2007 Elections: Eye Witness Reports

Blog,For Release,Press April 6, 2013 12:06 PM

Although the Legal Network for Truthful Elections (LENTE) was established to monitor only the canvassing of votes (which began in 15 May 2007), people had been calling up the LENTE hotline to report irregularities they observed on election day. LENTE’s nationwide pool of lawyers, paralegals, and law students also sent in their observations. Some of the alerts were listed below. We forwarded a summary of these reports to the PPCRV and the media for investigation.

 

INDANAN, SULU PROVINCE
Military and the police were all over the schools, causing people to be fearful and to stay home. In the precinct in Barangay Pasil, election inspectors were seen filling up blank ballots, there were no voters list available, no ink used, and the ballot boxes were open.


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SANTA CATALINA, ILOCOS SUR
A flying voter had been spotted by LENTE lawyers in the area. They planned to press charges against this person.


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LANAO DEL SUR
A PPCRV/LENTE volunteer described elections in 13 towns of Lanao del Sur as a total failure: Bayang, Butig, Masiu, Sultan Malulindong, Lumbalan, Lumbayahagi, Kakay, Tubaran, Marugong, Analas, Lumbabayao, Kapatagan. In those areas, there had been errors in the clustering of precincts, election inspectors were disorganized, and fired gun shots randomly to scare away voters. In the town of Marugong, 762 blank ballots for registered voters had not been delivered.


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MAIGO, LANAO DEL NORTE
There was an unconfirmed report that a candidate for mayor and 11 armed men working for him were detained at a police station. It was rumored that the rest of the armed group would attack the police station. There had also been reports of ballot snatching in Maigo.


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BANSALAN, DAVAO DEL SUR
There were reports of pre-filled up ballots at precinct 139-A at Barangay New Clarin.


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TIGBAO, ZAMBOANGA DEL SUR

Election Officer Ruben Roluto refused to give the Election Returns (ER) to NAMFREL and the dominant majority and minority parties. According to Roluto, the ERs will be distributed at the municipal canvass instead. The LENTE volunteer assigned in that area informed Roluto of section 53 COMELEC Resolution 7815 on the right of the accredited citizens’ arm, dominant majority and minority parties to be furnished at the polling place copies of the ERs.

A concerned citizen reported that Election Returns were padlocked inside their respective ballot boxes. He/she asked if a case could be filed against the election officer concerned. The complaint was referred by LENTE to COMELEC National.


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MAMBURAO, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO
A concerned citizen called the LENTE hotline to report massive ballot switching in precinct number 03-A, Barangay 2, Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro. The LENTE secretariat connected the sender to LENTE lawyers assigned to the area to look into the matter.


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ILOCOS
A DepEd official reported that there was a COMELEC directive sent to all the BEIs in Ilocos stating that the tally should automatically be for two (2) votes every time a particular candidate’s name is read . LENTE is looking into the matter and will take appropriate legal action.


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CALOOCAN CITY
A caller reported that Echiverri’s watchers have the PPCRV IDs with Echiverri’s name written on it instead of theirs. When the caller asked the teachers to confiscate the said ID and disqualify the watchers, the teachers refused. A LENTE lawyer is currently looking into the matter.


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DASMARINAS, CAVITE
Barangay officials and kagawads in the polling precinct at the Sacred Hearts parish in Dasmarinas, Cavite are loitering inside the precincts during the counting of the votes. The caller was advised by LENTE to report to the BEI of the respective precinct, and told to ask help from the police if necessary.


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ISABELA
A LENTE volunteer reported that the ER’s are being tampered with. The volunteer was advised to report the incident to COMELEC and to take note of the places where such incident occurred and, if possible, the persons involved. Afterwards, the sender further reported that three ballot boxes were directed to the incumbent mayor’s home before reaching the municipal hall.


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Compiled by LENTE in May 2007

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