BINAY – SMARTMATIC ASSURANCE NO REASON TO GIVE UP VIGILANCE VS FRAUD; WARNS OF “NO PROC” SCENARIO

UNO PRESS RELEASE
JULY 5 2009
REF: JOEY SALGADO

BINAY – SMARTMATIC ASSURANCE NO REASON TO GIVE UP VIGILANCE VS FRAUD; WARNS OF “NO PROC” SCENARIO

Makati Mayor and United Opposition (UNO) president Jejomar C. Binay today said the assurance given by Smartmatic Intl. of a dream scenario in the 2010 election should not lull the voters and the opposition into giving up their vigilance against fraud.

And it should give them all the more reason to prepare for a “No Proclamation” scenario resulting from a sabotage of poll results, he said.

“The fate of our democracy should not rest on machines but on the people,” Binay said.

“Those who are determined to cheat, and especially those who are fearful that an honest election will remove them from power will definitely find ways to mess with the election results,” he said.

And while the company and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) are saying that they have planned for poll-related contingencies, the “no proclamation” scenario still looms as a probability and would be a challenge for the poll body.

“It would be a challenge for the Comelec to address incidents of sabotage, especially during the counting of votes, if the loyalty of some ranking police and military officers is to Mrs. Arroyo and not the Constitution,” he said.

Binay said the political turmoil that could result from the failure to proclaim a winner in the 2010 election, will provide Mrs. Arroyo a justification for emergency rule and even martial law.

“Mrs. Arroyo will not find the decision hard to implement. By that time, if the reports are true, her loyalist generals would have succeeded in wresting control of the leadership of the PNP and the AFP,” he said.

The move would allow Mrs. Arroyo to bully provincial local executives during the campaign period, using the anti-insurgency campaign as an excuse.

Binay cited a portion of Mrs. Arroyo’s speech during the Lakas-Kampi merger warning local officials against consorting with “enemies of the state.”

“The anti-insurgency campaign will provide a convenient cover to bully local executives and the populace into supporting the national candidates of Mrs. Arroyo,” he added.

In her speech, Mrs. Arroyo pushed for an “alliance” between local government units and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the war against insurgency as a campaign thrust of her administration.

She also warned against local officials “flirting with enemies of the state” that they are undermining the community and the republic.

Binay questioned the directive of Mrs. Arroyo to push the anti-insurgency drive in the rural areas during the election period.

“The administration is simply providing a convenient excuse to deploy the military to the provinces during the election period. Local executives who plan to support the opposition will now have to think twice,” he said.

“With the military making its presence felt during the election period and with the threat of being labelled as communist sympathizers hanging over their heads, the local executives will have little choice but to submit to the political wishes of Mrs. Arroyo,” he said.

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