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         Mr. Toto Causing, president of Hukuman ng Mamamayan Movement Inc. and director of COMPACT, asserts the voice of the people in this interview with ABC 5 during the rally staged by the people during the opening of the Senate sessions for the present congress. (See photo below) COMPACT is the main group that leads the campaign to give justice to the Voice of the People that they voted for Koko Pimentel as the 12th senator in the 2007 elections and NOT Miguel Zubiri.  COMPACT, headed by Jun Aguilar, stands for Compassionate Patriots for Accountability and Trasparency.

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PEOPLE'S MANIFESTO
TO THE SENATE!

To: The Senate of the Philippines
Through: SENATE PRESIDENT JUAN PONCE ENRILE

Dear Manong Johnny and all other Senators,

We, the People, earnestly want a final end to the bugling issue on who really won as the 12th Senator of the 2007 elections. The whole term of six years has been consumed by more than half and it is not fair to us, the People, for the man we genuinely elected to be prevented from serving us.

We understand the position of Mr. Juan Miguel Zubiri that in his belief he had to fight for the interest of the people and that he had to defend the Comelec pronouncement that he won.

We understand the insistence of Mr. Aquilino Pimentel III that he, too, won but that the truth was hidden by manipulations and strangulation to prevent the people’s voice from squeaking out of their lips.

But that was three years ago. Things have changed.

The cloud of doubt has disappeared substantially to make it clear enough for the message of truth to be seen: that Mr. Pimentel is the winner, after all.

This truth is more or less discernable in the results of the recount, or revision as they legally say.

When all the 2,658 mostly Maguindanao precincts protested by Mr. Pimentel were revised, it gave him a net gain of 257,401 votes, wiping out Mr. Zubiri’s 19,292 lead in the Comelec count.

Mr. Zubiri counter-protested. And when he did, he named 73,265 precincts in Metro Manila, except Taguig and Valenzuela, and in eight provinces.

The big number of precincts he named is very obvious as a killing-the-time tactic. This is because the time needed to count them all manually is longer than the less than three years left of the six-year term of a senator.

After the revision and counting of Mr. Zubiri’s pilot-test precincts numbering 18,277, constituting one-fourth or 25% of the total counter-protested ballot boxes, Mr. Zubiri got a net gain of only 11,948 votes.

This means that if the trend continues in the three one-fourths of 73,265 counter-protested precincts, the most gain that he can get more is 11,948 votes x 3 = 35,844 votes. And if this number is added to 11,948, the most logical gain Mr. Zubiri can get is 47,792 votes.

We all know that 47,792 votes cannot be more than 257,401 votes. From these figures, we all see that Mr. Pimentel’s lead as it stands now is insurmountable. We all know that it is statistically improbable to change the course of the truth.

In election contests, prima facie evidence or high probability of success is based on the number of gain per precinct in the initial tests.

In Mr. Pimentel’s pilot-test precincts of 664 precincts he got a net gain of 103,810 votes, or an equivalent of 156.34 votes for every ballot box, justifying the count of all the rest of the 2,658 precincts he protested.

In Mr. Zubiri’s pilot-test precincts of 18,277 he got a net gain of 11,948 votes, or an equivalent of 0.65 vote for every ballot box. Can we honestly say that this justifies the senators who voted to continue counting all the ballots, one by one, in the remaining 54,988 precincts?

These figures are clear enough to discern. We the people discerned this. Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio discerned this. Senator Pia Cayetano discerned this.

With the truth easily seen, we, the people, do not know why Senators Ed Angara, Loren Legarda, Lito Lapid and Kiko Pangilinan, then Senator Dick Gordon, and Supreme Court Justices Presbiterio J. Velasco Jr. and Teresita Leonardo-De Castro dared to rule that the rest of the 73,265 precincts counter-protested by Mr. Zubiri’s should be revised and recounted, ballot by ballot, when there is no issue it will consume all the less-than three years left of the term of the office concerned.

Why, when there is no issue there is no justification in their justification that 50% were found spurious in the pilot-test counter-protested precincts of Mr. Zubiri?

We have no more trust in those who were blinded by political greed and dishonesty.

We therefore cannot fathom why Senators Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, Mauel “Lito” Lapid, Loren Legarda and Angara were reelected to the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

They have shown their bias against the truth once. They will show it again.

Thus, we demand that these senators who voted against the truth be removed forthrightly from the Senate Electoral Tribunal.

These senators, as well as the two justices, do not own the power they wield. We do.

If we now know the truth. Let those senators who respect it take over the SET seats.

And there is only one truth: THAT MR. AQUILINO “KOKO” PIMENTEL IS THE GENUINE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE.

                                                                               Respectfully yours,

                                                                      THE PEOPLE OF THE PHILIPPINES

1. BERTENI "TOTO" CAUSING, President of Hukuman ng Mamamayan Movement, Inc. (HMMI), Tita Cory Movement
2. PATRICK D. PANTALEON, President of Compassionate Patriots for Accountability and Transparency (COMPACT)
3. CITA BORROMEO GARCIA, Chairman of Worldwide Filipino Alliance (WFA)
4. JUN AGUILAR, President of Partido ng Pandaigdigang Pilipino (PPP)
5. MANUEL ALCUAZ JR., of Tita Cory Movement and Management Association of the Philippines
6. ELVIRA MEDINA, President of National Council for Commuters Protection (NCCP)
7. DAVID BALANGUE, of Tita Cory Movement
8. EDWARD E. CHAN, of Tita Cory Movement
9. RICKY XAVIER, of Movement for Good Governance, Movement for HOPE
10. ANTONIO LLANTADA, of Tita Cory Movement
11. JET PARAIRO, of Tita Cory Movement
12. MARIA CRISTINA OCAMPO, of Tita Cory Movement
13. MILA O. MARZO, of WFA and Bacoor, Cavite
14. LOLITA O. FARMER, of Global Filipinos Australia
15. GREGORIO MARIANO JR., WFA
16. NELSON PAGUYO, of WFA and Overseas Filipino Council International
17. MARIA ELIZABETH EMBRY, WFA
18. ARMAN MULEEM, WFA
19. LETICIA SERRANO-ANDRES, WFA and OFCI
20. ANTONIO VILLAN, WFA - Italy
21, RAMON BUNAG, WFA
22. GLORIA BONITE, WFA
23. MARK ALEGRE, WFA
24. YAKAL M. GIRON, MNSA
, President of Philippine educators Association for Criminology Education (PEACE)
25. ROGER LIM, Tita Cory Movement
26. JOHNNY M. PECAYO,Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, MANILA-U.S. TIMES and Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, HOUSE NEWSMAG, US House of Representatives
26. ELSO CABANGON, Tita Cory Movement
27. HERNANI CUARE, National Press Club
28. ERNEST EUGENE
29. MA. DOLORES MENDOZA, Tita Cory Movement
30. GREGORIO MACARAIG, Tita Cory Movement
31. JUN PASCUAL, COMPACT

32. ANGEL PANTOJA, United OFW Inc.
33. ELSO CABANGON, Filipino Migrant Workers Group
34. ERNESTO MACAHIYA, 1GANAP-Guardians
35. MARLON SANTOS, Phil Govt Employees Youth Council
36. SAM FERRER, Phil Alliance of Ex-Seminarians
37. PATRICK PANTALEON, La Salle-Ateneo at Lahat Na
38. NETTY CILLCON, Alyansa ng Mamayan ng Rizal
39. OLIVER DELA PENA, San Sebastian College (College of Law)
40. CAPTAIN JAMES LAYUG, Magdalo Group
41. MAILED MOLINA, Cordillera Budong Association
42. MARLOWE O. CAMELLO, HMMI and The Filipino People, California
43. BERT CELERA, Tita Cory Movement
44. JORGE GONZALEZ, Tita Cory Movement
45. JOHN LEE, Tita Cory Movement
46. RONALDO E. RENTA, HMMI
47. CIRILO P. SABARRE JR., HMMI
48. ROBERTO M. CALLANTA, HMMI
49. ELMER O. RODRIGUEZ, HMMI
50. RONELO T. CESUMISION, HMMI
51. EMMANUEL ROLDAN, Executive Director of Kabataan Consortium, Inc. Davao City
52. ADOR A. ABROGENA, Tita Cory Movement
53. NOEL "ONIE" BAYONA, Pasay City
54. CLAUDIA BANGALAN, Tita Cory Movement
55. VIC MAGDARAOG
56. GIL GARCIA
57. DOMINGO LEGARIO, WFA, Riyadh, KSA, and Tanauan City, Batangas
58. ROGELIO B. BANTILES, WFA, Davao City
59. MANNY SOLITO, Tita Cory Movement
60. MARINO B. BUAL, Accounting Manager, City of Portland, Oregon Current Residence: Hillsboro, Oregon Hometown: Candijay, Bohol
61. CENIN MONREAL
62. RAMON BRION, WFA
63. JOHNNY PECAYO, Glendale, California
64. RYAN VERONA
65. WARLITO BAUTISTA
66. ROMEO GULAPA, Founding Chairman of Global OFW Foundation
67. JUDE BUSTAMANTE, Tita Cory Movement
68. REY TIMBREZA, Tita Cory Movement
69. NOLI CORTEZ, Tita Cory Movement
70. AMADO G. GACIS JR., Tita Cory Movement
71. ENGR. RAMON G. GISON JR., Tita Cory Movement
72. ANSELMO ADRIANO
73. WILHERLMINA OROZCO, WFA
74. ALBEN NATIVIDAD
75. ATTY. RYAN REY QUILALA
76. ANTONIO FINO, Tita Cory Movement
77. IRENEO "KA PULE" PEREZ GOCE, WFA, Lipa City
78. OFELIA OROBIA, Tita Cory Movement
79. HARVEY DELENA
80. JAMES TOLENTINO
81. ROMUALDO E. RENTA, HMMI
82. ENERICO SAMPANG, Compact
83.
Prof. ADELINA SALON PATRIARCA, -EDUCATION AND BUSINESS CONSULTANT
84. JOAN CO
85 DR. ANTHONY A. MARQUEZ, Pasig City
86. DAISY ARCILLA BRETT-HOLT,
Chairman of Philippine Jury International (UK)
87. BUTCH BANTAY, Tita Cory Movement
88. J
OSSIE ALEGRE, EMPA - Philippine American Press Club - Board Member, San Francisco, California, USA.
89. RONALD HERICO, HMMI
90. TITUS AMIGO PEREZ, Dagupan City
91. ROBERT ASIGNACION
92. LARRY OMAC
93. RAMIL FUENTES, HMMI
94. JOGY MANTARING
95. JENE SANTOS
96. MHYRNZ LOZANO
97. ALEXANDER M. LUCMAN, Director FMW Group
98. GUS LAGMAN, TransparentElections.org.ph
99. KRISTIANN BRYAN BAYONA, Councilor of Pasay City
100. RAUL JAVATE, Pasay City