ROGUE OMBUDSMAN: I can only describe MERCEDITAS GUTIERREZ at this point as a complete and utter disgrace to the Office of the Ombudsman and the legal profession with her WHITEWASH of Ben Abalos and the Comelec Commissioners responsible for what the Supreme Court condemned in 2004 as a "glaring grave abuse of discretion by the Comelec" in illegally awarding a P1.2 billion peso contract for an automated counting system that did not meet the Comelec's own bidding and technical specifications. By completely absolving Abalos, Garcillano, et al, and the Tansipeks (or whoever their stinking, crooked cronies are in this MegaPacific Consortium), the Ombudsman is undermining the legal, moral and juridical authority of the Supreme Court. She is acting as a Rogue of Impunity and challenging the Court to do something. What the Supreme Court does about this atrocious slap-in-the-face and dirt kicked in for good measure, may determine the fate of the Rule of Law in this ill-fated jurisdiction, where it seems, there can no longer be any counting upon the usual expectations of a nominally civilized and orderly society, where a two-bit political appointee of an illegitimate, lying, cheating, President gets to diss the Supreme Court and throw its Decision back in its face, with a spit and a click of her heels.
TEDDY BOY LOCSIN meanwhile claims he would use the obsolete Optical Mark Reader based "automated computer system" whose contract was voided by the Court. I guess it's true that he is basically a computer illiterate. Dangerous and unfortunate for the public-- considering Rep. Locsin seems to have control of legislation to automate the elections. This also explains why he thinks "pilot projects" (such as automation in Makati in 2007) can hide the fact of his and the Congress' utter failure in this area. It's pitiful though, since he belongs to probably the smallest significant political party in the country, PDP-Laban, which has only four members: Teddy Boy Locsin, Makati Mayor Jojo Binay, and Senators Nene Pimentel and Serge Osmena. The latter two disagree with Teddy Boy on automation issues. Well, at least Serge Osmena understands the meaning of technology-independent system design. Teddy Boy should stick to writing speeches, maybe for La Gloria next. He should stay away from automation...he's only going to make a mess because he IS a technological cretin.
LAWYER Marichu Lambino makes a lot more sense than Teddy Boy Locsin on the matter. She makes the point that "good faith" is not an adequate defense for violations of the anti-graft and corrupt practices laws. Unlike Teddy Boy Locsin, who told Twink Macaraeg today he thought Merceditas Gutierrez made "a good decision" Atty. Lambino thinks she has erred and will run afoul of the Supreme Court.