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Pulitika2010 was a success because of you! Check out my stats! ;p

Posted by akosistella on January 4, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

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Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 47,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 1947 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 99 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 635mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 11th with 1,758 views. The most popular post that day was Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, twitter.com, and raissarobles.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for vetallano acosta, maria montelibano, philippine constitution 2010, bong naguiat, and erap junks binay.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon May 2010
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The Lord of Makati – Can Binay explain his wealth? May 2010


Tong Payumo on the SCTEX issue vs Sen. Noynoy Aquino January 2010


Sen. Noynoy Aquino’s speech before the Makati Business Club January 2010


Prof. Winnie Monsod on the C5 road controversy February 2010


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Businessmen to Noynoy: Back up anti-graft talk

Posted by akosistella on June 4, 2010



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2 Aquino sisters in Cabinet search committee

Posted by akosistella on May 21, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Incoming President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has already formed a search committee to select members of his Cabinet.

The members of the committee, according to ABS-CBN sources, include Aquino’s sisters, Ballsy Aquino Cruz and Pinky Aquino Abellada, former Civil Service Commission chair Karina David, Makati Business Club executive director Alberto Lim, and Aquino’s chief of staff, Julia Abad.

Julia is also the daughter of Liberal Party campaign manager, Florencio Abad, who’s reportedly being eyed to become Aquino’s education secretary.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


US ambassador greets Noynoy at Times St.

MANILA, Philippines – High-ranking officials of the United States embassy in the Philippines visited incoming President Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Friday.

US Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. met with Aquino in his home in Times St., Quezon City, accompanied by other embassy officials, Leslie Bassett, deputy chief of mission; Brian Doherty, economic counselor; David Eiseenberg, deputy political counselor; Richard Nelson, public affairs counselor.

Thomas said the visit should not be seen as an indication that the US is already recognizing Aquino as the next president of the Philippines.


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Biz to Aquino: Appoint competent Cabinet

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


BUSINESS groups have already acknowledged the victory of Sen. Benigno Aquino III in the presidential polls, and they heaved a sigh of relief that their fears over the possibility of a widespread election rigging due to glitches in the automation did not happen.

And now business groups will be keenly watching the appointments to Cabinet posts, as they said this will indicate the direction of the new administration, and if they will get the key reforms that they are seeking to really spice up the appetite of the business sector to continue investing.

“The results are acceptable and credible. There is no doubt that Senator Aquino won. The results also jibe with the surveys,” [Makati Business Club Alberto] Lim said.

He recognized that the vigilance of the business groups and other sectors prevented any grand scheme to sabotage the conduct of the elections.

via BusinessMirror.


Tetangco: Polls may lead to RP credit-rating upgrade

THE Philippines is poised for a smooth transition of government, which could eventually lead to a higher sovereign credit rating, central bank Governor Amando Tetangco said.

“The significant strides and reforms we have put in place should support a possible upgrade,” Tetangco said in an e-mail reply to Bloomberg questions on Tuesday. Still, “the credit rating agencies will listen closely to the new administration’s pronouncements on economic programs before making any move.”

Indications that Benigno Aquino is poised for a landslide presidential election victory spurred a rally in stocks and helped the peso advance the most of any Asian currency. Aquino would inherit President Arroyo’s record budget deficit and must concentrate on containing the nation’s debt burden and improving voters’ living standards, according to analyst Prakriti Sofat.

Via BusinessMirror

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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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Business groups oppose election postponement

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


MANILA, Philippines — Business groups are staunchly opposing even the notion of postponing the national elections, saying any delay will just provide “new opportunities for mischief.’’

In a statement, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Makati Business Club, Management Association of the Philippines, and Philippine Bar Association said there was no assurance that postponing the elections would correct whatever errors needed correcting at this point.

If anything, a delay would just create more uncertainty and possibly more chances to do some hocus pocus, the businessmen warned.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: SC to tackle petitions to stop polls Friday


Roxas bares pressure to postpone elections

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II Wednesday said he had received reports that “high-ranking officials both from the (ruling) political (party) and the Executive” had called Comelec officials to pressure them to postpone Monday’s elections.

In a press conference, Roxas urged Comelec officials to keep a record of the alleged phone calls so that these Palace officials could be exposed.

“Information coming from our sources in the Comelec show that high-ranking officials from Malacañang are calling Comelec commissioners to influence their deliberations on whether the elections should be postponed,” he added.

Via Inquirer.net

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MBC disappointed with Comelec decision on manual count (and other newsbits)

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Business Club (MBC) expressed disappointment in the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) rejection of proposals to hold a parallel manual count of votes for president, vice president and mayors to ensure that results of the May automated elections are credible.

The MBC is urging this time that the Comelec consider a simultaneous manual tally at least in the race for president, the most critical position.

“We are deeply disappointed in the Comelec for their outright rejection of our proposal to count just three positions in all the ballots cast on May 10,” said MBC in a statement.

Via ABS-CBN News

Madrigal calls for 1-day hunger strike to press for manual vote count

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines—Presidential candidate Ma. Consuelo Jamby Madrigal called on the Filipino people, on Thursday, to go on a one-day hunger strike to protest the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) junking the call for a parallel manual vote count.

“I am asking the whole country to be with me even for one day,” said Madrigal, who began her own hunger strike to call for clean and honest elections on Wednesday.

Madrigal, who held a caravan around Bacolod City Thursday afternoon, said she was surviving on water and calamansi.

via INQUIRER.net.

Lucy to replace Goma in House race

MANILA, Philippines – Television host Lucy Torres will replace her husband, actor Richard Gomez, in the congressional race in Ormoc, Leyte.

“We have decided to substitute Lucy to replace me as candidate in the fourth district of Ormoc, Leyte. We will not wait for en banc decision to come out. In that way, we will not have to go to the Supreme Court to fight another battle and spend more money, time and effort if we win this election,” Gomez said in a text message to The STAR.

Gomez, who is running for congressman in Ormoc, is facing a disqualification case for failure to comply with residency requirements.

Via Phil. Star

White envelopes distributed to Iloilo City voters

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines—Less than two weeks before the May 10 elections, envelopes are already spreading in La Paz District in this city.

But rather than containing money to buy votes, the white envelope is empty and only has a large red “X” mark and the words “Not For Sale” placed on the front.

The envelopes being posted on doors and gates of some residents in 11 barangay (villages) in the district are part of the campaign by the parish against vote-buying.

via Inquirer.net

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Comelec keeps open mind on parallel manual count

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) held a dialogue with influential business groups on Monday regarding their proposal for a parallel manual count of the May 10 elections.

Ramon del Rosario, president of the Makati Business Club (MBC), said they were able to explain to Comelec commissioners their proposal, and they are satisfied they were given an audience.

The Comelec en banc assured representatives of the MBC, the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), and the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) that their proposal for a parallel manual count would be studied seriously.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Comelec whistleblower seeks refuge among nuns

MANILA, Philippines – A Commission on Elections (Comelec) employee who blew the whistle on the overpriced ballot secrecy folders contract and other irregular deals in Comelec is seeking sanctuary among nuns, similar to the fate of NBN-ZTE whistleblower Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada Jr.

Atty. Melchor Magdamo, who is assigned to the office of Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, visited Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines co-chairman Mary John Mananzan to seek spiritual guidance and sanctuary after exposing the botched P700-million ballot secrecy folder deal. He was accompanied by Dr. Arwind Serrano of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting.

“My wife is asking me to request for sanctuary. Maliliit pa kasi mga anak ko,” he told ABS-CBN News.

via ABS-CBN News


More than 19,000 military personnel to participate in absentee voting

Eastern Visayas still waiting for 71 PCOS machines

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Aquino, Roxas still top picks in MBC survey

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Senators Benigno Aquino III and Manuel Roxas II are still the top picks of many Makati Business Club (MBC) members for the nation’s top two posts.

This was the finding of the MBC’s recent follow-up survey to the MBC Presidential/Vice Presidential Preference Survey, which was first conducted last December.

Around 15% of MBC’s total membership participated in the follow-up survey, which was conducted from April 5 to 21, 2010.

Between the first and second surveys, the MBC invited the candidates running for president to speak before its members in the MBC's Presidential Candidates Series.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Internal rigging’ fears aired

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


THE “greatest threat” to the May 10 automated election is internal rigging as it could take place before or after the elections, Christian Monsod, a former chair of the Commission on Elections, warned yesterday.

“It is possible to rig the (automated) system and for the elections, from all appearances, to appear free, fair and orderly,” Monsod said during Tuesday’s membership meeting of the Makati Business Club (MBC) and the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) at the Manila Peninsula Hotel in Makati City.

He explained that internal rigging before the elections can take place “through a corrupted source code or the installation of a different source code in the PCOS (precinct count optical scan) machine, and after the election, through the transmission and during the canvassing of the votes.”

via Malaya


Poll watchdog raises warning over spare PCOS machines

MANILA, Philippines – Where are the spare voting machines?

This was the question of election watchdogs, which raised fears that the spare Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines may be used to cheat in the May 10 elections.

In a letter to Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Jose Melo, the consortium Compact for Peace and Democratic Elections (Compact) voiced concerns on the safekeeping of the PCOS machines.

via INQUIRER.net.

AND: Ballot template soft copy to be deleted after printing to prevent replication

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Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


Phil. Star: It was mass suicide

The way the investigation is unfolding, the massacre in Maguindanao on Nov. 23 last year could end up being officially declared as a mass suicide. If those in power are compelled by an outraged public to make someone pay, the only ones who might serve time in prison for the most atrocious case of election violence in this country will be the small fry – the foot soldiers who pulled the trigger as their victims begged for mercy.

via Phil. Star

Malaya: What Lakas-Kampi disintegration means

WE are hardly surprised by the rash of defections from the Lakas
Kampi party. We have long been saying that a party bound only by the glue of money is bound to unravel when the source of largesse dries up or is about to dry up. That’s what is happening now and the disintegration will further speed up as Election Day approaches.

via Business Insight Malaya.

Inquirer: Going parallel

WE can understand where Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez’s frustration springs from. Last week, the Management Association of the Philippines and the Makati Business Club proposed a parallel manual count (good), but gave the appearance of unilaterally imposing a deadline of April 23 on the Comelec (not so good). If the election agency fails to approve the proposal in time, MBC executive director Alberto Lim said, rather cryptically, then the business groups would be ready: “This is not our last card. We have other cards to play.”

via Inquirer.net

BusinessMirror: Next admin need not grope in the dark

Whoever wins the presidency in May does not have to reinvent the wheel or grope in the dark for answers to the nation’s economic woes.

It’s a fair assumption that all the candidates have their own ideas on how to make the economy recover from crisis, even if they may not have a comprehensive and coherent program for economic and social advance.

Click BusinessMirror

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A proposal Comelec must consider

Posted by akosistella on April 17, 2010


By Ramon del Rosario Jr.

THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAS BEEN LOOKing forward to the 2010 elections as the antidote to the steady decline in business confidence since 2005. In a recent survey conducted among the members of the Makati Business Club, the outlook has not been as positive in a long time.

Part of the reason for the optimism is the apparent recovery from the 2009 recession. But I believe that the coming elections also give us hope for change for better governance.

The only cloud in the bright sky is the conduct of the coming elections. Lately, that cloud has been growing darker as it appears that the Commission on Elections has not managed well the process of shifting from a manual system to an automated election system (AES).

via Ramon del Rosario.

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Business groups seek parallel vote count

Posted by akosistella on April 14, 2010


MANILA, Philippines — Fearing a possible failure of the automated elections, a group of businessmen led by the Makati Business Club and Management Association of the Philippines, urged the Commission on Elections, on Wednesday, to adopt a parallel back-up manual count.

In a briefing Wednesday, MBC president Albert Lim said the parallel count should be done nationwide for at least three elective positions namely for president, vice president and mayor—a move that would allow “Comelec to gain back credibility.”

According to Lim, the Comelec would only need to allocate P500 million, which will cover the cost of the manual count for the three positions including provisions for laptops and projectors, as well as for the costs that may be incurred should the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines conk out.

Officials from the MBC and MAP have urged that should there be a discrepancy in at least 1 percent of the votes per machine, the Comelec must do a recount of all the votes covered by that particular machine—not only for the three positions mentioned.

Click INQUIRER.net.

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Business optimism at 14-year high – MBC

Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The outlook of local businessmen on the economy for this year is the most upbeat in 14 years, based on the Makati Business Club’s Executive Outlook Survey.

The survey, which was conducted in March this year, shows that 89 percent of survey respondents believe that this year’s economic growth will rise faster than the 0.9 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth recorded in 2009.

This percentage of optimistic respondents is the highest in 14 years, surpassed only in July 1996 when 93.9 percent of respondents believe economic growth would be higher than the previous year.

Click Philippine Star.


Concern raised over peso’s rise

EXPORTERS who have only recently begun enjoying the global economic pickup are now grappling with a strengthening peso, which they fear will make their prices unattractive to foreign buyers.

Industry groups yesterday sounded off their concern, saying merchandise with high local content will particularly be hard hit.

Sales growth forecasts for the year, however, will be maintained for now as exporters look to capacity building programs and other means to improve competitiveness.

Click BusinessWorld

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MBC hits ‘unstable’ government tax policies

Posted by akosistella on March 10, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – The Makati Business Club MBC has criticized the alleged “instability of government policies and regulations” after the government ordered Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. to pay back taxes.

“We believe the main issue remains to be the instability of government policies and regulations,” read the MBC statement.

“The retroactive application of a ruling imposes a crushing burden on Pilipinas Shell, which had taken on good faith a Bureau of Internal Revenue opinion in settling its previous tax obligations, an opinion upheld by four BIR commissioners from 2003 to 2009.”

Click Philippine Star.

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