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Davao City


May 7, 2010




 Different sectors and groups urged the public to be vigilant amidst the escalating worries of failure of elections and the possible term extension of Pres. Arroyo. The press conference was spearheaded by Integrated Bar of the Philippines Davao Chapter, Pagbabago! People's Movement for Change led by Atty. Socorro Ermac Cabreros, IBP Davao President and Bishop Constante Claro and Sr. Diane Cabasagan of Pagbabago.


Also included in the panel were John Birondo of Kontra Daya, Engr. Robert Quinto,  President of Davao City Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Atty. Manuel Quibod of Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE), Atty.Al dela Victoria of Catholic Lawyers Guild, Councilor Danny Dayanghirang of Liberal Party and Atty. Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna.


Photos courtesy of Pagbabago! - Davao


PAGBABAGO statement during the joint press con with Integrated Bar of the Philippines Davao and other groups (including Kontra Daya, Davao City Chamber of Commerce, Inc., LENTE, Catholic Lawyers Guild, Bayan Muna, and Danny Dayanghirang for Liberal Party)

May 7, 2010

Endangered polls, endangered democracy: DEFEND the sanctity of our votes!

Electoral watchdogs including groups of Filipino IT experts, have earlier pointed out the endangered status of the upcoming elections after assessing the preparations of the Comelec as well as the readiness of the people to the first ever automated elections in the country.

We raise the alarm after the Comelec chose using a technology that was never tried in the actual environment of the country, as stated in the law. The Filipino IT community was not even consulted when choosing the type of technology that will be used for the automated elections.

We are alarmed after knowing that the Comelec has taken shortcuts in its preparation when it did not include the review of the source code – one of the vital parts of the technology. And we take notice of the consistent delays on the Comelec schedules from the delivery of the machines to the training of the Board of Election inspectors.

Unfortunately, the Comelec insisted that they could keep up with their schedule and that the public need not worry over the “minor glitches” in the election preparations.

Mock elections stepped up our worries when PCOS machines malfunctioned and transmission of vote results got delayed. Again, our worries intensified when Comelec dismissed complaints of malfunctioning of PCOS machines in Hong Kong’s overseas absentee voting saying it was merely a result of a “combination of cold and humidity”

But the Comelec, insisted that they are 90% ready for the automated elections.

Just recently 76,000 compact flash cards which are known as the heart of the counting machines were recalled after producing “weird results”.

The recent political developments continue to feed apprehensions that President Arroyo has no intention to go down after her term expires on June 30. The appointment of Gen. Bangit as AFP Chief of Staff and Malacañang’s insistence to choose the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court despite strong opposition from the legal community and the public at large are clear signs of manuevers for a failure of elections.

Now, with only three days to go before the elections, we seem to hang on the edge of our seat with what could happen after the horrors of the election preparation continue. If the Comelec remains to live in fantasy, our people’s movement for change are as ever awake and vigilant to guard the conduct and even the results of the elections.

It is clear by now that we could not rely on the Comelec. Our best safeguard today is to remain vigilant and prepare for poll failure. Pagbabago! will work with all groups interested to prevent the Arroyo administration from prolonging its stay by derailing the elections.

Oppose Oplan RAFAEL (Operation Plan to Retain Arroyo through Failure of elections)!

Defend the sanctity of our votes! Defend our democracy!

For reference:
Sr. Diane Cabasagan - 0920-952-3604
Bishop Constante Claro - 082-2971269
Pagbabago! People's Movement for Change - Davao City




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07 May 2010

We, the convenors of the National Clergy Discernment Group (NCDG), enjoin the citizenry to exercise prayerful vigilance in the light of developments surrounding the forthcoming national elections.

At this late stage, the Commission on Elections has not convinced the electorate of its capability to conduct the first automated election process. The large scale malfunctioning of the PICOS machines plus the inadequate preparation and training of their operators, together with numerous other technical glitches, contribute to the growing public anxiety. There is no way the patently corrupt and unpopular Arroyo Administration can guarantee clean and peaceful elections. Pre-election violence is escalating by the day and the fear of a possible failure of elections is mounting.

Notwithstanding the perception that the elections will not bring about the general social transformation the country needs, it is important, if not decisive, that citizens continue to exercise the right to choose their leaders through the electoral process. Responsible participation in the elections can only strengthen our hope that the fight against poverty and oppression will continue. The practice of universal suffrage is vital to our democratic way of life.

As Christians and members of the Church we must strive to frustrate electoral fraud and any attempt to deprive the people of its right to better social and economic opportunities that will bring about significant and lasting changes in our society. It is necessary that all concerned citizens, open-minded sectors of civil society, together with patriotic members of the armed forces to unite and upset the efforts of unscrupulous members of the present regime to prolong the people’s agony by installing a holdover government headed by the shameless Macapagal-Arroyo. A military take-over has no place in a democracy and must likewise be rejected by all means.

The struggle for a political and social transformation that will benefit the majority of the population, especially the marginalized and excluded, must proceed and continue beyond the May 2010 elections. Let us work to strengthen our democratic system and the institutions that will guarantee real social justice, universal peace and the well-being of every citizen. Let us unite to protect and defend the sovereign will of the Filipino people against malevolent foreign interventions.

We call on the Church to exercise its prophetic role in society to help instill hope and courage in the heart of every Filipino. We call on our religious leaders to take their place alongside God’s people in their march towards true freedom and in their fight for a better future. May God help us and bless our land, so beautiful yet so beleaguered.
In behalf of the convenors,

Msgr. Manuel Gabriel (Signed) Fr. Wilfredo Dulay,MJ


Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel
Fr. Jose P. Dizon
Fr. Mario H. Agunod
Fr. Paul Medina, O.Carm
Fr. Jesus M. Malit, SSS
Fr. Wilfredo Dulay, MJ
Br. Armin Luistro, FSC
Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR
Msgr. Elmer Abacahin
Msgr. Rey Monsanto

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