Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010
Erap tells supporters: I won’t be unseated again
MANILA, Philippines – It will not happen again.
Former President Joseph Estrada yesterday revealed he has already laid out plans to prevent another popular uprising similar to one that ousted him from Malacañang in January 2001.
If given a fresh mandate in the May 10 elections, Estrada assured his supporters that he will not be unseated again, although he did not elaborate.
“Secret,” Estrada told GMA-7 anchor Arnold Clavio on the news program “Kandidato.”
Click Philippine Star.
Makati may be put under Comelec control
MANILA, Philippines – The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has started assessing a call by vice presidential bet Jejomar Binay to place Makati City under the control of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Binay, the incumbent city mayor, issued the call following an attack on his long-time political adviser in Cainta two Sundays ago.
NCRPO chief Director Roberto Rosales said the office of lawyer Michael Dioneda, head of the National Capital Region (NCR) of the Comelec and their counterpart in the National Capital Regional Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, are validating Binay’s request.
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No need for Lakas loyalty check – Bello
MANILA, Philippines – Administration senatorial candidate Silvestre Bello III assured the people yesterday that a loyalty check is no longer needed on the remaining members of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD following the defection of Ilocos Sur gubernatorial bet Luis “Chavit” Singson to the camp of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar.
Bello said he is confident that Singson’s transfer will not affect the Ilocos Sur vote since even the former governor had admitted that local officials and residents in the province are divided in their support for presidential candidates.
Bello said the “right to remain or shift allegiance to other political parties has always been… respected by every member and leader of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD party.”
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NDF: May polls a chance for change
OZAMIZ CITY, Philippines — Some members of the communist New People’s Army see the May 2010 elections as an opportunity to install into government office people “who truly represent the interest of the masses.”
The electoral season would also be an opportune time for the people to raise their demands for fundamental changes in society, Jorge Madlos alias Ka Oris, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front (NDF) in Mindanao, said in a statement. (The NDF is the political arm of the Communist Party of the Philippines, to which the NPA is attached.)
Madlos, however, warned that the May elections would not be the end of the people’s struggle for genuine political freedoms, social equity and justice.