Teodoro gains support of Duranos, and other newsbits
Posted by akosistella on April 28, 2010
CEBU CITY, Philippines–Administration standard bearer Gilbert Teodoro gained the support of an influential political clan in Danao City, strengthening his foothold over the entire province.
Teodoro, on his visit to Danao City late Tuesday night, was greeted warmly by residents and the ruling Durano clan, led by 5th district Representative Ramonito Durano VI.
The Duranos declared support for Teodoro and declared Danao City “Gibo City.”
Gordon: Aquino paid for polls; Teodoro: I was never asked
MANILA, Philippines—After taking survey firms to court, Bagumbayan presidential candidate Richard Gordon, who has been faring poorly in opinion polls, is now venting his ire on front-runner Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Following the release of a new Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing Aquino keeping his huge lead over his rivals, Gordon accused the Liberal Party standard-bearer of paying off polling groups to maintain the top spot.
“Of course he’s ahead. Of course, [because] he paid. That’s a no-brainer that only Noynoy can give,” Gordon said Monday night when asked about Aquino’s statement about survey groups.
Hontiveros criticizes radical leftists in NP camp
MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party senatorial candidate Risa Hontiveros-Baraquel on Wednesday took to task members of the radical Left who have joined the camp of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manny Villar.
A proud member of what she called the “democratic Left”, Hontiveros Baraquel said she does not understand how known leftists such as Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Gabriela partylist Rep. Liza Maza could join the NP Senate ticket.
“They [Maza and Ocampo] have too easily swallowed the transactional politics that marks the Villar camp,” she told ANC’s “Headstart.”
via ABS-CBN News
Sanchez wife can’t run on behalf of late husband — Comelec
After death of former Batangas governor Armando Sanchez, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday that the candidate’s wife, Sto. Tomas Mayor Edna Sanchez, will probably not be allowed to replace him.
In an interview with reporters, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said a person can only become a substitute for the Nacionalista Party (NP) bet if he or she is comes from the same party and is not running for any other position in the May polls.
“Whoever is fit to substitute for them can run on behalf of him (but)… you cannot change positions anymore, this will leave a vacancy. The substitute should (also) come from the same party or coalition,” Jimenez said.
I was cleared of cheating – Agra
MANILA, Philippines – Acting Justice Secretary Alberto Agra denied Tuesday a report of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) that he admitted to cheating in an examination when he was studying at the Ateneo de Manila Law School.
In his reply to the report, Agra admitted he flunked that Wills and Succession class under lawyer Avelino Sebastian in 1988, which delayed his graduation by one year, but he never cheated in any exam.
“What I actually admitted to was that I had been charged, albeit maliciously, with cheating by my professor attorney Avelino Sebastian. The disciplinary committee created to investigate the charge exonerated me together with my other classmates,” he explained.
via ABS-CBN News