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HOUSE RESOLUTION 1540: A CALL FOR COMELEC TRANSPARENCY IN THE PUBLICATION OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS’ LIST February 20, 2007

Posted by s511 in electoral reforms, Human Rights, party-list system and elections, Position Papers, Press Statements.
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One of the basic ills of our flawed electoral process we had inherited from the Marcos regime and which continues as a major problem to the present is the bloated and questionable voters’ list.

 

When the late Mr. Ferdinand Marcos called for presidential snap elections on 7 February 1986, he succeeded in disenfranchising an estimated one million two hundred thousand voters by collapsing precincts and transferring the list of voters from one precinct to another in opposition bailiwick areas.  This bad habit from the Marcos years continues to haunt us with oftentimes the sheer incompetence or inefficiency of some COMELEC personnel.  On the other hand, it has been known to all and sundry that certain unscrupulous elements considered experts in the field of elections have done more harm than good to the ordinary voting populace by using their skills in the manipulation of votes known to all as dagdag-bawas.  The charges against Mr. Garcillano in the Garci case filed before the joint committee hearings of Information, Suffrage, National Defense and Communications Technology has magnified this in perspective in the last 2004 elections, yet up to now nothing definitive has been done to guard against possible  election fraud in the coming 2007 polls.  The implementation of the Automated Electoral Systems Act cannot be enforced, according to Comelec for time constraints.

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ON THE RATIFICATION OF THE COMPENSATION BILL AS PRIORITY IN THE AGENDA OF THE SPECIAL SESSION February 19, 2007

Posted by s511 in Human Rights, Marcos Wealth, Press Statements.
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The Palace Proclamation 1235 asserts that a number of very important bills that have failed ratification this 13th Congress can no longer afford to wait for the 14th Congress. Going through the legislative grind could take another three tedious years which becomes such a waste of time.

We could not agree more. It becomes a crime to the people when bills that had been drafted with their active and steadfast participation and lobby in the past nine years should once again be shoved and shelved without rhyme or reason.

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On reported bribery of CBCP July 14, 2006

Posted by s511 in graft and corruption, Political Crisis, Press Statements.
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The reported bribery of bishops, followed by a dinner reward by Malacañang that took place before, during and after the two-day conference of the bishops is not only an embarassment to ourselves as a people but equally so to the international community.

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On the CBCP statement regarding the impeachment complaint July 12, 2006

Posted by s511 in Political Crisis, Press Statements.
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PRESS STATEMENT ON THE CBCP STATEMENT:
12 July 2006

On 28 June, Bishop Deogracias Yniguez filed an impeachment complaint against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. In behalf of Akbayan, my party, I endorsed the same.

As a citizen, the Bishop wanted to walk the way of impeachment, being the Constitutional instrument provided to determine whether or not there is probable cause to impeach the President.

When the CBCP said that Bishop Yniguez had all the right to take initiative in his search for the truth, the bishops were underscoring the right of the bishop as a Filipino citizen to seek the truth in much the same way the Bishop had explained his position.

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On PCGG obstruction of compensation for Marcos victims July 1, 2006

Posted by s511 in Human Rights, Marcos Wealth, Press Statements.
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It is the height of political irony that an executive agency like the PCGG should now stand in the way of the government’s commitment to help give compensation to victims of human rights violations. The Marcos compensation bill — BH3315 was passed on third and final reading in compliance with this mandate and commitment. The House bill awaits the Senate’s passage of its own version before the bill is made into law.

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Downgrade of case vs. Subic rape servicemen is sellout of justice and sovereignty April 21, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, foreign affairs, Press Statements, sovereignty.
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The DOJ decision to downgrade the case against three of the accused in the Subic rape case is a sad development in the pursuit of justice towards a resolution of the situation.

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On the Use of Landmines by NPA forces March 31, 2006

Posted by s511 in Akbayan Issues, Human Rights, peace, Press Statements.
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In behalf of AKBAYAN and as member of the Committee on Human Rights, I condemn in the strongest terms possible terms the NPA call to use land mines in their stepped up offensives against the military.

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