By TOTO CAUSING
DYARYO MAGDALO The Weekly That Fears No One

All the supporters of former mayor of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, Abundia L. Garcia, shocked and awed when the protest she filed against CF cards showed her wresting the lead in the ongoing manual count before the Regional Trial Court of Gapan City, Branch 34.

From the margin of loss of 1,156 votes as counted by the PCOS machine and the CF cards therein, Garcia is now leading by 19 votes over opponent Gloria “Baby” Congco, with still 19 clustered precincts still to be opened by the court for the manual revision.

During the first phase of the manual revision, covering 20 clustered precincts, the margin resulting from the PCOS count was drastically reduced to 290 votes.

After the 20 precincts were counted, the Second Division of the Commission on Election chaired by Nicodemo Ferrer stopped the manual count of the court by means of a 60-day temporary restraining order (TRO) on the ground that the protest did not comply to the “form and substance” for failure to state what precincts were protested against by Garcia, and on the allegation that the reason that Congco’s votes were drastically reduced was that the electronic paper ballots with votes in favor of Congco were stolen from the ballot boxes while being deposited at Cabiao’s treasurer’s office.

That TRO was issued despite the vehement opposition of Garcia that there was no more requirement to state and substantiate what fraud occurred in what precincts because she was protesting all the precincts, and that it was impossible to steal PCOS paper ballots from the ballot box because of the very thin opening in the middle of the top of the boxes that makes impossible for the paper ballots to be picked out.

Additionally, Garcia argued that it was highly improbable for her to pick ballots voted in favor of her opponent because the votes of her running mate and allied councilor candidates may be affected as it is always possible that voters voted for her opponent yet they also voted for her allies.

When the court count proceeded because the TRO was not extended, 17 more clustered precincts were opened and the Comelec-count votes of Congco was further reduced, drastically again.

In Clustered Precinct No. 29, Congco’s vote of 295 was reduced to 145 votes only; while Garcia’s Comelec votes of 264 stayed at 264 after the manual count.

This reduced the 290 margin of Congco to 140 votes.

Vote counts in Precincts Nos. 24 to 28 did not change.

When votes in Clustered Precinct No. 23 were revised, the 240 votes of Congco in the Comelec count were reduced to 90 votes only, or by 150 votes.

This enabled Garcia to overtake Congco and wrest the lead by 10 votes.

The manual count in Precinct No. 22 did not change. But the vote count in Precincts Nos. 21 and 20 in Barangay Polilio increased the votes of Garcia from 393 to 405 while that of Congco’s increased from 290 to 291.

This increased the lead of Garcia by 11 votes.

The day after Garcia had wrestled away the lead, the Comelec issued a decision on the certiorari petition of Congco ordering the RTC of Gapan to dismiss the protest case in a 12-page decision signed by Ferrer and Commissioners Lucenito N. Tagle and Elias R. Yusoph.

Many residents of Cabiao lost respect to CF cards upon hearing the news of the drastic reversal of the results as against the manual count.

During the voting day on May 10, 2010, there were 21 precincts that malfunctioned such that there was no counting that occurred.

Days later, the uncounted ballots were counted when the PCOS was said to have been repaired.

It was said that the malfunctioning of these PCOS machines were said to have been due to the CF cards.

In Precinct 37 of Barangay San Gregorio, the original count of Congco was 290 votes as against Garcia’ 204. But when the court revisers opened the ballot boxes it showed that Congco only had 119 votes: a difference of 171 votes.

In Precinct 38 of the same barangay, the original count of Congco was 260. But when the ballots inside the box were examined, she had only 69 votes.

In Precinct 52 of Barangay Sta. Isabel, the original count of Congco was 186. When the ballots were examined she only had 44 votes.

In Precinct 53 of Barangay Sta. Rita, the original PCOS machine’s count was 378 votes. But the manual examination by the court showed she should have only 180 votes.

In Precinct 54 of the same barangay, the original CF card’s count was 321 votes. The manual count of the court showed she should have 122 votes only.

In Precinct 55 of the same barangay, the original Comelec count was 406 votes. The court’s count showed she only had 294 votes.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. This is what the FRAUD ATTEST… Asa man run ang claim sa comelec nga walay FRAUD? It sucks, how they claim if they know there was a FRAUD. Unsa man ang gibuhat sa ning daog kunuhay? dba naniguro ug panagang ug himo ug paagi arun lng mahunong ang recount? THIS IS LIKEWISE happening to ESPINA right now, they were booming some assertion against CHONG just to put the public under hesitation… That’s absolutely IRRADICAL, they don’t mind the STATE they only mind themselves and POWER.

  2. Maayo nga gisugdan na diay ning recount sa Nueva Ecija. Sa akong pagbanabana, dili gusto ang komkom-elek nga madiskobrihan pa ang ilang anomaliya mao nga gipaundang dayon ang recount pinaagi sa tro. Pero palihog, labaw na man kaha na ug 19 botos, palingkora una intawon nang mayor nga gilimpbongan. Okey lang kung dili na padayonon og recount kay tingali unya ug mo grabe pa ang resulta, daghan na an g maamong. Mao na kini unya ang mahimong precedent nga basihan sa hret. Mora ug nakatimaho na ko sa hustisya nga atong gihingyap. Ug ngao ba pod nga mura man ug gidimalas ning mga bandido karong mga panahuna!

  3. hala!!!! saon na man ni nila nga duna na man sample?? ngita na sad sila paagi ani ron para dili lng jud madayon ang pagrecount sa biliran.. ato nalang iampo nga isig ko biliranon nga unta masugdan na usab ang biliran pagrecount.. GOD BLESS US ALL

  4. UNSA MAN NING KLASENG mantalaan? karon pa lagi ko kamatikod ani, TINGALI SAMA RA NI SA cenpeg nga report ARON LANG PAG CONDITION SA MGA HUNA-HUNA SA MGA TAWO,HEHE…

    ug kung tinuod man ugaling ni, dili pod tingali ta ka kumpara o ka connect aning kasoha sa biliran? KAY MALAY NATO KUNG DAGHAN NA ANG maniubrang nabuhat ani nga sumala sa report naa man diay HUKOS PCOS NA NGA NAHITABO ANI, ang pagpang STEAL UG BALOTA SA NAHIMOTANGAN!!! AMBOT RA POD ANG NGARI SA naval nga balota tingali gisiguro napod ni ug TAMPER!!! sa kadaghanon sa balota nga sila nadehado,hehe…

    KADAGHAN MAN DIAY TO ANG MGA watchers sa kamapo sa CHONG ug naa pa gyod daw mga abogado matag munispyo, INGON NI BILIRANON ISIP ppcrv volunteer man diay ni siya…ug nganong mahinabo pa man ni ang ilang pasangil?

  5. Walay klaro nang emong pangatarongan SPO2O2..

    Hehehehehehehe

    Kinahanglan gayod nga Daghan ang watchers arun masiguro nato nga walay inilogay og balota, masiguro nato ng walay mga hurat og hulga sa nag watcher sa banta.. Masiguro nato nga walay PANGALISID og balota..

    Og korek gayod ang nahitabo – WALY NA TAMPERAN nga ballot box (correct me if im wrong). Walay na hulga sa mga Watchers (bisag ako naka kita og LALIS SA osa sa KAPITAN NI ESPINA, Pero OK lang un, minor problem)..

    Ang atong SENTRO sa PROTESTA ni Glenn,, sa PCOS ra jud..

    Ang nahitabo didto sa Gapan city,, kay KINAWATAY og BALLOT BOX didto..
    So? Naholog jud nga may Recount sa ilang RTC, (wala ka pugong ang gi protestaan).
    Denhe sa ato? Gi basora sa RTC ang tanang protesta sa mayor oi.
    Onya kay nasakpan mn nga may dakong LIMBONG SA PCOS/CF card, ddtos Gapan. Diha cla nasakspan..

    Hehehehehehe

    ma’o bitaw nga kaniadto? Cge og pakig DEBATE ning mga Alipores ni Espina, nga WALA KONOY BASEHAN ANG PROTESTA ni Glenn? Unya kay sa wala toyu’a kay daghan mn ang na e-presenta c glenn nga EBIDENCYA, onya gi dawat sa HRET… Ma syakoy na mo karon?!

    Hehehehehe

    tan’awara., basaha ra gud ni, aron may ideya kamu..

    Hehehehe

    http://totocausing.multiply.com/journal/item/48/NADADAYA_PALA_ANG_CF_CARDS

    http://balita.ph/2010/06/25/manual-count-ordered-in-nueva-ecija-town/

    http://centralluzondaily.com/index.php?action=article&n_id=7225

  6. BANTAY MGA ESPINA. GAMITI UG PANGUNTRA KANANG HI-TECH DILI BASEYO SA BALA KAY NAG SUGOD NA ANG DAKONG LINOG UNYA ANG TSUNAMI MOSUNOD, ANG TARGET KAMO.

    MGA ALIPORES PAGBANTAY, KAPIT, SIPSIP UG MAAYO KAY MAAPIL UNYA TA SA UNOS, ADTO SA BAYBAY MANGAYKAY..

  7. Ecija mayor’s court protest exposes CF cards’ ‘vote padding’ by 150 votes per PCOS

    By TOTO CAUSING

    Supporters of former mayor of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, Abundia L. Garcia, expressed big hope yesterday after the ongoing recount in the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Gapan City showed that big “vote-padding” took place in seven of the 20 electronic precincts so far manually examined.

    So far a total of 1,156 votes have been deducted from the 1,446 margin of lead registered by proclaimed Mayor Gloria “Baby” Congco in the official count of the Commission on Elections.

    This means that the margin of win of Congco thinned to only 290 votes.

    Many residents of the town lost respect for CF cards upon hearing the news of the ongoing protest of Garcia, confirming their suspicion that the CF cards in some PCOS precincts were switched with twin CF cards at the height of the malfunctioning of at least 21 electronic counting machines.

    Supporters expressed confidence that Congco’s votes would be deducted further if the remaining 36 precincts are all manually examined.

    What appeared during the manual revision of all ballots was that the Comelec count for votes of Garcia did not change while Congco was subtracted with an average of 150 votes per precinct in those seven precincts.

    In Precinct 37 of Barangay San Gregorio, the original count of Congco was 290 votes as against Garcia’ 204. But when the court revisers opened the ballot boxes it showed that Congco only had 119 votes: a difference of 171 votes.

    In Precinct 38 of the same barangay, the original count of Congco was 260. But when the ballots inside the box were examined, she had only 69 votes.

    In Precinct 52 of Barangay Sta. Isabel, the original count of Congco was 186. When the ballots were examined she only had 44 votes.

    In Precinct 53 of Barangay Sta. Rita, the original PCOS machine’s count was 378 votes. But the manual examination by the court showed she should have only 180 votes.

    In Precinct 54 of the same barangay, the original CF card’s count was 321 votes. The manual count of the court showed she should have 122 votes only.

    In Precinct 55 of the same barangay, the original Comelec count was 406 votes. The court’s count showed she only had 294 votes.

    In Precinct 56 of the same barangay, the Comelec official count was 358. But the court count showed she only obtained 221 votes.

  8. Cabiao mayor wins election protest

    Cabiao Mayor Goria Crespo-Congco won the election protest filed by former Mayor Abundia L. Garcia, her defeated rival in the May 2010 elections.

    The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) set aside Garcia’s protest for insufficiency of form and substance.

    The COMELEC Second Division led by Commissioner Nicodemo Ferrer, in a resolution issued last January 13, found merit in Congco’s petition for certiorari.

    Through her lawyer, Petronilo B. David, Congco said that the judge haring the case committed grave abuse of discretion when he entertained Garcia’s protest and ordered a revision of ballots and the manual recount of votes in Cabiao’s 56 clustered precincts.

    Congco had earlier asked the court for the payment of P200,000 each in moral and exemplary damages, P100,000 in lawyer’s fees and accumulated court appearance fees of P5,000 per hearing and P50,000 for litigation expenses. ###

  9. Comelec: Status quo for Ecija mayor PDF Print E-mail
    by Steve Gosuico
    Sunday, 01 August 2010 16:27

    CABIAO, Nueva Ecija – The camp of Mayor Gloria Crespo-Congco won another round against defeated rival Abundia L. Garcia when the Commission on Elections’ Second Division issued a status quo ante order stopping a Gapan City court from hearing Garcia’s electoral protest against Congco and her winning allies.

    In an order dated July 22, the poll body directed Gapan Judge Celso O. Baguio to cease and desist from enforcing his June 22 order giving due course to Garcia’s petition for a revision of ballots and manual recount of votes.

    The order is effective for 60 days and duly signed by Commissioners Nicodemo T. Ferrer, Lucenito N. Tagle and Elias R. Yusoph, of the Comelec 2nd Division.

    It also directed Baguio and co-respondents Garcia and his defeated allies in the case to maintain the status prevailing prior to the issuance of the judge’s order.

    The Comelec ruling came six days after Baguio granted Congco’s plea for a halt in the revision following the discovery of 656 missing ballots inside four ballot boxes for four clustered precincts in Barangay Sta. Rita.

    Baguio earlier ordered the suspension of the revision after finding proof that the integrity of the ballots and its ballot boxes had been breached and compromised.

    AW MAO DIAY…. ang gi post ang pabor lang sa ila!

  10. Oi…

    Maxado ka atang wais @pcospcos..

    Eto ung COMPLETONG BALITA OHHH?..

    Congco wins poll
    protest
    by Steve Gosuico
    Saturday, 15 January 2011 17:12

    CABIAO, Nueva Ecija – Mayor
    Gloria Crespo-Congco won
    the electoral protest filed by
    her defeated rival, former
    mayor Abundia L. Garcia, in
    Gapan City.
    The Commission on Elections
    in Manila junked Garcia’s
    election protest for
    insufficiency in form and
    substance. In a 13-page
    resolution, the Comelec’s
    Second Division found merit
    in Congco’s petition for
    certiorari. The ruling on Jan.
    13 was signed by Presiding
    Commissioner Nicodemo T.
    Ferrer and Commissioners
    Lucenito N. Tagle and Elias R.
    Yusoph.
    Congco, through counsel
    Petronilo B. David filed the
    petition assailing the court
    order on June 22, 2010 that
    gave due course to Garcia’s
    petition questioning Garcia’s
    May 10 electoral victory, and
    calling
    for a revision of
    ballots and manual recount
    of votes in the town’s 56
    clustered precincts.
    Congco’s camp said the
    respondent judge committed
    grave abuse of discretion
    when he did not junk
    Garcia’s protest and instead
    ordered the revision to
    proceed over the
    petitioners’ vehement
    objections.
    The Comelec’s 2nd Division
    cited the case of “Pena vs.
    House of Representatives
    Electoral Tribunal (HRET)”

    wherein the Supreme Court
    said, “The prescription that
    the petition must be sufficient in form and
    substance means that the
    petition must be more than
    merely rhetorical.”

    Earlier, Congco asked the
    court for just compensation
    of P200,000 each in moral
    and exemplary damages plus
    P100,000 for attorney
    ’s fees
    and accumulated per court
    appearance fee of P5,000,
    and another P50,000 for
    litigation expenses.

  11. Mag libog ta ani kay kong nganong GI IHAP… (Kong wala mn konoy basihan ang Manual recount)

    Gi PANG KAWAT mn konu ang balota ma’o nga DILI NA KATOOHAN ang maong Manual recount..

    Onya kay diha sa pa ihap kay KASAGARAN, ning OBOS pag’ayo ang botu ni Congco og mga 150 votes… Onya ang kang Garcia kay NAGPA BILIN ANG SCORE..

    Labiay kong dili MA KWENTA ang total of VOTES or voters nga diha anang barangaya or prisinctoha ang ning botar…
    Wala e sulti sa mga pamantalaan ang kabahin aning butanga..

    Og labina kay ang COMELEC maoy dakong Agrabyado., (katoohan bay COMELEC?)
    Og ang KORTE, pud, mejo ning BALI? (hehehehe nalipat?)

    tigi nalang ani kong mananaog pba ang mg Limbongan…

  12. bantay mga supporter sa espina kay panahon na mag gira og blogs manokot na ang mga chong sa inyong gipanulti o sa blogs. he he he

    Mr. loue abad asa nman ka.

  13. POST 10,

    MAO GYOD NA ANG MAHINABO, MAHIMOTANG NANA NGA insufficicency of form and substance KINING KASOHA SA nueva ecija KAY UNSAON nalawgaw naman diay ang mga ballot boxes?
    TIAW MO NANG ANG 600 PLUS NGA BALLOTS NGA diskobrehan na sa laing BALLOT BOXES SA UBANG PRECINT? KUNG MAUHON NI NAA NA diay hukos pcos ANG NAHITABO SA BALOTA ug lagmit gituyoan ni aron paglawgaw lang dagan sa resulta… TIAW LANG NGA MO react dayon ang ubang mga gutom dire sa ato? nga klaro man diay nga naa nay binuang ning kasoha sa nueva ecija? LAGMIT ANG DIRE SA biliran NAA NAPOD NI SUSAMANG pang lawgaw sa mga balota nga nahitabo, KAY LISOD NA BAYA TO ANG SITWASYON ANG SA PAG CUSTODIYA SA MGA BALOTA HUMAN SA inihapay? ang pagdala sa mga balota padulong sa tresurer’s ofis, LABI NA KAY ILA ANG KADAGHANAN NGA MGA tawo niadto sa mga presinto…DAKO GAYOD ANG posibilidad nga GUBOT na ang kabutanga sa BALOTA!!! SANGLIT, DILI NA MAKAANGAYON NGA MAG manual pa!! kay AUTOMATION NA BITAW ANG counting o election? UG NGANONG MO manual recount napod? murag wa nay klarong kabutanga na kung MOPADALA lang ang taga hret sa kang sister erlinda nga maoy gigamit sa manlilinla,hehe…

    DAKO2X GYOD DIAY ANG damages no? kung ugaling mapildi pa sa protesta, naay giingon nga MORAL AND EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, APPEARANCE FEE SA abogado PER HEARING MAN DIAY NI, UG UNSA PA? NAA PA GYOD DIAY GIINGONG litigation expenses? grabe man diay ni ang pag protesta bisag sa pagka MAYOR lang gani ni, samot ang sa CONGRESS O HRET? DAKO2X GYOD DIAY PA ANG nahipos o reserba sa mga chong sulod sa 3 k tuig lang nga pagka kongresman…asa ta an? gawas nga nang hawod ug VOTE-BUYING SA MAYO, ka afford pa ug protesta sa manila…murag dili naman ko motuo ani nga gikan ning SALAPIA SA GANANSYA SA naval supermart? kay kasabot baya ta ni sa mga chong sa una nga wala pa sa politika, DILI GAYOD NI MOPA ALKANSE,HEHE…

  14. Ahhhh…
    Na lawgaw diay SPO2O2?…
    Ka siaw gud nila..

    Hehehehehehe

    Pero baya.. kasagarang balota kong emong iphon? ma’o lang gihapon ang kadaghanon ang ihap sa napildi nga si Garcia.. Pero kang Congco.. Perming MO OBOS ang kadaghanon…
    Ma’o toh nga naapsan c Congco sa ihap..
    Saatopah.. emo ra nang tigotigo aron pabuhi sa emung KA KULBA sa?
    Gi KOLBAAN naka SPO2O2?

    Ako kay gi kulbaan pod…

    Hehehehehehe

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