‘Don’t be surprised if frontrunner loses’
Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010
MANILA, Philippines – The race for the presidency is still wide open, Malacañang said yesterday.
Speaking to reporters, Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan said Filipinos must not be surprised if the winner is not among the frontrunners in the surveys.
“Elections give us a lot of surprises,” he said.
Peyuan said figures from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) showed some 50 million registered voters nationwide, out of a population of about 92 to 94 million.
via Philippine Star.
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Bangit met with the permanent council of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines in Manila on Tuesday, and he said he briefed them about the Armed Forces’ preparations for the forthcoming elections.
The permanent council acts for and on behalf of the CBCP when the plenary assembly is not in session.
Palace: Arroyo in no hurry to name new chief justice
MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is not in a hurry to name the next Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
This, a day after the Judicial and Bar Council (JBC) said it will submit on Wednesday to the President its 4 nominees for the highest post in the judiciary.
According to Press Undersecretary Rogelio Peyuan, the President is not in a hurry as she is not under time pressure to make an appointment.
Via ABS-CBN News.TV