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‘Dark Side’ of elections stalks bloggers, techies

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


By Ed Lingao/PCIJ

FOR NETIZENS already inured to the sight of presidential candidate Manuel ‘Manny’ Villar Jr. peering back at them from what should be their private Facebook or email pages, what’s one more Villar ad? Already acknowledged as the biggest spender in the 2010 presidential race, Villar has established a broadcast and online presence that is simply overwhelming.

So when a supposed Internet screenshot featuring Villar began circulating via email last February, Netizens were uncertain if they should sound the alarm, or just shrug it off as one candidate taking the campaign to an all new level.

A screenshot is an image taken of the computer screen at any one time. Now that sounds harmless enough, but this particular screenshot depicted a popular pornographic site. On the left side of the page was a young lady in the act of showing off her bountiful assets. On the right was the now familiar orange banner ad for Villar, with the Nacionalista Party standard bearer flashing a really toothy grin.

via Business Insight Malaya.


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Usapang pera

Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010


By Ellen Tordesillas

Usapang peraTinawagan ko kahapon si dating congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay tungkol sa kumakalat na tsismis na kaya daw walang pera para sa kampanyan ng mga senador at walang perang pambigay sa mga local na kandidato dahil binulsa raw niya ang pera.

Natawa lang si Pichay, na tumakbong senador noong 2007. “Nag-abono na nga ako ng P20 milyon. Tapos sabihin binulsa ko?”

Sabi ni Pichay ang kanyang assignment sa Lakas-Kampi-CMD ay mga senador. Si Local Governments Secretary Ronaldo Puno ang nag-manage ng kampanya ni presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro at Vice Presidential candidate Edu Manzano.

Sabi ni Pichay P90 milyon lang daw ang binigay sa kanya para sa anim na kandidato ng Lakas-Kampi-CMD para senador na sina: re-electionists Lito Lapid at Bong Revilla, radio broadcaster Rey Langit, dating cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III, Raul Lambino, at Ramon Guico, mayor ng Binalonan at presidente ng Mayor and League of Municipalities President.

Sabi ni Pichay kulang na kulang ang P90 milyon sa anim na kandidato. Hindi pa raw nagsimula ang kampanya para sa mga kandidato sa mga nasyunal na posisyon noong Pebrero 9, halos ubos na ang P90 milyon na yun.

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Villarosa blames Pichay for Lakas fund woes

MANILA, Philippines—Deputy Speaker Ma. Amelita Villarosa has blamed one of the administration party’s chief campaigners, Prospero Pichay, for problems on the allocation of funds to bankroll the campaign of its senatorial candidates.

“It’s Butch Pichay who handles the senatorial funds. I will ask Butch how funds are allocated or how these are handled,” Villarosa, the new chair of the ruling party, said in Lubao, Pampanga.

While saying that funds were solely the concern of Pichay, Villarosa said the party was not inclined to give cash to its national or local candidates.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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Villar dares Aquino to disclose campaign sponsors

Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010


MANILA, Philippines–Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Senator Manny Villar on Monday dared Senator Benigno Aquino III, his closest rival in the presidential race, to name the people or groups funding his campaign to see who is really being backed by the Arroyo administration.

Turning the tables on Aquino, Villar said records will show that the Liberal Party candidate has spent close to P500 million for his advertisements alone but the identities of his funders remain the “biggest mystery” in the 2010 presidential polls.

In the past weeks, Villar has been hounded with the ‘VillArroyo’ talks that allege that he is the real candidate of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo.

Click INQUIRER.net.

MEANWHILE, check out the new TV ad of Sen. Villar. His idol could be another Manny…Manny V. Pangilinan. Check out Juan Country, Carlo Ople’s blog, to find out why. I would challenge Villar to disclose who his ad people are.

Btw, Senator, that TOPAK acronym just doesn’t flow quite as well as Lito Banayo’s “Money Villaroyo”. Too bad. Back to the drawing board again. Tsk, tsk.

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Gibo protests lack of support from PGMA: sources

Posted by akosistella on April 1, 2010

(via ABS-CBN News)


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Murphy’s law and Manny Villar

Posted by akosistella on April 1, 2010


By Greg Macabenta

There’s an axiom in advertising that says, a great campaign can expose a bad product faster — because it persuades people to try the product sooner and to find out how bad it is. It looks like this axiom is being proven true in the case of would-be-president-of-the-poor Manny Villar.

One of my closest friends in advertising created Villar’s OFW commercials when he was just beginning to water the seeds of his presidential campaign. Apparently, the creative strategy worked, because Villar began to close the gap with VP Noli de Castro who, at the time, appeared to be formidable as a “presidentiable” in all the public opinion surveys.

But on one of my visits to Manila, I learned that my pal had quit on Villar. Apparently, he didn’t appreciate the way Villar had hired a host of creative consultants and political advisers, armed with a variety of bright ideas that violated the cardinal rule for an effective campaign, namely, single-mindedness.

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Party-list ads cost P24M, use Villar ‘basura’

Posted by akosistella on March 19, 2010

Mangahas raised two questions about Akap Bata’s Dagat-ng-Basura ad. Is it subliminally endorsing Villar and thus circumvents the allotted airtime for each candidate? Is the party-list a marginalized group?

Mangahas pointed out that Akap Bata could afford to spend so much on TV ads even if it was representing a marginalized sector.

“It’s very ingenious!” Mangahas said of the group’s use of Villar’s ad that has had a viral effect on the public.

Click INQUIRER.net.


Teodoro to ‘clog airwaves’ with poll ads soon—spokesman

With the number of times that the ads are scheduled to appear, talk of funding problems within the administration Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats party would be dispelled, said Toledo.

“The ads will really show that contrary to rumors or misinformation or disinformation, support and funding to Gibo [his nickname] Teodoro’s successful presidential campaign is there,” Toledo said.

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It’s a costly air war as VP bets splurge too on radio-TV ads

Posted by akosistella on March 19, 2010

It’s an expensive air war for presidential candidates; it’s an equally expensive air war for their vice-presidential running mates, too.

Just like their respective parties’ standard bearers, the leading candidates for vice president have poured in hundreds of millions of pesos on political advertisements on television.

The official campaign period started only last February 9, but from November 2009 to February 8, 2010, four candidates for vice president—Liberal Party’s Manuel “Mar” Roxas III, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino’s Jejomar “Jojo” Binay, Nacionalista Party’s Loren Legarda, and Bagumbayan Party’s Bayani Fernando—had already incurred a total of P561.5 million in advertising values for television, radio, and print ads.

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Roxas: Palace will be open to media under Aquino admin

Posted by akosistella on March 17, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The press can expect more access to the seat of power should the Liberal Party tandem of Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II win the election.

This would be one of the key changes in an Aquino administration, said Roxas yesterday in an interview with reporters.

Malacañang would be “open” to the media, unlike currently where President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hardly meets with the press, preferring to deal with them through a battery of spokespersons, Roxas said.

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Liberal Party seeks curbs in campaign spending

NAGA CITY—Apparently reeling from what one of them called “the most expensive election campaign” yet, senatorial candidates of the Liberal Party (LP) Tuesday vowed to amend election laws to effectively regulate campaign spending, should they make it to the upper chamber.

Candidate Franklin Drilon, a former Senate president, said current election laws should be changed “to cover loopholes that are being gravely abused by rich candidates with limitless campaign resources.”

“I have been involved in seven national elections and this year’s campaign is the most expensive I have ever witnessed,” said Drilon in a statement.

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Campaign reimbursement offers: Bribery or indecent proposal?

Posted by akosistella on March 12, 2010

By Butch Fernandez

TWO senatorial bets who served as justice secretary in different administrations could not agree on the potential liability of candidates implicated in allegations that huge sums of money were being dangled as “reimbursements” to rival candidates in exchange for withdrawing from the May 10 presidential derby.

In separate interviews after appearing at the Kapihan sa Senado media forum, Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial bet Silvestre Bello III, a justice secretary during the Ramos administration, and former senator Frank Drilon of the Liberal Party (LP), who was a justice secretary in the Aquino administration, gave different legal opinions when asked if offering to reimburse campaign expenses of candidates constitute a criminal offense.

“Yes [it is]. That is tantamount to bribery,” Bello told the Businessmirror, adding that the parties involved could face possible prosecution even after the elections for committing what Bello believes to be a criminal act. “Lalo na ’pag may kapalit.”

But Drilon contends the transgression could only be classified as an “indecent proposal.”

“I am not sure if it could fall under bribery…it is a gray area to me,” Drilon said.

He added that “as a lawyer, I still have to see what law is being violated here. Maybe there is an election-law provision that would cover that so I am not saying there is no law [that is transgressed].”

As the presidential-campaign season intensified, rival political camps swapped charges about alleged offers to reimburse campaign expenses of certain candidates if they agree to drop out of the race.

Former President Joseph Estrada, standard-bearer of the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, was the first to reveal that he was asked to withdraw from the race. Estrada declined to identify where the tender came from but his campaign manager, former Senate president Ernesto Maceda, named Mike Velarde, a known ally of Sen. Manuel Villar, the Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer.

Then it was Bagumbayan presidential bet Sen. Richard Gordon who alleged that an unnamed emissary of Villar also offered to name him to a Cabinet position of his choice and reimburse his campaign expenses if he withdraws in Villar’s favor, a charge that NP leaders flatly denied.

The other day, it was Sen. Loren Legarda, Villar’s running mate, who disclosed that Sen. Mar Roxas of the LP “tried to broker a deal” for her to withdraw from the race, quoting Roxas as having told her just before the Senate adjourned last month: “If there’s any way that you can support my principal [LP presidential candidate Noynoy Aquino] and me, if there’s anything you want, we can provide.”

LP leaders quickly debunked Legarda’s allegations.

On Wednesday it was independent presidential aspirant Sen. Jamby Madrigal’s turn to claim that she was offered P1 billion last year to stop her from accusing Villar of alleged involvement in the alleged P6-billion C-5 Road Project scandal. (BusinessMirror)

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Ocampo jumps on Villar slip, denies link to NPA

Posted by akosistella on March 11, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Senatorial candidate Satur Ocampo, a party-list representative of the militant Bayan Muna, Wednesday denied having any “organizational links” with the communist New People’s Army NPA.Ocampo said he could not understand why Sen. Manuel Villar, the presidential candidate of the Nacionalista Party NP under which Ocampo is running as a “guest” candidate, had mentioned his name in relation to the “permit to campaign” issue.“We categorically deny having organizational links with the NPA. We deny that we are among the parties paying the PTC permit to campaign,” Ocampo said.

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Lakas-Kampi assures candidates of campaign funds

MANILA, Philippines – Executives of the administration party Lakas-Kampi-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD) on Thursday said they are trying to rein in senatorial candidates grumbling about the lack of logistical support, promising them that the party’s support will be all out at the start of the campaign for local officials late this month.

But Saranggani Governor Miguel Dominguez, Lakas-Kampi-CMD national president, said that candidates should also tap their own resources, and share the costs of their campaign.

“We’d like to assure them that the party’s support would remain and would be increasing leading up to the campaign season of local officials later this month. By this time, we expect that the local leaders would be going all out in their support not just for Gilbert Teodoro, but for the entire slate,” he said in a phone interview.

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Lakas senate bets grumble over fund lack

Posted by akosistella on March 11, 2010

Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III and lawyer Raul Lambino pointed to the dearth of television and newspaper advertisements, and campaign posters for the candidates.

“We’re being out-postered by the opposition,” Bello rued in a phone interview, referring to the more popular reelectionist senators and congressmen topping the polls for senatorial candidates.

“We’re out-advertised. It’s as if we’re not running,” said Lambino, who initially denounced the Lakas-Kampi coalition then turned around and joined the slate as a substitute candidate.

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COA asks Binay, et al to explain ‘deficiency’ in P1.2B projects

MANILA, Philippines–The Commission on Audit has asked the Makati City government to explain why it implemented P1.2 billion worth of infrastructure projects last year without the approval of the city council.

State auditor Danilo Rodriquez of the Makati COA told the Inquirer that the agency sent an Audit Observation Memorandum (AOM) dated Feb. 18 in which it asked for an explanation from Mayor Jejomar Binay as well as the city accountant and city budget officer.

Rodriguez said that as of Wednesday, he has yet to receive a reply from any of the three officials.

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Madrigal, 2 VP bets to inspect ballots, poll machines

Only presidential aspirant Senator Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal and two vice presidential hopefuls have agreed to inspect ballots and automated poll machines on Thursday at the request of the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

Earlier, the Comelec invited presidential and vice presidential candidates to visit the National Printing Office in Quezon City (NPO) where the ballots are being printed, and Smartmatic-TIM’s warehouse in Cabuyao, Laguna where the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines units are being stored.

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Posted by akosistella on March 9, 2010

Funding sources | The Philippine Star

By all means, the Commission on Elections must regulate sources of campaign funding. The only question is whether it is up to the task. The Comelec, for all its avowed good intentions, has failed to even make presidential candidates submit an accurate declaration of campaign donors and expenditures to determine if spending limits are followed.

Click Philippine Star.

Petty interests – Inquirer

Election Commissioner Rene Sarmiento has urged critics of the candidacies of Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo and Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes for party list to file cases with the Commission on Elections. “There are many nominees. And [for us to act] motu propio, honestly, we need information [and] assistance,” he said. He added that with 187 accredited party-list groups, each submitting at least five nominees, the poll body could not scrutinize all of the names, all at once.

But to accredit party-list groups without reviewing their credentials or nominees, isn’t this incompetence?

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Doing the right thing in a right way – Malaya

THE energy department has identified temporary fixes to ease the power shortage in Mindanao. These mainly involving the putting up of additional generating capacity to bridge the supply/demand gap until the hydroelectric plants are back in full service upon the coming of the rainy season.

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Villar dares TV, radio to disclose earnings from political ads

Posted by akosistella on March 6, 2010

DAVAO CITY , Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) presidential bet Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday challenged television and radio broadcast firms to make public their actual earnings from airing political advertisements.

Villar, a billionaire real estate developer turned politician, lamented what he called “exorbitant” airtime rates being charged by broadcast firms from candidates.

“On ad spending, I am following what is in the Fair Elections Act. As far as I am concerned, the figures shown are not the actual figures, they are the published rates and there are discounted rates,” he said.

Click Philippine Star.

WHAT a stupid dare. Are the networks running for higher political office like Sen. Villar they have to reveal their political ad revenues? And why does he keep paying for what he feels are ‘exorbitant’ airtime rates if he wasn’t so desperate to win the presidency? He could trim down the number of his ads, right? Or maybe choose to bring his business elsewhere.

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Money and the presidency

Posted by akosistella on March 6, 2010

By Randy David

IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE, Noynoy Aquino, Manny Villar and Erap Estrada—the current front-runners in the 2010 presidential race—represent the three distinct faces of Philippine politics. Aquino draws heavily from the charisma of his illustrious parents. Villar banks on the power of his personal wealth. And Estrada continues to rely on his movie hero charm. They also embody, respectively, the three dominant institutions that shape political fortunes in our society: the family, the economy, and the mass media. Each one of them brings to politics a different kind of admission ticket—lineage for Noynoy, purchasing power for Manny, and star appeal for Erap.

All of them will, of course, say they are running on more substantial issues, as indeed they may be. Noynoy has made good governance his principal advocacy, whereas Manny and Erap, in their separate ways, have framed their messages as a fight against mass poverty. These two issues are interconnected. Good governance may be seen as the modern approach to poverty, while the populist reference to the elimination of poverty may be seen as the end goal of governance. It is a matter of emphasis. The first appeals to the middle classes, the latter to the poorest of the poor.

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Comelec condones bribes?

Posted by akosistella on March 5, 2010

By the time this sees print, a formal vote-buying complaint would probably have been lodged before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) against Manny Villar.

A ranking official of the Comelec himself had noted last week that the free-spending Villar faced possible disqualification for giving away cash and scholarships during his campaign sorties, which is prohibited under Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code.

On its own, however, Comelec claimed that it could not launch an inquiry on the instances of Villar’s reported vote-buying. A third party needs to file a formal complaint.

As this was being written, several groups were reportedly poised to do just that. They included, not unexpectedly, a couple of Villar’s political rivals. But equally infuriated by the blatant flouting of election law are several religious and civic organizations.

Never before has money flown in such copious amounts in a presidential race; it was, in fact, already gushing even before the campaign period officially commenced. Much of it came from just one source.

Before February 9, Villar was seen to have given away not just cash, but also groceries, scholarships and even houses and lots to contestants of a TV game show hosted by one of his unabashed celebrity boosters.

Villar’s so-called “infomercials,” which began to fill the airwaves even before he filed his candidacy certificate, had made him one of the country’s biggest advertisers—edging out several makers of fast-moving consumer items.

On February 25—while the rest of the country was commemorating the 24th anniversary of the People Power uprising—Villar’s daughter and the same celebrity handed out scholarships—reportedly worth P70,000 each—during a pop concert at a shopping mall in Pasay City.

They later claimed that the distribution of the certificates was merely “ceremonial” as the scholarships had been awarded before the campaign ban took effect. Yeah, right.

Aside from the allegations of vote-buying, Villar has also been accused of trying to bribe at least three prominent politicians: Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, former President Joseph Estrada and Sen. Richard Gordon.

Enrile was allegedly offered a bribe to put a lid on a Senate report that castigated Villar’s involvement in the C-5 Road extension scandal.

Estrada and Gordon, meanwhile, were asked to withdraw from the presidential race. In exchange, they would be “reimbursed” for their campaign expenses and given government sinecures under a Villar administration.

In reply to Enrile’s, Estrada’s and Gordon’s revelations, the Villar camp has resorted to casting ad hominem aspersions on the character and integrity of his accusers.

That the Nacionalista Party chose to respond to serious accusations with ridicule tended to confirm in the mind of not a few Filipinos that these allegations of attempted bribery have basis in fact.

Enrile, Estrada and Gordon have thus far declined to name the emissaries who purportedly approached them individually with the bribe offers from Villar.

But even if the attempted bribery issue were to develop into a full-blown legal case, there is little confidence that the Comelec would hold Villar liable.

In a recent published report, no less than Comelec Chairman Jose Melo was quoted saying: “It’s better for [the candidates] to just buy the election by paying their rivals to withdraw.”

True, Melo was described as speaking “in jest” and in the context of what the poll body and other officials insist is the “impossibility” of cheating in the automated elections set for May 10.

Still, his “unsolicited advice” raised eyebrows.

Melo reportedly made those remarks after a joint hearing of the House committees on oversight and suffrage and electoral reforms on the automated polls.

Asked if he was offering the same advice to Villar, Melo was quoted responding, “Even if he has the money, he can’t buy everything.”

Jokingly or no, Melo—a former Supreme Court justice—evidently finds nothing illegal about a candidate bribing a rival to withdraw from an electoral contest.

This, in turn, probably explains the cavalier attitude Villar and his camp have been showing in the face of a flurry of allegations of wrongdoing.

And at the root of this arrogance is the confidence that the Comelec would do nothing.

Drug money

The level of expenditures in the current campaign has got some quarters asking if the vast amounts of money certain candidates are throwing around come from illegal sources.

Even the US State Department is reportedly worried that proceeds from narcotrafficking would affect the outcome of the May 10 general elections in the Philippines.

“With the upcoming 2010 elections there is fear that illicit narcotics funds may affect election results,” read a portion of the State Department’s report to the US Congress.

The US State Department report cited statistics from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), which placed at between $6.4 billion and $8.4 billion the value of narcotics trafficked annually in the country.

Narcotraffickers are reportedly most active in Cebu, northern Mindanao and Metro Manila.

Could narcotrafficking be the reason that certain candidates are able to buy vast amounts of TV and radio time to air their political ads, ladle out goodies to voters and attempt to bribe other politicians?

Just asking.


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