Posted by akosistella on March 16, 2010
Inquirer: Poll violence
The level of election-related violence is rising as election day nears. Not a week passes when a candidate or local official is not killed or shot at. The Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research said last week that more than 90 people had been killed in the run-up to the national elections in May.
The series of killings, beginning with the massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao last November, has set the stage for possibly the country’s most violent election in recent history. Rommel Baniaol, executive director of the peace research institute, said, “There are just too many private armies, goons for hire and entrepreneurs of violence.” He urged the government to find ways to deter armed goons and ensure that they are not used for election-related purposes.
BusinessMirror: Tough call for the court
TODAY, Tuesday, is a crucial one for the highest court of the land, as it tackles one of those issues that truly challenges not just its erudition but also its probity, its ability to balance significant but competing interests, and even its foresight as it strives to weigh the risks that accompany the various scenarios laid out by all sides of this debate.
On the en banc’s agenda today are the consolidated petitions filed by several groups against the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) pertaining to the task of selecting the successor of Chief Justice Reynato Puno, who retires on May 17.
Malaya: Terms in poll automation contract changed?
THE past weeks, people have been bombarded by radio and televisions commercials about the need to fully shade the “bilog” or the “itlog” on the ballots to ensure their votes are counted. The educational campaign is welcome and the broadcast networks airing the commercials for free should be commended for their initiative.
But in the original invitation for proposals to handle the automated elections, the Comelec specified that “the system shall be able to recognize the following marks on the appropriate space on the ballot opposite the name of the candidate to be voted for: full shade, partial shade, check marks, and X marks.”