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GMA, still looking for numbers, plays coy on speakership

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


PRESIDENT Arroyo will not be swayed by her party mates at the Lakas-Kampi CMD to run for Speaker as she is more interested in being the party leader in the incoming 15th session of Congress in July, a political aide said yesterday.

“It is impossible to change her mind. At the moment, she just wants to be like Sonia Gandhi, the head of the party but no position in Congress,” presidential political adviser Prospero Pichay Jr. told reporters.

Sonia, the widow of former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, is president of the Indian National Congress party. She is chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha and the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party.

Via Malaya

(ALSO READ: Erap would have won if not for Cory’s death-Pichay)

Escudero mulls Senate presidency

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero was not completely abandoning the idea of seeking the Senate presidency although he said he was not “actively” pursuing it.

“I don’t intend and I have not actively pursued it,” Escudero said at a press conference.

But asked if he was ready to take the challenge if there would be a number to elect him for the post, the senator said he would think about it.

via INQUIRER.net.

PAREHONG nagpapaduday. Tsk tsk.


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Bernas to Aquino: Recognize Corona appointment

Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Leading presidential contender Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III should recognize the appointment of Chief Justice Renato Corona, an expert on the Constitution said Wednesday.

Constitutionalist Father Jose Bernas SJ said that Aquino should accept the appointment of Corona to the chief justice post to avoid a constitutional crisis.

Bernas said, despite Aquino not wanting to take his oath of office from Corona, he believes the incoming president will respect the appointment made by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Bernas, one of the authors of the 1987 Constitution, explained that even if he is opposed to the Supreme Court’s decision on the controversial appointment ban, the High Court should still be respected.

Aside from the appointment ban, he is also opposed to the decision of the SC on the executive privilege of current Social Security Systems President Romulo Neri in relation to the NBN-ZTE telecommunications scandal, and the division of a congressional district in Camarines Sur favoring presidential son Rep. Diosdado “Dato” Macapagal Arroyo.

He said Corona should now be given a chance to prove himself, saying that he is giving the new chief justice the benefit of the doubt, and that he is his own man. (Report from Timi Nubla, ABS-CBN News)


Aquino may take oath before senior justice

LEGAZPI CITY , Philippines – Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is likely to take his oath as the country’s next president before one of the senior justices of the Supreme Court (SC) or the Court of Appeals (CA), former senator Victor Ziga said yesterday.

Ziga, who served as a Cabinet member of the late President Corazon Aquino, said the younger Aquino would follow what his mother did.

Ziga said Cory took her oath in 1986, not before then chief justice Ramon Aquino, but before Claudio Teehankee, the most senior magistrate in the SC.

Via Phil. Star

Opposition to Corona still rankles
• Ex-gov’t execs add voice; lawyer hits media blitz

FORMER Cabinet and other senior government officials of the Marcos, Aquino, Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo administrations yesterday added their voices to those opposing the appointment of Renato Corona as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

The Former Senior Government Officials (FSGO) said Corona’s appointment is “unethical and smacked of lack of decency and utter disregard for the results of the May 10 automated elections.”

“So much has been said to justify the appointment of Justice Renato Corona as lawful, but Malacañang’s apologists have completely missed the point. What is legal is not necessarily ethical,” they said in a statement.

via Malaya

EARLIER: Can barangay captain administer oath to Noynoy?

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Ninoy, Noynoy, No-No.

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010



Ninoy, Noynoy, No-No.

That’s pretty much how the Philippine elections look to someone whose dance card was punched for years by Manila politics.

I was barely out of kidhood when I covered the overthrow of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines, so Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III – son of the assassinated politician Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino, Jr. and his wife, the recently deceased former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino – was just a boy when I was there Lets not get started on the Filipino nickname thing; one of his sisters is Ballsy.

I met him a few times, huddled up against his widowed mom and his sisters. But he never said much back then.

via The Huffington Post.

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Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


Phil. Star: Start canvassing now

Critics, including big business groups, said yesterday that they were happy to be wrong about poll automation. The Commission on Elections, in a dramatic shift after many years of being on the receiving end of public scorn, is reaping accolades for pulling off the country’s first automated elections. An international credit rating agency said yesterday that the smooth vote and a clear victory for the next president could lead to a rating upgrade for the country, which will be a boon for business.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Repudiation

The public expectation, initially boosted by the Commission on Elections, was the local races would be settled within 24 hours, the senatorial race within 48, and the presidential and vice-presidential contests within 72 hours. As it is, the Comelec has ended up pleading with the public for patience and promises that senatorial proclamations will be done by the end of election week. In the meantime, the vice-presidential contest remains too close to call although the presidential contest has been settled.

via Inquirer.net

Malaya: Why not the best and the brightest?

SOMEBODY who probably wants to sink the incoming administration of Noynoy Aquino is sending text messages showing the purported make-up of the next Cabinet. There is a sprinkling of inspired choices, but most of the names compose a recycled set of the most incompetent members of her mother’s Cabinet.

Via Malaya

Manila Times: Good 2010 elections, a GMA legacy

Yesterday, Malacañang commended the Commission on Elections and all those who helped ensure the success of the country’s first-ever automated polls. “We thank the Lord above and commend the Comelec, the hundreds of thousands of teachers and other civil servants who worked on the polls, and our gallant policemen and soldiers for the unprecedented speed of election tallies, their growing acceptance by the voters and even losing candidates and the dramatic decline in poll violence,” Presidential Spokesperson Ricardo Saludo only one day after the elections. In previous elections, when things went relatively well, such thanksgiving could only be made at least two weeks after election day.

Via Manila Times

Daily Tribune: 1986 all over again

It isn’t 1986 but 2010, but it might as well be 1986 all over again.

Sen. Noynoy Aquino, when he is proclaimed President-elect by Congress, plans for the first 100 days to start prosecuting corrupt officials, saying “I will not only not steal, but I’ll have the corrupt arrested.”

Via Daily Tribune

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Noynoy prepares to form government

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy”Aquino III is forming a search committee to study the background of everyone applying to serve under his administration.

Aquino said Corazon “Dinky” Soliman, social welfare secretary under the Arroyo administration, has agreed to return to the same Cabinet position.

Aquino said Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr., who has conceded defeat, can also join his Cabinet as defense secretary, although questions of nepotism could crop up. Teodoro has said he is not interested in a government position.

via Philippine Star.


‘President-apparent’ hopes for peaceful transfer of power

MANILA, Philippines – After historic elections that saw 40 million Filipinos casting their votes in the country’s first-ever automated polls, president-apparent and Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is hoping for a peaceful and orderly transfer of power – something he says his late mother Corazon did not enjoy.

Aquino is leading the nine-cornered race with 40.19 percent of votes tabulated, with closest rival former President Joseph Estrada getting 25.46 percent of the votes. Four of Aquino’s rivals have conceded the presidency to him. Aquino, however, refused to describe how victory felt as of yesterday afternoon, saying, “I still will await the completion of the process.”

Asked what he can promise the country’s poor, who constitute the majority of Filipinos, the man poised to be the country’s 15th president said simply, “Opportunity.”

Via Phil. Star

AND: GMA wins, vows smooth transition

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Aquino to raise revenue, cut spending

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


TARLAC, Philippines  – Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, on course to win the Philippine presidential race, said on Tuesday he will work at cutting unnecessary spending in the national budget and increase perennially tax weak revenue.

Aquino, son of democracy icon Corazon “Cory” Aquino, also said he was not in favor of raising the rate of consumption tax, adding the government needs to raise more revenue from taxes already in place.

Raising revenue also entails going after smugglers and tax evaders, he said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Stocks surge on peaceful polls

MANILA, Philippines – Stocks surged on Tuesday as investors cheered the relatively peaceful local elections, and rally in overseas markets.

But shares of Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar’s real estate firm, Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., fell minutes after the presidential contender conceded to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, who was leading in the partial tally of votes.

The benchmark Philippine Stock Exchange index rose 3.85% or 120.87 points to 3,262.93, its best percentage gain since August 24, 2009.

Via ABS-CBN News


MBC lauds Comelec for ‘successful’ elections

MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Business Club (MBC) lauded the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the conduct of “successful” and “credible” elections that many investors hoped for.

“Despite the apparent lack of preparedness in case the automated system would fail on a large scale, the Comelec laid to rest many fears about automation,” it said in a statement.

Earlier, the MBC, along with other business groups, led calls for a parallel manual count of votes after glitches marred the testing of automated poll machines days before the actual elections.

Via ABS-CBN News

MEANWHILE: Noynoy vows to revive ‘Hello Garci’ probe

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Roxas: VP fight not over yet

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas on Tuesday said he is not giving up the fight for the second highest elective post in the country after trailing opposition bet Jejomar Binay in the vice-presidential tally by less than a million votes.

In a statement read by Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, Roxas admitted that the fight between him and Binay was very tight. The latest Commission on Elections’ partial and official tally as of 3:57 p.m. showed Binay leading the race with 12,921,315 votes compared to Roxas’s 12,072,145 votes.

“Hangga’t hindi pa tapos ang bilangan, hindi pa tapos ang laban. (As long as the counting isn’t over, the fight isn’t over.) It is not for me, or anybody for that matter, to say if we’ve already lost, or if we will win in the end. It is up to the sovereign will of the people,” he said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


US, EU hail democratic milestone of Philippine polls

MANILA, Philippines – The United States and the European Union on Tuesday hailed the overall conduct of the Philippines’ first automated election and said it looked forward to working with the new leader of a key Asian ally.

The US Embassy in Manila said it sent 120 observers across the country “to witness Philippine democracy in action.”

“While there are always lessons to be learned, our overwhelming impression is that the Philippines has much to be proud of today. Philippine citizens served their nation by volunteering at the polls, exercising their right to vote, and taking every step necessary to ensure all ballots were counted,” the embassy said.

Via ABS-CBN News

Voters hope Aquino lives up to family name

MANILA, Philippines – Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who looks set to be confirmed as Philippine president Tuesday, has ridden a wave of popular support not seen in the country since the “People Power” movement led by his parents.

Supporters are now hoping the 50-year-old bachelor, who had shied away from the limelight until deciding to run last year, will complete the family’s mission by tackling the poverty and corruption that have robbed the nation of its economic potential.

“It’s a well-deserved victory, the unfinished business of Ninoy and Cory (Aquino’s parents) will finally be completed,” said financial consultant Albert Gamboa.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Partial election returns give Aquino, Binay early leads

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


(Updated 9:55 p.m.)Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno C. Aquino III is leading his rivals in the presidential race, based on a partial and unofficial consolidation of data from election returns as of 9:36 p.m. Makati Mayor Jejomar C. Binay of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan was leading the vice presidential race in a GMA News tally based on 36.57 per cent of election returns nationwide.

The unofficial data culled from 76,347 precincts nationwide showed Aquino, son of Philippine democracy icons Corazon C. Aquino and Benigno Aquino Jr., garnering 5,580,630 votes. Binay accumulated 5,605,074 votes.

via GMANews.TV.


Comelec to reassess precinct clustering after long queues

The clustering of precincts in the country’s first nationwide automated elections will be the subject of an “utmost post-election analysis” by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after it caused long queues of voters on election day.

“This is the first time we did nationwide automation. Let’s see what we can do to improve in the next election. Definitely, it’s the queuing system that we should look into,” said Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal at a press briefing on Monday afternoon.

For this year’s elections, the Comelec has clustered six to eight precincts into one, causing long lines that tested the patience of many voters nationwide. In some precincts, voters even collapsed due to exhaustion while waiting for their turn to vote.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Watchdog wants review of voter disenfranchisement

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From a disenfranchised voter…

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010

CHOT REYES, coach of the Talk ‘n Text team at the Philippine Basketball Association, is one of the thousands of disenfranchised voters in the country.

As per his text: “I checked the Comelec web site on Oct. 14, 2009 and it confirmed my status as ACTIVE under precint 4193A, the precint I have always voted in since Cory’s (Aquino) time.”

According to his wife, Cherry, when Chot went to his precint, “they couldn’t find his name but he was holding his printout from the Comelec that he is an active voter. All the details were there even the precinct number. They even tried to search his name in the other precincts but wala din.” Chot and his family live in Loyola Heights, in Quezon City.

Chot had lined up for almost four hours because Comelec officials told him to still try to vote. Comelec documented his case. I wonder how many more cases like Chot’s have been brought to our election officials’ attention. Sayang ang oras na nakapila at di naka-boto!

Aside from Chot, another disenfranchised voter appeared to be musician JIM PAREDES, who early this afternoon, also tweeted that he wasn’t able to vote after he searched the Comelec website and didn’t find his name and precint. I had asked Leah Navarro to tell him that there were cases like his and Jim should just go to his precint and have the BEI look through the master list of voters. I have yet to get an update if Jim was able to vote at all.

I hope Comelec has a good explanation on why these cases happened. Tsk, tsk.

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Philippine democracy under fire (Financial Times)

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


By the time I visited in mid-March, there was almost nothing left to show what had happened on this red gash of earth in the southern Philippines. The bodies had long been removed. So had the banana leaves that police had hastily used to cover the victims once they had been dug from their shallow graves. All that remained on the lonely hillside, surrounded by palms and gently undulating slopes, were a few strands of yellow police tape, twisting in the tall talahib grass.

The crime scene was no longer cordoned off. But it was still deemed too dangerous to visit alone. I had come with an escort of nine rather bored-looking soldiers from the Philippine army. As we drove up the winding dirt track towards the massacre site, they scanned the hillsides with their M-16 rifles. Apart from the police tape, the only clue to what had happened four months earlier was a plastic banner. It had curled upon itself in the heat, making it impossible to read. When a colleague unravelled it, the short entreaty to the 57 victims came into view: “You may rest in peace while we seek justice.”

Via Financial Times

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Firms join in on the elections

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


THE MAY 10 general elections is, without question, the most important since the 1986 snap election that saw the late Corazon C. Aquino “win” the presidency from the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

It marks the first time that the Commission on Elections will implement automated elections and also signals the end of the nine-year hold of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the country’s reins.

Also, the May 10 elections present a golden opportunity for Filipinos to bring about the change that they seek through the ballot, instead of going to the streets.

It is people power of the voting kind.

via INQUIRER.net.


Cliffhangers can still pull a surprise in senatorial race

MANILA, Philippines – It seems the re-electionists and returning senators are taking an easy ride in the senatorial race. Surveys of Pulse Asia since the beginning of the campaign period show that 6 re-electionists and 4 former senators have been consistent in the Magic 12.

“Much of that is name recall. It’s not an ideal situation but that’s the experience with the senatorial race. Most people don’t scrutinize the senatorial candidates, except maybe in the urban areas. They get swayed by the names,” said political analyst Fr. Jojo Magadia of the Ateneo de Manila University.

“Nearly all the attention is on the presidential race and, to some extent, the vice-presidential race,” added Pulse Asia chief research fellow Ana Tabunda.

Via ABS-CBN News


The final push turns Metro into seas of green, yellow, orange

MANILA, Philippines—The main contenders for the Philippine presidency Friday night made their final push for votes in separate grand rallies that turned parts of the metropolis into seas of green, yellow and orange.

Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar held his miting de avance in a vast field facing the once infamous symbol of poverty—Smokey Mountain—in Tondo, while survey front-runner Sen. Benigno Aquino III brought his “yellow forces” to the Quezon City Memorial Circle, where he and several city mayors danced on a stage with comedian Pokwang.

Arroyo not invited

Tens of thousands of supporters of former President Joseph Estrada and his Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino massed on the track oval of the University of Makati, while administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. staged his final show of force at the Rizal Track and Field Stadium in Manila, urging a mammoth crowd to show the world that Filipinos would not be guided by opinion surveys in choosing their president.

Via Inquirer.net

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Hacienda Luisita’s past haunts Noynoy’s future (A special report by GMANews.TV)

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


First of a series

Senator Noynoy Cojuangco Aquino has said he only owns 1% of Hacienda Luisita. Why is he being dragged into the hacienda’s issues?

This is one of the most common questions asked in the 2010 elections.

To find the answer, GMANews.TV traveled to Tarlac and spoke to Luisita’s farm workers and union leaders. A separate interview and review of court documents was then conducted with the lawyers representing the workers’ union in court. GMANews.TV also examined the Cojuangcos’ court defense and past media and legislative records on the Luisita issue.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 1

Cory’s land reform legacy to test Noynoy’s political will
Second of a series

“Hindi ka nag-iisa (You are not alone),” sing the ghosts of Luisita to Senator Noynoy Aquino. They won’t even leave his music video alone.

A little-known fact about the Hacienda Luisita controversy is the haunting resemblance of Senator Aquino’s “Hindi Ka Nag-Iisa” music video to a real-life, torch-lit march of Luisita’s workers amid the sugarcane fields at night days before the November 16, 2004 massacre.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 2

How a workers’ strike became the Luisita Massacre
Third of a series

“It is an illegal strike, no strike vote was called,” then-Tarlac Congressman Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III said in a speech at the House of Representatives to defend the dispersal of strikers at his family’s plantation, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on November 17, 2004.

The day before, the dispersal at Hacienda Luisita left at least seven people dead and 121 injured, 32 from gunshot wounds. In his speech, Aquino condemned the violence but defended the dispersal, saying the police and soldiers were “subjected to sniper fire coming from an adjacent barangay.”

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 3

After Luisita massacre, more killings linked to protest
Fourth of a series

The massacre did not put an end to the workers’ protest. Nor did it put an end to the violence.

After the wake for the victims, the picket lines were reestablished at various points around the hacienda. Soon after, however, eight people who supported the farmers’ cause or had evidence supporting their case were murdered one by one.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 4

Win or lose, Noynoy has to face Luisita deadlock
Last of a five-part series

“To Tita Cory, from your number one fan, Gloria.”

This dedication accompanied a yellow and white cake sent by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to former President Cory Aquino for the latter’s 71st birthday on January 25, 2004, an article on the front page of the Philippine Star reported the next day. The three-tiered cake, the report said, had a photograph of Aquino and Arroyo perched on top, with the image of Ninoy Aquino in the background.

Click Noynoy/Luisita part 5

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‘Noynoy kin, allies behind Pulse, SWS’

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Relatives and close associates of Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino are directing behind the scenes the surveys being conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia, according to Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) senatorial candidate Francisco “Kit” Tatad.

Tatad, citing a research paper and documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), said members of the Aquino clan and former associates of the late President Corazon Aquino are directors and stockholders of SWS and Pulse Asia.

Among those named in the SEC documents and research papers were Rafael Cojuangco Lopa and Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco.

via Philippine Star.


Villar featured in Forbes Asia Magazine

MANILA, Philippines – If elected president, Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. will be the first businessman elected into the highest office in the land.

Forbes Asia magazine recently ran a story on Villar’s candidacy, his struggle out of poverty, and his promise to apply a business management style of governance when elected president.

Last year, Villar ranked ninth on the Forbes list of the Philippines’ 40 Richest, having a net worth of $530 million.

Via Phil. Star


Noli says PGMA has contingency plans but won’t tell

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo already has a contingency plan in mind in case the problems over the automation of the elections escalate, according to Vice President Noli de Castro.

De Castro was asked if the President is thinking of contingency plans considering the latest developments in the automation project. He said: “I think may naisip si Presidente na contingency kahapon. May pinag-uusapan na rin sila na contingency measures. I’m just not privy to tell you.”

De Castro said the President is worried over the latest developments in the automation project, but her hands are tied by law since the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is in charge of the elections.

Via ABS-CBN News

Chaos hatched to disrupt May 10 polls – Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay claimed yesterday that Malacañang has hatched a scenario of chaos to disrupt the May 10 elections and extend President Arroyo’s hold on power.

Binay, running mate of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino presidential bet former President Joseph Estrada, said the scenario is part of a “grand scheme” that is certain to be exploited by the Arroyo administration.

“There is an engineered chaos. Nothing happens by accident under the Arroyo administration. These very disturbing developments point to a carefully laid out plan to create chaos at the polls on May 10 that could lead to a failure of elections,” Binay said.

Via Phil. Star

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Editorials and opinions

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


All over but the voting
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

It’s all over but the voting. That’s so for the presidential race at least. It’s so not just because Manny Villar’s numbers are swiftly falling, it’s so because Noynoy Aquino’s numbers are swiftly rising.

Via Conrado de Quiros

Malaya Editorial: Who he?

We have long known Delgado. He likes to tilt at windmills, but as a good finance man, he knows how to conduct due diligence. While Napocor president, he exposed the P27 billion overcharging of the Manila Electric Co. Meralco threw everything at him except the kitchen sink. In the end, Delgado’s claim of Meralco overcharging was affirmed by the Supreme Court. Up to now, Meralco has still to complete reimbursing the excess charges.

In the case of Noynoy’s fake psychological evaluation, clearly Delgado shot himself in the foot. But he’s old enough to face the consequences of what he did.

via Malaya.

The ‘religious’ side of politics

Now that another religious leader failed to get his dream alliance of “orange” forces through, how will he position his “charismatic” following in this crazy amalgam of politics and religion? Would he follow the lead of Pastor Quiboloy, or would he also go consulting Jamby’s swami? Would he try to ask the mambunong how he reads anything out of pig bile, or would he just stick it out with his realtor-friend, come hell or high water? It’s a dilemma, surely not at all a moral one.

Via Lito Banayo

Two of our few good men and women
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo

Cory utilized the meeting to seek my help in selecting Jimmy Ferrer’s replacement. Many desired the powerful position but as we went through the possible suitable candidates — both Cory and your Chair Wrecker realized that we had very few good men and women to choose from.

I could never forget the expression on Cory’s face when she said: “You see Billy, how few good people we have.” Her expression reflected the hardship of an earnest reformer who felt that she did not have the talent pool of trustworthy candidates for public office that’s required in order to accomplish her mission.

Via William Esposo

Venom, bile, and Vista Land

First, they had the pedigreed take to the gutter to peddle the fallacy of double appropriations where there were none.

Where the electorate is easily awed by class and titled names followed by alphabet soup, many realized too late that there were two different roads — one, an elevated toll way, another, a critical ground-level freeway.

Click Dean dela Paz

For better or worse
To Take A Stand — By Rafael M. Alunan III

Six days from now we will troop to the precincts in the most important election yet in the history of our country. Around 50 million Filipino voters will decide who their next national and local leaders will be for the next three to six years. For the first time in history, an automated election system (AES) will be used nationwide. Will it be ready to produce swift and accurate election results unlike previous manualized elections?

Click Rafael Alunan III

Daily Tribune editorial: ‘Crazy’

Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, asked by reporters if the leaders of the Catholic church would call for, or support, another people power revolt — following calls from Liberal Party (LP) standard bearer, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino, that should he be cheated out of his presidential victory, he would mount street protests that would be worse than the undeclared civil war in Thailand — called this position taken by Noynoy “crazy. Crazy. Crazy,” adding that issuing out calls like these is irresponsible.

Via Daily Tribune

Questioning surveys
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho Olivares

It’s amazing how, this late in the survey game, the firms that conduct these surveys admit that surveys are not predictive of the results of the presidential elections — nor for that matter, the senatorial polls, which incidentally, they hardly get right, as far as the last four to six bets’ rankings and getting into the Magic 12, go.

It’s just as amazing that there is today an admission that, even a week in campaign politics can change the standings of the surveyed candidates.

CLick Ninez Cacho Olivares

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In Philippines, pre-vote largess doesn’t translate into post-vote progress

Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010


MANILA — It’s election season in the Philippines, and the short-term forecast is for manna from heaven.

For voters who live in Baseco, a slum built on garbage beside Manila Bay, it’s hard to keep track of all the incoming goodies. Roads have been paved. Playgrounds have been built. A maternity clinic is under construction. One candidate bankrolled a beauty contest. Another sent in doctors bearing free antibiotics. Demolition of squatters’ huts has been halted. Free food is expected on May 10, election day.

“It is like a fiesta,” said Ray Campanera, senior councilor in the local government here. “Life is a little bit happier.”

via Washington Post.

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