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Arroyo, Imelda, Pacquiao spice up local polls

Posted by akosistella on March 27, 2010

The incumbent president seeking a lower position, allegedly in a bid to become prime minister if Charter change efforts succeed. A boxing champ seeking to redeem himself in the political ring after losing a congressional race three years ago. A former First Lady known for her vast shoe collection working her way back into power by running in her late husband's bailiwick.

With such personalities running in various provinces, the local elections in May are bound to be exciting. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Manny Pacquiao, and Imelda Marcos are only three of the nearly 50,000 other politicians gunning for local posts who will officially begin campaigning Friday. until May 8, or two days before election day.

Nearly forgotten figures may once again take center stage. Political dynasties may be formed or toppled. Below, GMANews.TV lists down some of the interesting local races in the upcoming elections.

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GMA replacing officials en masse

Posted by akosistella on March 26, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – After getting the green light from the Supreme Court (SC) to appoint the next chief justice, President Arroyo has apparently gone on an appointing spree, naming an ambassador, several officials of government agencies, and replacing the entire boards of two cultural institutions with barely three months left in her term and despite the constitutional ban on midnight appointments.

In what some quarters are calling a pre-election “massacre,” the entire boards as well as the heads of the National Museum and the National Historical Institute (NHI), both agencies under the Office of the President, were changed, with most of them not even knowing they had been replaced.

The President also appointed business tycoon Alfonso Yuchengco, 86, as ambassador to Germany, with current Ambassador Delia Domingo-Albert learning about it only when she went to Malacañang last Friday to receive an award from a women’s business group.

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First Gentleman suffers aneurysm in other part of heart

Posted by akosistella on March 26, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Amid fresh controversies hounding his family, First Gentleman Jose Miguel “Mike” Arroyo was Thursday hospitalized with a heart ailment for the third time in three years. Doctors said his illness required “aggressive medical treatment.”

A medical bulletin Thursday night described Arroyo’s condition as “stable but guarded” after he suffered what a doctor interpreted as a recurrence of aneurysm “in another part of the heart.” Malacañang said he was under “intense medical care.”

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo canceled all her scheduled engagements from morning to evening to stay close to her husband at St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City in Taguig City.

“Let’s pray for the health and the recovery of the First Gentleman,” the President’s spokesperson, Ricardo Saludo, told reporters.

Mike Arroyo, 63, was brought to the hospital at around 8 a.m. after experiencing what was initially described as “back pains.”

“I understand that it’s serious. He’s in the ICU (intensive care unit). I want to go there and see him,” Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno told reporters in Makati City, where he had presided over the oath-taking of new commissioners of the National Police Commission.

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Palace defends dynasties

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

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

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

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

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Mikey hits back: 4 Arroyos can’t make Speaker

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

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

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

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Arroyo allies in Cebu nix Teodoro for Villar

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

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

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Gibo supporters launch Multipliers Movement to generate votes

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

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

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

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Gibo defends Mikey’s party-list bid

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

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

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

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

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Comelec: Mikey can run

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

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

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

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AND: Comelec can’t stop GMA legacy ads.

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CBCP: Clergy may join revolt

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Disgusted with pols’ mansions? Take pix, send to this group

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—Disgusted by a public official’s sprawling mansion or bulky SUV that you think is ill-gotten? Take a picture and send it to these guys.

Anticorruption activists Tuesday launched the Philippine Public Transparency Reporting Project (PPTRP) and its website, aiming to build from the grassroots “a constituency for change” to battle “endemic” graft and corruption.

The PPTRP website—www.transparencyreporting.net, subtitled “Pera Natin ’To (This is our Money)!”—will feature pictures of alleged ill-gotten wealth. Plans are underway to make the Statements of Assets and Liabilities and Net Worth (SALNs) of government officials available online.

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EDITORIALS

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

Malaya: Comelec’s small town-election mentality

ELECTION officials obviously just don’t get it. They say that as long as people vote, there can be no failure of elections. The ballots cast physically exist. In case all precinct count and optical scan machines conk out, election inspectors can read the ballots by eye and total the votes manually. In case radio transmission fails, the results can be delivered physically to tabulation centers.

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Inquirer: Over the Top


TO BE SURE THE METROPOLITAN MANILA Development Authority these days seems to be more focused on traffic management rather than experimentation. We have observed a commendable zeal in enforcing traffic rules and regulations. On the other hand, the change in regimes from the time Bayani Fernando left the administration has revealed the manner in which the agency is a political tool.

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Déjà vu

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

THERE’S THE RUB
By Conrado de Quiros

THE SENSATION WAS TRULY LIKE HAVING spun back in time and reliving 1972 all over again. That was what I felt last Monday after Malacañang’s spokespersons went into overdrive to assure the public that fears of a failure of election, and worse an extension of GMA’s rule, all resided in the mind of her critics and that she herself was bent on leaving at the end of her term.

Those assurances came in the wake of public furor over the Supreme Court’s ruling exempting GMA from the ban on midnight appointments, allowing her specifically to name the new chief justice. A development that clinched it in the minds of those who had gotten anxious about the way the elections, the first automated elections in the history of the country, were going, which was nowhere. If those elections turn out to be a mess, sparking more strident denunciations of cheating than have hitherto been known, the President can declare a failure, and supported by a new chief justice make it stick.

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Why was this Usec fired?

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

By ELLEN TORDESILLAS

THE last time I mentioned Ariston de los Reyes in my column was on May 11, 2005 when I wrote about the beautification project of then AFP Chief Efren Abu.

I got information then that he wrote a marginal note to the documents on the P19 million beautification of the sidewalks in Camp Aguinaldo to address the complaints of retired officers that jogging in the area had become an arduous effort because of the “bitak-bitak na sidewalk.”

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‘Mishil’ Macapagal-Arroyo

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

AT LARGE
By Rina Jimenez David

ONE of the hallmarks of Mishil’s rule is her ability to bully and bend people with outright threats and innuendo, while remaining calm, a slight smile playing around her lips, her voice even and even flirtatious.

Her philosophy is that power is an end in itself, and that “the people” are best served by keeping them ignorant and insecure, living in fear of Heaven’s wrath and reading all sorts of superstitious symbolism in natural events. But as Princess Deokman intuits, Mishil actually lives in abject fear of “the people,” who once they wake up to her manipulations could topple her from her post of illegitimately gained power.

I’ve written before that GMA has the uncanny knack of “exceeding our worst fears.” Just when we think she has reached the depths of ignominy, she pulls another stunt that stuns us and momentarily leaves us speechless. She promised that she would not seek a second term and then turned around and launched her candidacy, going to the extent of manipulating the polls as we found out belatedly in the “Hello, Garci” tapes.

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Presidential bets prepared to handle talks

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Arroyo administration is consulting with presidential candidates on the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in preparation for the forging of a final peace deal.

Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Annabelle T. Abaya told BusinessWorld she wants to make sure that the next president would honor and recognize the administration’s efforts on the issue.

“We are engaging all the presidential candidates. We are telling them on what we have gone through, and what we have achieved and gained so far. That I think is very critical,” she said.

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Noynoy calls for peaceful transition of power from GMA

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

Speaking to reporters during the mass oath taking of new LP members in Alaminos, [Sen. Noynoy] Aquino said Mrs. Arroyo must realize that the lives of millions of Filipinos are at stake in the coming elections.

“If you design a situation of instability, you are playing with the lives of 95 million people,” he said.

“This is not about rumors, this is about the lives of people. We should be making their lives better and not put (their future) at risk.”

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Many volunteers for ‘Hello, Garci’ commission, Noynoy says

“I understand there have been a lot of volunteers already who would want to man that particular commission. They want to go after all these closures that have been left hanging,” [Sen. Noynoy Aquino] said during a press conference.

However, he neither disclosed identities of volunteers nor provided details of the work they were supposed to render.

Aquino earlier said he will form a commission to look into the unclosed cases of graft and state abuses by the present regime.

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Briefly…

Posted by akosistella on March 24, 2010

Gibo invades Fernando territory

MANILA, Philippines – Former defense chief and Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro took his campaign sortie yesterday to Marikina City, the bailiwick of former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Bayani Fernando, who bolted the administration party after Teodoro defeated him in the party’s presidential nomination late last year.

Teodoro, whose late grandfather is from Marikina, was welcomed by mayoralty bet Dr. Alfredo Cheng and other local candidates.

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Villar bats for strict monitoring of RP human rights situation

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday called for the strict monitoring of the implementation of human rights policies adopted by the government and treaties ratified by the Philippines.

“If we are serious in dealing with extra-judicial killings in the country, we must raise the awareness that the Philippines absolutely adheres to the highest standards of protecting the people’s rights at all times,” Villar said.

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Perlas vows to purge gov’t of Arroyo appointees

“For me, it’s simple: The people already know that Arroyo is corrupt, why would they accept the appointment by Ms Arroyo? For me, they’re already suspect,” the independent candidate said Tuesday.

“In general, all appointees of Ms Arroyo will be gone. I will appoint a whole new set of people,” he said.

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