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Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010

Inquirer: Diminished

Power—both for those who wield it and who are subordinate to its holders—has its own inexorable logic. Thus we can assume that a designation lasting only until June 30, for many of the officials reshuffled or promoted by the President, is its own reward.

If that were the case the public might consider the latest presidential reshuffle in bad taste, and of doubtful legality, but nothing more than yet another appalling example of how the administration is detached from any ethical moorings. But there are more far-reaching implications: name the institution, and hardly any has been left untouched. Our career diplomats are up in arms over the shabby treatment of Ambassador Delia Albert; the military is irritated with junior generals leapfrogging senior ones; the legal community is also upset over the maneuvering over the next chief justice; the civil service has more reason to be dismayed; and even our cultural agencies have been purged with all the zeal of Mao Zedong during the Cultural Revolution in China

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Phil. Star: A failed experiment

The party-list system, according to a member of the commission that crafted the Constitution, was envisioned to be an experiment in congressional representation. At the hands of people with unbridled greed for political clout and all the perks of public office, the experiment is doomed to failure. Today the party list has become nothing more than a backdoor entrance to the House of Representatives.

Major political parties use it to install more partisans in the House, with the same right to vote and the same pork barrel allocations as regular congressmen. Major religious groups use it to advance their interests and expand their influence in the political realm. And President Arroyo, in the twilight of her nine years in power, appears bent on installing every able-bodied relative and loyalist official in the House, even through the backdoor, and even if none of the officials can be considered marginalized by any stretch of the imagination, to ensure her continuing influence over national affairs.

Click Phil. Star

Malaya: Something’s cooking (2)

THE government last year tried selling three big-ticket privatization items, without success because of poor market interest. The Department of Finance is again hawking the three items at bargain basement pieces and through negotiated arrangements, and seeking to strike a deal within the second quarter. The justification, as usual, is the need to cap the deficit for 2010 at the programmed P293 billion.

But what’s so pressing a need is there to meet the June 30 deadline? Because Gloria Arroyo is exiting on that day?

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Newsflash! Gibo resigns as Lakas-Kampi chairman

Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

According to Lakas-Kampi spokesman Francis Manglapus, Gilbert Teodoro resigned as party chairman so he could concentrate more on his presidential candidacy. Teodoro has left it to the party members to elect a new chairman. (Via ANC’s The Rundown)

UPDATE: Gibo speaking on The Rundown: “It’s better to devote my time to the campaign instead of looking after the welfare of 18,000 candidates. This will help me concentrate on winning the presidency.”

UPDATE 2 as of 11:37 pm: (via ABS-CBN News)

MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet Gilberto Teodoro has resigned as chairman of the administration party.

Teodoro said his resignation takes effect immediately so he can focus on his campaign.

“Effective immediately, I am resigning as chairman of the party so that I can focus all my efforts campaigning for the presidency,” he said in his letter to the party’s national executive committee.

Teodoro noted the party needs a chairman who can respond on a 24/7 basis to the needs of its candidates.

However, Teodoro said he remains a member of the ruling party and its “official” presidential bet.

In an interview with Ces Drilon on ANC’s Rundown on Tuesday, Teodoro said his decision to leave the party should not be seen as a step toward withdrawing from the presidential race.

“Definitely, I’m pursuing my candidacy,” he said.

The former defense chief said the move was necessary so he can “devote full-time to his candidacy” as he attempts to win the presidency.

After the local campaigns began March 26, Teodoro said he realized that he should not be distracted by the concerns of the party’s 18,000 other candidates.

“It’s a step I took to ensure that I give my best possible shot at the presidency,” he added.

Francis Manglapus, secretary-general of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, said Teodoro had previously discussed the issue of leaving the party’s top post.

Manglapus said it would be better for the party to have a full-time chairman since Teodoro is too busy hopping from one place to another.

He said it would be up to the Lakas-Kampi-CMD national executive committee to choose the next party chief.

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Comelec rules party-list nominees must ‘belong’ to sector they represent

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has issued the rules on the qualification of candidates for party-list representatives, mandating that nominees prove they “belong” to the marginalized sector they seek to represent.

The commission en banc, in a resolution signed March 25, laid out eight criteria for party-list nominees.Aside from the ministerial requirements, the commission defined the nominee as “one who belongs to the marginalized and underrepresented sector/s, the sectoral party, organization, political party or coalition he seeks to represent,” the resolution said.

The Comelec also directed the nominees to prove that they showed “active participation” in the advancement of their sector. The nominees should present their “declarations, speeches, written articles” to show their active advocacy of their sector, the resolution said.The Comelec issued the resolution to allow citizens to oppose the candidacy of nominees who they believe are not qualified to represent a marginalized group.

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Lax party-list rules dividing ‘marginalized’ sectors

MANILA, Philippines—While the intent of the introducing the party-list system 4 elections ago is to give smaller parties and organizations, including those of supposed marginalized sectors, the chance to send nominees to Congress, the rules governing the exercise are achieving the opposite.

The trend has been for several groups from the same sectors or with the same advocacies to compete against each other for a limited constituency, instead of consolidating their forces. The result: none of them are likely to get any seat, and their sectors or advocacies don’t get represented in the House.

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FG is now in stable condition – doc

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

Got this from an ANC newsflash. Will try to post more details as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, in an earlier story:

First Gentleman rushed to St. Luke’s due to heart trouble

(Update 2 – 3:01 p.m.) First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo was rushed to the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City before noon on Thursday due to heart problems, a Palace official told GMANews.TV.

Press Secretary Crispulo Icban said Mr. Arroyo had complained of back pains at about 8:30 a.m., prompting him and President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to dash to the hospital.

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Who still believes Loren?

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

By William M. Esposo | The Philippine Star

1. Loren’s family lived in University Hills, an exclusive subdivision in the Malabon area. Being atop a hill, the subdivision did not flood like many areas nearby.

 2. They lived in a one hectare compound that was bought by her grandfather, the late Manila Times Editor in Chief, Jose Bautista. The Manila Times was the largest circulating, most powerful and influential newspaper until September 21, 1972. Across their compound was the house of Don Macario Asistio.

 3. Loren studied at Assumption Convent for grade school and high school. Assumption Convent is usually the school of choice of the elite. For college, Loren studied at UP (University of the Philippines). Her brothers Gary and A. A. went to the Ateneo de Manila University, another school associated with the elite.

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The great debate

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

By Manuel L. Quezon III

The dictionary defines a debate as “a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward” or “an argument about a particular subject, especially one in which many people are involved.” In 2004 the two leading contenders declined to debate each other, but in 2007, the senatorial debates attracted public interest—and attention. So far, the candidates, presidential and vice-presidential, have faced each other: most recently when Sen. Manuel Roxas II wiped the floor, so to speak, with Sen. Loren Legarda.

The leading contenders have been hammered in turn for missing some of the debates. For example, both weren’t at the very first debate, the UNDP MDG Forum (back in October when Francis Escudero was still in the running) or at the one sponsored by Pastor Quiboloy. Sen. Benigno Aquino III also missed the Romulo Foreign Policy Forum, while Sen. Manuel Villar didn’t attend the Harapan debate at University of Santo Tomas, and the FOCAP forum where Aquino turned up

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Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

Inquirer: Higher than supreme

BEGINNING IN 2000, when the political poison in the air that President Macapagal-Arroyo later described with precision started to make the body politic ill, this newspaper has relied on the Supreme Court to serve as a source of remedy, if not as a cure itself. In doing so, we believed we were merely reflecting a broad public consensus about the redeeming role of the highest court in the land. It is deeply unsettling for us, then, to come to the conclusion that the tribunal has, in the last days of the Arroyo presidency, itself caught the contagion.

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Malaya: Mikey as security guards’ nominee

We bring up Ang Ladlad’s case because there is a glaring obscenity that some powerful but totally shameless people are bent on pulling off in the May 10 elections. We are referring to the listing of Mikey Arroyo as the first nominee of Ang Galing Pinoy party list which claims to represent security guards.

Will the Comelec have the wisdom and the courage to disqualify Mikey as a party-list nominee? Mikey is the son of President Arroyo, is currently the House member representing the second district of Pampanga and is a multimillionaire who has never donned the blue uniform of a security guard throughout his life.

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Phil. Star: Shameless opportunism

It’s not against the law, a Malacañang official said yesterday in defending the fielding of President Arroyo’s son Mikey as nominee of a party-list group that supposedly represents security guards. Besides, Ricardo Saludo said, why single out the President’s family? The implication is that there are many others doing it, anyway. Among them, it can be noted, are Mikey Arroyo’s fellow nominee in the same group, Ang Galing Pinoy Party: Lubao Mayor Dennis Pineda, the son of the President’s staunch supporters Lilia and Bong Pineda.

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Apologies for the late posting of Opinion pieces…

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

Sorry guys, have not been sleeping well…overworked. Will try to do better tom.

On with the show then! ;p

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Palace defends dynasties

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

There is nothing wrong if the Arroyo family becomes a formidable force in the legislature as long as it does not violate the law, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

“As far as we know, this [families gaining a foothold in Congress] is allowed under the Constitution and, of course, we’re complying with the Constitution by letting people who want to run, run. Second, the Arroyo family, as far as we know, is not the only family that has multiple people in the legislature. You may wish to ask also those other families what message they are sending. Let us not focus on one family,” deputy spokesman Ricardo Saludo explained.

But if keeping with the law would lead to a prolonged stay for President Gloria Arroyo in power beyond June 2010, when she should step down, a son of a former president said that she should be made to vacate Malacañang.

Click Manila Times.


Mikey hits back: 4 Arroyos can’t make Speaker

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential son Pampanga 2nd District Representative Juan Miguel ‘Mikey’ Macapagal-Arroyo on Wednesday denied an alleged plot by her mother to extend her grip on power.

In an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News, Rep. Arroyo categorically denied the accusation, saying only critics have made the accusation.

He also dismissed talk that the President is trying to politically reincarnate herself as prime minister should efforts to amend the Constitution succeed.

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Arroyo allies in Cebu nix Teodoro for Villar

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—While Malacañang was not looking, Nacionalista Party NP presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Villar has quietly gained the support of the biggest political party and the most powerful political family in vote-rich Cebu, according to well-placed party sources.Villar met with congressmen and local officials belonging to One Cebu and the Garcia family behind closed doors at Marco Polo Hotel in Cebu City on Wednesday.Although details of the meeting were not disclosed to local journalists, Alvin Garcia, who is seeking to regain the city’s mayoral post, announced an alliance between his party, Kugi Uswag Sugbo Progress for Cebu or Kusug, and the NP in a press conference at the same hotel.

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Gibo supporters launch Multipliers Movement to generate votes

MANILA, Philippines – Supporters of Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr. launched yesterday a new movement for a people-based network to generate votes for their candidate.

Lead convenor Eli Quinto said the Gibo Multipliers Movement was formed to consolidate, coordinate and multiply individuals and groups supporting Teodoro.

“At the heart of the (movement) is the idea that a single person or group is connected to others who, in turn, have their own respective connections,” he said.

Click Phil. Star


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Gibo defends Mikey’s party-list bid

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Administration presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro on Wednesday defended Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo’s bid as party-list representative.

“Is it legal or not? It’s legal. Wala tayong magagawa (We can’t do anything about it),” Teodoro said when asked to comment about criticisms against Arroyo’s nomination as representative of Ang Galing Pinoy, a party-list group representing security guards.

The Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer said that what the next administration and the next set of lawmakers can do is to revise the party-list law to fix the “flawed” system.

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Comelec: Mikey can run

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the controversy over government-backed party-list groups, there is no reason to disqualify Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo from the party-list race, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said President Arroyo’s eldest son has served as a representative in Congress and is competent to become a nominee of the party-list group Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP).

“He (Arroyo) is qualified to be a member of Congress,” Melo said, noting that his decision to give way to his mother in the congressional race in the second district of Pampanga could not be a basis for disqualification.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Comelec can’t stop GMA legacy ads.

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Ultraviolet lamps will be used to check ballots’ authenticity

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

Ultraviolet (UV) lamps will be used on election day to check whether ballots are true and genuine, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Wednesday.

The poll body will use UV lamps to manually verify each ballot through its UV markings, after it reportedly decided to turn off one of the functions of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

The machines are originally expected not just to count and check the votes as marked on the ballots, but also to verify genuine ballots and reject counterfeit ones.

Click GMANews.TV.


Presidential bet risks disqualification after exceeding airtime limit

Don’t look now, but a presidential candidate with substantial television advertisements may end up being disqualified.

That is, if the government’s poll body will be able to strictly implement Republic Act 9006 or the Fair Election Act, which imposes limits on allowed TV airtime for campaign ads.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) disclosed on Wednesday one presidential bet has already exceeded the 120-minute TV airtime limit allowed for candidates for the country’s highest position.

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Rebel groups out to disrupt May 10 polls, says PNP

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Abu Sayyaf terrorists and other rebel groups are plotting to carry out bombings, kidnappings and other illegal activities to disrupt the May 10 elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Tuesday.

Chief Supt. Noel Manabat, PNP deputy intelligence chief, said an Abu Sayyaf cell led by a certain Abu Benhur was poised to undertake the attacks.

Speaking at the security conference with military and election officials at Camp Crame, Manabat also raised the possibility that the bandit group and leaders of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front might support some candidates.

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Widespread poll failure ‘pure fantasy,’ says Melo

TACLOBAN CITY—Local hiccups, maybe. Widespread breakdown, no way.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Jose Melo on Tuesday dismissed as “pure fantasy” fears of a failure of the country’s first nationwide automated elections.

In a meeting here with officials of the military, police and the Comelec in Eastern Visayas, Melo admitted glitches could occur but that he did not expect these to happen on a large scale and affect the outcome of the May 10 balloting.

Click Inquirer.net

AND: PNP conducts own election survey

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CBCP: Clergy may join revolt

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – A ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said yesterday some members of the clergy are planning to join another popular revolt in the event of a failure of elections.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, CBCP Public Affairs Committee chairman, said a failure of elections where no president is proclaimed would force people to take to the streets.

“This (event) is one of those instances when the people would need guidance (from us),” Iniguez said.

Click Philippine Star.


LP warns Comelec of serious repercussions in case of failure of elections

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II yesterday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) failed to install safeguards to ensure the credibility of the coming elections.

In a letter sent to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, Aquino and Roxas raised concerns regarding the Comelec’s refusal of their request to review the source code of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

The LP candidates also said it was “unfair” of the Comelec to come up with a ballot design favoring Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar and for “unreasonably” disqualifying a number of their local candidates.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Palace on Noynoy threat of protests: Bring it on

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Noynoy tired of waiting for Villar for one-on-one debate

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

(Updated 12:40 p.m.) DAGUPAN CITY — After getting no response, a tired Senator Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III may soon drop plans for a one-on-one debate with his closest rival for the presidency, Senator Manuel Villar Jr.

Aquino told reporters here Tuesday night his emissary followed up the matter with Villar’s camp but received no response. He said Villar’s camp has so far been silent on the mechanics of their one-on-one debate.

“At some point in time kung ayaw niya, di ko na pag-aksayahan ng oras na hintayin siya sumagot. Mas mabuti kausapin ko ang aking supporters at maghanda para sa vote protection (At some point in time, I will no longer waste my time waiting for his reply. I would rather talk to my supporters to prepare to protect my votes this May),” he said.

via GMANews.TV.

ALSO Read:

How technology was used in Harapan VP debate

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN’s Harapan: The Vice-Presidential Debate used three parallel mechanisms to gauge audience reaction during the event.

The first two mechanisms were online and SMS polls, which allowed viewers to vote the “truthfulness” of the answers of the vice-presidential candidates during the event. The two polls were started only at the start of the debate, and the results tallied before the end of the show.

The third and final mechanism was the Wireless Audience Response System (WARS), which allowed a random sample of audience members to vote if they believed the answers of the candidates. A total of 180 declared non-partisan citizens from different sectors in 4 areas (45 from each area)—Metro Manila, Naga, Cebu, Davao—were invited to watch the debate.

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