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Six days after

Posted by akosistella on May 16, 2010


By Patricia Evangelista

HIGH NOON, MAY 10. A FAT FIST SMACK-SMACKING against the cracked yellow wall, the mouth with the cracked red lipstick flapping open and closed, her gay lieutenant yapping in refrain. Cheating, screams the pudgy woman, as the madding crowd outside the classroom cheers. Inside, the teachers in white and stripes continue to count, shoulders wincing at each pounded fist. The numbers join the rabble, greasy elbow to empty gut, the hallway shrinks, and a teacher is shoved and mobbed.

Wet T-shirt day in Payatas-A, 6,000 votes for the taking, chipped red nail polish, swaggering bad boys in their wife-beater shirts and denim cut-offs leering down sweating cleavages in padded pink bras. Waiting three hours, says the old man in the baseball cap. Five hours, says the mother with the missing front tooth. Squares of paper brandished, numbers hand-printed, teachers in crisp white calling on 204.

Click Patricia Evangelista.


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With 39 hours to go, only 52% of PCOS machines in place

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Updated official monitoring reports obtained by ABS-CBN News show that a substantial number of precincts may still not have voting machines, ballots, and compact flash cards when polls open on Monday. 

As of 9 a.m. of May 8 or 39 hours before Election Day, only 51.9% of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines were in polling centers nationwide, 64% of bundled official ballots had been delivered from the National Printing Office (NPO) to the provincial/city treasurer’s office, and 14.5% of reconfigured compact flash cards had been delivered.

Despite the delays, a Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner still expressed confidence that all the election paraphernalia would be in the polling centers when polls open at 7 a.m. on May 10.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


80K Catholic school students to serve as poll watchers – official

Instead of going to malls or to the beach, at least 80,000 tech-savvy college students from Catholic schools will be deployed to polling precincts this Monday to serve as poll watchers.

Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) president Msgr. Gerry Santos said most of these students from the CEAP’s 1,200 member schools are computer-savvy.

“They are IT (information technology) savvy and can do some computer troubleshooting,” Santos said in an article posted Saturday on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines news site.

via GMANews.TV

AND: Smartmatic head surrenders passport to Comelec; vows to stay in RP until polls finish

CPP-NPA to Comelec: Our targets are not your PCOS machines but their AFP escorts

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72 private armies pose threat to automated polls

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Violence threatens to mar the countrys first ever automated elections as police and military forces only have 2 days left to dismantle active private armies identified with local politicians.

Herman Basbano, member of the Malacañang-formed Independent Commission Against Private Armies, said that of the 112 identified private armed groups PAGs, a total of 72 remain active.

The commission said in a report to the Office of the President that 8 of the active PAGs are in Ilocos, 3 in Cagayan Valley, 6 in Central Luzon, another 6 in Calabarzon Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, 4 in Mimaropa Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, 7 in Bicol, 6 in Western Visayas, 2 in Central Visays, one in Eastern Visayas, 2 in Zamboanga Peninsula, 7 in Northern Mindanao, one in Caraga, and 19 in the  Autonomous Region in Muslim  Mindanao.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Rebels attack troops delivering PCOS machines

MANILA, Philippines – Two Army soldiers were hurt after suspected New People’s Army (NPA) attacked troopers who were delivering Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to a remote area in Mati town, Davao Oriental on Friday.

Captain Emmanuel Garcia, spokesman of the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said the soldiers were delivering PCOS machines when they were ambushed by an undetermined number of rebels in Barangay Tagibo before noon.

Garcia said the rebels are members of the NPA’s Front Committee 18.

via ABS-CBN News

Poll machine tests extended until a day before elections

(Updated 4:46 p.m.) The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has extended its timetable for sealing and testing automated voting machines until May 9, Sunday, just one day before the elections.

Besides extending field tests for precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines, resolution 8865 — issued by the Comelec en banc — also nullified a previous resolution 8758.

The earlier resolution says that the testing and sealing of the PCOS machines should be conducted three to seven days before election day, ensuring that the equipment is in good working order.

via GMANews.TV

Delays hound delivery of PCOS machines

MANILA, Philippines – Delays continue to hound the Commission on Elections on Thursday as the poll body rush to deliver the remaining Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines and reconfigured compact flash cards to polling precincts scattered throughout the country.

And with barely a hundred hours left before election day, time is swiftly running for the Comelec.

Via ABS-CBN News

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From the opinion-makers

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

In rejecting the extra-constitutional method of People Power to change political leadership, Rosales served notice that he was not aching to emulate the high-profile political activism of his predecessor, Jaime Cardinal Sin, and emphasized his contrast with Sin in asserting the Catholic Church’s influential role in Philippine politics.

Rosales does not fancy himself as a clone of Sin, and has taken the path of stabilizing legal institutions, such as regular elections, as the preferred mode of political leadership transitions.

Click Amando Doronila

THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

THE PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT MOUNTING People Power in the event of cheating are “crazy and irresponsible,” says Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. Things are different between then and now. The situation in 1986 was extraordinary. “We can’t do (Edsa) again. We have laws now.” The problem with us is that “we are always in a hurry.” That is why we have not matured as a nation.

Things are different then and now? Let’s see.

Click Conrado de Quiros

Cardinal Rosales is no Cardinal Sin
AS I SEE IT By Neal Cruz

IF YOU SEE MASSIVE CHEATING IN NEXT Monday’s elections, what would you do? Would you sit back, fold your hands and do nothing as a prince of the Church has suggested? No, it is your duty to protest, to show that you will not take the cheating sitting down. It is your duty to see to it that truth and justice be done. It is your duty to join another people power if one is called.

Click Neal Cruz


For the die-hards

I was talking about elections with Pierre.

“A run-off election works best for countries with a multiparty system. It solves the problem of a minority president,” he said.

“How so?” I asked.

“Candidates run in a general election and then the top two vote-getters go mano a mano in a run-off election,” he explained.

Via Manuel Buencamino

Too late to salvage poll automation?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Sources inside Comelec did it again. They said in Gotcha Wednesday that the 2 p.m. re-bidding that day for 80,000 ultraviolet lamps would be won pre-ordained by one of nine firms that have been cornering Comelec contracts for years. True enough, the poll body awarded the deal to Philand Industries, which bagged multimillion-peso paper supplies in 2008-2009. Delivery was supposed to start the next day; meaning, the imported units that usually take three weeks to arrive were already in RP, waiting for a go-signal. Senatorial candidate, IT expert Joey de Venecia, has been warning that the U/V lamps are unnecessary and pose a risky human intervention in the automated election process.

Click Jarius Bondoc

Will poll count reflect people’s choice?
CORE By Benjamin E. Diokno

Sadly, all elections since 1992, including the 1998 presidential elections, were marred with irregularities, large and small, so that the results did not reflect truthfully the voters’ choice. In 1998, however, Joseph Estrada’s margin of victory was so overwhelming that cheating was rendered infeasible.

Via Benjamin Dioko

Political dynasties rule Metro Manila cities

Let us not go far in any analysis of what’s wrong with our kind of democracy. Right here in Metro Manila, political dynasties rule. Only the City of Manila, Quezon City, Pasay City, Parañaque and Muntinglupa have interesting and competitive contests for this year’s election. Maybe we can include Taguig in the list only because two political families, the Tingas and the Cayetanos still have to fight it out for clear dominance.

Click Boo Chanco.

Hacienda Luisita: Advocacy vs. benefit
MAP INSIGHTS By Manuel A. Alcuaz Jr.

Hacienda Luisita was once part of the holdings of Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas sociedad anonima, better known as Tabacalera, which was founded on Nov. 26, 1881. Contrary to what was expected, Spanish-owned Hacienda Luisita prospered when the Americans took full control of the Philippine government. Tabacalera as a whole experienced prosperous times because of the US demand for sugar and tobacco. At one point during prewar times, Hacienda Luisita supplied almost 20% of all sugar in the United States.

Click Manuel A. Alcuaz Jr.

For your consideration
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David

MUNTINLUPA REP. AND LIBERAL PARTY senatorial candidate Ruffy Biazon joins other analysts in positing that even if Sen. Noynoy Aquino succeeds in winning the presidency on May 10, and even if Sen. Mar Roxas wins as vice president, the Aquino administration may still be hamstrung by a glaring reality: not enjoying majority support in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Click Rina Jimenez David

Lim and Querubin: My Senate choices

The two have been in detention since February 2006 when they were charged with attempting to withdraw support from Gloria Arroyo after the “Hello Garci” tapes exposed the use of the military in the tampering of election results in her favor in the 2004 elections.

Via Ellen Tordesillas

Yellows up to something again
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

All too suddenly, Noynoy Aquino’s supporter and lawyer from the FIRM, Gloria Arroyo’s former Ombudsman, Simeon Marcelo, is questioning the appointment of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff before the high court, saying that he took the reins of the AFP on the day the midnight appointments ban took effect.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivarez


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‘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.

ALSO READ: Palace steps in amid PCOS chaos


Military chief assures bishops about peaceful elections

MANILA, Philippines—Armed Forces chief of staff General Delfin Bangit said he saw no reason for a repeat of a People Power Revolution as he assured Catholic church officials that the military would do its best to ensure that the May 10 elections are peaceful and credible.

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.

Via Inquirer.net


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.


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Justice Secretary Agra cheated in law school – professor

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


Who is lying and who is telling the truth?

The former professor of acting Justice Secretary Alberto C. Agra has finally spoken to refute his student’s claim that he was exonerated of cheating in a law subject exam, which he took 22 years ago at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School.

Atty. Avelino Sebastian Jr. said that if Agra was indeed exonerated by the school’s investigating committee that inquired into the reported cheating, how then could the acting justice secretary explain why was Agra the only one who flunked the Wills and Succession subject in 1988, out of seven students who reportedly cheated?

Last week, in his reply to the queries of the Philippine Center Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) about his alleged cheating, Agra had admitted that he flunked the subject taught by Sebastian, thus barring him from graduating on time.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

MORE election news:

Former DILG chief endorses Gibo

MANILA, Philippines – Rafael Alunan III, president of the First Philippine Infrastructure Development Corporation and a former Interior and Local Government secretary, has publicly endorsed former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro’s bid for the country’s top post.

In his Facebook page, Alunan said he endorsed Teodoro for president because he “articulates a vision, a sense of mission and a sensible action agenda.”

Teodoro, he added, “avoids personality politics; stays focused on the issues; avoids negative campaigning to give the voters the opportunity to understand his platform and how he intends to govern and serve.”

Via ABS-CBN News

FVR says ‘no’ to new Edsa Revolt

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Fidel V. Ramos does not support Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s call for another “People Power” if he loses the presidential elections.

The former president, who said he could not speak for the Church but only for retired military officers like himself, urged Aquino on Monday to consider using legal means first before launching another military-backed civilian similar to the one undertaken in February 1986.

“It’s not a good thing to hear, especially coming from someone like him,” Ramos said, referring to Aquino’s threat. “The chief of the local clergy has also spoken against it, too.”

Via ABS-CBN News

CBCP summons Bangit

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Delfin Bangit has been summoned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), amid persistent reports of a military takeover in case of chaos brought by massive failure of elections.

Bangit will appear before the CBCP permanent council in its regular meeting on Tuesday. Church sources said the agenda is the forthcoming May 10 elections and the peace and order situation.

This will be the second time that Bangit will meet with the princes of the Church in light of fears that the military will take advantage of the pandemonium that could result from failed elections.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Plans to disenfranchise voters on election day revealed

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010

The Commission on Elections Comelec revealed on Monday that they have been receiving “credible” information that there are plans to delay or prevent some voters from voting on election day.

“Whats happening is that some individuals will purposely delay the voting in some areas to prevent voters from voting,” Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said at a press briefing.

Larrazabal explained that the plans would entail disrupting the voting process to delay, prevent, or discourage voters from taking part in the elections on May 10.

via GMANews.TV.


Misamis Occ. mayoral bet wants town placed under Comelec control

OZAMIZ CITY, Philippines—With less than a week before the balloting day on May 10, the Nacionalista Party mayoral candidate in hinterland Concepcion, Misamis Occidental has asked the Commission on Elections to place the town under its direct control.

In a phone interview, reelectionist mayor Benjamin Pilota, a retired Army colonel, said his camp has been worried over persistent reports from their community leaders about the activities of a group of armed men roaming from village to village intimidating people.

Pilota claimed that the villages usually visited by these armed men are his known bailiwicks, and their activities have become more frequent as the political campaign is now in the homestretch.

Via Inquirer.net


Bangit leads troops in interfaith rally for clean polls

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) – With exactly a week to go before the elections, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Delfin Bangit and Philippine National Police chief Jesus Verzosa led government troops in an interfaith rally on Monday morning at Camp Aguinaldo.

Priests, pastors and imams prayed over military troops who will soon be deployed to help secure the first ever nationwide automated elections.

“I’ve seen how the Philippine National Police worked 24 hours a day, and also, the components of the armed forces, just to be able to deliver a very good and a very credible election for our nation,” Bangit told the soldiers.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Comelec assures voters: No disenfranchisement

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Voters have no reason to fear being disenfranchised on election day, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said yesterday.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said voters already near the polling precinct would be accommodated even after the supposed 6 p.m. closing of the polls.

“As long as the voters are already near the voting precincts, the (Board of Election Inspectors) would accommodate all of them (until what time it takes),” he said.

via Philippine Star.


70% absentee vote turnout expected

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) expects the turnout of the local absentee voting (LAV) for the military to reach up to 70 percent.

AFP’s Task Force HOPE ((Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections) spokesman Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno said the voter turnout could be higher as they are gathering reports from the field.

“We are still consolidating our figures but our initial estimate is that it (voter turnout) reached 65 percent to 70 percent,” he said.

Via Phil. Star


Don’t blame Comelec if there’s cheating May 10, says Cardinal Rosales

CARDINAL Gaudencio Rosales yesterday said the Commission on Elections should not be held accountable if cheating occurs in next Monday’s first nationwide automated elections.

“Cheating is there but not in the (precinct count optical scan) machine. Don’t blame the Comelec,” Rosales told reporters.

“The machines, innocent as they are, they will not perform well… imagine 50 million sheets going through that (voting machine). Do you expect the machine to be faithful? Ang makina kung minsan humihinto e. You must give a margin for error,” said Rosales.

Via Malaya

AND: Comelec ruling on disqualified party-list groups not yet final

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Editorials and opinions from today’s papers

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


Analysis: A landslide in the making
By Amando Doronila

BARELY 10 DAYS BEFORE THE MAY 10 ELECtion, most signs point to a smashing victory for Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the presidential race.

Surveys by reputable polling organizations indicate that a landslide is building up behind Aquino as his campaign has gained momentum over the past three weeks. The issue that currently engages informed political observers in Manila is not that Aquino’s main rival, Sen. Manuel Villar, is battling huge odds to overhaul Aquino’s lead in the surveys with only a week to go before the election, but the size of a possible Aquino landslide. Time is not on Villar’s side in his almost desperate effort to erase Aquino’s lead.

Click Amando Doronila

Power of a trusted brand
Vector — By Sonny Coloma

If you feel beleaguered and besieged in the heat of battle, would you call in your octogenarian mother to pitch for you? Presidential aspirants Joseph Ejercito Estrada and Richard Gordon assailed fellow candidate Manuel Villar earlier this week after the latter’s mother called a press conference at her home. Even Senator Villar’s sisters got into the act. They said that they should not be questioned on why even their mother got involved in a turbulent political campaign. After all, isn’t Noynoy Aquino continually invoking his parents’ legacy?

The Villars, especially the presidential candidate himself, are missing the point. It’s not about parents and children. It’s about the power of a dominant political brand.

Click Sonny Coloma

A question of fairness
Calling A Spade… — By Solita Collas-Monsod

I have been accused by Mrs. Gloria V. Benedicto, the sister of presidential candidate Manuel Villar, of being “unfair” to her brother. As far as I am concerned, this is a very serious charge, because one of the tenets that govern my behavior and my pursuits is fairness and justice — dinned into my head by my parents, in the same way that my husband and I have dinned it into our children’s heads. Unfortunately, however, Mrs. Benedicto’s was a blanket accusation, and she gave no details, so I have no recourse but to examine, as it were, my conscience, insofar as my treatment of her brother is concerned.

Click Solita Collas Monsod

Phil. Star Editorial: Waiting for a court ruling

Almost every day, Armed Forces chief Delfin Bangit tries to reassure the public that the military, working together with the Philippine National Police, is committed to HOPE, or honest, orderly and peaceful elections. Bangit has yet to shake off perceptions that he is the favorite soldier of the commander-in-chief, who might attempt a make-or-break maneuver to hold on to power beyond noon of June 30.

Via Phil. Star

Will JBC nominate de Castro, Corona?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Worse off is Justice Renato Corona, said to be President Arroyo’s top choice for CJ. He has been criticized for letting Arroyo appoint his wife again and again to head a Malacañang-supervised government firm. Also, for accepting gifts from the President. His “unethical acts” allegedly undermined the judiciary’s independence from the executive. Pages 201-202 of Marites Vitug’s bestselling Shadow of Doubt narrates:

“Among Justices, when he is relaxed, Corona can be quite open. He once told some of his colleagues that President Arroyo took care of his hospital bill when he underwent an operation to ease his bad back. He was already on the Court then.

Via Phil. Star

The witching hour by LITO BANAYO

TEN days from now, voters will troop to their clustered precincts to elect the men and women who for better or for worse will run the affairs of state for the next six or three years.The vote is most crucial. It will determine whether we can make this democracy work. It will determine whether we will have more of the same and worse. Or whether the public has decided to cast their lot with those they can trust to bring about meaningful change.


Heated exchange
Fence Sitter — By A. R. Samson

To be newsworthy, a verbal exchange needs to involve at least two well-known personalities, currently in the news. A tiff between angry motorists hardly rates a mention in the news, unless one of them is shot dead. Feuds between movie celebrities are too routine and sometimes (make that often) faked to promote a movie or new TV program.

Click A.R. Samson

The poor and the hungry
At Large By Rina Jimenez-David

WHEN I WATCH NEWSCASTS AIRED ON US TV networks, I am often astounded when a family, described as “miserably poor,” is interviewed in their home with an upholstered sofa, a TV set and even a carpet. I can’t help but wonder how the same TV reporters would describe Filipino families in urban poor communities, who reside in dark and crowded shanties with only a bench for furniture, or in poor rural areas where tin-shack homes boast of a dirt floor and where members congregate around a low papag, which serves as dining table, study desk and bed.

Click Rina Jimenez-David

Daily Tribune Editorial: Yellow politics of coercion

Presidential aspirant Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino seems single-minded about being the next president of the land and he will not accept anything otherwise.

The problem with such an attitude, if Noynoy really believes what he is saying, is that it brings Filipinos potentially on the road to a more chaotic administration than the nine years of Gloria.

Click Daily Tribune

No count but more trouble from yellows
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Truth is, the call came a bit too late for the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to approve the idea of a parallel manual count.

Still, it must also be stated that the Comelec has hardly come clean with the people via the Congress, and has in fact, reneged on its pledges to the congressional oversight committee to prepare for manual polls and count, in the event of a failure of automated polls.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

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Comelec seen to junk parallel manual count

Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is expected to junk the proposal for a parallel manual count and push through instead with a random manual vote audit for the May 10 polls, according to sources.

Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said the poll body has reached a unanimous decision and the ruling will be made public either today or tomorrow.

“The resolution is now awaiting signatures of all the commissioners, but we will release it today or Friday. Our decision is unanimous, but I just cannot speak in behalf of the commission,” Sarmiento said.

via Philippine Star.


First day of local absentee voting orderly – AFP

MANILA, Philippines – The first day of absentee voting for members of the military and police voting ahead of election day on May 10 went smoothly yesterday.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reported the first day of voting proceeded without a glitch, though only half of the more than 19,000 registered soldiers cast their ballots.

Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno, spokesman for the AFP’s Task Force HOPE (Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections), said they expect more soldiers to cast their votes in various military camps today.

via Phil. Star

AND: Comelec spokesman has had it with critics

Comelec: City Hall ERs mean nothing

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From the campaign sorties

Posted by akosistella on April 25, 2010


Aquino, Roxas awed by Batanes welcome

BASCO, Batanes, Philippines—Almost half of the population of the country’s northernmost province went out of their stone houses Saturday to greet the first national candidates to ever visit their “humble but enchanting” islands.

The Liberal Party pair of Senators Benigno Aquino III and Manuel Roxas II were overwhelmed by the thousands of residents who lined up the streets from the airport to the provincial capitol.

“We were told that Batanes only had a population of 20,000, but it felt like almost all of them were out on the streets greeting us,” said Roxas in an interview before a mid-morning rally. “This is really encouraging and it reflects how the entire country has embraced our message of hope and change.”

via INQUIRER.net.

Teodoro alarmed over Gonzales’ reported endorsement of Villar

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr., expressed alarm yesterday over Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales’ reported endorsement of Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar to military officers.

“If the report is true that is alarming,” Teodoro said in Filipino in an ambush interview here at the old Sasa airport, adding that the defense secretary is running a government institution that should be neutral.

Gonzales, former National Security Adviser (NSA), replaced Teodoro as defense chief when the latter accepted the presidential nomination of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Via Phil. Star

Estrada wows Cavitenos

CAVITE CITY.—Former President Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) showed he has not lost his “masa “ appeal despite having been ousted from power and convicted of plunder.

About 5,000 people on Tuesday crammed the vacant lot in front of the public market here to hear Estrada, who turned 73 the day before, vow to recapture Malacañang in this year’s elections.

Estrada attributed his improved ratings in a recent survey to the masses’ unwavering faith in him. A survey commissioned by the Manila Standard showed him statistically tied with Nacionalista Party presidential candidate Manuel Villar.

via VERA Files

AND: Candidates flocking to Davao; Quiboloy awaits sign from Heaven

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Lakas hoping Mindanao pastor would endorse Teodoro

Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Pastor Apollo Quiboloy is expected to announce his presidential candidate at his birthday celebration on Sunday, and administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr. hopes to hear the good news first-hand.

“Nobody is sure of it, but we're hoping Gibo will clinch the endorsement,” Lakas-Kampi-CMD deputy secretary general Reginald Velasco said by phone, confirming Teodoro’s attendance at the affair.

Apart from Teodoro, Quiboloy also invited vice presidential candidate Edu Manzano, and senatorial candidates Silvestre Bello III, Ramon Guico, Raul Lambino, Rey Langit, Sen. Lito Lapid, and Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr., he said.

via INQUIRER.net.


Danny Lim says Esperon, Senga wanted Arroyo out

MANILA, Philippines – A military rebel running for the Senate has alleged that 2 former military chiefs were convinced that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo should have been forced out of Malacañang, but backed out due to their alleged personal ambitions.

Former Scout Ranger chief Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, who is now running for senator, said former Armed Forces chief Gen. Generoso Senga and then Army chief Lt. Gen. Hermogenes Esperon Jr. were open to the idea of ousting Mrs. Arroyo through a military uprising in 2006.

Lim, detained for leading the supposed military uprising during the 20th anniversary of the EDSA people power revolt in February 1986, said the 2 backed out of the plan due to political enticements.

via ABS-CBN News

Analyst to Gordon: Don’t blame surveys, fix your campaign

MANILA, Philippines – A political analyst on Friday advised Bagumbayan party standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon to fix his campaign instead of quarreling with companies that have long track records in pre-election surveys.

“Ayusin mo ang kampanya mo (Fix your campaign),” political analyst Ramon Casiple told radio dzMM as he countered Gordon’s belief that pre-election surveys have a significant influence on a voter’s preference.

Casiple, secretary-general of the Institute for Political and Electoral Reform, said that there are no studies which support Gordon’s claim that pre-election surveys create a bandwagon effect on voters’ preferences.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Security of May polls in the hands of Arroyo’s ‘mistahs’

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—The security of the first nationwide automated elections in May is in the hands of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Makatarungan” Class of 1978, the batch that adopted President Arroyo as honorary member.

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), from the top, is packed with President Arroyo’s “mistahs.”

At the Philippine National Police (PNP), Class ’78 has yet to clinch the topmost positions, but abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak shows they are well-placed on the ground, especially in vote-rich regional commands.

Class ’78 has total or partial control of the 17 Joint Security Control Centers (JSCCs)—1 per region—organized by Task Force Hope, which is composed of officers from the AFP and the PNP tasked to secure candidates and polling centers in May.

Based on the AFP-PNP joint operational guidelines, the JSCCs should be headed by the respective AFP Army Infantry Division (ID) commanders and PNP regional chiefs. (In practice, the ID commanders delegate Infantry Brigade commanders who answer to them.)

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


AFP, PNP begin implementing poll security plans

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) have begun implementing security plans for the May 10 elections even as the number of private armed groups has reportedly increased during the campaign period.

Army Col. Ricardo Nepomuceno, action officer of the Task Force HOPE (Honest, Peaceful and Orderly Elections), and Lt. Col. Edgard Arevalo told a news briefing at the Palace that troops have been deployed in voting areas ahead of the polls.

Nepomuceno said special attention would be given to areas identified by security agencies as election hotspots.

via Phil. Star

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Saycon tags DND chief in junta plan

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines—Is Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales preparing the military for the possible failure of election of a president on May 10 and the takeover of a junta?

This is the question raised by Pastor “Boy” Saycon of the Council for Philippine Affairs (Copa) based on what he describes as an “A-1 report” from field officers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines following quarterly battalion assessments by Gonzales.

“Since when has it been the official function of the DND secretary to conduct battalion assessment with battalion commanders in the AFP? Is he now functioning also as the chief of staff of the AFP? Does Gen. Delfin Bangit know anything about this?” Saycon asked in a recent interview with the Inquirer.

via INQUIRER.net.


Gordon seeks Comelec action on TV ads

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Richard Gordon is asking why the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has not acted on reports that his rivals in the presidential race—Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel Villar—may have already overspent on television ads.

While Aquino and Villar may have exceeded the legal limit, TV ads of Sen. Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, an independent presidential candidate, have finally gotten airtime, which she claims has been cornered by the two over the past two months.

On Saturday, ABS-CBN started airing Madrigal’s 30-second TV ads on prime time. The same infomercials will be aired shortly by GMA 7.

Via Inquirer.net

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Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


GMA likely to revive Cha-cha in Congress – Recto

MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo and her allies would most likely revive her dormant Charter change (Cha-cha) initiative if she were elected Speaker of the House of Representatives, former senator Ralph Recto said yesterday.        

He said if Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III wins the presidency on May 10, Cha-cha would be resurrected “the day Noynoy assumes office to undermine him.”

Recto is seeking a senatorial comeback under Aquino’s LP.

via Philippine Star.

Int’l defense community invited to observe May polls

DETERMINED to show how the Armed Forces will perform its role in next month’s presidential elections, Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales has invited members of the international defense community to observe how Filipino soldiers will perform their duty. 

The presence of international defense representatives in the country was disclosed by the defense chief during last week’s meeting of the National Police, the Armed Forces and the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on security preparations for the elections.

Gonzales said he has invited international observers from defense and military establishments worldwide to watch the behavior of the military during the election.

via BusinessMirror

Tamano, Bello play it safe in political debate

MANILA, Philippines – It was a debate turned friendly banter between senatorial bets Atty. Adel Tamano of the Nacionalista Party (NP) and Silvestre Bello III of Lakas-Kampi-CMD during ABS-CBN’S Harapan: Mga Isyu ng Bayan debates Sunday night.

Bello and Tamano were supposed to confront each other with issues on justice and accountability but with no rebuttals, the two ended up merely agreeing on one another’s points.

During the first round, Bello asked Tamano if he is for the reimposition of the death penalty. In response, the NP bet said Filipinos believe in either punishment or rehabilitative justice, and that he supported the latter.

Click ABS-CBN News

Bayani bats for simplified system in medicine acquisition

MANILA, Philippines – Bagumbayan vice presidential candidate and former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Bayani Fernando has batted for a simplified system in the acquisition and distribution of medicine to make drugs affordable, if not free, for the poor.

In a media forum, Fernando, running mate of Bagumbayan standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon, said by removing some channels in the acquisition of medicine such as the repositioning and storage process, the government could generate the needed funds for a free medicine program.

He said medicine after acquisition must go directly to the grassroots where these are badly needed.

viaPhil. Star

Joey de Venecia to stay with PMP beyond May polls

MANILA, Philippines – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) senatorial candidate Jose “Joey” de Venecia III yesterday said he will stay with his party beyond the May 10 elections.

There were speculations that Joey is transferring to the administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD after its co-founder former President Fidel Ramos endorsed his candidacy. His father former House speaker Jose de Venecia Jr. founded Lakas.

PMP standard-bearer former President Joseph Estrada defeated the elder De Venecia in the 1998 presidential elections.

Click Phil Star

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