Gee thanks, Gloria. Poll observers want US to reconsider aid to Philippines
May 22, 2010
Say what they will, Guns Goons and Gold prevailed over this election. The gun ban was useless as the soldiers who had their own agendas, or had a different commanding officer then that assigned to them in the Armed Forces, did
law enforcement. Law enforcement in that they enforced the instructions of their political bosses. There was a law aganst soldiers being several meters away from voting centers, yet we have photos of soldiers in full battle gear obviously to entice hapless voters into voting for whomever their political bosses were. It was only justice done that the Euro-generals, and Gloria’s closest aides who were so arrogant that they assumed the people would vote for them all lost miserably. Poetic justice indeed. And behind it all the puppet master was trying to call the shots.
But this was one election her Garcis could not turn her way. The worst thing that happened was that that Medusa won. So we have at least six more years of suffering and I guarantee that the sale of Valium will rise every month. People can handle only so much stress. What does she are? She might just make Fortune Magazine next year.
Poll observers want US to reconsider aid to Philippines
By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Posted at 05/22/2010 12:38 PM | Updated as of 05/22/2010 12:53 PM
WALNUT GROVE, California – The Philippine Election Observers Team will ask members of the US Congress to “reconsider” the amount of financial aid it grants to the Philippines.
“We will ask that (Congress) look carefully at the amount of money it gives to the Philippine government,” said Reverend Larry Emery, head of the US poll observer team.
Emery said that based on what his team witnessed in the Philippines many voters’ rights were violated. The team reported instances of harassment of voters, notably by members of the Philippine military.
“We give $30 million to the Philippine military every year. This money should not be used to intimidate voters,” said Emery in an interview with Balitang America.
In 2007, US senators held back $2 million in military assistance to the Philippines, because of its poor human rights record. Senators insisted that the money was not to be released unless the Philippine government followed recommendations of the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Emery and 50 other United States citizens embarked on a 10-day mission to the Philippines during the election. His team observed about 900 precincts all over Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Emery said about 40% of the precincts his team observed had military presence inside polling precincts. Some of the voters his team talked to confessed that the military told them not to vote for progressive party-list groups, those that the military have tagged as members of the New People’s Army.
Emery says because of the military’s involvement in intimidating voters during the election, the US government needs to reconsider the amount of aid to the Philippines.
Disappointed with Comelec
Emery says he is disheartened by the Philippine Commission on Election’s downplay of his team’s observations.
He said: “The automation of election does not solve the problems of vote buying and intimidation and it is something the Comelec needs to pay attention to.”
Emery said the least Comelec can do is investigate the precincts where there was evidence of fraud.
“The Comelec should seek the extent to which the cheating took place and see if it would actually impact the outcome in those areas,” he said.
A Comelec spokesperson reacted to the US observer team by citing other foreign observers who described the Philippine elections as successful.
“Let’s just say they cancel each other out,” spokesperson James Jimenez said. (Jimenez, many are tired of you. Why don’t you just shut up already. No one listens to what you have to say anyway because you merely mimic the Smartmatic sons of bitches. So shut up already.)