Everything you've wanted to know about RP politics, but were afraid to ask.


Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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Phil Star: Eleventh-hour ouster

On the eve of the end of the campaign period, Ed Panlilio received the final word from the Commission on Elections: for the past three years, he had occupied a post that he did not win in the 2007 midterm elections. The real winner in the race for Pampanga governor, according to the final Comelec ruling, is former provincial board member Lilia Pineda.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Days of unease

COMELEC CHAIR JOSE MELO SAYS HE CAN SMILE again. “Elections will go through at all levels, in all precincts,” he happily declared Wednesday after a test run on a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine in one Makati precinct yielded a “perfect” result. The same machine was one among scores of machines that failed to read votes cast for local positions in an earlier test conducted Monday, forcing the Comelec to call off the nationwide testing of some 76,000 PCOS machines and recall all the flash cards where the instructions are encoded. The accurate reading of the test votes came after a reconfigured flash card was used. And a visibly relieved Melo gratefully said, “It seems that our prayers have been answered.”

Via Inquirer.net

Daily Tribune: It may have come too little and too late

The Supreme Court (SC) the other day ordered the Commission on Elections to disclose all its preparations for the country’s first automated polls for Monday, giving the Comelec two days to do so, upon receipt of the order.

Via Daily Tribune

Risa’s generation

RISA HONTIVEROS-BARAQUEL IS RUNNING for senator. The latest surveys show her to be hovering between 13th and 15th place—still outside the winning circle of 12, which includes the likes of Bongbong Marcos and Lito Lapid. But, clearly, she is very much within striking distance, almost by a miracle, having come from way behind—from the ranks of deserving candidates who languish in the bottom of survey rankings only because their names do not ring a bell.

Click Randy David

ROSES & THORNS By Alejandro R. Roces

It is an old saying that politics and not cockfighting is the true national past time of the Filipinos. May is a month of fiestas in the Philippines. We have the Flores de Mayo, Obando Fertility Rites, Pahiyas and Pulilan Carabao Festival. Fiestas are the highest form of community expression. We have referred to EDSA I as the fiesta that toppled a dictator. In a way, Election Day is another political fiesta. Voting is one of the highest expressions of our civic responsibility.

Click Alejandro Roces

‘Science means never having to say you’re wrong’
SOCIAL CLIMATE By Mahar Mangahas

“LOVE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE sorry” is a cute saying. There must be as many definitions of love as there are lovers.

On the other hand, “Science means never having to say you’re wrong,” which seems to be what it means to presidential candidate Richard “Dick” Gordon, is not what science means to me, nor, I think, to most scientists.

Click Mahar Mangahas

Leaks for mind-conditioning
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

If there was any doubt that the Social Weather Stations (SWS) was into mind-conditioning, and perhaps even manipulating the results of a presidential candidate that it is supporting, doubt no more.

There can hardly be any doubt left today — not after the still dubious survey results that were supposed to be embargoed for a newspaper, the BusinessWorld, to print for Friday’s issue, were deliberately leaked to the Liberal Party standard bearer, Sen. Noynoy Aquino, in time for the other media establishments to quickly carry the results, showing the LP bet widening his lead, with a 42 percent survey score.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

COMMENTARY By Juan Miguel Luz

Next to poor reading skills, low levels of science and math achievement hurt a country most. Functional literacy is the combination of reading (the basis for simple literacy) and numeracy (the facility to do the four operations of arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).

At a higher level, it is the reason why we are unable to develop and maintain a significant industrial base in this country. There are simply not enough science and technology technicians, professionals and scientists to run a broad-based manufacturing or industrial sector that can produce products for local consumption and export.

Via Inquirer.net


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