Archive for June, 2005

REMEMBER Vicente "Enteng" Romano III? He of eLagda.com fame whose quixotic effort to solicit a million signatures to pressure then Pres. Joseph Estrada to step down failed to muster enough numbers, but which spawned about 25,000 e-mandirigmas...

MOST of the 30,000 additional election returns the Commission on Elections ordered from private printers for the May 10, 2004 elections were “pre-fabricated” and used in President Arroyo's bailiwicks to ensure her victory, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said...

June 23, 2005 · Posted in: Gloriagate, In the News

Wheeling and dealing

ELECTORAL politics is a game of compromise, and nowhere is the wheeling and dealing more pronounced, and more necessary, than in the election of party list representatives. As PCIJ wrote in the book “The Rulemakers,” in the past elections, pacts were...

ONE Comelec lawyer confirmed today talking with Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano about the votes in Talitay town, Maguindanao. (Read previous post, Arroyo and ARMM.) Wynne Asdala of the law department told PCIJ that he has read the transcript...

June 23, 2005 · Posted in: Gloriagate, In the News

The three tapes

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday began its hearings into the wiretapping controversy involving Comelec Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano and several individuals including President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The five-committee inquiry has so far...

OUR broadcast media colleagues should find this comforting. A lawyer-friend who teaches at the University of the Philippines sent me a copy of a 2001 US Supreme Court ruling which upheld the right of a radio broadcaster to play the recording of a...

IF the controversial recordings are authentic and unaltered, President Arroyo’s chief worry when she was placing all those telephone calls to Elections Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano in late May to mid-June of 2004 was the canvassing in the Autonomous...