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Poll chief lauds supplemental budget OK Biometrics for voters’ registration pushed

Posted on: February 25, 2009

By Anna Valmero
First Posted 17:49:00 01/27/2009

Filed Under: Elections, Eleksyon 2010, State Budget & Taxes, Congress

MANILA, Philippines — Commission on Elections chairman Jose Melo is elated that the Commission on Elections’ P11 billion supplemental budget for the automation of 2010 elections has been approved at the House of Representatives.

The committee on appropriations, headed by Makati Representative Teodoro Locsin Jr., approved Tuesday House Bill 5715, which included a provision for the poll body to implement the biometrics system as a means to authenticate the voters’ list.

The Comelec on its website, defines biometrics as the capture of digital images of a person’s photograph, fingerprints, and signature using the poll body’s Data Capture Machine (DCM).

“This is like hitting two birds with one stone,” said Comelec chairman Jose Melo, referring to the approval of HB 5715 and the amended provision contained in the measure.

The committee on appropriations agreed to amend House Bill 5715 to address the concern raised by Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Rodriguez for the need by Comelec to update the voters’ list through biometrics.

Rodriguez, citing the Comelec, said 50 percent of the total registered voters have no biometrics information with the poll body.

Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya said the Comelec has P2.2 billion — P800,000 in savings from 2008 and P1.4 billion from the more than P5 billion budget in 2009 — which the poll body could use to implement the biometrics system.

“With the approval of the supplemental budget here at the Congress, the automation project for 2010 looks promising,” said Melo.

During the presentation of the automation project for the 2010 local and national elections at the House, Comelec director Jose Tolentino said they were planning to set up a total of 80,000 units of direct precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines nationwide.

The PCOS, according to the Comelec, involves technology where specially made paper ballots that voters will use during the elections will pass through and be counted by “optical ballot scanners.”

Melo said they proposed a November 2009 deadline for the registration of voters so that the Comelec could hold early polls in areas such as the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao.


1 Response to "Poll chief lauds supplemental budget OK Biometrics for voters’ registration pushed"

Congressman Rufus Rodriguez is seeking re-election in his district of CDO, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines and a situation has been brought to our attention that we want to inform him of.

Rufus Rodriguez owns a rental property in CDO that he rents out to a American expatriot of questionable agendas, records and past. I highly doubt Mr. Rodriguez knows of the kind of people his house is harboring so have decided to inform both him and the internet community in hopes of enlightening the situation during this campaigning period.

The American national currently residing in the house is one Gordon Elletson who goes by Gordy and posts on many internet forums using the name TexKano. Gordon Elletson is of a deffective mental state and is a admitted child abuser and basher of the Filipino populace. Please see link below of how Gordy Elletson , using his TexKano nic, admitted to hitting Xavier Madlangbayan with a cane and then proceeding to call the boys grandfather, Dr. Severino Madlangbayan, (who is seeking a city council seat in Iligan City) a banana eating monkey. Is this kind of elitest American truly the sort of expatriot that a elected Congressman wants to be connected to? Well Gordon Elletson seems to think the congressman loves him and will washover any mess he gets himself into. I find it hard to believe a elected congressman will forsake his constituents , who elected him, in a effort to protect a abusive foreign national.

The second expatriot, now deceased, is one Randall Chester Goings who goes by Bubba and posted on net under nic Bubbabobbaker. This fellow had a lengthy criminal record which included multiple drug charges. Randall Goings was brought to the Philippines by Gordon Elletson where he lived , together with Gordy, in the proprty owned by Congressman Rufus Rodriguez of CDO, Cagayan de Oro. This property is located on 69 bong bongon street CDO and even before Randall Goings moved to such property he was allready posting perverted things all over the internet. One example of his perversions took place on a internet dating site where he searched for a 4′ tall bi-sexual and stated in his ad “the smaller you are the more I will love you”. Evan smaller than 4′? Yikes, Was he looking for a dwarf or a underaged girl?

Anyway, I hope this message reaches Congressman Rodriguez and he can see below link for proofs regarding the accutations of the kind of expatriot he is harboring and who states the Congressman is protecting him. I feel the congressman has the right to know the facts in below link.

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