Thursday, July 5, 2007

Election Cheating that was

The difference of the May 2007 elections is -- this is true in a national scale -- people seemed to be more vocal in narrating their knowledge and/or experience of cheating. Remember, the current presidency of PGMA is yet to recover from allegation that she cheated her way to Malacanan.
A fellow told me that he was asked by personalities identified with the political camp of Jose Tapales Villarosa (JTV) to proceed to a particular house in Dona Consuelo Subdivision, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. It was learned later that in picking out who to invite for this meeting, politicians usually do their "mapping of precincts", consisting of identifying who the chairmen of the Board of Election Inspectors are and about their political allegiance. In the meeting, a man whom he did not know introduced himself as a COMELEC lawyer from Manila. This guy facilitated the explanation of the modus operandi. He discussed how to switch ballots!
My informant told me further that he was given one hundred filled-up ballots -- fifty ballots were of blue ink, fifty ballots were accomplished with black ink. (As I see it, this is going to put the JTV camp to advantage with an average of fifty votes per precinct.) He was given too rubber bands, blue and black ball pens, and other supplies very similar to those issued by the COMELEC.
The instruction was to switch the ballot during the canvassing. He was given P1,500 -- you know for what? We tell him, it's training fee. Then, he continued: after the canvassing, he was expected to return to the house in Dona Consuelo Subdivision to surrender the authentic ballots, and to claim the remaining balance. It is reported that for any chairman of BEI who could successfully switch the ballots, some twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00) was given.
One can surmise: what is there in getting elected that one resorts to cheating just to be of service to his/her fellows?
By the way, it was told too that during the orientation session it was made known that JTV's mind was for the six candidates' names to find their way to the ballots -- later I learned also that this was the same condition for the conduct of vote buying, reportedly in Pag-asa, San Jose, where the candidate for vice mayor of San Jose was even present. These names were: Amelita Villarosa (Representative), Ronilo Omanio (Governor), Rey Ladaga (Vice Governor), Sugar Villarosa (Board Member), Jose Tapales Villarosa (Mayor of San Jose), and Uly Javier (Vice Mayor of San Jose).
After the elections, following the foiling of ballot switching activities of a teacher assigned for electoral duty in Caminawit, San Jose and another one in Mamburao, both political camps of JTV and Sato started their trades of accusations.
As I was emphatically telling Max Marquez and Gaudencio Espiritu, the thing was for the last elections it was their party that was caught brazenly cheating...
I am simply happy for one reason -- the conscience of my informant did let permit him to switch ballot. May pag-asa pa talaga pag may mga ganitong tao!

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