Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010
GMA likely to revive Cha-cha in Congress – Recto
MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo and her allies would most likely revive her dormant Charter change (Cha-cha) initiative if she were elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, former senator Ralph Recto said yesterday.
He said if Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III wins the presidency on May 10, Cha-cha would be resurrected “the day Noynoy assumes office to undermine him.”
Recto is seeking a senatorial comeback under Aquino’s LP.
via Philippine Star.
Int’l defense community invited to observe May polls
DETERMINED to show how the Armed Forces will perform its role in next month’s presidential elections, Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales has invited members of the international defense community to observe how Filipino soldiers will perform their duty.
The presence of international defense representatives in the country was disclosed by the defense chief during last week’s meeting of the National Police, the Armed Forces and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on security preparations for the elections.
Gonzales said he has invited international observers from defense and military establishments worldwide to watch the behavior of the military during the election.
Tamano, Bello play it safe in political debate
MANILA, Philippines – It was a debate turned friendly banter between senatorial bets Atty. Adel Tamano of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and Silvestre Bello III of Lakas-Kampi-CMD during ABS-CBN’S Harapan: Mga Isyu ng Bayan debates Sunday night.
Bello and Tamano were supposed to confront each other with issues on justice and accountability but with no rebuttals, the two ended up merely agreeing on one another’s points.
During the first round, Bello asked Tamano if he is for the reimposition of the death penalty. In response, the NP bet said Filipinos believe in either punishment or rehabilitative justice, and that he supported the latter.
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Bayani bats for simplified system in medicine acquisition
MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan vice presidential candidate and former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando has batted for a simplified system in the acquisition and distribution of medicine to make drugs affordable, if not free, for the poor.
In a media forum, Fernando, running mate of Bagumbayan standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon, said by removing some channels in the acquisition of medicine such as the repositioning and storage process, the government could generate the needed funds for a free medicine program.
He said medicine after acquisition must go directly to the grassroots where these are badly needed.
Joey de Venecia to stay with PMP beyond May polls
MANILA, Philippines – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) senatorial candidate Jose “Joey” de Venecia III yesterday said he will stay with his party beyond the May 10 elections.
There were speculations that Joey is transferring to the administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD after its co-founder former President Fidel Ramos endorsed his candidacy. His father former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. founded Lakas.
PMP standard-bearer former President Joseph Estrada defeated the elder De Venecia in the 1998 presidential elections.
Click Phil Star