Leyte Samar Daily Express

The election protest of Atty. Glenn Chong in the May 2010 congressional contest in the lone district of Biliran province may be in full swing in the next few weeks. He “lost” to now Representative Rogelio Espina in that election.

Three big passenger truck loads (Eagle Star) of ballot boxes have been collected and were brought to Manila for a possible manual counting per order from the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) and the Commission on Elections. The HRET, after some three months deliberation on Chong’s protest has ruled to have found that former Congressman Chong’s protest is sufficient in form and substance, and therefore deserved and qualified to be heard.
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Glenn Chong, a bachelor, and a relatively young lawyer and former congressman was emboldened to pursue his electoral protest driven by persistent quests of Biliran voters, especially his followers for him to seek the TRUTH about the May 2010 elections, based on their very strong suspicions and beliefs that alleged cheating happened.

Dr. Rogelio Espina, the proclaimed winner now serving in Congress who vehemently posed objections to the opening the ballot boxes for manual counting, failed to convince the electoral tribunal in giving in to his demand to include the dismissal of Chong’s protest.
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The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) whose partners include National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Computer Professionals Union (CPU) Health Alliance for Democracy (HEAD) and the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPC) have conducted a case study, Biliran Province; PROBING INTO A POSSIBLE AUTOMATED CHEATING.

Their findings may have contributed to the motivations of Atty. Glenn Chong to pursue his protest. The study discusses in detail how alleged cheating was possibly employed to frustrate the true will of the people in Biliran.
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Data collected by CenPEG came from copies of election returns, audit logo and other documents. CenPEG also “gathered pertinent information and drew insights from interviews with the local Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), poll watchers, board of election inspectors, a SMARTMATIC technician, local politicians, a regional COMELEC officer and voters”.

It is unfortunate however that no data nor opinions relative to the issue could be gathered from the camp of the Espinas because according to the CenPEG report, Congressman Rogelio Espina could not entertain them for the interview sought since he was busy in the deliberations on the national budget being discussed in the House of Representatives at the time. The mayor’s office in Kawayan did not respond to their letters for interviews. Gerry Espina Sr. the father of the Congressman is the mayor of this municipality.
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At the moment Biliranons are watching and will be waiting for developments. They wanted to seek credible answers to a question they aired during the protest rallies: “Hain man ang among botos?”

This protest will bring to fore the reliability and credibility of automated voting in future elections. Whatever will be the verdict in this electoral protest, there should surface crying needs from all sectors who abhor electoral cheatings to review and evaluate automated elections not only in Biliran but nationwide if only to correct even basic flaws that allegedly happen in automated elections.
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Other observers say that the Espinas will surely spring up surprises for their defense and could or might employ tactics to unnecessarily delay quick resolution of the protest. They could be proven wrong!

This political development in Biliran province is worth watching not only for Biliranons but for everyone in the region, or even political observers in the whole archipelago who dream of credible automated elections to be in place in future electoral exercises in the land.

By: Alvin Gz. Arpon

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Salamat!.. Gi dongog na jud sa Ginoo ang atong mga pag’ampo…
    Og salamat pod ni Glenn Chong sa iyang pagka kugihan jud entawon..
    Ma’o ni leader amung gipangita.. Mo lihok jud, dili magpa hibayhibay…

    Di’a na jud, dili na jud diay ni kapugngan ang manual recount..
    Ang ato ra pud diayng protesta maoy gibantayan og gi totokan sa tibuok Pilipinas…
    Aguhoy, wala jud ko magtuo nga engun ani badiay, lagpas paman ni sa akong gi expect…

    Hehehehehe

  2. We are now on the verge of transitional leadership from the irresponsible and fraudulent acts towards the genuine and got the mandate of the people. We should have a legitimate officials that have mandate from the people. ESPINAS would realized sooner that to govern is not easy if they don’t have that mandate. And then, no progress and development would ever attain in Biliran.
    It is sad to note for the ESPINAS that we have to forget them an look and work for our future under the leadership of the CHONGs. Let us support the sooner CONGRESSMAN CHONG AND GOVERNOR CHONG.

  3. Thank you Mr. Alvin Arpon for this development.

    We do appreciate this due to the fact that various versions of the so called recount procedures have sprang up and got us confused which one is worth waiting for…

    Kudos to those people who have done their share in making this recount happen without glitzes or something…

    I commend the sacrifices of the common Biliranon masa who have sacrificed a lot just to guard the ballot boxes where their votes are supposed to be kept…

    I thank all the Freedom fights, Jun Ilaw, saba diha and Aquarius and the rest of those bloggers who have aired their sides of the issue…

    Thank you Biliranisland.com for keeping us all on the loop.
    And lastly, thank you GOD for seeing the truth and guiding us all to ferret it out in the proper venue and in the proper time…

    Thank you GC and the Espinas for the inspiration and for making us act according to our ownfreewill and making us act reponsibly for the common good of the Biliran masa.

    Thanks as will to the fund raiser / organizers and those who have passed the bucket by giving their contribution to make the recount happen and of course the church people who guided us all to make the right move and be on the right track as Biliran political scenario loomed down the drain due to this issue.

    And to those whom I have irked on my blogs … there is nothing personal on it but I stood for what I believed in and sticked to my principle in making Biliran politics transparent and pro people as the law of the land requires it to be.

    God bless us all!

  4. Mr. Arpon, please do not misrepresent CenPEG here. There was no case study conducted on Biliran. What CenPEG has are general observations on the conduct of the elections including recommendations.

    Read up!

  5. KANANG KAPITAN SA BRGY. P.I. GARCIA KARON UG KANIA-ADTO (1978 NGA ISYU BAHOAW NA KUNO INGON CYA) PURO-
    PAREHA RAMO UG ABILIDAD, MGA CORRUPT MONG DUHA HE!
    HE! HE! IKIHA DAYON NINYO ARON KITA ANG KATAG. SA
    PROPER NGA LIHOK. MGA GONGGONG MO.

  6. Dako ang amo pag too nga ma recount gyud ug manual ang mga Balota, kay diha lang masabtan ang KAMATUORAN, makabalik na gyud si Atty Chong siya ang amu gipangita nga leader kay siya lang ang makatabang ug magkahatag sa kaayuhan sa taga BILIRANON.. go..go ..go Atty we support you forever no matter what…GOD be with you always

  7. lain say ato, wala na diay mapili nga tarong2x nga kapitan
    kay pulos naman mga MAT-AN PA SA POKOT HE HE HE!!!!!!!!
    KARON NGA ELEKSYON, CHONG UG ESPINA LANG
    GIHAPON ANG MAG KONTRA. NA HALA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KITA-A RA GUD NAWONG SA LAGAS, TOTOKI JUD
    DI BA MORAG TAGA MONGOLIA, MARAMA AS IN PINAKA
    MARAMA JUD. MORAS PANUWAY UY!!!!!

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