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My Automated Election Experience

I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t have to elbow my way to the voting precinct (at Moonwalk 1, Paranaque City). Sure, I queued; I had to deal with the heat and humidity, but I still believe I had it easier than most.

In my place, Moonwalk 1, Paranaque, 20 precincts were grouped into 4 clusters. I was on cluster 301. Most of us, if not all, didn’t have to look for our names and precinct numbers on election day itself, because those were posted on a bulletin board outside our church (the Holy Eucharist Parish), three weeks before. And I’m guessing, everyone was accounted for because I didn’t hear complaints of missing names.

Our queues were made more bearable by the narra and mango trees, too. Talk about the benefit of being green.

Overall, my first automated election experience was OK. No technical glitches, no ballot snatching or spoiled ballots, no missing names, no missing precincts, no fights, no arguments, no loudmouths, no violence. I had to line up for 2.5 hours because I went there at the peak hours. But after I voted, there was no more line outside the gym, and few people were there waiting to vote. In fact, in the afternoon, the gym, which served as the voting area for the 20 precincts, was pretty much deserted, save for the PPCRV, BEI, Comelec people, and other observers like us.

As an observer, the system in my place needs improvement, but this is our first so I forgive them. If only we were not so worried about the sensitive ballots and the allegedly not ready PCOS machines, we would have devoted more time on people-space-volume-time management. Especially that Comelec, albeit late, announced that with or without PCOS machine, voting must go on, the voting should not be so dependent on the PCOS machines.

But this is all in retrospect. I am sure in the next elections we will do better.

Now, as I write, we await for the results. My candidates are not doing well in the partial, unofficial results, but I’m happy that I cast my vote, and exercised my right as a Filipino.

Whoever wins, I remain to be a good citizen. My fervent prayer is that we give the new government a chance.

Here are some of the photos I took earlier.

On to 2010 Philippine Elections

The 2010 Philippine election won’t be like the previous elections. For one, it is going to be automated. So the preparations are steeped with controversy every step along the way. We all heard about what happened in the registration. It was all messed up. New voters lined up as early as 4am only to take Step 1 of the registration process at 8 in the evening.

This caught the ire of many, and one newspaper columnist, Andy Bautista, even offered his observation that we are so focused on preventing a failure of election, but never on a failure of registration. True!

So are we ready?

I posted a quick guide to the automated elections. But do we know the new ballot? Today, let me share it with you.

Images courtesy of Blog Watch hosted by Philippine Online Chronicles via Jane.

It’s going to be like taking a test. You bring a pencil and shade your choice of answer. The quick guide link I shared above is very helpful in figuring out this new ballot.

We don’t need to bring a list. All we have to bring is the patience to read through the page and find our candidates. 😉

The Liberal Party Rigodon

The biggest news to hit local politics yesterday is the announcement of Mar Roxas to support Noynoy Aquino for president in 2010.

Supporters of the move say that Roxas is doing the greater sacrifice. After all, Roxas is putting country first before personal interest.  How noble sounding!

To me as an audience of this latest rigodon, it’s not about personal interest, but personal interests. I’m seeing principles being set aside to give way to popularity.

And that sealed the deal for me. For the 2010 elections, my eyes are now focused on the Nacionalista Party. 😀

The photo is grabbed from HERE.

Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #4

Taken from CTalk by Cito Beltran
The Philippine Star, August 31, 2009

A number of whistleblowers would like us to think that they are heroes.

They would like us to think that they have suffered sleepless nights, oppression and political harassment for exposing a crime. They would like us to think that it is such a great personal sacrifice for them to be whistleblowers because their lives and their family are now in grave danger. They actually even want us to believe that they are the good guys.

Some people have actually fallen for this great lie, which is nothing more than “adding insult to injury”. Now, some people are trying to sell us the idea that because of what these whistleblowers have done, we should vote for them to be elected into Congress or in the Senate.

In short, we are now being asked to let the whistleblowers become the cops.

We are being told to “honor” people who were involved in illegal or criminal acts, we are being told to forget that they may, or have directly participated in deals or agreements that were disadvantageous to the government or to the people of the Philippines.

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Preparing for the Philippine Elections 2010 – Note #1

NewsStand by John Nery
The Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 18, 2009

Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escuder enjoys a reputation for political eloquence, and as I have written before on other occasions, his mellifluous monotone” can prove highly effective. But as his answers at the recent ABS-CBN-sponsored “leadership forum” at the Ateneo de Manila showed, he also uses it in Orwelllian fashion. That is to say, he sometimes uses his gift of gab to conceal thought, not to reveal it.

One example: To the question about personal heroes (Which historical person living or dead do you most admire?), Escudero said, None. His answer (in mellifluously monotonous Filipino, and readily available on his website) started in this wise: “Ilang ulit nang tinanong sa akin yan, “matagal ko nang pinag-isipan ngunit wala akong maisip ni-isa.” My translation: “I’ve been asked that many times and have thought about it a long tiem, but I can’t think of anyone.” He went on to say: “Dahil para sa akin walang iisang kumakatawan at nagtataglay nang lahat ng katangiang kapupuri-puri. [Because for me, there is no one who embodies and symbolizes all that is worthy of praise.]”

This is passing strange. The question was not Who is perfect? but Who do you look up to?

Escudero proceeded to state that perhaps what we ought to do is to choose what is admirable in our historical figures (“mga magagandang ginawa ng mga personalidad sa kasaysayan”) and avoid mistakes. But that was the point of the question, wasn’t it? Give the Filipino people an idea of who you consider admirable. Escudero then wrapped up his two-minute answer with an appeal to imagination: Imagine a person with all these qualities, he said. “Iyon siguro, hindi man totoong tao, ang dapat natin tingalain. [Maybe that is the one, though not a real person, we should look up to.]”

Pure drivel. I think in avoiding the true question, Escudero is betraying the anxiety of influence. As I’ve written before (the first time, I think was in 2005), Escudero strikes me as the acceptable face of the Marcos restoration. Here’s a thought in search of a consensus. Perhaps Escudero declined answer the real question because the people may not be ready to hear him profess any admiration for the late dictator.