Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010
Inquirer: Dirty tricks
A Presidential candidate’s psychological profile is a legitimate election issue, in the exact same way that a candidate’s track record in the use or abuse of political privilege is a legitimate election issue. The main difference between the slithering insinuations of allegedly impaired mental capacity thrown at Liberal Party standard-bearer Senator Benigno Aquino III, and the now-familiar charges of alleged corruption related to the C-5 controversy hurled at Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar, is that the rumors against Aquino are based on a spurious document.
Daily Tribune: May 2010 opportunity
The financial state of Nacionalista Party (NP) bet Manuel Villar Jr. is a factor for voters to consider since it has been this side of his candidacy, that of his having spent to high heavens to win the presidency, that had chiefly stuck in the mind of the public.
The president has wide access to government resources and assets, a privilege that is prone to manipulation and abuse as inarguably proven by the plundering couple now occupying Malacañang.
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Malaya: Gloria’s whimsy
Then shortly before midnight, the word from the Palace was that Gloria would be sticking to the old schedule, staying one more day in Hanoi for the summit’s retreat session.
All’s well that ends well? Not quite. Arroyo is the president of the Republic, not some hereditary potentate who can do as she pleases and to hell with the possible worries and alarm among the populace her change of schedule can generate. Many people may hate Gloria, but even inveterate Arroyo-bashers continue to hold the office in high respect. If the case were otherwise, Gloria and Mike would have long been dragged out, screaming and kicking, of Malacañang.
Phil. Star: Glitches
Absentee voting started with the Commission on Elections preparing to re-bid the contract for the supply of indelible ink on election day after tests showed that the ink from the winning bidder is not as indelible as specified. In Hong Kong, a glitch in one of the Precinct Count Optical Scan machines slowed down the voting over the weekend.
Meanwhile, in Manila, the Comelec still has to pick a winner in the bidding for the supply of ultraviolet lamps that are needed to read ballot security markings. The Comelec has been urged to ensure that Smartmatic-TIM, which produced smudged ballots that cannot be authenticated by the PCOS machines, will shoulder the cost of the UV lamps.
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