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  • lv on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Senator Bongbong Marcos files an electoral protest 

    Video Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer

    Marcos seeks VP vote recount
    June 29, 2016 11:37 pm

    POLL PROTEST Supporters of outgoing Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. patiently waits for him to file an electoral protest at the gates of the Supreme Court in Padre Faura in Manila on Wednesday. (Inset: Marcos shows voluminous documents to prove his claim that results of the May 9 vice presidential elections was marred with fraud). PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONE

    Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday filed an electoral protest before the Supreme Court (SC), sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), questioning results of the vice presidential race.
    In a 1,200–-page petition, the Ilocano lawmaker said he, not Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo, should be declared the rightful winner because he can easily overtake Robredo’s lead of 263,473 once the votes in 40 areas are corrected through a recount.
    “It is my moral and social duty to the Filipino people to expose the truth, and the fraudulent machinations, anomalies and irregularities which attended the recently concluded May 9 elections, by filing this election protest. I owe it to the 14 million people who voted for me and to the millions of Filipinos whose voices were not heard,” Marcos added.
    He personally filed the petition at the SC at 4 p.m. He brought with him 20,000 pages of documentary and testimonial pieces of evidence.
    The outgoing senator is contesting the results in 39,221 clustered precincts in 25 provinces and five highly urbanized cities.
    He said the SC will have an easy time to decide on the case because the evidence of fraud was overwhelming.
    The PET is composed of the Chief Justice as chairman and the 14 associate justices as members. A vote of seven members is enough to declare the final winner.
    The tribunal has the sole power to hear and determine election protests involving the presidential and vice presidential polls.
    In the past, the tribunal tackled the election protest filed by Sen. Loren Legarda against Vice President Noli de Castro and the election protest lodged by former senator Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd against Vice President Jejomar Binay.
    The tribunal is mandated to hear and decide the protest in 20 months.
    “The votes presumptively obtained by Robredo during the last elections are products of electoral frauds, anomalies and irregularities. The votes obtained by protestant Marcos were significantly reduced, manipulated and altered to make it appear that he only placed second,” the lawmaker said.
    Marcos added that his petition is based on a flawed Automated Election System (AES), traditional modes of cheating like vote-buying, pre-shading, intimidation and failure of elections and unauthorized introduction by Smartmatic’s Marlon Garcia of a new hash code into the transparency server of the Commision on Elections (Comelec).
    “The first shows that the system had vulnerabilities that were not remedied by Smartmatic and as a result some groups exploited these flaws to reduce my votes and increase the votes of Robredo so that she could win the vice presidency. The second are the specific [pieces of] evidence of vote-buying, intimidation, failure of elections, pre-shading, wholesale ballot feeding and other abuses [that] were in the news. The third focuses on the unauthorized introduction by Smartmatic of a new hash code into the transparency server and the effects brought about by the so-called cosmetic change,” he said.
    Smartmatic, a Venezuelan firm, was the technology provider for the May 9 polls.
    Marcos said the Comelec and Smartmatic committed five major violations.
    He noted that Republic Act 9369 requires that the AES to be used in the 2016 balloting should have been used successfully in the country or abroad.
    But, he said, the Vote Counting Machines or VCMs used were entirely new.
    Another violation was that 13 days before May 9, the Comelec ordered the Board of Canvassers not to transmit the Certificates of Canvass (COC) until all SD (secure digital) cards from the VCMs have been uploaded or imported into their Consolidation and Canvassing System (CCS).
    Third is the fact that six days before May 9, the Comelec set up seven regional hubs for the reconfiguration of SD cards without prior notice. Configurations should have been done only at the Santa Rosa (Laguna) facility of Comelec-Smartmatic.
    Fourth is when instead of being replaced by standby CCSs, 30 CCSs were pulled out of the custody of the Bureau of Customs and were delivered to the Santa Rosa facility upon the order of the Comelec through Executive Director Jose Tolentino.
    The last was the introduction of a new hash code, which triggered a surge of votes for Robredo.
    Marcos asked the PET to order a recount of the questioned ballots and a verification of voter’s receipts and election returns, including system audit.
    Some 400 marchers trooped to Padre Faura Street in Manila to show their support to the senator.

    Article Source: The Manila Times

    • Atty. Romeo J. Somera on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The problem with the Marcos approach of attacking the entire system is the implication that because the system is flawed the election is flawed and therefore the results were flawed. If that has to be the case then all elective positions, not just the VP are the result of a flawed election system that the whole “shebang” must be invalidated. Such a universal reasoning maybe unacceptable to the SC and just reject the argument and toss the electoral protest out. If however the SC would look in depth on the fraud allegations substantiated by 20,000 of documents, Marcos might have a chance. For how can you explain numerous precincts where he was in a zero votes. That is a statistical improbability. And why just in the VP and not other elective positions? Also the 3 million plus undervotes seems to me as a clear indication of fraud. For why was that much unvervotes on the VP alone?. Those 39,221 clustered precincts may provide the answer. After all, just 10% of 3 million is more than enough to offset the 236,000 vote lead of Leni.

      • lv on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        With Sereno as the chief justice, chances are that the electoral protest might be tossed out since she is an Aquino supporter. She might be able to sway the other justices to agree with her but if she gets impeached for some reason, Bongbong would have a better chance of winning the electoral protest. It will be interesting to see how these justices in the Supreme Court would handle the electoral protest. It will be at least 20 months before we will know the result.

        • Atty. Romeo J. Somera on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          But Aquino is gone and Sereno on her immediate previous legal stands, even with Aquino’s waning term, were against his administration. How much more now?

    • Paul L. Villanueva on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I respected the late Ferdinand Marcos Sr. during his time of his Presidency but when American News Reporter came out about his corruption during his exiled to Hawaii I changed my mind. The Marcoses can not survive without politics. Ti pagbagassan da ket Politico ta iso metla ti ammo da. What a life, why don’t they start working somewhere else other than politics.

  • lv on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Ballroom Dancing 

    Hi guys, the Tagudin High Centennial in Las Vegas is coming up very soon and I am sure there will be a lot of dancing (ballroom and non-ballroom) at the event so here are some ballroom dance videos that you might want to watch so you can practice on your ballroom dance skills this way you will be more confident dancing at the dance floor. These are few of the most popular dances (especially the Cha Cha) that Filipinos dance during events and these are the most fun and easy to learn with. I’ve included Salsa because I think it is gaining popularity among Filipinos.

    I’ve attended many Tagudinian events in the past and boy Tagudinians have a lot of good dancers. I saw many couples who glided across the dance floor beautifully and gracefully. They were very enjoyable to watch. However, if you are a mediocre dancer or someone who is just out there dancing and not minding all the steps, that is okay too. The most important thing is you are having fun and you are making the event more fun for everybody because of your participation.

    So without further ado, grab your partner and start dancing away. Have fun!

    Cha Cha

    The Hustle (Disco Dancing)

    Jitterbug (Boogie)


    • EDF on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Agsaganakan Larry ta agpartnertanto. :) \\manang fem

      • lv on July 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Ala agpraktisak ah ngarud wenno mabalin met siguro tay maski pops.

  • lv on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Entertainment City, Manila, Philippines 

    An area in Metro Manila is being developed as gaming and entertainment center of the Philippines. It is called Entertainment City. This is a government project which was conceptualized and started during the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. It is being implemented through Pagcor (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) and the investors are all private companies. Entertainment City is actually just one of the components of a future and a bigger tourism project of the government called Bay City which would include SM Mega Mall and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. It would cover the western part of the cities of Manila, Pasay and Paranaque. The money generated from Pagcor’s Entertainment City project would go to the different government programs particularly in education and social services. The project is located in the reclaimed areas of Paranaque along Manila Bay not far from the airport. According to Pagcor, there would be big casinos, hotels, places to have entertainment/sports events and shopping, and among others in the area where the project is located. Even an amusement park is being planned to be included in the project. The people involved with the project said that it can rival Macau or at least would be just as good as Macau or even Las Vegas once the project is all completed. To date, some of the casinos such as City of Dreams Manila and Solaire Resort and Casino already started operating in the area and the rest of the resorts/casinos are either still under construction or in the planning stages. All of the establishments are expected to be world class since Pagcor requires one billion dollars as the investor’s initial capital in order for any investor to be included in the project, and a lot of the investors are international investors who already have existing casinos operating in Macau, Singapore, Las Vegas and other places in the world. These investors have Filipino investors as their partners of course since investors from other countries cannot have 100% business ownership in the Philippines.

    I am not trying to promote gambling but I think this project will be good for the country since it will bring in revenues and employment for the people and besides it will not be just a place for casinos but would also be a vacation and entertainment getaway just like Macau and Las Vegas and if managed properly and not overwhelmed by corrupt officials, it will bring in the much needed fund for the different government programs benefiting the Filipino people. Perhaps, the people especially the folks in the entertainment and hotel industries might not have to go abroad anymore to find jobs that are in line with the kind of works that they do.

    With the traffic as bad as it is now in Metro Manila, I just hope though that they will build a good infrastructure to support the project such as good road networks and transportation system inside and outside Entertainment City. They did have a good start by building an expressway that connects Entertainment City to the Manila airports (NAIA 1, 2, and 3) and the Manila Skyway Expressway and Cavite Expressway. The expressway which is called NAIAEX is due for completion anytime soon.

    Manila Bay Resorts, one of the casinos being constructed at the Entertainment City
    This got to be the grandest resort ever built in the Philippines.

    Entetainment City Map
    Image credit belongs to the owner of the image.

    • lv on July 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Manila Bay Resorts was renamed to OKADA MANILA from the name of the Japanese billionaire owner Kazuo Okada of Tiger Resort Leisure and Entertainment Inc.

  • lv on June 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Father’s Day
    June 19, 2016 

    Happy Father’s Day Everyone.

    Oh My Papa
    by The Everly Brothers

  • lv on June 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Philippine Independence Day
    June 12, 2016 

    Happy Philippine Independence Day

  • lv on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Oldies and Hawaiian Music 

    In as much as Tagudin High School is celebrating the school’s centennial anniversary this year, the blog’s playlist was updated so to give a warm up for the upcoming centennial events. The songs which I am sure are familiar to a lot of you are oldies that I’ve gathered randomly from the different decades. Perhaps some of the songs could bring back memories from your high school days at Tagudin High. I’ve also included some Hawaiian songs since the first night of the centennial celebrations this July in Las Vegas is Aloha Night. Enjoy the music and if you are not an alumnus, enjoy the music just the same. Mahalo.

    Speaking about Hawaiian music, here is a nice Hawaiian song with a beautiful hula dance performed by a graceful hula dancer – the popular Hawaiian Wedding Song. This song is very appropriate for this month for June is the most popular month for weddings. Happy wedding to all the couples out there who are getting married this month of June.

    Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au)

    Perhaps the beautiful wahinis of Tagudin High, the likes of Eufemia Dauz-Fonacier, Alicia Canosa-Aluyon, Evita Dauz-Tabilin and Elena Lodia-Macagba can surprise everyone at the event in Las Vegas with a beautiful hula dance just like the one shown in the video. :)

    • edf on June 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hah Larry! Datay met pandaggo ti prak-pratisen da idi kalman. Meeting mi para sa reunion kahapon sa Long Beach, California, house of Editha Leal-Estoque. :) Thank you for the Hawaiian music. Hayaan mo at gagawa kaming sorpresa kasama ka na roon.

      • lv on June 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Mayat ah ngarud no adda sorpresa na nasama ako. Basta huwag lang akong maisama sa mga magsalita sa stage kasi may stage fright ang yours truly. Baka di ako makapagsalita sa nerbiyos hahaha. Mayat met ta pandango. Looking forward for that performance.

        • edf on June 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Looking forward to seeing you too Larry. It will be fun! See you in three weeks! :)

        • lv on June 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

          Have a safe trip to everyone attending the Centennial Anniversary Celebrations in Las Vegas. See you all.

  • lv on June 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    In Memoriam
    Muhammad Ali 

    Muhammad Ali
    (Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr.)
    January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016

    There is no doubt that Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer who ever lived. He will be missed.

    Remember “Thrilla In Manila” ? That was one of the most exciting and most memorable fights in boxing history. “Thrilla in Manila” put Manila on the map. To this time, when Manila is being mentioned, a lot of people especially in the boxing world think of “Thrilla in Manila”. The event on Oct ober 1, 1975 in Manila and both boxers Joe Frazier and most especially Muhamad Ali inspired a lot of young Filipinos to become boxers and to be among the best boxers in the world.

    Thank you Muhammad Ali.

    May you rest in peace.


    Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier with President Marcos and Imelda

    Ali and Frazier with Filipino referee Carlos Padilla in the background

    • lv on June 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Those are nice barongs. I think Carlos Padilla who now resides in Las Vegas is the father of ZsaZsa Padilla.

  • lv on June 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    President-elect Rodrigo Duterte's latest press conference 

    After presenting his newly appointed cabinet member, President-elect Rody Duterte addresses the media. He talks about how things will be done under his leadership. He is talking tough and very blunt on a lot of issues. As always he draws flaks from a lot of people, certain groups and the media.

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