Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010
JDV: PGMA preparing for partial poll failure
MANILA, Philippines – Former House Speaker Jose de Venecia on Sunday said President Arroyo could remain longer in power by preparing for a possible partial failure of the country’s first ever nationwide automated polls next month.
In an interview with ABS-CBN correspondent Ces Orena-Drilon, de Venecia said a partial failure of the May 10 elections would mean a delay in the proclamations of the new President, Vice-President and 12 senators. He said a delay in the proclamations would mean there would be no new president, vice-president or even Senate president by June 30.
“By July 1, Gen. Delfin Bangit, chief of staff of the Armed Forces, will assume military rule and you cannot blame him because there is no civil power at least at the national level. You have civil government on the lower level. So there will be military rule and therefore you will have military government,” he said.
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Mikey, aunt may not win congressional seats – Casiño
MANILA, Philippines – Two Arroyos may not win congressional seats in the May 10 elections as party-list representatives, Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño said yesterday.
He said he based his assessment on the March survey of Pulse Asia of public support for and awareness of the 187 party-list groups accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“AGP or Ang Galing Party or Pinoy, and Ang Kasangga are not among the organizations enjoying enough public support to elect even one representative. In fact, they are not among the groups people are aware of,” he said.
via Philippine Star.
Comelec claims to be ‘90% ready’ for the May 10 polls
MANILA, Philippines — With a month to go before the country’s first automated elections, the Commission on Elections said it was 90 percent ready to conduct the polls, with the remaining weeks to be focused mostly on delivering the voting paraphernalia.
Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body might set up a “situation room” where the progress of the delivery of ballot boxes, counting machines and other election materials would be tracked and monitored. The area would be open to the public.
“We’re thinking of coming up with a monitoring facility here centrally located where we– I mean the Comelec, the administrators as well as of course members of the media– will be able to monitor the arrivals and the progress of the various materials that we’re transporting,” Jimenez told reporters.
Gordon to Comelec: Ban sample ballots
CEBU CITY, Philippines—Senator Richard Gordon asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to issue a resolution banning the distribution of sample ballots to voters, warning that these could be exploited to buy votes and sabotage the automated election.<
Gordon on Saturday said that allowing national and local candidates to print and give out sample ballots as campaign paraphernalia was also “environmentally unfriendly” and would be an “insane misuse of valuable resources.”
Speaking with reporters in this city, Gordon said: “I am calling on the Comelec not to allow sample ballots.”
Military releases poll guidelines in wake of Golez threat
Candidates for local and national positions have been prohibited from entering military camps if they have no official business. Likewise, civilian employees of the Armed Forces have also been disallowed from endorsing or campaigning for any candidate.
This was according to a set of election guidelines the military released after its recent run-in with Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez, who is seeking re-election in the May 10 elections.
According to the two-page guidelines, commanders should “prohibit the entry inside camps of any political candidate and members of parties, party-list groups, organizations or coalitions thereof without distinction, except for official businesses.”
MILF won’t endorse any presidential bet
MANILA, Philippines – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front on Sunday said it is not keen on endorsing any of the presidential candidates in the May 10, 2010 election.
“We have a hands-off policy on that. We cannot engage in politics although we are watching very close the platform of every presidential candidate,” MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said.
Iqbal, however, noted that two of the current presidential bets could declare fresh offensives against the MILF if either one is elected president next month. He identified the two as Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard-bearer Joseph Estrada and Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro.
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