those students whom they sided on a different person and not Espina noe matter how smart that student is he/she would fail that student just because he/she rejected Espina,in any case what kind of hobbit the leader is, that will also be the hobbit of his/her followers….

  3. What a good alibi to convince the people that you are doing this overkill security for good. No matter what you are saying, nobody will listen to you because clearly this is a show of power through guns and armed men so that Biliranons will have this fear to go against the Espinas. This is now the start of what we anticipated as Espinatuan province. Like the Ampatuans in Mindanao where their own people are being feared by their high powered guns and were treated as animals. What you are doing right now is one way of being like the Ampatuans. But take note, no matter how powerful they are, they are now in jail.

  4. Nabalita sa TV Patrol nga aminado si Cong. Locsin nga may poll rigging/limbong sa local level. Responsibilidad ni sa COMELEC nga mag-imbestigar sa mga insidente nga may limbong. Unsang hitabua nga magtake-oath na sila wisely..kanus-a pa man diay ang manual re-count? tsk.tsk.tsk..similar conditions apply..mahuman ang protesta human pud ang termino? kakapuy baya ni nga sitwasyun uy!..hayyy Biliran kung mahal..good luck nalang sa tanan!

  5. aguy! hilum na gad kita….lets pray that there will be a PEACEFULL ,SUCCESSFUL AND FUN INAUGURATION. SALAMAT KATAWHAN BILIRANON.

  6. oo masayun la pag siring hito pag hilom,,,kay bangin amo it iyo gin butohan,,,an ako lang masisiring ”sentido komon” it tawo nga makasasala mahahadlok daw ano,amo na ito yana.kay kon waray gud binuhatan nga mara-ut,ano man an imo kaharadlokan diba,kitam pnp/army an pagbabantayon.maski hin-o nga tawo pag waray ka mara-ut nga gin hihimo diri ka gud mahahadlok…maski nga-in kapa malakat.

  7. PARA NAKO ANGAYAN LANG GAYOD INGNOON ANA ANG PAMAAGI SA INAGURASYON SA GOVERNOR ELECT? KAY NAA MANGGOD KASAMOK NGA GIPASIUGDA SA PILDIDONG INTSIK CHONG…DIIN ATO BAYA NASAYRAN SA UNANG MGA ADLAW NGA MISMO 1 SA ILANG RALISYISTA WAY KALOOY giposil sa lipong ug ulo nga desperadong tawo…

    GAWAS ANA NAA PAY NINGLABAY NGA MGA unsolved crime…DIIN MISMO ANG AMAHAN SA KANHING CONG.CHONG GI ambush BAYA,MAO LAGI KAHIBULONGAN LANG KAY ANG biktima naman hinoon ANG DILI PORSEGIDO MAKAKAB-OT UG HUSTISYA? KAY MISMO NAMAN ANG biktima sa ambush MAOY KUSOG MOHANGYO SA judge UG POSTPONEMENT SA HEARING,HEHE…only in biliran lang ni naingon ani.

    IKADUHA KA SWERTE SI atty. montejo KUNG MAGPAKUROKATULOG LANG SI gov. espina,KAY KASABOT BAYA TA NGA NAAY PILDIDONG PODEROSONG POLITIKO KANIADTO ANG DILI MAHIMOTANG O MAKAKATULOG,NAGPAKAUWAW NALANG GANI UG atubang sa congress bahin sa hearing sa mga gilimbongan, APIL NATO SI CONG.CLOCSIN? HILIG BAYA NA UG binuang nga buhat,hehe…

  8. HOY BIKTIMA UG GERRY BOY NGA SUGAROL ROGER NGA PARAUTANG,
    NAGPAKAUWAW RAMAN MO?UNSA MAN NANG CAPITOLYO PRIVATE PROPERTY NINYO NGA ANG MGA ORDINARYONG BILIRANON DE;I MAN MAKA ATENDER SA MAONG INAUGURATION?
    UNSA MAN NING CAPITOLYO SAN MIGUEL CORPORATION NGA PRIBADO KINAHANGLAN UG SECURITY CLEARANCES?
    MAO PAKO SA BILIRAN MAHITABO SA KADAUGAN KONO SA LIMBONG ANING ESPINA DYNASTY.
    HALA DAYONGI NINYO ANG CAPITOLYO PAGDAYONG MO DIANA MGA BOLOK NGA SUPPORTER NI ESPINA.
    ANG INYONG WHITE NGA MOTIFF ANG MEANING SA WHITE NGA LIMPYO MO OR WALAY BULING SA SALA KUNDELI MGA MANGTAS MO SA CORRUPTION SWINDLER CREMINAL MAO NA ANG APILYEDO SA ESPINATUAN.

  9. ang pagbutang sa pnp ug army personnel palibot sa kapitolyo mao lang ang pag maintain sa peace and order situation during the inauguration of Gov Geriboy Espina as the new governor. Kung ato mahinumduman niadtong Mayo 12, 2010 diin daghang mga sinuhulan ni Cong Tsong nagrally sa capitol grounds diin kining mga rallyista nahimong violente nga bisan ang mga way labot ug inosenteng mga empleyado ilang gipasakitan ug gipakaulawan. Mao kini ang gilikayan ni Gov. Geriboy nga dili na maotro pagkahitabo. I am requesting the administrator of this site nga ipakita nya ang maong mga violent footages

  10. At Toink

    You might be right there; that this is a show of force. But, as I’ve mentioned, this is warranted. Ilabina kay naay mga pwersa nga kagubot lamang ang tumong ug tinguha.

    Lahi ni siya sa sitwasyon nga walay rason para mag daghan og pwersa pero daghan ug armas and bodyguard. Glenn Chong is very much guilty of this. Remember how Glenn Chong berated airport security personnel at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport because his security escorts were not allowed inside the arrival area as per security protocol? Kay basin daw i ambush siya sulod sa airport – his justification here in the blogs for this incident? Another incident is an event at the Busali Elementary School. Glenn Chong came to attend. The people of Busali were stunned to see a plethora of armed security detail – some were even in full battle gear. The security swooped on the whole elementary school campus like a war was coming. Even the rip-rap that extends into the sea (which is just beside the school) was not spared – several security stood there to secure the area.

    So, following your argument, hadlok ba si Glenn Chong? Daghan ba siya’g sala nga grabe man kaayo iyang security?

    But, well, he’s history now. So, there goes.

  11. Atty. este Biliranon! he he!

    hala sige dayeg sa imung amo na espina. Kai naka benefisyo man u..

    grabe Gerry Girl ui. Wala pa gani na Presidente strick na. hilas kaayo ka Gerry Girl. ehemmm musta date ninyo ni Mr. M?

  12. #10 Biliranon

    Nahitabo na nga tight security ni Cong. Chong kay daghan na mga patay nga nahitabo dinhi sa ato probinsya nga adunay koneksyon sa mga Espina. Una, ang pagkamatay ni Ex-Gov. Parilla, ikaduha ang pag ambush kang Charlie Chong diin namatyan ug duha ka bodyguard niya. Klaro ba???? unsa imo buot ipasabot magpasagad lang c Cong. Chong after all nahitabo ni na mga insidente? Ikaw sa imong bahin, ug ikaw ang naa sa lugar ni Cong. Chong nga strong rival sa mga Espina sa pulitika, magpabaya ka kaha sa imong kaugalingon? Ug dli ingon ana nga klase ang mga Espina nga mopatay jud ug kontra sa pulitika, dili na mag iningon c Cong. Chong oi kay bilib na cya sa mga Biliranon, may respeto na sa katawhan. Sila ra mga Espina ang dili kasaligan kay mga hakug sa poder (power greedy).

  13. At Toink:

    Ah, so si Glenn Chong dili hakog sa poder? Dili ba pud gipadagan niya iyang amahan para maghimo pud siya og Chongpatuan dinhi sa Biliran? Dili ba si Glenn Chong ang nangpalit og botos sa mga Biliranon nga niabot og halos 3 mil kada tawo sa pipila ka lungsod sa atong Probinsiya? Kana dili hakog sa poder?

    Kinsa man nga grupo ang nagbalik-balik sa presohan didto sa Cebu para papirmahan si Gene Corpin og affidavit nga gisugo siya sa mga Espina aron patyon si Parilla? Dili ba kahakug na sa poder?

    And you think only Glenn Chong has the prerogative to beef up security? Ug kung Espina ang mubahat, hadlok sila ug overkill?

    Murag one sided ang imong application sa imong mga argumento. I am not for the Espinas. But, Glenn Chong supporters here must examine their candidate before throwing stones at the others. Kay kung sumadahon, wala may kalahian na si Glenn Chong sa mga Espina.

  14. “This is the first time to happen in the province of Biliran where security preparation is already overkill for an inauguration of a public official whom the people have entrusted their precious votes. Past inaugurations were made free for the public to witness, to enjoy and to savor the sweet of victory as a way of gratitude to the people who put him into office.”

    ” PEOPLES PRECIOUS VOTES”,, HAHAHA THAT WAS REALLY FUNNY..

    ALL I CAN SAY: THEY’RE ALL AFRAID OF THE “MOB”. IF TAHT’S THE CASE WHO’S THE REAL WINNER NOW???? THE REAL WINNERS ARE NOT AFRAID OF ANYONE.

    GOD BLESS AND GOOD LUCK BILIRAN…

    UHMM AY SA, NAGCARAVAN TA MO, TO SHOW GRATITUDE..WEHHH

  15. Overkill diay nang mg menten la ug peace and order? Kinsa my ng una ug rally2x dha kng knsa nga political camp? Katungod na sa usa ka governor mg deploy ug ingon ana nga secuty dha ky tungod la pud sa mga ng rally nga mga naa sa gawas sa capitol.. Krn la gni nang mga Espina ng tyt ug security unya overkill na? This site really makes shame to biliran province pataka la ug balita unfair kaau one sided reporting.Ang inaguration sad ni Aquino Mr. Biliranisland.com reporter tyt man ang security overkill sad?Kadtong naa pa sa poder c Glen Chong unsa my tawag anang iya mga security na bsan sa erport pasudlon, bsan sa pagpa dagan sa mga sakyanan paspasero kaau labaw pa ug presidente sa pinas ang me abot..inyo sad unta nang gi post dinhi ug unsa c Glen Chong ka hawod mo ad2 ug laing lugar.Bias man mo kaau.Una mo mag himo ug report manginsayod una unta mo sa PNP BILIRAN ug unsay rason ngano ingon ana ang security ugma d kay mag una nmo ug broadcast sa sayop nga report.Cgurado ko kni ako blog d ni e post sa admin ani nga site,cge la time wil come…

  16. Locsin: No to automated elections in 2013

    abs-cbnNEWS.com
    Posted at 06/28/2010 2:46 PM | Updated as of 06/28/2010 5:31 PM

    MANILA, Philippines – The chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms on Monday opposed a plan to automate the May 2013 mid-term elections after proving that there was systematic cheating in the local polls last May 10.

    Speaking to ANC, Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin said complainants in the House investigation on the 2010 polls were able to present documentary evidence that proved vote-rigging and that the precinct count optical scan machines (PCOS) can be used for cheating.

    He said the PCOS machines had one good virtue, in that it allowed people to see if they were used for electronic cheating. “Candidates came forward to show that there was voting that started at 10 in the evening, there was voting on other days and there was pre-shading ballots,” he said.

    “Smartmatic tried to give one explanation after another, but none of the explanations held, and in the end, they admitted they cannot explain,” he said.

    Locsin said some boards of election inspectors actively participated in fraud practices and that poll machine supplier Smartmatic-TIM was not able to prove that the machines cannot be used for fraud.

    The Makati congressman said he would discourage automation and push for manual polls in the next elections on 2013 unless all the loopholes can be plugged.

    “It would be easier to use the paper ballot if you are unable to clean up the [Commission on Elections] and the BEIs who conduct the cheating and if you are unable to improve the machine so that it will not reset to zero in the middle of the night,” he said.

    According to Locsin’s 47-page chairman’s report, sporadic cheating in the May 10 polls was confined to the local races usually through manipulation of time and date stamps, resetting the machines, refeeding already scanned or unused ballots and taking complete control of precincts.

    It said that while the process of manipulating the votes at the local level was time-consuming, laborious and risky, “the risk of discovery was mitigated by the certain knowledge that the media would dismiss the cheated candidate as a sore loser, forgetting the principle that while some losers cry cheated, some winners really cheated.”

    Locsin said that the time and date stamp issues “are too serious in all its aspects for the members of the committee to be convinced by explanations” that he described as sounding “like works in progress” at best.

    “An election return that is dated other than the official day of elections must be taken at face value and is legally invalid. Voting logged as taking place hours after the close of voting hours, with ballots logged as having been fed to the voting machine at a fast and unvarying rate consistent only with one person doing it, are not just suspicious but invalid as well. It is no argument to say that when the time is wrong, the time is still right just because it is consistently wrong. Smartmatic tried to argue 12 hours of voting is still 12 hours of voting whenever and whatever the time logged or, for that matter, the date of the ER,” he said.

  17. overkill ang security? dili ba si glenn chong ang overkill ug security? pila ka sakyanan ang mag sunod sunod sa iyang convoy? tag pila ka tawo ang sakay kada 1 ka fortuner? dili ba 21 kabouk ang magsunod sunod sa iya? asa man ang overkill ana? haguhoy, bisan unsa gad buhaton sa mga espina dautan gad tanan para sa inyo. kay para sa inyo dautan tanan buhat sa mga espina. tagae ninyo ug peace of mind si glenn chong aron makatulog kay tingalig madaut kana. pangtan a inyong vice gob nga si montejo unsa iya description sa iya.

  18. #14 Biliranon

    Sorry I dont want to argue with you anymore kay morag nangugat na baya ka……hehehe kalma lang. Besides arguing with your ideas is nonsense. No need to explain na kay tingalig mosamot kalayo ang estorya. I hope you get me. Just a clue, your first two sentences are out of truth. Btaw dli nlang ko mo expound oi kay unyag di nimo masabtan. I understand you…..

  19. Comelec insists on buying PCOS machines, despite AES likely death

    Systematic fraud marks 2010 auto polls

    Daily tribune

    06/29/2010

    Systematic cheating marked the 2010 automated polls, the chairman of the House of Rerpesentatives committee on suffrage and electoral reforms yesterday said in a TV interview, stressing that he will be proposing for Congress to junk the automated elections in 2013, given the many instances of fraud noted, and moreover substantiated by documentary evidence.

    Congressional committee chairman outgoing Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr. stressed that Smartmatic, while coming up with a lot of excuses and explanations as to why certain irregularities were noted, despite the Commision on Elections’ (Comelec) technical partner’s guarantees on the security features of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, failed to provide satisfactory answers.

    Locsin made it clear that he will be opposing a plan of the Comelec to automate the 2013 polls after evidence showed that there was systematic cheating in the last polls, although Locsin claimed that the cheating was done only in the local level.

    This statement was however challenged by Comelec commmissioner Gregorio Larrazabal,

    who pointed out that this was based on one and the same program, and applies to both the local and national level.

    It was not explained by Locsin why he claims that systematic cheating could only have happened in the local level, and not the national level.

    Despite these findings by the committee, however, the Comelec appears bent on buying the PCOS machines.

    Comelec has finally decided to acquire the PCOS, although not all of it, but only some, worth about P150 to 180 million machines of Smartmatic.

    Comelec chairman Jose Melo claimed that he has not as yet read the congressional report of Locsin but said the poll body’s decision not to purchase all 82,000 PCOS machines is basically because the Comelec does not want “to be tied down” to the same technology.

    “The total number that we used for the 2010 polls, we are not purchasing because we don’t want to be tied down to Smartmatic and its PCOS,” Melo told reporters, adding that with the fast changing technology available “may be in three years, we will have a much improved system available to us.”

    Melo explained that while it is stated in their P7.2 billion contract with Smartmatic that they have the option to buy the machines “we said we just put that in the contract, option to buy. But we’re not serious about purchasing them.”

    But he said they may purchase some 487 PCOS machines worth about $3-4 million which will be used in the special elections in some more areas that have yet to be set as well as in dealing with election protests filed before the commission.

    Based on the contract, all PCOS machines leased by the Comelec will be pulled out come the expiration of the agreement on Dec. 31, 2010.

    The Comelec chief admitted that there are enough grounds for the report of the House committee on suffrage and electoral reforms to say that “all the loopholes in the PCOS and the automated election process should be firmly plugged”.

    He admitted that the AES used by Smartmatic and Comelec still has a lot of things that should be improved.

    “There’s a vast room for improvement in the elections. We need to improve it so that it would be error free, criticism-free,”said Melo while adding that he has yet to receive a copy of the House panel’s report.

    Asked what areas that needed improvements, Melo said in the aspects of voters’ education, transmission and security.

    He said nothing about the fact that it was the commission’s decision to cut off a lot of security features which allowed the cheats free rein to alter the data, as well as the fact that Smartmatic’s PCOS certainly was easily hacked.

    It is also doubted that the next elections will be automated. In all probabilty, given the experience of electronic fraud, it will be back to manual elections, or at most, a hybrid of manual and automated polls.

    In the Chairman’s Report, Locsin said sporadic cheating in the country’s first automated general elections last month appears to be confined to local races.

    But these, taken with the “fitful credibility” with which technical provider Smartmatic-TIM explained crucial date-and-time stamp issues in the vote-counting machine, and the Comelec’s move to discard certain security features, made it necessary to revisit the country’s experiment with automation—and perhaps even set it aside for the next elections if the loopholes of the May 10 exercise are not plugged.

    “The cheating appears therefore to have been confined to local contests. While it is true that unused ballots are supposed to be torn in half, with the left side put in one envelope and the right in another, these folders are lost and not even most of the PCOS machines have been retrieved, let alone their CF cards, secrecy folders, pens, not to mention the huge ballot boxes themselves which remain in the custody of incumbent winners who are awaiting the rainy season to wash away the evidence,” said Locsin.

    During the hearing, Smartmatic told the committee that it has the responsibility to retrieve the machines, but has no authority to return them to its plant for diagnostic testing.

    This, Locsin learned, needs an authorization from the Comelec en banc, which he rued “might come when all interest in the matter has evaporated.”

    Locsin, one of the authors of Republic Act 9369 on poll automation, has also suggested—in light of the May 10 experience—the use of a hybrid ballot where the voter casts his vote by shading ovals, but with a part of the ballot where the voter could handwrite a word or phrase other than his or her name in lieu of the ballots used during the May 10 polls. He was alluding to allegations of preshading of the ovals and refeeding to the machine in some of the disputed areas.

    Locsin suggested that before the next automated election, “all the loopholes in the PCOS and the automated election process should be firmly plugged by either the current provider or by another more assiduous supplier.”

    Otherwise, he said, “a reversion to manual elections with heightened vigilance by organizations like the PPCRV and Namfrel would probably yield more credible and accurate results.”

    In the TV interview, however, Locsin said complainants in the House probe presented documentary evidence that proved vote-rigging and that the PCOS can be used for cheating.

    “Candidates came forward to show that there was voting that started at 10 in the evening, there was voting on other days and there was pre-shading ballots,” he said.

    “Smartmatic tried to give one explanation after another, but none of the explanations held, and in the end, they admitted they cannot explain,” he said.

    Locsin said some boards of election inspectors actively participated in fraud practices and that poll machine supplier Smartmatic-TIM was not able to prove that the machines cannot be used for fraud.

    Locsin’s 47-page chairman’s report claimed that sporadic cheating in the May 10 polls was confined to the local races usually through manipulation of time and date stamps, resetting the machines, refeeding already scanned or unused ballots and taking complete control of precincts.

    It said that while the process of manipulating the votes at the local level was time-consuming, laborious and risky, “the risk of discovery was mitigated by the certain knowledge that the media would dismiss the cheated candidate as a sore loser, forgetting the principle that while some losers cry cheated, some winners really cheated.”

    Locsin said that the time and date stamp issues “are too serious in all its aspects for the members of the committee to be convinced by explanations” that he described as sounding “like works in progress” at best.

    “An election return that is dated other than the official day of elections must be taken at face value and is legally invalid. Voting logged as taking place hours after the close of voting hours, with ballots logged as having been fed to the voting machine at a fast and unvarying rate consistent only with one person doing it, are not just suspicious but invalid as well. It is no argument to say that when the time is wrong, the time is still right just because it is consistently wrong. Smartmatic tried to argue 12 hours of voting is still 12 hours of voting whenever and whatever the time logged or, for that matter, the date of the ER,” he said.

    Meanwhile, eight Comelec personnel and two private individuals were invited for questioning by the three-men panel tasked to probe the controversial P689 million ballot secrecy folder.

    Comelec Law department director Ferdinand Rafanan, who heads the panel said they have tackled all phases of the ballot secrecy folder to determine fully if there were indeed irregularities committed in the botched ballot secrecy folder acquisition.

    When asked if a commissioner or the Comelec executive director Jose Tolention was among those questioned, Rafanan declined to comment.

    He said their 90 page report includes reports and documents
    from the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) headed by Leah Alarkon as well as documents from the supposed supplier OTC Paper Supply.

    For his part, Comelec chairman Jose Melo vowed to act swiftly on the report submitted by the group of Rafanan.

    “I want immediate action… We will impose a deadline (on our actions),” Melo told reporters.

    But Rafanan said the decision would still be on the en banc if they will adopt or not their recommendations.

    “If the en banc does not accept it (recommendations), it will be nothing. But if the en banc will act in accordance with our recommendations, then we will have something,” said Rafanan.

    In early April, the Comelec en banc had ordered the creation of a three-man panel to probe the alleged overpricing in the procurement of more than 1.8 million ballot secrecy folders worth P380 each from OTC Paper Supply.

    Based on the report, we will make a decision who is guilty and who is not. They will be charged properly,” assured Melo. With Marie A. Surbano, Charlie V. Manalo and PNA

  20. Ngek, adp, abangan ang susunod na kabanata….lets see the next 30 days of Geri Buy Espina hehehe…tingalig makurat nlang ka sa racing car ana mgsuroy2x dinhi sa Naval. Abangan lang natin…..

  21. BERT,

    KINSA BA ANG NAG INGON NIMO NGA PRIVATE PROPERTY ANG KAPITOLYO? DILI NALANG DIAY MANGANDAM ARON MAPROTEHERAN ANG BAG-ONG GOVERNOR NGADTO SA MGA LIPONG UG ULO? NAGPAKAURO INOSENTE PA MAN KA NGA aw_aw UY..WALA BA KA MASAYOD UNSA POD NIADTO MOASTA ANG IMONG GIDAPIGANG INTSIK CHONG? BISAG DILI inagurasyon LUPIG PA ANG PRESIDENTE KUNG MAGHISGOT TA UG MGA security, BATA-BATALYON ANG MGA itoy nga law-ay mag uro aligid bisag gani ang dili opisyales nga si chong way kalahian,hehe…

    KANANG INAGURASYON PA ANG DILI PANGANDAMAN? SIMBA KO KUNG MAKALUSOT TO ANG desperadong nagposil sa 1 ka raliyista LUPIG PA TO UG NAKADAOG UG LOTTO SI atty.montejo? MAG RAYHAK NAPOD TO ANG HILIG mosakay ug kontrobersiya..

  22. Toink:

    Gotcha! You cannot answer the simple questions I posed and you chickened out, plain and simple.

    Non-sense, layo ang estorya, out of truth and nangugat? HUWHAAT?! Bwahahahaha. Just answer the questions and argue your case, man. Or SHOW why you think what’s written in number 14 is non-sense, tangential and out of truth.

  23. toink post 13,

    mao ba? gitugotan ra ninyo ang inyong pildidong idol glen nga mag-ingon adto ug mga hilas nga mga security kay biktima ug ambush ang iyang amahan? ngano lagi nga nahuman nalang ang iyang termino ni wala man lang lagi sa ila ang paghatag ug igong pagtagad sa kasolbaran anang panghitaboa diin 2 baya ka kinabuhi ang nasakripisyo ug way balatiang tawo nga manhid na mosunog ug moposil ug tawo.

    ngano lagi,nga sila man ang kusog mo request sa judge ug postponement sa hearing sa ambush? dili ba mo ani mahibulong o maikog ngano ang BIKTIMA naman maoy mahadlok o moporsegi sa ilang gi imbentong mga pa kaso2x ngadto sa mga biktima ug panudlo? naa sila spo2 saul ug 2 k cidg inyo lang gikalipay nga dugay ng panahon wala pa maglihok ang ilang mga kaso ug mokatawa ra mo nga magsakripisyo sa kulungan sa dugay nga panahon tungod lamang sa way kalrong hinungdan nga politikal gimik nga ambush2x kuno,hehe…

  24. Daan pa lagi mangugat ka….hehehe sori, try to ask yourself first same questions by changing the word Chong into Espina before I answer you…how much they pay the COMELEC and smartmatic technicians?

  25. TOINK,

    INYO NA GYOD NA ABILIDAD UG KINAIYA ANG MOSAYON-SAYON UG CRUCIFY NI BISAG KINSA,KARON INYO NAPOD GIHIMOAN UG PAMASANGIL ANG TAGA smartmatic ug comelec UG NABAYRAN…MAO NALANG BA KASAYON ANG PAGPAMAYAD? ABER, IKAW toink ADTOA DAW ANG TAGA COMELEC NINYO,bayre pod…ARON MADALI ANG PAG MANUAL RECOUNT NGARI SA BILIRAN? KAY MAO NAMAN NA ANG INYONG PAGTUO NGA MABAYRAN LANG ANG BISAG SI KINSA…

    WALA GANI KABAYAD SI CONG.CHONG SA KASO SA AMBUSH SA IYANG AMAHAN? kay hilig man mo ug pamayad,NGANO LAGI NGA NAHUMAN NALANG ANG IYANG TERMINO,NAA PA MAN LAGI SIYAY PAABUTON NGA bahaw nga kaso,hehe…

  26. Ayaww baleha Biktima. Wa man ko ikabayad ug dli pud na nako kinaiya hehehe. Mohunong nako oi kay daghan na masagasaan. Bye, peace be with you.

  27. Overkill? Uy, VIP security ang tawag ana.

    Kana bitaw mobisita dinhi sa ato ang Presidente sa nasod, usa ka semana naa na advance party ug sa kadalanan makakita ka ug daghan military.

    Si Glenn man bitaw, wala makontento sa tulo ka Fortuner. Gidugangan gyud niya ug duha kay dili man paigo ang iyang mga security escorts sa tulo ka Fortuner. Dugang pa niana, adlaw ug gabii, gilibutan siya sa iyang mga security – dili kay usa lang ka higayon sama sa inauguration kondili matag-adlaw gayud.

    Unya kung si Gerry Boy mangayo ug ayuda sa polis alang sa iyang security sa usa lang ka importanteng higayon, overkill na diay?

    Mao ra gyud gihapon ang tukar sa inyong plaka. Pagpalit na mo ug DVD uy!

    Na hala, maayong pagvigil na lang kay pipila na lang ka oras, molingkod na gyud pagka congressman si Roger ug pagka governor si Gerry Boy.

    Naunsa ba pod nang mga santos ni Sister ug ni mana Bebang nga wala man makadungog sa mga pag-ampo nga gihimo sukad pa niadtong Mayo 17, 2010.

    Father Marvin, dili gyud molampos no kung mosupak kita sa pagbolot-an sa makagagahum sa langit.

  28. mao jud tinuod jud kamo mga toll…mag sege ra man ni sila ug yambat na overkill mas grabe pa gani ila idol mag butang ug security..nya krun mo ingun sila over kill..mas mayo na na sgurado oi kay hapit na raba ni mabuang ang ila mga supporter…tungod sa way klaro na kaon sa ila pag rally rally..nya ang uban pa ani naka bato pa hehehe…kay tinuod man naa may mga sagoy na mga taga bay2 dha..sus ang mga nawung klaro kayo labina ug gbie..heheh klaro kayo mo..sakto ra sad ni na security sa pag inaguration kay lisod na ang kinabuhi usa ra mas mayo na sgurado ta..kay kng ato ni sila tuohan na makalipay pag ayo mga goons nila kay waiting na raba ni huwat nala maka lugar…nag sge na raba ug laroy2 magbie…lisod ni ka kumpyansahan si chongpatuan kay iiya amahan gambler raba ni..maghilum nala ta oi magdung ag nya mangaon matulog aw kalami kaayo…kay sa mag sge ta yambat na way klaro…

  29. THE COMELEC SOLD OUT THE PEOPLE OF BILIRAN. THEY DON’T WANT TO DO THE MANUAL RECOUNT BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF THEIR DEEDS UNCOVERED. THE ESPINAS ARE NOTHING BUT IMPOSTOR LEADERS. THEY ARE NOT THE TRUE LEADERS. THEY ARE BUNCH OF THIEFS. LIKE A BAD THIEF, THEY ARE SO AFRAID THAT THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH A FULL BATTALION OF SECURITY TO PROTECT THEM. WHAT A BUNCH OF COWARDS! KAWATAN! THE PEOPLE OF BILIRAN WILL NOT RECOGNIZE YOU AS THE REAL WINNERS BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT YOU HAVE CHEATED THE BILIRANONS. WHERE IS JUSTICE HERE?

    NOW THAT GERRY BOY JR STARTS WITH INSTILLING FEAR OF BILIRANONS, HOW ABOUT US BILIRANONS? WE SHOULD PROTECT OURSELVES. LET US NOT WAIT THAT THEY’LL SHOOT US LIKE DOGS IN THE STREET. WE MUST PROTECT OUR RIGHTS AND OUR FAMILY. THE ESPINAS WILL TRAMPLE OUR RIGHTS IF WE DON’T FIGHT. FIRST, WE CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR THE MANUAL RECOUNT. SECOND, WE NEED TO GET THE COMELEC OFFICIAL FOR PROPAGATING THIS FRAUD RESPONSIBLE. WE NEED TO FILE CHARGES AGAINST THEM. THIRD, WE NEED TO FORM GROUPS OF CONCERNED CITIZENS ARMED WITH LEGAL KNOWLEDGE, MEDIA INFLUENCE, SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING, ETC. BILIRANONS, THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE COMPLACENT. EVIL HAS A STRONG FOOTHOLD IN BILIRAN ISLAND. THEY CALL IT HOME. WE NEED TO BE VIGILANT ALL THE TIME. WE ASK THE POWER OF ALMIGHTY GOD AND THE PROTECTION OF OUR PATRONESS SAINT TO EXORCISE THIS EVIL IN OUR MIDST. THEY HAVE BECOMING STRONGER AND STRONGER EACH DAY. HEAVEN HELP US.

  30. Flint 22

    Don’t be too comfortable with the thought that Gerryboy and Roger can sit on the job for the full term. The wheels are in motion and it is matter of time. They have to be thankful that the process went slower than expected. Nevertheless, justice will be accorded to the Biliranons.

    If the manual recount will give a clear mandate to the Espinas, then the Biliranons will abide by it. If the recount reveals otherwise, they have to be ready step down. Latest pronouncements in the national capital confirm the worst fear that, the recently concluded automated elections was rigged in some local areas.

    As such, there is merit in the Biliranons protests and demand for manual recount. There will be a forthcoming recount in Biliran. Unfortunately, there is nothing that the Espinas can do to stop it. Even Roger’s latest somersault to the Liberal Party will not stop the recount.

    The Espina Dynasty were pinning their hopes on VP elect J Binay, but there will be no major influence from VP Binay forthcoming at least in the next 12 months. The incoming DOJ secretary will not be as amicable as their patron former Sec Raul Gonzales.

    Let us support the move for the manual recount for the benefit of all candidates, and most importantly, all Biliranos, who need to be led by candidates who have clear mandate in the last May 10 elections. Gerry Espina Sr has been quoted in a media interview to have also expressed his support for a manual recount.

    Meantime let us respect our fellow Biliranons who have manifested their demands for their democratic right to uphold the sanctity of their right of suffrage. We should not be making fun and resort to name calling as it only insults the intelligence of the Biliranons and trivialize such an important exercise of democratic right.

    The issue of alleged election cheating is a moral issue. As such, the Church has all the right to intervene and manifest their leadership and support. The protest rallies conducted by the Biliranons are not about Glenn Chong. He, among all other candidates, is mere consequences of the protest. What is at stake is the democratic right of the Biliranons to choose their leaders. We cannot allow the true will of the Biliranons to be merely taken as a statistical glitz; and be frustrated by people who may have interfered with election process to influence an outcome that does not present the true sentiments of the Biliranons.

    A manual recount will be forthcoming and we need to support it for the good of Biliran.

  31. BIKTIMA,
    NGANO SUHITO MAN KA NGA USA KA DESPERADO ANG NAGPOSIL SA 1 KA RALIYESTA NGA DUMADAPIG NI CONG.GLENN CHONG.
    SIMBAKO LANG KON SI NIMO PA MAAYO UNTA KON IKAW ANG BALIKON DIATO.
    PATAKA KALAG YAMBAT
    SUHITO KA KAY INYO RA NANG MGA SINUHOLAN.
    AYAW PAG IPAHID INYONG MGA DOKIT MGA BAHO ESPINATUAN NI ATTY.GLENN CHONG.

  32. BBIKTIMA,
    HALA PALINGKORA NA C GERRY BOY ESPINATUAN UG ROGER NGA PARAUTANG.ARON DELI NANA CYA MAG ARTISTA ,ANG PAN DERBY BIKTIMA ATIMANA,ANG MGA KABAYO ATIMANA.
    MORAG MILLIONARYONG MENI NGA KUARTA DIAY SA GOVIERNO ANG GISUGAL.
    KAHILAS WALA MO MAUWAW DIANA?NA MILLIONARYO LANG MO UG PANGUTANG KATAWHAN ANG GITAHAN.

  33. Aquarius 31,

    Sure, suporta ko anang manual recount if it is constitutionally right. Kinsa man ko nga mobabag ana.

    Pero ang subo lang palandungon kung human unya sa manual recount, kung mga Espina gihapon ang makita nga mananaog, mangita na pud mo ug laing rason aron dili angkonon ang inyong kapildihan.

    Na mention lang naku si Fr. Marvin, kay mao man gud ni siya ang nanawag sa mga BEI Chairmen while the elections are going on. Kini nga actuations mao hinoon makahatag ug pagduda, nganong usa ka pari mi-intervene man in the midst of the constitionally mandated activity like the recent elections.

  34. biliranon,nagsubo……cge lang akong isig ka biliranon ilaha pa karun,pero hulat lang ta kay atoa na ang sunod ug ang tinuod nga pagmaya sa mga katawhan!!!!!

  35. PANGUTANA?

    KAHINUMDUM BA MO SA GIPANG apod2x nga jogging pants diin gipondohan sa iyang porkbarrel SA KANHING WAY DELICADESANG CONG.CHONG?

    NGANO MAN NGA SA KADAGHAN ANG tailoring shop sa naval, NGANONG GIKUNSABO PA MAN SA IYANG PAMOLITIKA ANG simbahan nianang transakyona? NGANONG DIHA MAN SA LUYO SA SIMBAHAN GIKAUGALINGAN UG tahe ang kanang jogging pants? MAO BA NI ANG MATAWAG NINYO NGA LIMPYO NGA PAG SERBISYO SA INYONG DATING daan aw idolo?

    MAAYO GAYOD MOPAPEL SA SIMBAHAN ANG KINING KANHING CONG.CHONG…MAO DIAY SI fr.marvin magpaka martyr n pag depensa sa ilang gikautangan ug panglubag loob nga transakyon ug patahe ug jogging pants…PWEDE DIAY NE NO? AMBOT KUNG NING ISYU BA NI UG RESIBO ang tailoring diha sa luyo sa simbahan kay naka w-draw man gyapon sa porkbarrel bahin ani.

    KALAW-AY MAN NI NGA TRANSAKYON NGA GIAPIL-APIL NA ANG simbahan…

  36. flint 34

    I believe that the Biliranons will respect the outcome of the manual recount. However, Cong Roger Espina, Governor Gerryboy Espina, Kawayan Mayor and Vice Mayor Gerry Espina Sr and Rudy Espina should all stop any attempts to interfere with the ballot boxes now currently stored and being guarded by Biliranons in municipal storage locations.

    Let us all seek for the truth. The Espinas are now in different situation. They no longer have full control of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. There is now less access to the powers in the national capital. Cong Roger Espina’s somersault to the Liberal Party will not augur well with VP Jejomar Binay. Likewise, the Liberal Party only needs Cong Espina for one thing and one thing only, that is to insure that Cong Belmonte will win the Speakership of the House. After that, it will be a different story.

    Unfortunately, the Espinas are viewed in the national capital as political opportunists who have demonstrated their true political color when they abandoned Lakas Kampi CMD to join and support Sen Manny Villar and Sen Loren Legarda, dumped Villar and Legarda for Former Pres Erap Estrada and now elected VP Jejomar Binay and claim credit before the Liberal Party for the Biliran votes for President Noynoy Aquino.

    As such, they needs to show clear mandate through the manual recount to gain the respect of the powers that be.

  37. Flint 34

    In addition to my previous post, I believe Fr Marvin Maceda represents the PPCRV and as such has all the legal right to be actively involved during the election. PPCRV is an accredited arm of the COMELEC.

    As I mentioned in my previous post, alleged cheating in the recently concluded elections is a moral issue. Not just a political one and as such, the Church, being the guardian of moral values have the responsibility and duty to be actively involved and lend their support to the Biliranons’ protest rallies to seek for the truth.

  38. Biliranon 1

    I suggest that you read the media releases on the automated elections. There is enough evidence for Chairman Locsin to declare that there was systematic fraud in the recently concluded automated elections in the local level.

    In Biliran, there is enough evidence to warrant a manual recount. Documentary evidences and sworn statements have already been submitted to the Comelec in Manila; and currently under deliberation. We are hoping that the Comelec will issue an order for the recount to put to rest this issue that will hamper political harmony in Biliran if left unanswered.

    Let us all support manual recount.

  39. Aquarius

    I suggest you also read all news releases and not only those that favor your position. Have you read the reaction of PPCRV Chair de Villa to the report of Locsin? And the reaction of other stakeholders as well?

    Take note that Locsin did not say there was systematic fraud in his report. But, that there were so many questions especially at the local level therefore he would not recommend the automated election system in the next elections. Read the report again lest you misrepresent Locsin himself.

    I am all for manual recount. But, this should be grounded on convincing and prima facie evidence of alleged cheating. It cannot be done out of a whim or because some groups have been conditioned to think that there was cheating. I am of the opinion that what has been presented so far do not make the cut particularly the evidences presented by Glenn Chong to Congress (here I recall Chong’s analogy of the elections with an ATM transaction and I cringe in embarrassment and let me just add that Locsin praised the evidences for being well-documented and NOT for its VALUE). And the complaints are only coming from one sector – the Glenn Chong supporters. Where is the PPCRV? What were their findings? Where is NAMFREL? Where are other disinterested groups?

    If these so-called supporting documents have already been submitted to the proper forum, then, let it be decided on its merits. In the meantime, congrats to the newly-elected officials and good rest to the losers!

  40. Biliranon 40

    I quote the following news release by Daily Tribune.

    “Systematic fraud marks 2010 auto polls

    Daily tribune

    06/29/2010

    Systematic cheating marked the 2010 automated polls, the chairman of the House of Rerpesentatives committee on suffrage and electoral reforms yesterday said in a TV interview, stressing that he will be proposing for Congress to junk the automated elections in 2013, given the many instances of fraud noted, and moreover substantiated by documentary evidence.”

    (end of quote)

    I suggest that you post here the media releases you are talking about on reactions from other stake holders for the information of all bloggers. De Villa’s comments were noted in the early stages of the inquiry. The Committee have since deliberated on more evidences gathered since the start of the investigations resulting on latest Chairman’s Locsin pronouncements on TV.

    I appreciate your support for the manual recount.

  41. Aquarius

    Youre right. Fr. Marvin represents the PPCRV ug ang election tugotan nato nga usa ka moral issue.

    Question ang pag facilitate sa PPCRV nga maka una ug cast sa ilang mga boto ang Chong supporters usa ba pod ka moral issue? or usa kini ka pag abuso sa poder/

    It is but natural nga dauton ni Cong Locsin ang resulta sa election labi na sa local level kay UTRO POD SIYA NGA PILDIDO. Pero in the end gidawat humbly ni Locsin iyang kapildihan.

  42. #42 Maring..Maring..Maring…

    FYI: WA MAPILDI SI LOCSIN SA ELECTIONS UY. HAHAHA..AYG PATAKA DIHA, 1ST DISTRICT SYA NGA CONGRESSMAN SA MAKATI. DILI NA SYA PWEDE MUDAGAN KY 3RD TERMER NA SYA. therefore wala niya gidawat humbly iyang kapildihan (matod nimo) hehe..

    MARING: “It is but natural nga dauton ni Cong Locsin ang resulta sa election labi na sa local level kay UTRO POD SIYA NGA PILDIDO. Pero in the end gidawat humbly ni Locsin iyang kapildihan.”

    NYAHAHAHA, AGUY MGA SUPPORTER JUD MOS MGA ESPINATUAN, MGA BUWAON, MAAYO MO PAKUGON, KAY ANG INYONG TEMA PUROS BAKAK!..NAKATAMAY PANG LOCSIN, HALER..BRYT KA NENG?

  43. HALA MO MGA BANDIDO.. USA KA LUNGSOD SA CEBU (COMSPOTELA) GIPALUSARAN NA UG DESISYONAN SA COMELEC 2ND DIVISION. WALA MAKALINGKOD ANG MANANAUG NGA LIMBONGAN. MAS BUG-AT RA BA TINGALI ANG KASO SA BILIRAN KAY SA COMPOSTELA CEBU? HALA MO…

  44. Blog no. 43

    Kinsa man diay na si Ma. Lourdes Locsin di ba manok na ni teddy boy locsin pagka representative sa Makati 1st district? Tinuod wa na modagan sa election si teddy boy physically but iyang asawa gipadagan puli niya so mao ra gihapon kung hunahunaon.
    Kamo ang buwaon ug dili ako. haaay.

  45. MARING PASTILAN,
    AYAW GANI PAG BINOLOK DINHA LIWAT MAN KAS IMONG ESPINATUAN NGA GOVERNOR UG CONGRESSMAN KONO HEHHHE BOLOK NA SUGAROL PA AT PARAUTANG PA.
    APIL UG BAYAD MARING SA ILANG GIPANGUTANG HA?
    PON-AN PA ANG UTANG SA BILIRAN KAY GIKOWANGAN PA ANG ESPINATUAN.

  46. MARING

    lusot diha…aguy!

    kaklaros imong gipangposts nya muingon kag buwaon ko. bryt ka jud to the highest level..LOL

  47. This was totaly great! Naval are no longer safe now even before when espina starts to strike here in naval! They are so Unlawful human being why God let them alive till now! why they are not being killed for some reason hahaha!!!!!! Hope to see them in hell!!!

  48. PASTILAN!AYAW GAD INTAWON MO PALABI UG DAKDAK DINHI SA SITE SA INYONG MGA KALIGOTGOT/KASINA SA PAMILYA ESPINA KAY ANG ADMIN INTAWON MAOY PASANGINLAN.KA ISTORYA LANG GYOD NAKO ANG DATI VICE GOV NGA MIINGON NGA KINING NGA SITE GIPANAG IYAHAN SA CHONG GROUP.INTAWON! PAGTINIR INTAWON KAMO UG RESPITO.KON TINOOD KAMO(MGA KUSOG MO BANAT SA PAMILYA ESPINA) NGA ISOG,PANGUNAYI INTAWON NINYO,AYAW NINYO GAMITA ANG BILIRANISLAND SITE KAY ANG MECARAL FAMILY MAOY MAULAWAN.MAAYO MAN MO KAY KUSOG MO ALYAS.
    ANG MAGSIGI UG PANUNGO SA PAMILYA ESPINA,HALA…AMBAK SA TUMOY SA PANTALAN ARON MABUGNAWAN ANG PAMINSAR!

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