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Posted by akosistella on May 20, 2010


‘Stop whining, Noynoy’
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

Monday morning I posted this “status” on my Facebook account: “I am beginning to sense that a lot of my friends, including those who voted for Noynoy, find his adversarial attitude toward the new Chief Justice a bit too much. What do you think?”

In minutes, several of my FB “friends” responded.

From Ed S: “I think so too. Time to mend fences and start anew. Besides, winning the election in spite of the odds is more than a slap on their faces. He just has to give them a tap on the back for consolation and enough of these rantings.”

Click Dan Mariano.

Form and substance
THE LONG VIEW By Manuel L. Quezon III

SINCE CHIEF JUSTICE RENATO CORONA decided to accept the poisoned chalice from President Macapagal-Arroyo, the least he is expected to do is to drink from it. Not least because he has gotten to be chief justice due to efforts and arguments first forwarded in 1998—when his appointment as a judge by President Ramos was voided by the Supreme Court—and which finally bore bitter fruit in 2010, when the Court granted itself an exemption from constitutional prohibitions on presidential appointments during the campaign and transition period, thus paving the way for Corona’s becoming chief justice.

So in a sense he is joined at the hip to the point of view that there shouldn’t be any sort of ban on appointments during election periods or in the transition from one administration to the next. And here, the contrast between this assertion—whether on the part of President Arroyo, who set aside precedents dating back to her own father’s revocation of the midnight appointments of his predecessor—and the present Supreme Court itself (in granting itself an exemption) not to mention Corona himself, who ignored former Chief Justice Manuel Moran’s decision, based on delicadeza, to decline an opportunity to return to the high court by means of a midnight appointment, is instructive.

Via Manolo Quezon

Shape up, Comelec
CALLING A SPADE…By Solita Collas-Monsod

May I ask why it is that nine days after elections, the PPCRV’s tally still covers barely 90% of the election returns? Surely by this time all 76,000 PCOS machines should have been able to transmit the results electronically. That is, after all, part of what an Automated Election System is all about. After all, the Comelec itself had originally stated that two days after the elections, the tally would be complete.

PPCRV has a lot to answer for, as far as I am concerned, particularly because it opposed (successfully) the accreditation of Namfrel which has more than 27 years and at least eight national elections’ worth of counting experience under its belt, compared to PPCRV’s zero experience. At the same time, Comelec also has a lot to answer for because it allowed PPCRV to conduct a public count, even if its accreditation — at least originally anyway, was limited to a count for internal purposes only. If I remember correctly, Comelec’s reason for not accrediting Namfrel was because the elections would be automated, and everybody would have access to the transmitted election returns, so Namfrel raison d’etre was gone. Or some such rot.

Via WInnie Monsod

Fraud will out
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

That fraud marked the automated polls can hardly be denied even if it is being vehemently denied by poll officials. But the blame really falls on the Commission on Elections, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), and even members of Congress who were so gung-ho over automated polls and not bothering to insist on checks for the entire system, including the Comelec’s cavalier attitude in doing away with the important security checks.

And that is where the big problem of the credibility of honest elections comes in.

Via Ninez Cacho Olivares


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Comelec: Mikey can represent security guards in Congress

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has junked the disqualification case filed against presidential son, Mikey Arroyo, who is seeking to represent security guards and tricycle drivers in the House of Representatives.

Initial reports said the Comelec Second Division has authorized Arroyo ‘s bid as representative of the Ang Galing party-list group, which represents security guards, FX taxi drivers, tricycle drivers, and street vendors.

With the Comelec’s go-signal for the presidential son to run for a party-list post in Congress, there is now a big possibility of having 5 Arroyos sitting in Congress all at the same time.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Memory card mess opens polls to rigging: ex-poll official

MANILA, Philippines – The fiasco triggered by the recall of thousands of faulty memory cards has further exposed the May 10 polls to massive rigging, a former Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioner warned.

In an interview with abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak, ex-commissioner Mehol Sadain fears that the hundreds of compact flash cards that have not been recalled could be used to manipulate the results of the elections by using “ghost” precincts.

“Comelec and Smartmatic should take account of all those compact flash cards before these are used by some people to manipulate the results. This would be easy if the consolidating canvassing system (CCS) of the Comelec would not be able to recognize ghost precincts,” he told abs-cbnnews.com/Newsbreak.

Via ABS-CBN News


Comelec approves Lucy Torres’s run for Congress

MANILA, Philippines – Actor Richard Gomez announced Saturday that his wife, Lucy Torres-Gomez, has been allowed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to run for Congress.

“I have advance copy of resolution from law department of the Comelec saying Lucy has been approved to substitute,” Gomez announced in message sent to ABS-CBN News correspondent Mario Dumaual.

Lucy on Wednesday filed her certificate of candidacy for the congressional seat of Leyte province’s 4th District.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Posted by akosistella on April 24, 2010


Manila Times: Misaligned priorities

THE National Statistics Office (NSO) reported a very disturbing piece of information this week.

According to the government’s main statistics agency, one in three poor Filipinos owns a cellular phone even as the majority of them have no access to sanitary toilets or electricity.

Among household appliances, only the TV outranked the mobile phone in ubiquity, with 43 percent of poor families owning the tube.

With six out of every 10 families having at least one member owning a cell phone, this makes the gadget the second most popular household convenience.

What makes this piece of information jarring is that at least one out of every three poor families has no electricity.

via Manila Times

Daily Tribune: Private citizen Villar?

Reacting to reports that Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, when he was Senate president, met with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) in relation to getting his 180 day lock-up shares being freed and sold on a secondary level within the same period his companies’ IPO (Initial Public Offering) hit the stock market, which was then on a boom cycle, a Villar company official admitted that indeed Villar did meet with these officials, but claimed he met with them, not as Senate president, but as a private individual.

This is the hoariest explanation given yet from Villar’s camp, after Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) presidential candidate former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce-Enrile exposed the Villar scam that not only probably impoverished the overseas Filipino workers who had bought the shares, in anticipation of making money (OFWs were targeted by Villar and his companies as share buyers with a roadshow yet), but also a lot of other stock market players who may have lost a lot of money, not even aware of the fact that, as they were buying up the shares, Villar was dumping his shares, and making billions out of it.

Via Daily Tribune

Phil. Star: Reduced to tears

Alberto Agra, in the brief period during which he will serve as justice secretary in an acting capacity, has managed to gain the kind of notoriety that is hard to ever live down. He will always be remembered as the justice chief who dismissed criminal charges that are already in court.His move might have escaped public attention in this busy election period if the case did not involve one of the most heinous crimes in the country’s history, and the most atrocious case of election violence.

Relatives and friends of the 57 people massacred in Maguindanao on Nov. 23 last year have wondered whether justice is possible under the watch of President Arroyo, a staunch ally of former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., patriarch of the clan that now stands accused of conspiracy in perpetrating the mass murder. Agra’s resolution dismissing the multiple murder charges against Ampatuan’s son Zaldy and another member of the clan – charges that are already in court – can only reinforce the fears of the victims’ heirs

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: In good hands?

Deputy presidential spokesperson Gary Olivar said it was “certainly reasonable to ask about (Carpon’s) credentials.” But he told critics not to look down on Carpon saying, “It is not correct to question someone just because he or she has a poor station in life.” He said that was, in fact, one of the reasons she was picked for the job. The President deemed it appropriate to have somebody like Carpon on the board “to make sure that poor government employees were represented by one of their own.”

That explanation would have been believable if the President were more consistent. If she truly believes disadvantaged sectors are best represented by someone from their own ranks, why has she not dissuaded her son, Rep. Mikey Arroyo, from seeking to represent security guards and tricycle drivers in the House of Representatives? And if “poor government employees” need their own representative in the institutions that were established to promote their welfare, why stop with Pag-Ibig? What about the Government Service Insurance System? Or even PhilHealth?

via Inquirer.net

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From BusinessWorld’s columnists

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


The person who gets my vote
TO TAKE A STAND by Oscar P. Lagman Jr.

The country has suffered from 12 years of maladministration — two and a half years of bumbling and plunder by Erap, and nine and a half years of immoderate greed, unconscionable extravagance, and brazen abuse of power by GMA. My choice therefore for the next president is one who will put an end to the wretchedness and shame we have endured long enough.

I dismissed early from consideration J.C. de los Reyes, Nicky Perlas, and Eddie Villanueva. They may be pure of heart and noble of motive, but their lack of exposure to the workings of government render them incapable of undoing the colossal damage wrought by Erap and GMA. As for Jamby Madrigal, she looked lost in the Senate.

Click Oscar P. Lagman Jr..

Needed: Visionary leadership
FRAMEWORK By Elfren Sicangco Cruz

The Philippines needs an honest president who must also be a great leader to transform our country into a great nation. But what is a great leader?

A great transformative leader possesses a paradoxical mixture of personal humility and fierce resolve. They can be shy and fearless; modest and willful at the same time.

Click Elfren Sicangco Cruz

Comelec lapses?
MAP INSIGHTS By Manuel A. Alcuaz, Jr.

The P700-million contract for over-specified secrecy folders is just the latest in a string of Commission on Elections’ lapses. The most applicable definitions I could find for “lapse” from Encarta World British Dictionary include: error, a momentary fault or failure in behavior or morality. I think “lapse” is too polite a word to describe Comelec’s many “sins,” “transgressions,” “misbehavior,” etc.

Before we analyze the P700-million lapse, let me review Comelec’s many other lapses which are costing the nation very dearly.

Click Manuel Alcuaz Jr.

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Phil. Star opinions

Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010


EDITORIAL – Lucky suppliers

This has to be one lucky supplier. After bagging a deal worth nearly P700 million to supply 1.8 million ballot secrecy folders for use in the May elections, OTC Paper Supply also submitted the lowest bid of P28 million to supply portable ultraviolet lamps for use in authenticating ballots. Earlier this week, the same company emerged as the winner of yet another contract with the Commission on Elections, this time for the supply of 350,000 stamp pads worth P5.7 million.

Click Phil. Star Editorial

Mikey disqualification open and shut case
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Presidential son Mikey Arroyo’s disqualification from party-list election is an open and shut case. That is, if the Comelec bravely will enforce its own rules.

Arroyo and Ang Galing Pinoy did not submit proof that he is its member for at least 90 days already. This violates Comelec Resolution 8807. The poll body had set Mar. 26 as deadline for parties and nominees to show that they truly belong to the marginalized sector they claim to represent. As certified by Comelec chief lawyer Ferdinand Rafanan, Arroyo and Galing Pinoy did not comply. So they automatically must be debarred from the May 10 balloting, said genuine sectoral group Akbayan.

Click Jarius Bondoc

Did you pay your taxes?

It was tax day yesterday and I hope you all paid your taxes. If you feel bad about giving government part of your hard earned money, you are not alone. I have always complained about paying taxes because as a long time journalist, I have seen how our leaders waste our money. Former NEDA Secretary Philip Medalla commented last Wednesday in a UP School of Economics forum held at Ayala Tower 1 that “the problem with taxes is that people do not like the quality of spending.”

Click Boo Chanco.

A smooth transition is a must

All eyes are now fixed on the presidential race. There’s big talk about big things and the big picture. People are forgetting details, but that’s how you can get the big picture wrong. Before we know it, we will be in political transition from the present administration to the next. A transition that is swift and smooth can help to determine how successful a presidency will be. The new team will want to hit the ground running so as to make its imprint quickly on the new presidential agenda.

Click Roberto Romulo

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Posted by akosistella on April 12, 2010


JDV: PGMA preparing for partial poll failure

MANILA, Philippines – Former House Speaker Jose de Venecia on Sunday said President Arroyo could remain longer in power by preparing for a possible partial failure of the country’s first ever nationwide automated polls next month.

In an interview with ABS-CBN correspondent Ces Orena-Drilon, de Venecia said a partial failure of the May 10 elections would mean a delay in the proclamations of the new President, Vice-President and 12 senators. He said a delay in the proclamations would mean there would be no new president, vice-president or even Senate president by June 30.

“By July 1, Gen. Delfin Bangit, chief of staff of the Armed Forces, will assume military rule and you cannot blame him because there is no civil power at least at the national level. You have civil government on the lower level. So there will be military rule and therefore you will have military government,” he said.

CLick ABS-CBN News

Mikey, aunt may not win congressional seats – Casiño

MANILA, Philippines – Two Arroyos may not win congressional seats in the May 10 elections as party-list representatives, Bayan Muna Rep. Teodoro Casiño said yesterday.

He said he based his assessment on the March survey of Pulse Asia of public support for and awareness of the 187 party-list groups accredited by the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

“AGP or Ang Galing Party or Pinoy, and Ang Kasangga are not among the organizations enjoying enough public support to elect even one representative. In fact, they are not among the groups people are aware of,” he said.

via Philippine Star.

Comelec claims to be ‘90% ready’ for the May 10 polls

MANILA, Philippines — With a month to go before the country’s first automated elections, the Commission on Elections said it was 90 percent ready to conduct the polls, with the remaining weeks to be focused mostly on delivering the voting paraphernalia.

Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said the poll body might set up a “situation room” where the progress of the delivery of ballot boxes, counting machines and other election materials would be tracked and monitored. The area would be open to the public.

“We’re thinking of coming up with a monitoring facility here centrally located where we– I mean the Comelec, the administrators as well as of course members of the media– will be able to monitor the arrivals and the progress of the various materials that we’re transporting,” Jimenez told reporters.

Click Inquirer.net

Gordon to Comelec: Ban sample ballots

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Senator Richard Gordon asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to issue a resolution banning the distribution of sample ballots to voters, warning that these could be exploited to buy votes and sabotage the automated election.<

Gordon on Saturday said that allowing national and local candidates to print and give out sample ballots as campaign paraphernalia was also “environmentally unfriendly” and would be an “insane misuse of valuable resources.”

Speaking with reporters in this city, Gordon said: “I am calling on the Comelec not to allow sample ballots.”

Click Inquirer.net

Military releases poll guidelines in wake of Golez threat

Candidates for local and national positions have been prohibited from entering military camps if they have no official business. Likewise, civilian employees of the Armed Forces have also been disallowed from endorsing or campaigning for any candidate.

This was according to a set of election guidelines the military released after its recent run-in with Parañaque Rep. Roilo Golez, who is seeking re-election in the May 10 elections.

According to the two-page guidelines, commanders should “prohibit the entry inside camps of any political candidate and members of parties, party-list groups, organizations or coalitions thereof without distinction, except for official businesses.”

CLick GMANews,TV

MILF won’t endorse any presidential bet

MANILA, Philippines – The Moro Islamic Liberation Front on Sunday said it is not keen on endorsing any of the presidential candidates in the May 10, 2010 election.

“We have a hands-off policy on that. We cannot engage in politics although we are watching very close the platform of every presidential candidate,” MILF chief negotiator Mohagher Iqbal said.

Iqbal, however, noted that two of the current presidential bets could declare fresh offensives against the MILF if either one is elected president next month. He identified the two as Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard-bearer Joseph Estrada and Lakas-Kampi Christian Muslim Democrats presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro.

Click ABS-CBN News ONline

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The Editorials and Opinion pieces (04/10/10)

Posted by akosistella on April 11, 2010



Not content with rewarding her supporters with appointments to positions with fixed terms, even where there is no vacancy, President Arroyo has gone one step further: she has created fixed terms in executive positions, lasting throughout the incumbency of her successor.

In Executive Order 868 dated March 8, two days before the start of the election ban on midnight appointments, the President gave all members of the Board of Pardons and Parole a fixed term of six years, ostensibly to give the criminal justice system a boost.

via Philippine Star.

INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Moving backwards

We saw how the debates, for example, could have had a tremendous impact on the vice presidential contest and, probably, on the political fortunes of the leading contenders. While advertising has its role to play in any free electoral contest, over-reliance by both candidates and the voters on them, is unhealthy. The purpose of the debates is to help the voters “see” candidates up close and personal, relatively unfiltered because they are subject to being challenged “on the spot,” so to speak.

As our political parties have shriveled up, as our electorate has grown exponentially, as modern advertising methods have honed selling both soap and candidates into a science, and as civic consciousness decays and is replaced with the cult of the celebrity, the tendency for campaigns to be won or lost on the basis of superficiality and even outright deceit increases. That is why 2007 seemed to be such a watershed year.

Click Inquirer

It’s Kumpareng Manny Villar who should submit a psychiatric report
By Wiiliam M. Esposo

It is doubted if the “surprise” visit of Madame Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) to the Lakas Kampi CMD Executive Committee meeting last Tuesday and her reported order for the party to go all out for Gilbert Teodoro swayed those who are already convinced that Manny Villar is indeed the secret candidate of GMA. To “Mike Villarroyo” believers, the GMA action was intended to protect her secret candidate.

How did the Villar camp attempt to deflect this “Mike Villarroyo” issue? They claimed that it is actually an Aquino-Arroyo alliance as supposedly proved by the number of Noynoy Aquino’s relatives — two Aquino aunts and an uncle — working for GMA.

Click William Esposo

Babe’s Eye View
By Babe Romualdez

No matter who may win in the elections, he will definitely be a minority president — which means a larger percentage of Filipinos did not vote for him and most likely will not be supportive. And this is where Joseph Estrada’s role becomes crucial — as recognized by the NP and LP camps that both tried to lure Estrada to join their respective parties. But while Villar’s camp said they will welcome the former president with open arms and with no preconditions whatsoever, the loose coalition around Noynoy composed of NGOs, Makati businessmen and civil society groups say they don’t need Erap to win — and if at all, he has to pass certain conditions before he can join them.

One thing is certain today: Estrada has proven himself, and if he decides to become kingmaker, his declaration of support for either Villar or Aquino would end the election. As they say in Tagalog, “ayos na ang buto-buto” — or more accurately, “tapos na ang boto-boto.”

Click Babe Romualdez

With Due Respect
By Artemio V. Panganiban

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has been reckless in accrediting party-list candidates and their nominees. A few days ago, the Supreme Court reversed Comelec’s flimsy decision disqualifying Ang Ladlad. Now, it is inviting more public disenchantment by disqualifying the Disabled Pinoy Party, yet allowing Rep. Mikey Arroyo to be the first nominee of a party list of security guards and former Secretary Angelo Reyes to represent a party list of bus and jeepney drivers.

Only for the marginalized. Comelec’s job is simple: just follow existing jurisprudence. In Ang Bagong Bayani vs Comelec (June 26, 2001 and June 25, 2003), which I had the honor of writing, the high court clearly ruled that the party-list system was reserved only for those “(1) who belong to the marginalized and underrepresented sectors, organizations and parties; and (2) who lack well-defined constituencies but (3) who could contribute to the formulation and enactment of appropriate legislation that will benefit the nation as a whole.”

CLick Artemio V. Panganiban

Frontline By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Perhaps one of the most stupid campaign spiels ever made is that of the Liberal Party (LP) and the Noynoy-Mar tandem. It is the spiel claiming that Kung walang corrupt, walang mahirap, or when there is no corruption, there is no poverty.

That is pretty stupid because there is no government in this world — especially in the Third World countries — where corruption is inexistent. Yet poverty, especially in many First World countries has been virtually eliminated but corruption remains.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

By Jose Ma. Montelibano

ONE MONTH to go before Election Day and volunteers are still winning the war against money and traditional politics. The latest surveys by the most reputable pollsters all point to two trends – Noynoy holding firm and slowly improving to 37-40% and Villar steadily weakening from 35% to 25%. There are still four weeks but trends do not develop or break quickly.

It is unfortunate that the campaign has been marked by ugly attempts to mislead voters. Perhaps, partisanship naturally clouds objectivity and ends up blinding those who never had a consistent capacity for objectivity. Following almost fanatical attitudes that smeared the Obama-McCain presidential contest, Filipinos are being exposed to similar wild claims and wild rantings. In our political context, however, it is not just partisanship that causes dirty tricks but guns-for-hire as well.

Click Jose Ma. Montelibano

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Comelec approves NP-NPC coalition

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


The Comelec’s acknowledgment of the merging of the two parties is expected to pave the way for the declaration of the NP-NPC as the dominant minority party.

Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle said the Commission had already signed a resolution recognizing the NP-NPC coalition.

“They were saying that the coalition is a sham but during our examination and careful evaluation they could not prove this allegation,” Tagle said.

The Liberal Party of Sen. Benigno Aquino III questioned the legality of the merger of NP and NPC, but failed to substantiate their claim that the union of the two parties was bogus.

Click Philippine Star.

SAY it with me: “Money Villaroyo.”


3rd disqualification case filed vs Mikey

Yesterday, party-list group Akbayan filed the third petition before the Comelec legal department seeking to prevent President Arroyo’s eldest son and incumbent Pampanga congressman from participating in the May 2010 party-list elections.

In the complaint, Akbayan said that Arroyo’s party Ang Galing Pinoy failed to submit to the Comelec the required documentary evidence to prove that they truly belong to the marginalized sector.

“Considering that under the law, such documentary evidence must be submitted not later than March 29, then Ang Galing Pinoy is already in clear and flagrant breach of requirement,” Akbayan chair Loretta Ann Rosales said.

Click Phil. Star

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Arroyo bailiwick promises 500,000 votes for Gibo

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


SAN FERNANDO, Philippines – Just a day after President Arroyo gave orders for ruling party Lakas-Kampi-CMD to ensure a win for presidential bet Gilbert Teodoro Jr., officials in her bailiwick of Pampanga vowed to do just that by mobilizing their sizeable local machinery.

Regional executives said the Arroyo bailiwick is “solidly behind” Teodoro’s candidacy, with around 70% of local officials able to deliver votes in his favor.

Teodoro campaigned in Arroyo’s “home court” on Wednesday with his running mate Edu Manzano and 4 members of the Lakas-Kampi-CMD senatorial ticket.

Click ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Gibo not bolting Lakas

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga , Philippines – Administration presidential candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro yesterday declared he never doubted the support of President Arroyo and the ruling party Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

Teodoro dismissed reports that his resignation as party chairman last week was a move to eventually bolt the ruling party and make it on his own.

“We’re falling into the trap of somebody who wants the rumor to be persistent. I’ve always been convinced (of party support and that of President Arroyo). Never have I made any statement in public that there’s no such support,” he said.

Click Phil. Star

AND: Arroyo’s son leads Pampanga local execs in vowing support for Teodoro

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Aquino promises to dance if he wins

Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Liberal Party presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy’’ Aquino III vowed to dance like South African leader Nelson Mandela if he succeeds in seeing President Macapagal-Arroyo leave after nearly a decade in office.

“One of my idols is Nelson Mandela. When our brothers led by Nelson Mandela ended apartheid, he was so euphoric that he could not help himself but dance,’’ Aquino told reporters. “I think I’d be euphoric too if we end our calvary under Mrs. Arroyo and I would dance.’’

Mandela’s victory in South Africa’s all-race election in 1994 was made memorable by his effusive celebration after giving a victory speech.

Click INQUIRER.net.


‘Seedy’ crowd also for Aquino; he leads bean count

MANILA, Philippines—The “seedy” crowd has spoken.

Just as in the latest Pulse Asia survey, Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno Aquino III is leading the not-so-scientific “munggo survey” being conducted by a bookstore chain.

A month after it started the unorthodox poll, Pandayan Bookshop said its munggo rankings as of March 31 showed Aquino ahead in 25 of their 31 branches in Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

Click Inquirer.net

AND: Aquino will make a vindictive president

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Of political surveys and ad claims

Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010


By Oscar P. Lagman

Buoyed by the cocky pronouncement s of Lakas-Kampi campaign manager Prospero Pichay that the party network has locked up 33% of the electorate for the party’s standard-bearer, Gilbert Teodoro, and his campaign strategists have dismissed the usefulness of surveys. “I don’t pay attention to surveys anymore. Whether I’ve gone up or down, it’s nothing to me. Our campaign is based on our party network and party strengths,” said Teodoro recently. That may very well be the reason he has been stuck at 6% in survey ratings.

They should have known better than to believe Pichay, who could not get the party network to get himself elected to the Senate, and to expect Ms. Arroyo’s support when even her solemn vows she does not keep. The vaunted party network is rapidly breaking up as units scamper toward the sources of campaign funds.

Click Oscar Lagman.

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GMA wants to appoint next Sandiganbayan chief

Posted by akosistella on April 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – President Arroyo is poised to make another controversial appointment, this time to replace Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Norberto Geraldez, who died barely a month after heading the court under which administration foes want her tried for corruption after the end of her presidency.

Malacañang said it is possible for the President to appoint a new Sandiganbayan presiding justice after the death of Geraldez last Sunday from pancreatic cancer complications. He was 60.

The President, under the Constitution, is barred from appointing officials 60 days before the elections – or beginning March 10 – and until the end of her term on June 30.

Click Philippine Star.


GMA celebrates 63rd birthday in Lubao

Trips to Vietnam, US, Spain on

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Leftists lead party-list race in new MST poll

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


Leftist groups Gabriela and Bayan Muna lead the race for party-list seats in Congress, with each getting 6 percent of the vote in the latest Manila Standard Poll.The nationwide survey, which asked 2,500 registered voters to cast ballots for their presidential, vice presidential and senatorial choices, was conducted from March 21 to 23, and had a margin of error of two percentage points.For the first time since it was conducted in December, the poll also asked respondents to cast votes for their party-list choices, said Pedro Laylo Jr., resident pollster at Manila Standard.

Click Manila Standard Today Poll.

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2nd disqualification case filed vs Arroyo son’s party-list bid

Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

A militant party-list group sought the disqualification of presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo from the 2010 elections, saying that he is not qualified to become the nominee of the Ang Galing Pinoy party-list group.

As President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s son, Mikey Arroyo clearly does not belong to a marginalized sector, Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares said during a Tuesday press conference.

Ang Galing Pinoy, which claims to represent tricycle drivers and security personnel, is “not a legitimate and qualified party-list group” and has “no authority” to nominate Arroyo in the 2010 party-list race, Colmenares added.

Click GMANews.TV.

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Will the real party list group please stand up

Posted by akosistella on March 29, 2010


In 1998, the Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives or APEC decided to plunge into Philippine politics through the party list elections.

That year happened to be the first time that Filipino voters would be electing a party list group, on top of an individual politician in their congressional districts, to the House of Representatives. Approved three years earlier, Republic Act No. 7941 or the party list law had sought to include “marginalized” sectors in lawmaking.

But the leaders of APEC, composed of electric cooperatives based mostly in Mindanao, only thought of joining the race five months before the May 1998 polls, and nearly everything—from the name of the group to its list of nominees for congressional seats—was done hurriedly, admits Edgar Valdez, APEC’s current representative to Congress.

Click Business Insight Malaya.


185 of 187 party-list groups submit nominees’ names to Comelec

A TOTAL OF 185 party-list organizations of 187 accredited by the Commission on Elections submitted the names of their nominees to the Comelec at the end of the filing period Friday night.

The nominees included President Macapagal-Arroyo’s cousin and close political allies.

The Alliance for Labor and Employment (ALE) has Erlinda M.B. de Leon, Ms Arroyo’s first cousin, for its second nominee. De Leon, according to the Office of the President’s website, had served as a special assistant to Ms Arroyo.

Click Inquirer.net

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