By Lanie Pitao-Tupaz

Naval, Biliran (30 June) – Jubilant elected officials and supporters from all walks of life attended the 8:00 o’clock mass at the Cathedral Parish of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary in preparation for the 10:00 o’clock oath-taking ceremony at the Naval gymnasium.


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Cheers and applauses filled the gymnasium as Judge Prospero Rapada of the Naval Municipal Trial Court swore into office Atty. Manuel Montejo, Jr. as Provincial Governor of Biliran; Engr. Bebiano S. Jadulco and retired PSupt Martin L. Lagat as Sangguniang Panlalawigan Members for the 1st district of Biliran; Susan V. Parilla as re-elected Mayor of Naval; Atty. Redentor C. Villordon as Municipal Vice-Mayor; Niceto L. Limpiado, Jr., Dr. Gabino S. Velasquez IV, Gregory T. Pastor; Marilou B. Lucente, Ramises V. Bongabong, and Edwin S. Pitao as Sangguniang Bayan Members of the municipality of Naval.

Elected vice-mayor of Cabucgayan Irvin Cordeta and vice-mayor Antonio C. Rosal of Biliran town took their oath of office before Naval Vice-Mayor Redentor Villordon.


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Also sworn into office were newly elected Cabucgayan Sangguniang Bayan Members were Ramon Amistoso, Elisa Oledan, and Felix Cabulang; and Biliran Sangguniang Bayan Members Rey Estacion, and Omar Cabillan by Atty Villordon.

However, tears fell when Mayor Susan Parilla expressed her gratitude to the truth-seeking people of Naval for giving her another three years to serve. In between tears, Mayor Parilla pledged her sincere and true service to the people.

The comic Vice-Mayor Villordon lifted the spirits of the audience with the anecdotes learned from the recently held automated elections. Moreover, he reminded the audience that in times of crisis, be it personal or political, it must also be a time for reflection and to remember Christian values.

Villordon added that as vice-mayor of Naval, he will urge the participation of the private sector and all other sectors of the society in the affairs of the local government of Naval where he will focus on people empowerment and encourage the oversight function of the local legislators to follow-up if the resolutions they sponsored were really implemented.

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In the provincial level, Vice-Governor Manuel Montejo, Jr., appealed to the people to be cool in their search for truth and to go through the legal process calmly if truth is hidden from them.

As presiding officer in the provincial legislative branch, he will make each one account of what they are doing.

The inspirational message of outgoing Congressman Glenn C. Chong of the lone district of Biliran gave hope to those in attendance when he urged them to wait, to do their share, to do their jobs, to learn to let go and accept that he is no longer in the position for he is not indispensable. But he promised that he will still be there to help them face the challenge that agonized them.

The event concluded with a lunch where everybody shared the same packed foods with no one treated in special tables. # (PIA Biliran)

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  1. KAYO ANG BOSS KO’

    Aquino also thanks the people, ‘my true strength’

    By Gil C. Cabacungan Jr.
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 00:57:00 07/01/2010

    MANILA, Philippines—“You are the boss,” the country’s now most powerful man declared Wednesday in Filipino (“Kayo ang boss ko”), addressing the people who, he said, echoing his constant campaign remark, were his “true strength.”

    Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III was sworn in as the Philippines’ 15th President under bullet-gray skies but in sweltering heat, applauded by an adoring crowd estimated by police at 500,000.

    He spoke briskly but forcefully, pushing all the right buttons in a 23-minute inaugural address delivered mainly in Filipino.

    He promised to lead by example in fighting corruption and living up to the legacy of his famous parents, Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. and President Corazon Aquino; he said he was willing to forgive personal hurts but not the abuses committed against the people.

    It was a speech without the usual abstract platitudes but replete with must-do things.

    He directed Leila de Lima, his justice secretary, to deliver “true and complete justice to all,” and Proceso Alcala, his agriculture secretary, to do away with middlemen and, in the process, stamp out “opportunities for corruption.”

    “No more wang-wang,” Mr. Aquino said, referring to the blaring sirens that announce the passing of vehicles bearing personages rushing with self-importance.

    “Today, the dream starts to become a reality. To those among you who are still undecided about sharing the common burden, I have only one question: Are you going to quit now that we have won?” he said.

    Mr. Aquino promised to bring about a bureaucracy that would be sensitive to the plight of the common folk.

    “You are the boss, so I cannot ignore your orders. We will design and implement an interaction and feedback mechanism that can effectively respond to your needs and aspirations,” he said, adding:

    “We are here to serve and not to lord over you. The mandate given to me was one of change. I accept your marching orders to transform our government from one that is self-serving to one that works for the welfare of the nation.”

    He stressed that his campaign slogan—“If no one is corrupt, no one will be poor”—would define his stay in power. “To our impoverished countrymen, starting today, your government will be your champion,” he said.

    The new President, a scion of a landed clan, drew fervent applause when he told his listeners that, like them, “I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens.”

    Mr. Aquino also said the nation’s “silent suffering” was about to end.

    “Have you ever been ignored by the very government you helped put in power? I have. Have you had to endure being rudely shoved aside by the siren-blaring escorts of those who love to display their position and power over you? I have, too. Have you experienced exasperation and anger at a government that, instead of serving you, needs to be endured by you? So have I,” he said.

    Things will be different under his rule, Mr. Aquino said.

    “No more junkets, no more senseless spending. No more turning back on pledges made during the campaign, whether today or in the coming challenges that will confront us over the next six years. No more influence-peddling, no more patronage politics, no more stealing. No more sirens, no more shortcuts, no more bribes. It is time for us to work together once more,” he said.

    Unexpected, unimagined

    The new President continued to be self-effacing despite his landslide victory in the May 10 elections:

    “My presence here today is proof that you are my true strength. I never expected that I will be here taking my oath of office before you, as your President. I never imagined that I would be tasked with continuing the mission of my parents. I never entertained the ambition to be the symbol of hope, and to inherit the problems of our nation. I had a simple goal in life—to be true to my parents and our country as an honorable son, a caring brother and a good citizen.”

    Unlike former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who sought to dazzle her audience with a 10-point economic and social legacy in her 2004 inaugural speech, Mr. Aquino merely pledged honest and effective governance as the key to reducing the ranks of the poor, with himself as a “good model” and the members of his Cabinet an example of ethical, honest and true public servants.

    Priorities

    On the search for peace in troubled areas in Mindanao, he said his government was “committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflict, inclusive of the interests of all [be they] lumad, Bangsamoro or Christian.”

    Mr. Aquino outlined his strategy in his priority areas—education, health, quality infrastructure, housing, fiscal stability, food security, and the military and police.

    He said he would prioritize the construction of more classrooms and educational facilities; raise the standard of education, specifically vocational courses for those who could not afford to go to college; improve the quality of transportation, tourism and trade infrastructure, with zero tolerance for mediocre work and contractors held accountable for their projects; and revive the emergency employment program initiated by his mother to provide jobs in local communities.

    Mr. Aquino said he would also boost the collections of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and fight graft in the Bureau of Customs; broaden public health services under Philhealth within three years; build a home for every family in safe communities; assure food security through irrigation, services and marketing support; and strengthen the Armed Forces and Philippine National Police by recruiting more and providing them more perks.

    He added that he would uphold the right of the people to public information and improve the process of consultation and feedback.

    Mr. Aquino likewise cited his campaign promises to level the playing field for investors, cut red tape and maintain stable economic policies.

    He said his ultimate goal was to develop an economy strong enough to sustain its population and negate the need for Filipinos to search for jobs abroad.

    “We will be a predictable and consistent place for investment, a nation where everyone will say, ‘It all works,’” he said.

    Reconciliation

    Mr. Aquino expounded on his policy on reconciliation:

    “To those who talk about reconciliation, if they mean that they would like us to simply forget about the wrongs that they have committed in the past, we have this to say: There can be no reconciliation without justice. When we allow crimes to go unpunished, we give consent to their occurring over and over again.”

    He said he was happy to report that former Supreme Court Chief Justice Hilario Davide had accepted the invitation to chair a Truth Commission that would “shed light on many unanswered issues that continue to haunt our country.”

    He warned Arroyo’s “midnight appointees” that he would review their designations granted through “unlawful means.”

    “Let this serve as a warning to those who intend to continue the crooked ways that have become the norm for too long,” he said.

    Carrying the torch

    Mr. Aquino also expressed profuse thanks to “you who have brought me here”—“old, young, celebrity, ordinary folks who went around the country to campaign for change; my household help who provided for all my personal needs; my family, friends, colleagues at work, who shared, cared and gave their support; my lawyers who stayed up all hours to guard my votes and make sure they were counted; and the millions of Filipinos who prevailed, kept faith and never lost hope.”

    He pledged to be true to the legacy of his late parents who, he said, he would “not be able to face” if he did not fulfill his promises.

    “My parents sought nothing less, died for nothing less, than democracy and peace. I am blessed by this legacy. I shall carry the torch forward,” he said.

  2. KAMONG MGA SUPPORTER NI ATTY. GLENN CHOBNG
    KALMA LANG UNA MO, AYAW PAG PINAGARPAR KAY
    SA DILI MADUGAY MOGAWAS ANG TINUD-ANAY NGA
    RESULTA. DIA MI DRE SA MANILA. AYAW MO UG UNA2X
    UG SULTI KAY WALA MOY KALIBOTAN SA MGA LIHOK
    NAMON DRE. PASAGDI LANG NANG MGA SUPPORTERS
    NILA KAY NATURAL LANG NA NGA MOI ABIBA SA ILA.
    HUWAT HUWAT LANG TA, AYAW LANNG MO UG
    BANHA DHA SA BILIRAN. TAK-OMA LANG INYUNG
    MGA BABA. KASABOT RAMO UG KINSA MI NGA GRUPO.

  3. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU! Hinaut unta nga inyong mapadayon ang mga maayong serbesyo sa atong mga kaigsoonan alang sa kalamboan ug kalipay.Services to the best of our knowledge and ability.
    As a lumadtagaNaval, I will continue any support
    i can share in the future.Lets forget politics.All we have to think is the Progress in our Province for a better place to live, A HEALTHY AND HAPPY INVIRONMENT.Atong tabangan ang mga kaigsoonan nga nag-antos sa tumang kalisod.
    GOD BLESS US ALL!!!!

  4. congrats sa tanan local elected officials! pero ang vice gov, lagat ug jadulco municipyo mo pag opisina ha! WAHAHAHA KALOOY PUD NAGPAGAWNG KANG CHONG!
    kini pud taga PIA dafat neutral mo ha GOBYERNO RA BA NAGSWELDO NYO DILI CHONG BASIN LIMOT MO! kung hatag mo news ang duha ka kampo ha! PANIID MO NYO PALIBOT KAY MORA NYO NALANG MGA PARYENTE MINAW NYO!
    sa totoo lang dafat na jud DEVOLVE o ABOLISH PIA la na jud mo gamit!
    CONRATULATIONS ALSO TO THE PROVINCIAL ELECTED OFFICIALS especially to GOV. GERRY BOY ESPINA and DOC ROGER ESPINA!

  5. sba dha takiang pataka laka og yawyaw dha… ninc congrats ka sa imo manok na mga peke na governador og congresman. wahahaha… UR FEAK…. hahaha…

  6. hello ABUSSAYAFF ngano suko man ka WAHAHAHA! bacn takdan ka na nyo amo hapit na kuliling! hala protesta mo did2 gad malacanyang! did2 mo pag rally!
    KALOOY BAYA PUD TAWN NINYO NAGLAUM PA JUD TAWN MGA CHONG LINGKOD! aw hinoon hapit na pro da uy ad2 man pud sulod presohan WAHAHAHA!
    btaw mga chongers pagmata na mo!

  7. HAIN NA NYO MGA SUPORTERS! WALA MAN GANI TAWN MAKA 1/4 SA GYM HUHUHU! AW MAU PUD DESISYON NGA MAG SAWD NALANG 2BIG!
    NUS A KAHA SUGOD BOARD LAGAT UG JADULCO REPORT NAVAL GYM KAY ANHA MAN KUNO MAG OFZ WAHAHAHA
    challenge sa mayora karon ANG PASULBAD PROBLEMA TUBIG! TINGNAN NATIN KUNG KUNG MAGING MAAYOS NA OR MOKUYOS BA HINOON SAMOT ANG TUBIG!

  8. takiang

    ayaw paghinambog. unsa inyo ng tubig. basin kamo mawad.an og tubig. pagsalod mo daan. unya andama ogpisi ha aron dili ka maanod. takiang taas pa ang panahon mo abot la unya ang kamatouran na basin dili kana magtakiang og lakaw magtgilid kana.hahaha…

  9. Comelec retrieves ballot boxes for recount in Manila mayoral polls

    By Kristine L. Alave
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    First Posted 15:23:00 07/06/2010

    Filed Under: Eleksyon 2010, Politics, Protest

    Manila, Philippines — The Commission on Elections is set to move for a recount of the votes from the city of Manila.

    Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the First Division would be calling for the retrieval of the ballot boxes
    and compact flash cards in Manila as part of the election protest case filed by ex-Mayor Lito Atienza against the proclamation of Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

    Larrazabal, in a media interview, said the Atienza-Lim case would be the “test case” under the new electoral protest rules for the scrutiny of digital evidence.

    In his petition, Atienza, who also served as environment secretary under the Arroyo administration, said there were technical glitches that hounded the May 10 automated polls that made it necessary for a recount of votes.

    Atienza asked for a recount of votes from all the 1,441 clustered precincts in Manila and asked the Comelec to nullify Lim’s proclamation.

  10. Onsa kuno? Wala ra ka 1/4 sa Gym ang ning tambong?
    Sayop ka!..
    Daghan ang ning tambong entawon pag alas dose na.. Na puno jod ang Gym sa mga tawo.. Halos wa nay makaon ang mga tawo kay gamay raman ang gi handa ni Glenn, kay abi mn niya og gamay ra ang mo tambong kay na bahin mn, sa kapitolyo ogsa gym,. Aguy kay NO ID NO ENTRY mn diay sa capitolyo… Ang mga tawo, ning balhin dere sa gym, pero mga 12 na lagi..
    Ang mga alipores ni espina maoy nabolahan, kay may bring home pa sila… Duha jud ka kartong Zest-O ang gi dala ni konsehal.. Unya may pinotos pa..
    Og sa kapitan, may dala pud potos., aguy, SWERTE..

  11. Hello June ilao & ABUSYYAFF!
    dafat lang jud NO ID NO ENTRY para secured lahat tao doon, d va? kasi kayo mahilig manggulo parang yon na talaga buhay nyo! katulad amo nyo na walang iba kung d CHONGA! kahit sa radyo lang naman palaging gulo utak!
    sabi ng pumunta capi2lyo sobra2 pagkain at umuwing busog at masaya! Eh kayo??? ba”t pa gagasto ng malaki chonga para ipapakain la naman siyang mapapala, d va?
    ngayong mag b bday gov gerry boy ‘wag kayong hingi ha!
    gud luck June ilao & ABUSAYYAFF!

  12. TAKIANG,
    NAGTAKINGKING RANA IMONG AGI.
    MAG UNSA MAN C GERRY BOY SA IYANG BIRTHDAY MAGSUROY TIBOOK NAVAL UG MANHATAG UG ISDA NGA TOLINGAN NGA MAY PORMALIN?
    MAGSOGOD NA SIYA PAGWALDAS SA CUARTA SA GOVERNO SA IYANG BIRTHDAY.
    KON MAG GASTO GANI MO UG PERSONAL NGA INYO BIRTHDAY KINAHANGLAN ANG INYO PERSONAL NGA CUARTA.DELI E PARAYAW NANG PODO DE GOVIERNO.

  13. Chance to prove auto fraud

    FRONTLINE
    Ninez Cacho-Olivares

    http://www.tribune.net.ph/

    07/10/2010

    At least two candidates who lost in the last elections have filed protests, one on the local level, by former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, and another on the national level, by former Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas, who ran for the vice presidency last May, and lost to Vice President Jojo Binay.

    With these two protests, there may finally be evidence obtained to prove allegations that electoral fraud was committed, both in the local and national levels.

    More importantly, these protests, expensive as they are, will very likely will take too long a time for the specific ballot review bodies to resolve, given past experiences with protests and their resolutions. But these protests will also check on the reliability and accuracy of those very expensive leased precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and just how cheating can be done.

    But there appears to be a move to thwart even this, as the latest report has it that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be using the PCOS machines to resolve election protest cases filed before this body even saying that Roxas’ protest is a waste of time.

    Chairman Jose Melo was quoted as saying that should there be cases requiring a recount, the poll body will be using the machines for the recount, as the commission will forgo the manual counting of the ballots.

    “It is going to be a machine count. There is no way there will be a human count,” Melo said, adding that conducting a manual count would bring back the risk of committing human errors in the process.

    “That will bring back the human intervention problem in the manual system again. No way. After the 2010 automated elections, manual counting is obsolete,” Melo added.

    That’s really rich, coming from Melo, considering the fact that the commission headed by him, did away with all the security measures, from ballots to the PCOS machines, making things easier for the cheats, and considering too, that the IT experts, from their forensic examinations of the machines, discovered the second console in the PCOS machines that anyone with a bent to cheat could not only transmit fake precinct votes, but even reset, rescan ballots, alter the audit logs, since the PCOS machines are that defective, apart from the fact that there is no way to check on the reliability and genuineness of the digital signatures, as even this security feature was done away with.

    And the Comelec commissioners have the gall to talk about not doing any manual count because of human error, and human intervention?

    What the hell did they think happened last May 10, when there was, every step of the way, human intervention?

    The fact alone that to this day, the Comelec has neither released for review the source code, nor even bothered to bring out the results of the Random Manual Audit, already tends to show that again, the commission is not into transparency, precisely because the RMA results — at least those that have been submitted, show that there has been a great discrepancy in the manual count and the PCOS count.

    In the case of Roxas, from what his lawyers say, he wants a full accounting and count of some 3 million votes that have been declared null votes.

    The only way this can be done is through a manual count, as the PCOS machines can’t be trusted to read the ovals right.

    Also asked, which is a good move, is a thorough review of the automated system considering the many glitches that had cropped up.

    Frankly, it is time to ditch the automated election system. It has been a complete failure — and neither did it stop the electoral cheats from doing their thing, again.

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