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1SAMBAYAN BELITTLES DUTERTES TOPPING PULSE ASIA POLL SURVEY

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said that early survey front runners usually do not win in the elections.

Carpio, the lead convenor of the opposition coalition 1Sambayan, said this as latest survey results conducted by Pulse Asia showed Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, for president in the coming 2022 election, and her father, President Rodrigo Duterte, for vice president, as runaway winners .

1Sambayan has vowed to field a full slate against candidates of outgoing President Duterte, who heads the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino/Lakas ng Bayan (PDP/Laban).

Unfazed by results of the Pulse Asia survey, Carpio said that “ surveys now will not reflect the actual result of the election.”

“The real surveys that will be reflective of the election will be some time in March,” Carpio said on Thursday in a press briefing.

Howard Calleja, also a convernor of the coalition,, said !Sambayan is banking on a united opposition to defeat Mayor Duterte or anyone President Duterte may anoint as his presidential bet.

“All we need is to unite and have one candidate,” said Calleja.

Ex-Speaker Nograles’ “lapdog” as Comelec chair?

            The Manila lawyer once described by Mayor Sara Duterte as a lapdog of former Speaker Prospero Nograles has surfaced as a possible replacement for retiring Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo.

This developed following reports that Melo is reportedly planning to retire from the poll body next month. The Comelec chairman was appointed by former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2008 and his term expires in 2015.

In Davao City during the campaign period for the May elections, lawyer Howard Calleja—legal counsel of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV)—was accused by the Duterte-led Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod of having infiltrated the Catholic Church-backed poll watchdog.

Calleja had claimed that the Comelec voters’ list in Davao City had been impregnated with thousands “ghost voters and zombies.”

Describing him as a “Nograles lapdog” and a “worm that has infiltrated PPCRV,” then Vice Mayor Sara Duterte—running in the mayoral race against Nograles—said that Calleja was using PPRCV in a smear campaign against her and father then Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who ran against former mayor Benjamin de Guzman, Nograles’ running mate, in the vice mayoral race.

Team Nograles, the former Speaker’s political wagon, had widely used the Calleja statement to warn of electoral fraud that the Dutertes could possibly use to win the elections. The Dutertes trounced their respective opponents in a lopsided battle. 

           At the height of the campaign period, Calleja named Sara Duterte and brother Sebastian as among 40,000 names listed as “flying voters” in an alleged anomalous list of voters of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao City.

But Duterte, as if seeing the future, then said Calleja was doing a hatchet job, using PPCRV and the Comelec, for Nograles to lure support of the Speaker for his application for commissioner at the Comelec or as a justice.

            Sara Duterte then said she knew for a fact that Nograles has close links to Calleja, who was her husband lawyer Mans’ boss in the Calleja-Saulog law office before they got married.

The Comelec in Davao City had disputed the lawyer’s allegations saying Calleja used as basis for his expose raw data on the 2003 general registration of voters.

In reports played up by national and local papers, Calleja said some 40,000 voters had been entered as “double, multiple, or dead registrants” for the May 10 elections.

            Calleja said the anomalous listing of the Comelec had the names of Sara Duterte, brother Sebastian Duterte and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, a confidante of former Mayor Duterte.

            Nograles, after losing about 220,000 votes to Mayor Duterte, has contested results of the May elections and has filed a protest at Comelec seeking to annul results of the automated polling.

            Among his allegations of fraud was the very claim of Calleja about 40,000 ghost voters allegedly embedded in the Comelec voters’ list. RMB

SPEAKER PROSPERO NOGRALES IN BATTLE WITH SON OF GOD

             What happens when the ‘Son of God’ battles it out with the Speaker of the House of Representatives?

            From Pastor Apollo Quiboloy: Lots of verbal fireworks spewing out on radio sets and worldwide television.

            From Speaker Prospero Nograles: Silence

Pastor Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ went ballistic over the week-end, slamming Speaker Nograles for reportedly having instigated publication of news reports saying he was a flying voter.

In the Give Us This Day program simultaneously aired Monday in the Davao City-based Sonshine Radio and cable TV KBN/ACQ, which is beamed worldwide. Pastor Quiboloy said lawyer Manila-based Howard Calleja could be under the baton of the Speaker when he revealed there were 40,000 double-registrants in the Comelec list of voters in Davao City and Davao del Sur.

            Calleja has named Pastor Quiboloy, Vice Mayor Sara Duterte and brother Sebastian Duterte as among the list unearthed by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). Calleja counsels for the Catholic Church-backed poll watchdog.

The verbal scuds of Pastor Quiboloy, who proclaims himself as the “appointed Son of God,” follows verbal missiles fired at Calleja by Vice Mayor Inday Sara Duterte last week that Calleja has been using PPRCV as a launching pad in a smear campaign against her and her father Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

          Inday Sara, interviewed by anchorman Leo Villareal over Sonshine Radio’s Inday Para sa Barangay radio program said Calleja is known as a lapdog of Speaker Prospero Nograles, her rival in the mayoral contest in May.

          She said Calleja is doing the hatchet job, using PPCRV and the Comelec, for Speaker Nograles to support his application for commissioner at the Comelec or as a justice.

          Inday Sara said she knew for a fact that Speaker Nograles has close links to Calleja, who was her husband lawyer Mans’ boss in the Calleja-Saulog law office before they got married.

The Comelec in Davao City said Calleja used basis for his expose raw data on the 2003 general registration of voters.

In his tirade against the PPRCV lawyer, Pastor Quiboloy said PPRCV should fire out Calleja for politicking.

He has tainted the credibility of the PPRCV, he said.

The Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, the party of Mayor Duterte, earlier suggested that Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla should look into the activities of Calleja and disown him and his statement for his so-called expose found as tainted with the color of politics.

Capalla chairs the local PPCRV, a national parish-based political but non-partisan lay movement established in 1991 which has earned the respect of both civil society and ecclesiastical bodies in its initiatives of transforming the electoral culture of the country.

          Zeroing in on Calleja, Pastor Quiboloy said the lawyer could be after him because he is a friend of Mayor Duterte. He denied he is a flying voter.

Last week, a series of news reports appeared in the Manila newspaper Daily Tribune and the Davao City-based Mindanao Insider Daily quoting Calleja saying  some 40,000 voters had been entered as “double, multiple, or dead registrants” for the May 10 elections.

          Calleja said the anomalous listing of the Comelec had the names of Inday Sara, brother Sebastian Duterte and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, a confidante of Mayor Duterte.

The lawyer said the double registration is a malicious effort to manipulate the election results.

The Comelec in Davao City however shot down Calleja’s claim saying Calleja used a raw Comelec list in the 2003 general voters’ registration as basis for his claim that the voters list had been impregnated with flying voters.

Maria Febes Barlaan, city election supervisor, said a computer glitch had led to double entries in the 2003 registration which had been corrected by Comelec. She deplored that the Comelec list with names of the purge voters she provided to PPRCV had been used in media as alleged proof of double registration.

 

‘Calleja worm’ infects citizens’ poll watchdog

PPCRV asked to kick-out lawyer

Sara: Lawyer is Calleja is nogie lapdog  

 

            While there are fears a virus could dig into the Automated Election System (AES) to taint results of the coming automated May polls, a worm has already infiltrated a citizens’ poll watchdog backed no less by the Catholic Church.

            Vice Mayor Inday Sara Duterte said the worm—manifested in human form in lawyer Howard Calleja—has been using the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) as a launching pad in a smear campaign against her and her father Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

            In an apparent to attempt to shame the Dutertes, Calleja has named Inday Sara and brother Sebastian as among the 40,000 names listed as “flying voters” in an alleged anomalous list of voters of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao City.

 

Nogie lapdog

 

            Inday Sara, interviewed by anchorman Leo Villareal over Sonshine Radio’s Inday Para sa Barangay radio program on Wednesday night, said Calleja is known as a lapdog of Speaker Prospero Nograles, her rival in the mayoral contest in May.

            She said Calleja is doing the hatchet job, using PPCRV and the Comelec, for Speaker Nograles to support his application for commissioner at the Comelec or as a justice.

            Inday Sara said she knew for a fact that Speaker Nograles has close links to Calleja, who was her husband lawyer Mans’ boss in the Calleja-Saulog law office before they got married.

The Comelec in Davao City said Calleja used basis for his expose raw data on the 2003 general registration of voters.

 

 

Credibility crisis

 

The Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, the party of Mayor Duterte, meanwhile suggested Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla should look into the activities of Calleja and disown him and his statement for his so-called expose found as tainted with the color of politics.

Capalla chairs the local PPCRV, a national parish-based political but non-partisan lay movement established in 1991 which has earned the respect of both civil society and ecclesiastical bodies in its initiatives of transforming the electoral culture of the country.

Speaking as PPCRV counsel, Calleja inspired by his personal and political hidden agenda has put in shame the credibility of this institution and the Catholic Church, which for years helped form the civic conscience of the voting population and promoted the election to public office of leaders of true integrity, said Hugpong.

Archbishop Capalla should rein in Calleja or dismiss him as a PPRCV counsel before the public would suspect that the Church is allowing the PPCRV to serve the political interest of certain politicians, said Hugpong.

Misrepresented

Last week, a series of news reports appeared in the Manila newspaper Daily Tribune and the Davao City-based Mindanao Insider Daily quoting Calleja saying  some 40,000 voters had been entered as “double, multiple, or dead registrants” for the May 10 elections.

            Calleja said the anomalous listing of the Comelec had the names of Inday Sara, brother Sebastian Duterte and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, a confidante of Mayor Duterte.

The lawyer said the double registration is a malicious effort to manipulate the election results.

The Comelec in Davao City however shot down Calleja’s claim saying Calleja used a raw Comelec list in the 2003 general voters’ registration as basis for his claim that the voters list had been impregnated with flying voters.

Maria Febes Barlaan, city election supervisor, said a computer glitch had led to double entries in the 2003 registration which had been corrected by Comelec. She deplored that the Comelec list with names of the purge voters she provided to PPRCV had been used in media as alleged proof of double registration.