Posted by akosistella on April 13, 2010
Gonzales leaves Lakas, joins LP
MANILA, Philippines—He did not have to leave the ruling Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats, his party of 15 years, because he is running unopposed in the congressional district of Mandaluyong City.
But Deputy Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II still decided to support Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Gonzales, a staunch ally of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the House of Representatives, said he left Lakas-Kampi-CMD not because of alleged funding problems hounding the ruling party.
Gordon to media: Where have all the debates gone?
CEBU CITY, Philippines —“We should have more debates.”
Bagumbayan standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon said on Monday that with the campaign period entering the homestretch, media companies should be organizing more debates, particularly among presidential candidates.
“The media is losing by default and our people are the biggest losers,” said Gordon.
Military tightens rules vs campaigning
MANILA, Philippines – A spokesman of the Armed Forces on Sunday warned military officers and AFP civilian employees that they face sanctions if they violate military guidelines prohibiting them from endorsing or campaigning for a national or local candidate in the 2010 elections.
AFP public affairs office chief Lt. Col. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos said the military guidelines were issued by outgoing AFP chief Gen. Victor Ibrado last month before he retired from active service.
The military re-issued the guidelines recently after re-electionist Paranaque Rep. Roilo Golez questioned why he was barred by military policemen from entering Camp Aguinaldo last Thursday.
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Comelec denies bias vs Liberal Party
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday said their decision to approve the Nacionalista Party-Nationalist People’s Coalition (NP-NPC) coalition was not made to put the Liberal Party (LP) at a disadvantage in its bid to become the dominant minority party in May.
“The Comelec is not biased and how can a decision involving a different political party be automatically considered as a bias against someone else,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez told reporters at a press briefing.
Jimenez issued the statement after LP said the Comelec en banc was biased when it approved the NP-NPC coalition in a 5-2 decision.