More mass protests will be launched to demand the Brillantes-led Comelec to rescind its midnight resolution of Dec. 23 awarding P300 million-contract to Smartmatic for the diagnostic tests of 80,000 PCOS machines and ban the non-compliant foreign vendor from participating in current and future election public bidding.
AES Watch questions Comelec-Smartmatic midnight deal
January 7, 2015
Why did the Comelec award a new contract with the foreign company Smartmatic on Dec. 23 last year – without any prior or post-announcement and when the whole country was already on vacation for Christmas? Why is Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, Jr., now saying the deal had to be made without public bidding for reason of lack of time?
(Dec. 4, 2014) Since the law’s enactment, four elections have been held – 2004, 2007, 2010, and 2013. From a relatively high voter turnout of 65% in 2004, however, the turnout has dropped to a dismal 16% in 2013 – 118,823 out of 975,263 who registered.
How to rig an automated election in the Philippines
Rene B. Azurin, Strategic Perspective
Posted by CenPEG
November 13, 2014
COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS (Comelec) chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. has effectively admitted that Comelec’s implementation of a computerized election system has been flawed all along.
Deliberate ignorance on automated polls
Rene B. Azurin, Strategic Perspective
Posted by CenPEG
“WHO CONTROLS the machine, controls the votes” is the simplest explanation yet of the problems intrinsic to a computerized election.
A manual recount in Nueva Ecija
The PCOS system is plagued with these problems because its design clashes with the nature of elections. It was designed not as a tool of the electorate but of Comelec which is not a participant in the election.
Our democracy is subverted by Comelec
Rene B. Azurin
IT WOULD ACTUALLY be comical -- if it weren’t so serious -- that people continue to think in terms of the popularity (or lack of it) of all these candidates lusting hungrily for the highest public offices in the upcoming 2016 presidential polls. No one, it seems, has yet fully grasped the fact that, since the 2010 elections, the key to winning political office is no longer the favor of the voting masses but, instead, the benediction of the tiny cabal that controls the computerized system for our automated elections.
Speaking before the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee on automated election system (JCOC-AES) on Aug. 14, 2014, Louie Casambre said the Comelec Advisory Council (CAC), which he chairs, is recommending the reuse of existing precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines and the use of one or more voting technologies for the 2016 national elections.
The Automated Election System Watch (AES Watch) submitted on Aug. 14, 2014 its “Secret Voting, Public Counting” proposal for the 2016 elections in a Manifestation paper to the Joint Congressional Advisory Committee on automated election system (JCOC-AES).
Finally bearing fruit or foiled again?
Center for People Empowerment in Governance
12:01 AM | Philippine Daily Inquirer, Talk of the Town,
A10 Sunday, January 4th, 2015
While without an FOI law the citizenry has admittedly had mixed success in combating corruption and other governance issues, a bad FOI law could make that common concern even more problematic.
New defense deal with U.S. needs Senate concurrence, opponents say
CenPEG position paper read at Senate foreign relations committee hearing
The Philippine Senate’s foreign relations committee, on Dec. 1, 2014, was set to file a resolution expressing the upper legislative chamber’s “disappointment” over the signing of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) without Senate concurrence.
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CenPeg Vice Chair Professor Roland G. Simbulan was interviewed extensively with Atty. Evalyn Ursua by tele-radio DZMM anchor Henry Omaga Diaz last October 25, 2014 about the murder of Jennifer Laude and the issue of jurisdiction and custody under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
Michel Chossudovsky, emeritus professor at the University of Ottawa, spoke on the “globalization of war” at CenPEG’s fourth Roundtable Discussion on Oct. 14, 2014, University of the Philippines’ Asian Center.
In the wake of the Laude killing:
Congress asked to probe US forces’ behavior & “state of mental health” -- CenPEG
The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) today supported inquiries on the Oct. 12 murder of Jeffrey “Jennifer” Laude in Olongapo City being sought by Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the Senate and the Makabayan bloc in the lower House. Murder charges have been filed against the suspect, Pvt. 1st Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the US Marine Corps.
The Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) China, in collaboration with the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), hosted the first Asia-Pacific Young Scholars Workshop on September 1-10, 2014 in Beijing and Shanghai, China. Seventeen young scholars from different countries in the Asia-Pacific Region, including CenPEG Policy Researcher Danica Panelo, were invited to participate in the workshop for the purpose of increasing youth awareness on regional security issues and preparing today’s generation to become efficient leaders in the near future.
WORKING FOR THE FEW Political capture and economic inequality
Oxfam Briefing Paper, Jan. 20, 2014
Posted by CenPEG.org (Jan. 27, 2014)
Economic inequality is rapidly increasing in the majority of countries. The wealth of the world is divided in two: almost half going to the richest one percent; the other half to the remaining 99 percent. The bottom half of the world’s population owns the same as the richest 85 people in the world.
The 8-Day Palestine-Israel War
Nov. 29, 2012 was the UN-declared International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. (The following day, Palestine – whose 8 million people have lived mostly in Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967 – received its non-state member status from the UN General Assembly.) The Philippine Interfaith Solidarity Forum on Palestine was held on Nov. 29 at the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Quezon City, where CenPEG Fellow Bobby M. Tuazon gave a talk.
The Ministry of External Affairs India, in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), hosted the seventh ASEAN-India Students Exchange Program last Nov. 9-18, 2014.
The Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) recently forged a research cooperation and partnership with the Jinan University’s School of International Studies (SIS) to exchange studies on Philippine-China relations, Southeast Asia, regional security, and other issues.
“Reality is superior to a paper of ideas.”
This, in brief, captures the corpus of Pope Francis’ messages in his four-day pastoral journey in the Philippines dramatized by encounters with overseas Filipino workers’ families, youth, street children, “Yolanda” survivors, and religious men and women.
The daily dose of news on corruption involving powerful politicians escalates the public disgust against greed and rapacity. A headline-hogger since post-martial law times, the abuse of power and plunder are widely seen today as institutionally endemic and no longer involving isolated cases.
New Asian security architecture: seeking partners
By Bobby M. Tuazon
October 14th, 2014
Philippine Daily Inquirer, A-12
As the United States and Nato launch air strikes on Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq, and as Russia faces sanctions for aiding Ukrainian rebels, a new security architecture is taking shape in Asia and Eurasia. In these regions, the concept of a new security architecture is now the subject of discourse among governments and also scholars, think tanks, and peace advocates.
Time for reckoning by President Aquino
By Bobby M. Tuazon |
Philippine Daily Inquirer
September 5th, 2014
President Aquino has sought to clarify that he is not seeking reelection. But his words have not doused speculation about his wanting a second term and added more confusion to the issue.
Is budget reform possible?
By Bobby M. Tuazon
With public confidence in government waning, the Supreme Court’s rulings on the unconstitutionality of the PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) and DAP (Disbursement Acceleration Program) make it all the more compelling for the budget system to be reformed.
ISSUE ANALYSIS No. 05
Series of 2014
June 26, 2014
The solution to systemic corruption – in the way that political authority is used to amass private wealth – goes beyond the presidency and should not begin and end with litigations that promise no certain closure
ISSUE ANALYSIS No. 04
Series of 2014
May 6, 2014
Signed on April 28 by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and U.S. Ambassador Philip S. Goldberg, the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) risks violating the country’s national sovereignty and invites American forces’ occupation of the Philippines under various ruses set forth in the new pact.