Philippine general election, 2010
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Elections for all positions in the Philippines above the barangay (except for Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao regional level) were held on Monday, May 10, 2010. The elected president will become the 15th President of the Philippines, succeeding President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is barred from seeking re-election due to term restrictions. The successor of the Vice-President Noli de Castro will be the 15th Vice President of the Philippines. The legislators elected in the 2010 elections will join the senators of the 2007 elections and will comprise the 15th Congress of the Philippines.
The 2010 election was administered by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) in compliance with the Republic Act No. 9369, also known as Amended Computerization Act of 2007. It was the first national computerized election in the history of the Philippines. Although, there were cases of PCOS machine failures, there would be no postponement of elections since most technical issues were resolved by Election Day. Despite the fact that some provinces have reported failure of elections, these have not surpassed the 0.50% of the total number of PCOS machines, and most were replaced on time.
There were more than 85,000 candidates for 17,000 national and local positions and it is believed that the youth will have the swing vote in this election as 40% of voters are 18-35 and there are a potential 3 million first-time voters.
In cases where a candidate is running unopposed, that candidate only has to win one vote in order to be considered elected. In this case, the candidate can vote for themselves.
The Philippine constitution only allows a president to run for one 6-year term; however, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo served for a total of 9 years because she took over the last 3 years of Joseph Estrada when the latter ousted as the result of the 2001 EDSA Revolution. In 2004, Arroyo won the election and finished her 6-year term in 2010.
In a decision dated December 2, 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that appointive officials seeking positions in the elections need not resign from their posts, striking down Section 4(a) of COMELEC Resolution 8678, Section 13 of Republic Act 9369, and Section 66 of the Omnibus Election Code as unconstitutional, "for being violative of the equal protection clause and for being overbroad."
As election day approaches, several politicians switched political parties in order to gain votes and funding for the campaign. Many switches were controversial, with the ruling party Lakas Kampi CMD having the most defections, most of which went either to the Liberal Party or to the Nacionalista Party.
The politicians who switched parties after the start of the local campaign period are:
|Date||Politician||Running for||Old party||New party|
|March 24||Jose Maria Zubiri, Jr.||Vice Governor of Bukidnon||Lakas-Kampi||Nacionalista|
|April 11||Arturo Uy||Governor of Compostela Valley||Lakas-Kampi||Nacionalista|
|April 12||Neptali Gonzales II||Congressman of Mandaluyong||Lakas-Kampi||Liberal|
|April 12||Roilo Golez||Congressman of Parañaque's 2nd district||Independent||Liberal|
|April 14||Joey Salceda||Governor of Albay||Lakas-Kampi||Liberal|
|April 15||Benasing Macarambon||Congressman of Lanao del Sur's 2nd district||Lakas-Kampi||Nacionalista|
|April 20||Mary Ann Susano||Mayor of Quezon City||Lakas-Kampi||PMP|
Furthermore, figures such as Luis "Chavit" Singson resigned from Lakas and endorsed a candidate aside from Gilberto Teodoro, but did not join another party. Singson endorsed Villar, then resigned from Lakas, but has not joined Villar's Nacionalista Party.
Five days before the elections, petitions were made to postpone the elections due to technical malfunctions with the electronic voting machines. On May 7, 2010, the Supreme Court rejected the petitions, affirming the vote would go ahead as planned.
Several cities and provinces encountered several problems, postponing the election. In Caloocan, voting was delayed as the box of ballots delivered to clustered precinct 599 in the city's Pajo district contained ballots for a clustered precinct in Sampaloc in Manila.
Prior to the end of the filing of certificates of candidacy, the COMELEC had anticipated several areas to be named as "election hotspots".
On November 23, 2009, the entourage of the wife of Buluan, Maguindanao vice-mayor Esmael Mangudadatu who is running for provincial governor, including journalists, were abducted and killed in the province's Ampatuan town. Before she was killed, Mangudadatu's wife blamed provincial governor Andal Ampatuan, Jr. as the culprit. Ampatuan Jr. was later arrested. After several arms and military vehicles were seized in Ampatuans' properties and government installations, President Arroyo declared martial law in parts of the province not controlled by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front on December 4.
On December 28, 2009, a candidate for councilor died, and two incumbent officials were wounded in an ambush in Dingras, Ilocos Norte. The gunmen fired at the convoy including barangay chairwoman Joen Caniete, who was running for councilor under the Nacionalista Party; the wounded included a sitting councilor and a provincial board member.
In a command conference by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and the COMELEC, 14 election "hotspots" were identified. They are Abra, Ilocos Norte, Masbate and Nueva Ecija in Luzon, Samar (Western Samar), Eastern Samar and Antique in the Visayas, and Basilan, Sulu, Maguindanao, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Sarangani, and Zamboanga Sibugay in Mindanao.
Worsening private armed violence is a serious security concern that has the capacity to undermine the 2010 elections. Even though a commission has already been formed to dismantle private armies, skeptics are unconvinced that the government can succeed in this task as it has a poor track record at dealing with the ongoing problem of internal violence.
Before election day, a bomb exploded at 1:20 a.m. in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. No casualties were reported. In Conception, Iloilo armed men fired a Liberal Party headquarters. No casualties were reported.
During election day, three bomb exploded at a polling precinct at Pakpak elementary school in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur. No casualties or injuries reported. Another bomb exploded in Zamboanga Sibugay, killing three people. Earlier today, two bombs exploded at Mindanao State University where several polling precinct were clustered. A NK2 grenade exploded at Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao. No casualties reported. On the same day, at 12:00nn (PST) a shooting incident was happened on the same area between the rival candidates. Two innocent persons was officially killed.
As of 1:30pm (PST) 14 persons were officially reported killed due to election-related violence. At 2:25pm (PST) a shooting incident in a barangay in Maguindanao caused the cancellation of elections was cancelled.
Constitutionality of the elections
Many concerned civil society groups including the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG), Philippine Computer Society (PCS), and Global Filipino Nation (GFN) protested the illegality and unconstitutionality on how the elections was conducted particularly in implementing safety measures against fraud and cheating.
In an interim report by GFN 2010 Election Observers Team released on May 27, 2010 titled "Foreign Observers Challenge Election Legitimacy", they presented arguments questioning the May 10, 2010 elections summarized below:
- The election results transmitted from the precincts do not have digital signatures of the Board of Election Inspectors (BEI)
- The number of disenfranchised voters is sufficient to affect greatly the results of the elections.
- The Automated Election System (AES) was implemented without the appropriate field testing, and law-specified testing in actual elections.
- The source code review was not completed and initial findings were not addressed.
- No audit was done on the AES prior to the elections. There was only a mandated random manual audit which was not yet done at the time the report was written (May 27, 2010).
- Several voter and security features were disabled prior to elections.
Many different groups also echoed the same sentiments such as that of Kaakbay Partylist in its critique of the May 10, 2010 polls. They also questioned the removal of digital signatures
Removal of Digital Signatures
While Republic Act 9369 states that "The election returns transmitted electronically and digitally signed shall be considered as official election results and shall be used as the basis for the canvassing of votes and the proclamation of a candidate.", the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) issued Resolution 8786 on March 4, 2010 which became the basis for the decision to remove digital signatures which the Comelec ruled as no longer necessary. Three Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) were originally required to put in their iButton Key for the results to be digitally signed before transmission and make it official. But because of the issuance of Comelec Resolution 8786, BEIs were directed to press "No" when asked by the PCOS machines to digitally sign the files for transmission.
In the joint committee at Batasang Pambansa, Sen. Enrile asked the COMELEC officials why they removed the use of the digital signatures. Smartmatic Asia Pacific president, Cesar Flores said “The voting machine has a digital signature in itself which is also corroborated in the card and the password that is provided to the BEIs. The BEIs when they sign the password, they encrypt the result, and the result is digitally signed,” 
Kaakbay Partylist released on June 6, 2010 its critique on the May 10, 2010 elections. The group cited complaints regarding the removal of main security features and verifiability of votes and also answered the arguments of those given by the COMELEC officials.
"On March 4, 2010, Comelec issued Resolution 8786 dated March 4, 2010, essentially disabling the use of digital signatures. Thus, the electronically transmitted ERs from the precincts no longer bear digital signatures. Several excuses were given by Comelec ranging from PCOS machine signatures being equivalent to digital signature (which of course is not true); use of digital signature will require another P1 billion (as if digital feature is not included in the P7.1-billion contract); reducing transmission time (how less than one minute signing digitally will reduce much a transmission of about 30 to 60 minutes?); and the PCOS i-button and BEI Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) are equivalents (of course, not)".
Reports indicated that the election day was marred with controversies, particularly in insurgent-ridden province of Mindanao, though other provinces also faced difficulties such as computer glitches on the electronic voting machines, disorderly conduct, vote buying, and violence. In Cebu City, spikes placed by unidentified men on the road caused a delay in the delivery of ballot boxes in Cebu province early Monday.
A total of over 76,340 PCOS machines (or Precinct-count Optical Scanners), some 5,000 back-up units, and some 1,700 servers were deployed in the country's first nation-wide fully automated elections, from counting of votes to transmission and canvassing of election results. Election Day had live full coverage from GMA 7 and ABS-CBN. Besides logistical problems, during the last few days prior to the election poll machine & services supplier Smartmatic-Total Information Management (TIM) found cases of PCOS machine failures. Nonetheless it was decided not to postpone elections since the technical issues were resolved quickly and the solution could be deployed by Election Day. Despite the fact that some provinces reported issues in the election process, these did not surpass the 0.50% of the total number of PCOS machines, and most were replaced on time, as planned for. As a result of the delays, the COMELEC extended voting hours from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and continued through the night transmitting the votes from every precinct scattered across the country.
After the elections closed and transmissions from PCOS machines began arriving en masse and the COMELEC was able to publish the first partial results, many former doubts and concerns vanished, replaced by astonishment due to the unprecedented speed of the tally
The presidential candidate with the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner. A separate election is held for the vice president; the two elected officials need not be running mates in order to be elected.
|Benigno Aquino III||Liberal||15,208,678||42.08%|
|Eddie Villanueva||Bangon Pilipinas||1,125,878||3.12%|
|John Carlos de los Reyes||Ang Kapatiran||44,244||0.12%|
|Total valid votes||36,139,102||94.73%|
|Vetallano Acosta[p 1]||KBL||181,985||0.48%|
|Total invalid votes||2,010,269||5.27%|
- Disqualified after the ballots were printed. All of his votes are considered spoiled
|Jejomar Binay||PDP-Laban[v 1]||14,645,574||41.65%|
|Loren Legarda||NPC[v 2]||4,294,664||12.21%|
|Perfecto Yasay||Bangon Pilipinas||364,652||1.04%|
|Dominador Chipeco, Jr.||Ang Kapatiran||52,562||0.15%|
|Total valid votes||35,165,555||92.18%|
|Total invalid votes||2,983,816||7.82%|
- Binay is Joseph Estrada's (PMP) guest candidate for vice president.
- Legarda is Manny Villar's (Nacionalista) guest candidate for vice president.
One-half of the Senate of the Philippines will be up for election. The Philippines uses the plurality-at-large voting system for the Senate race.
|Total||%||Swing||Entered||Up||Not up||Won||Won in 2007||End 14th||15th||+/−|
|Liberal (Liberal Party)||78,227,817||26.34%||15.62%||10||2||2||3||4||4||4||17%|
|Nacionalista (Nationalist Party)||49,585,503||16.69%||6.61%||7||1||2||2||4||3||4||17%||1|
|PMP (Force of the Filipino Masses)||47,111,982||15.86%||15.86%||5||2||0||2||2||2||2||8%|
|Lakas-Kampia (People Power-Christian Muslim Democrats-Partner of Free Filipinos)||38,123,091||12.83%||13.84%||6||2||2||2||4||4||4||17%|
|PRP (People's Reform Party)||17,344,742||5.84%||5.84%||1||1||0||1||1||1||1||4%|
|NPC (Nationalist People's Coalition)||13,409,616||4.51%||13.61%||2||0||1||1||2||1||2||8%||1|
|PDP-Laban (Philippine Democratic Party-People's Power)||6,635,023||2.23%||1.85%||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||0%||1|
|Bangon Pilipinas (Rise Up, Philippines)||6,486,749||2.18%||2.18%||9b||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|PROMDI (Provinces First Development Initiative)||3,980,370||1.34%||1.34%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Bayan Muna (Nation First)||3,539,345||1.19%||1.19%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|GAD/Gabaybayan (Grand Alliance for Democracy/Guide to the Nation)||3,331,083||1.12%||1.12%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|KBL (New Society Movement)||2,769,847||0.93%||0.03%||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|Ang Kapatiran (Alliance for the Common Good)||2,486,241||0.84%||0.14%||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0%|
|LDP (Struggle of the Democratic Filipinos)||Not participating||0||1||0||1||1||1||4%|
|Bagumbayan-VNP (New Nation-Volunteers for a New Philippines)||Not participating||1||0||0||0||1||0||0%||1|
^a Votes and seats for KAMPI and Lakas-CMD in 2007, which were running on a common ticket, were combined; KAMPI and Lakas-CMD later merged in 2008.
^b Including Imelda Papin and Zosimo Paredes who switched from KBL and Ang Kapatiran respectively to Bangon Pilipinas.
House of Representatives
All seats in the House are up for election, elections were done for legislative districts and party-list.
|Lakas-Kampi (People Power-Partner of Free Filipinos-Christian Muslim Democrats)||12,769,649||37.41%||164||121||13||86||35||7||106||36.93%||15|
|KABAKA (Partner of the Nation for Progress)||70,852||0.21%||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||0.35%|
|SARRO (Sarangani Reconciliation and Reformation Organization)||60,899||0.18%||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0.00%||1|
|Lakas Kampi CMD coalition||12.901,400||37.80%||166||123||13||87||36||7||107||37.28%||16|
|Liberal (Liberal Party)||6,802,227||19.93%||134||33||21||23||10||3||47||16.43%||14|
|KKK (Struggle for Peace, Progress and Justice)||11,076||0.03%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|Liberal Party coalition||6,813,303||19.96%||135||33||21||23||10||3||47||16.43%||14|
|Nacionalista (Nationalist Party)||3,872,637||11.35%||64||25||7||18||7||0||25||9.08%|
|Kusug (Promote Progress for Cebu)||126,144||0.37%||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|PCM (People's Champ Movement)||120,052||0.35%||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||0.35%||1|
|Ugyon Kita Capiz (Unite Capiz)||45,859||0.13%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|Nacionalista Party coalition||4,164,692||11.35%||68||25||7||18||7||0||26||9.09%||1|
|PMP (Force of the Filipino Masses)||853,619||2.50%||45||2||1||1||1||2||4||1.40%||2|
|Navoteño (Party of the People of Navotas)||76,276||0.22%||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||0.35%||1|
|Magdiwang (Magdiwang Party)||47,840||0.14%||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||0.35%||1|
|Aton Tamdon Utod Negrosa-non (Let’s Take Care of our Brother Negrenses)||42,796||0.12%||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|Lingkod Taguig (Service to Taguig)||16,990||0.05%||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%||1|
|Unaffiliated local parties||60,662||0.18%||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%||1|
|NPC (Nationalist People's Coalition)||5,450,135||15.97%||72||25||10||10||3||0||29||10.14%||7|
|PDP-Laban (Philippine Democratic Party – People's Power)||246,697||0.72%||14||5[n 2]||0||2||0||0||2||0.69%||3|
|Bigkis Pinoy (Bundle Pinoy)||206,929||0.61%||7||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|PDSP (Philippine Social Democratic Party)||171,345||0.50%||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||0.35%||1|
|LDP (Struggle of the Democratic Filipinos)||162,434||0.48%||3||1||1||1||0||0||2||0.69%||1|
|KBL (New Society Movement)||158,416||0.47%||10||0||1||0||0||0||1||0.35%||1|
|Aksyon (Democratic Action)||151,434||0.44%||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|Lapiang Manggagawa (Workers' Party)||86,556||0.22%||3||1||0||1||0||0||1||0.35%|
|Bagumbayan-VNP (New Nation-Volunteers for a New Philippines)||74,319||0.22%||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|GAD (Grand Alliance for Democracy)||47,677||0.14%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|Ang Kapatiran (Alliance for the Common Good)||45,631||0.13%||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|PGRP (Philippine Green Republican Party)||21,636||0.06%||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|Bangon Pilipinas (Rise Up Philippines)||11,294||0.03%||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|Lapiang Manggagawa Workers and Peasants Party||8,894||0.03%||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00%|
|Invalid votes[n 4]||3,292,237||8.83%|
|Total turnout[n 4]||37,293,960||73.52%|
|Registered voters[n 5]||50,723,733||100%|
- Of all 286 House members, including party-list representatives.
- Includes United Opposition members.
- Includes Jose de Venecia, who currently has no party.
- Includes votes for Sandugo party, whose only nominee withdrew, but his name stayed on the ballot. Numbers for invalid votes in the Bulacan–1st, both Camarines Norte districts and both Lanao del Sur districts are not available.
- Excludes overseas absentee voters (568,732) who are ineligible to vote for district representatives.
*there are more nominees listed in case one of the first three nominees are either disqualified or are removed from office. In some instances, the parties submitted two lists; in those the cases, the second list submitted is listed.
- Metro Manila
- Mountain Province
- Zamboanga City
We look forward to a smooth transition and, after June 30, to working with the new Philippine government to deepen the friendship and partnership between our two nations, and to advance our common goals for the benefit of the Southeast Asia region and the world.
Seeing the patience and the number of people turned in the elections, EU Ambassador Alistair MacDonald shared his experience and reflection in observing the Filipinos.
I had the privilege of observing the electoral process in both Cavite and Batangas and was impressed by the manner in which this first nationwide automated election was conducted.
Despite the intense heat, the long lines and the inevitable unfamiliarity of a new process, our observations suggested that this process was carried out smoothly, and the results transmitted rapidly, in the great majority of cases.
MacDonald also expressed that the EU were impressed for the elections being "smooth” and “generally trouble-free.”
He also appreciated the teacher's hard work for the said elections.
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