Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010
Manila Times: Bearer of people’s hopes
THE Filipino electorate, the majority of the people registered as voters who could indeed be taken to stand for the majority of our population, got its wish. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino 3rd as president to replace outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Via Manila Times
Phil. Star: Pat on the back
The peso gained strength and market shares were up yesterday in a clear sign of satisfaction over the conduct of the country’s first automated elections. Foreign diplomatic missions congratulated the Philippines for the relatively peaceful exercise, which had a high turnout despite technical glitches and the long lines in the scorching summer heat.
Via Phil. Star
Inquirer: Good job
CONTRARY to the most dismal expectations, quite a number of which were shared by the Inquirer, the country’s first nationwide automated elections have turned out to be a success. Not as originally advertised, but well enough as to make a return to the old manual system with its months-long canvassing, its tried-and-tested modes of wholesale cheating, politically untenable. Much needs to be improved in the new system, and close local contests must continue to be zealously monitored, but we can already say that the May 10 vote marked a true rite of passage. Our electoral system has finally caught up with the 21st century.
Malaya: Verdict still out
WE heard over the radio that some election lawyers were complaining that they lost business in what they admit is a strictly seasonal industry with the automation of elections. Their bread and butter was protesting results starting at precinct levels. With machines doing the appreciation of the ballots and counting the votes beyond the eyes of the public, including lawyers, there was no opportunity to protest, say, the counting of a wrongly spelled name of a candidate.
Daily Tribune: GMA wins
Yes, it certainly was GMA-7, not Gloria Arroyo, who won in the manner with which the TV network covered the 2010 elections, in comparison to the ANC’s election coverage.
The GMA Network anchors and its reporters — save for some snide remarks by a guest commentator on her take of senatorial candidates who appear to have won the polls, but whom obviously she did not care for.
Via Daily Tribune