WHISTLE-BLOWER Arsenio B. Rasalan looks old, tired and weary in the video where he reads the contents of his affidavit and answers questions from an unnamed interviewer. In the video testimony, he admits to being “a direct and active participant in a big clandestine operation” conducted after the winners of the May 2004 elections had been proclaimed.

Talking in a soft voice, Rasalan said the fraud conspiracy involved President Arroyo and “her trusted allies and lieutenants,” including the police chief at that time, Gen. Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., who was named after his retirement in August 2004 to the juicy post of public works secretary.

Rasalan’s is by far the most direct testimony by a named individual on the post-election manipulation of election returns. In his statement, he gives a chilling account of how the fraud was done, including the deployment of 40 people to fill in precinct-level election returns (ERs) in their own handwriting. This was supposedly so that the manufactured returns would match the figures of the provincial certificates of canvass that had earlier been tampered with by former election commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.

Rasalan says that the President and her advisers apparently panicked when presidential candidate Ferdnando Poe Jr. and his running mate Loren Legarda filed an election protest. Because of the protest, it was likely that the ERs kept at the Batasang Pambansa would be opened up. To cover up the fraud, new ERs had to be manufactured. According to Rasalan, this task was assigned to Ebdane, who in turn took in Bello to implement the presidential order. Bello, in turn, tapped the services of Rasalan.

The whistle-blower, however, provides no evidence that would directly implicate President Arroyo to the fraud. All he says is that Bello told him the “special operations” were being funded by Arroyo and also involved the infamous Virgilio Garcillano, the former elections commissioner whose wiretapped conversations blew the lid on the 2004 fraud. Thus, Arroyo lawyer, Romulo Makalintal told reporters today that he was not exactly losing sleep over the allegations, which he also said were a rehash of old charges.

In this video, Rasalan says that his task was to oversee the manufacture of new returns, which were then switched with the ones at the Batasan. The switching operation, he says, was secured by civilian and police personnel.

In his sworn statement, he explained his motives for coming out in public, saying he was filled with remorse after seeing the consequences of the fraud. He and another election whistle-blower Clinton John Colcol, who attested to doctoring the certificates of canvass certificate of canvass (COC) in South Upi, Maguindanao, are believed to be currently under the “witness protection program” of Catholic bishops. Both are supposedly fearing for their lives.

You may download the complete video of the testimonies of Rasalan and Colcol at the links provided below:

6 Responses to ‘I fabricated election returns’

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Chabeli

August 17th, 2006 at 11:34 pm

It does seem that “Rasalan’s is by far the most direct testimony by a named individual on the post-election manipulation of election returns.”

Of course, Romulo Makalintal has to say something. He “told reporters today that he was not exactly losing sleep over the allegations, which he also said were a rehash of old charges.”
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Mr. Rasalan as well as Mr. Colcol should be PROTECTED not only by bishopes, but also by those who believe in the TRUTH. No matter how ARROVO tries to suppress the TRUTH, it manages to come out. God, indeed, works in mysterious ways.

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true_north

August 18th, 2006 at 2:06 am

All the allegations, from the start ; the garci tapes, and now the declaration of both who were directly involved, are overwhelming. And since, any process within the country, from impeachment complaints, to Senate and house Inquiries all resolved nothing and being dismissed and the public not getting the answers to the question of what really happened, the only recourse now is to go INTERNATIONAL. The Philippines is one among the non-signatories to the ICC (international criminal court), but I believe there are still other venues to explore. Piggy back all the Political Killings, and some other evidence of wrongdoing included in the Impeachment Complaints, may add spice to the charges.. Worth a try, ain’t it??

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Tongue in, anew

August 19th, 2006 at 5:58 am

Rasalan’s statements confirm the 2004 SpecOps. Photos further bolster his affidavit. You may see the photos of the forgers at work on Ellen Tordesillas’ Blog.

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jr_lad

August 19th, 2006 at 9:17 am

why should macalintal loose sleep over the new allegations? he is only a paid lackey of gloria. maybe the question should be directed at gloria if she’s not loosing sleep over these allegations (look at those large eyebags).

but yung mga walanghiyang tongresssmen nagmadali na naman. kaya si Gloria sampu ng kanyang mga alipores nasa high heavens na naman daw ikaw nga ni tenga-tenga. mahulog sana kayong lahat sa impiyerno. nasa ibaba lang yan ng cloud 9.

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makati boys

August 25th, 2006 at 2:25 pm

sa kuhanin na lahat pro GLORIA tsaka ikaw Teddy boy Locsin ewan ko lang kung susuportahan ka pa namin sa District 1 ng Makati..tandaan mo malaki ang tulong ng batang makati tsaka yanib sa iyo….ewan ko kung manalo ka pa next year……sana lahat ng anak sabihan kyo na magsabi kayo ng totoo at maniwala pa sa inyo

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Cecile Impens

September 2nd, 2006 at 3:09 am

This confession of electoral fraud is finally the proof that Comelec did not execute its job as “guardian of ballots”. The future elections would experience the same if not worse level of cheatings and frauds if Comelec continues to exercise as overseer of the elections. Gloria Arroyo cannot make it to the Malacañang without the help of the persons of Rasalan and Colcol but mainly due to the help of the Comelec, her newly bought puppets, that appear to have given their total allegiance to a new dictator.

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