BINAY – IF WE GO MANUAL, THEN WE SHOULD REVISIT HELLO GARCI LESSONS

UNO PRESS RELEASE

JUNE 30 2009

REF: JOEY SALGADO

BINAY – IF WE GO MANUAL, THEN WE SHOULD REVISIT HELLO GARCI LESSONS

It’s time to hear those recordings again.

With the Commission on Elections saying that it may use manual elections in 2010, Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay said the opposition and the public should again listen to the 2004 recorded conversations between Mrs. Arroyo and a disgraced election commissioner.

“If you recall the 2004 elections, Mrs. Arroyo won by shaving off votes from Fernando Poe Jr. with the connivance of former Election Commissioner Virgilio Garcillano.  If we are to use the manual system, then we should all review how they pulled it off,” he said.

The opposition leader said what has not been substantially answered in the debates surrounding automated elections is the possible connivance of election officials and personnel.

“Regardless of the system used, we should guard against fraud, especially wholesale fraud done with the connivance of some corrupt Comelec personnel,” he said.

He added: “A party determined to cheat will look for ways to cheat, regardless of the system.”

Binay said the sudden withdrawal of the Filipino partner of Smartmatic is the latest in a series of “surprises” involving the administration of Mrs. Arroyo.

“And until the Filipino partner of Smartmatic gives a credible reason to justify their withdrawal, the public will always suspect that the Arroyo administration is somehow involved,” he said.

“These are the consequences of the administration’s policy of covering up the truth with lies,” he said.

Binay said: “Are these surprises part of a puzzle? In the crucial months leading to the 2010 election, Mrs. Arroyo has made a secret trip to Colombia and hastily signed diplomatic relations with Barbados , where the supplier is registered.

“At the same time, reports of a self-coup – Oplan August Moon- involving loyalist generals circulated, a bomb exploded, and several bombs were found elsewhere. Outside Metro Manila, journalists are being killed or detained en masse by the military.

“For us, the stage is being set for a state of confusion, which would then provide a convenient excuse for the administration to flex its muscle and intimidate the opposition.”

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