A reader complains about Villar bias during voters' education

From Carlo N. of Pasig City:

Good afternoon!

Please see the attached pictures that I was able to take of a flyer distributed to Senior Citizens when they attended a training on the Automated Elections conducted by COMELEC Pasig in Baranggay Dela Paz yesterday. My grandmother attended the training and it was she who gave me this flyer.

Villar bias
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Villar bias
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Villar bias
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If we examine Page 2 and the Zoomed In versions, we can see a glimpse of a possible bias. The first troubling sign is that the sample ballot contains only 3 Presidentiables: JC Delos Reyes, Nicanor Perla and Manny Villar. The second and perhaps more glaring possible indication of a problem is that Manny Villar’s name is bold and gigantic compared to the other 2 names.  According to my grandmother, there is a poster-sized version of the pamphlet that was used during the training and the poster showed the same illustration where Manny Villar’s name more than necessarily figures prominently. One of the participating senior citizens, a neighbor of ours, then raised this matter and she asked why Villar is the only name in giant, bold face to the cheering applause of the crowd. The instructors who introduced themselves as from COMELEC merely laughed and said something along the lines of “Wala namang pulitika-pulitika po rito.”

We are not sure how widespread this is going on because the seal on Page 2 shows the Seal of the City of Pasig.  So we are uncertain if the materials used in other places are similar to this one. I’m not sure if they should have just used a list with hypothetical names such as “Juan Dela Cruz” to avoid bias.

The event was held at around 10AM in the Covered Courts of the Dreamhomes Subdivision in Baranggay Dela Paz, Pasig City. It was organized by the Senior Citizens’ organization whose local chapter president is Pedro Mendoza. There were many participants which is probably why a large venue was chosen. My grandmother and all of her elderly friends from the neighborhood comprised of Bartville Subdivision, Dreamhomes Subdivision and neighboring developments were all in attendance. When the Senior Citizens arrived in the venue, the Election Speakers were not yet present. The meeting organizers from the Senior Citizens’ Organization discussed a number of unrelated items in their agenda. My grandmother reported that they ran through the agenda quickly so that they would finish in time for the arrival of the Automated Election Trainers. When the trainers arrived, the Senior Citizen organizers said, “Ito na ang mga taga-Comelec.”  There were 2 trainers, both men. One was elderly while the other, not so. They were aided by assistants who set up the props and distributed materials.  The flyers were distributed before the speakers began. Aside from the flyers, there was a large flipchart that was a larger version of the flyers.  When the training reached the point where the name of Manny Villar beside 2 smaller names was shown, one of the participants, Soledad Reyes, raised the question, “Bakit si Manny Villar ang nakasulat dyan?”  Then another participant whom my grandmother does not remember anymore said, “Marami naman kayong puedeng gamiting pangalan.  Puedeng Juan Dela Cruz.  Paano kung may Senior Citizen na mahina na ang pag-iisip at ginaya lang ang ginawa nyo (pagpili kay Manny Villar)?”  The trainers responded, “Kami naman po eh hindi namumulitika dito.

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  • Amber Dean Lopez

    Pag nagkaroon ng dayaan dapat magpeople power. Hindi dapat ipaluklok uli sa puwesto ang pekeng presidente at tiyak another six years na naman ng mga nakawan sa pondo ng bayan ang mangyari. Magkaroon naman tayo ng malasakit sa kapwa nating mamamayang Pilipino na walang-wala kasi walang ginawa ang gobyerno kung hindi magpasarap na lang sa kadudukot ng marurumi nilang kamay sa pondo ng bayan imbes na bigyan ng livelihood projects ang mga pobre at ng hindi sila kakalat-kalat sa mga kalye para mamalimos at maghalukay sa basura para lamang may pangtawid-gutom sila. Parang hindi tayo Christian nation ah! Pinababayaan natin ang ating mga kapatid na mamatay sa gutom. Ito na ang pagkakataon para matulungan sila, huwag bumoto sa isang tao na gagawin ang lahat ng pandaraya para lamang makaupo sa puwesto.

  • Claire

    i agree with Jaime Garchitorena – it all depends on the context.

    Personally, I have no intention of voting for Manny Villar, even though I have been living in Las Pinas since childhood. Villar and his relatives (the mayors here for every term) have been around for so long and still they do not do anything for water to flow in our homes – instead, they block the process and appeals of people lobbying for a competent water supplier. most of the water in our village is bought from water delivery services. our household pays P100 for two days of water.

    also, villar bullied puregold jr. to set shop in starmall (which he owns) instead of setting shop in the lot puregold bought, which is in front of starmall.

    these are just examples. i figure if this is what villar is doing in las pinas, how different will it be for the entire country?

  • Can you smell that….? Somethin’s cookin’…..

  • stupid

    COMELEC nga ang nag VOT-ED eh, dapat hindi BIAS…stupid naman ang tanung kung sino nagpondo…walang karapatan ang sino mang gamitin ang COMELEC sa sariling PAMUMULITIKA! kahit IKAW PA NAGBAYAD!

  • Jorge

    City government ng Pasig ang sponsor nyan. Dating Lakas, ngayon kay Money V na ang mga Eusebio. Pera-pera lang talaga at pagiging opurtunista pinapairal. Pansin nyo yung mga supposed common posting area na pinagawa sa Pasig? E puro poster lang ni Villar ang nakalagay!!! Pano naging common yun?? Shempre, ang gobyerno ni Eusebio ang nagpalagay nun, with matching Pasig Para kay Villar pa sa gitna e. Sana hindi na lang nila pinapatay si Lanot.

  • Manet

    hindi ba corruption din yung 9 years ka sa congress tapos wala kang naipasang batas, pinainit mo lang yung silya sa kakaupo? just asking….:) mas mabuti pa si lito lapid…kaya ako Gibo!

  • lester

    I think the more they bring Villar down, the more Villar gets the sympathy of the people. Nakuha nya na nga ang simpatya ko eh.

    Kung totoo nga na si Villar ay secret candidate ni GMA, bakit sila magiging blatant sa pag-eendorse kay Villar? Mawawalan ng boto si Villar kung ganon. Hindi naman siguro sila pinanganak kahapon.

    Dati hindi ako maka-Villar, pero napansin ko lang mashadong na-iinsecure ang mga kandidato kay Villar. Imbesna ilatag yung plataporma, tira na lang ng tira kay Villar, kaya ngayon kahit na may ganitong ‘ebidensya’, dine-deadma ko na–sino bang hindi nanggugulang, siyang impokrita.

    Meron ngang isang candidate, tira ng tira ang kampo nya sa political ads ni Villar, pero pinupuno nya rin ng commercial ang primetime. This is hypocrisy!

    Do we have to be apologetic if we are rich. Ang sinumang hindi gustong yumaman ay nagsisinungaling. Ngayon, kung may ginawa shang masama, e di dahil sa proper forum.

  • Oh and just to add, Im not too sure abt the City logo…napaisip ako doon. Can a local govt support a candidate? Malamang hindi, kahit na ba NP din si Mayor, but di din ako sigurado. Ill ask some of the Commisioners for their opinion on this…hmmm…oh and thanks for the post. Ill be sending this link to Commisioner Larazabal for comment.

  • The question is WHO PAID FOR THE VOTERS ED SESSION. If it was a Comelec event that would be a bad thing. But if it was Manny Villars camp that paid for the voters ed and assuming they did the voters ed correctly then they have the right to elevate their candidate. In fact this is something all political parties should be doing. Voters Ed is everyones responsibility and if a candidate or political party takes on that responsibility by setting up the voters ed session then the party or candidate creates the opportunity to promote himself or his party. What is important that they file a complaint with the Comelec. Not because Manny Villars name was on the sheet but that they introduced themselves as Comelec. If they are REALLY with the Comelec then all materials have to be neutral.

    • bets lapuz

      I think the point is that these people INTRODUCED THEMSELVES as from COMELEC. That’s deception if they are not truly from comelec.

  • Trying to make an unbiased arguemnt here…The question is WHO PAID FOR THE VOTERS ED SESSION. If it was a Comelec event that would be a bad thing. But if it was Manny Villars camp that paid for the voters ed and assuming they did the voters ed correctly then they have the right to elevate their candidate. In fact this is something all political parties should be doing. Voters Ed is everyones responsibility and if a candidate or political party takes on that responsibility by setting up the voters ed session then the party or candidate creates the opportunity to promote himself or his party. What is important that they file a complaint/or inquiry with the Comelec. Not because Manny Villars name was on the sheet but BECAUSE they introduced themselves as Comelec. If they are REALLY with the Comelec then all materials have to be neutral. http://www.youthvotephilippines.com

  • kris

    hey mike santos bias p dn ung pinakita ni villar noh!!!

  • Wow….. these pictures paint a thousand words… Now the question is… how many thousands were they paid…??!?!

  • Mike Santos

    Well, I am pro-villar and i’ll try justifying this.

    This may not be bias at all… Pwede namang sponspored ni Villar ung event na un… Parang ung usual na sample ballot lang yan na pinapakalat near election… or maybe black propaganda na naman yan againts him…. :0 wala lang…

    • Mike Santos 2

      mukha mo mike santos

    • elven

      mike santos — mga bayarang taga sagot ng critics online

  • This is interesting. Nagagamit na rin ang supposedly ‘voter’s education’ para panigan ang isang kandidato. mas maganda siguro kung may kopya ka nito tas scan mo ng buo para may ebidensya talaga. Saka di ba dapat mga fictitious names muna ang ginagamit sa voter’s education?

    Mukhang si Villar nga ang secret candidate ni Gloria.

  • Thank you for posting this. Pls allow me to repost this in my blog. More power to you guys!

  • CC

    Suuper duuuper biased naman yan! May point sila about what if some of the elderly voters have memory problems and can only remember about Villar’s name and the shading, that’s so clear something’s fishy is going on!

  • aldrin abaya

    Dirty poLitics! hey Filipino’s, wouLd you stiLL vote for that kind of person?? Better think twice! vote wiseLy!

  • Gilbert R

    Buking na buking talaga na itong si Money Bilyar at si Mrs. Pandakekang Pidal ay magkasabwat at ginagamit pa ang Comelec.

    Mga kababayan, maging handa tayo para sa panibagong People Power pagkatapos ng Mayo10.

    Villarroyo – huwag ninyong gaguhin ang mga Pilipino.

  • casmir

    bakit naman ganyan? di naman tama yan… maging fair and square lang…. wag nanglalamang… masama yan.. that’s bad …..

  • kris

    grabe tlaga c villar dapat hndi ganon ung gawin nya…
    hay naku nangurakot n nga mandadaya pa

    • rom garcia

      palitan lang natin muna sinulat mo kris ha, if i may:

      “grabe talaga c arroyo dapat hndi ganon ung gawin nya… hay naku nangurakot n nga mandadaya pa.”

      check parin.

      Villarroyo!!!

  • rom garcia

    E diba ang Comelec ay tuta naman ni Gloria? im not surprised.

  • clara

    Dungis talaga! Dulot yan sa paglalangoy sa dagat ng basura. Babala, kababayan, huwag maglangoy sa dagat ng basura! NakaVivillar!