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Villar concedes

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—(UPDATE) A day after the election, Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Senator Manuel Villar has given up the fight for the presidency, conceding to Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and urging the people to work behind him.

“Nagpasya na ang mga mamamayang Pilipino. Malinaw na sa kabila ng ating pagpupunyagi, hindi tayo nabiyayayaan ng tagumpay sa halalan noong Lunes (The Filipino people have decided. It is clear that despite our efforts, we were not blessed to win in Monday’s elections),” Villar said, reading a prepared statement before members of the media in his headquarters at the Starmall in Mandaluyong.

“Humaharap ako sa inyo ngayon upang tanggapin ang pasyang ito, upang igalang ang boses ng sambayanang Pilipino (I face you now to accept this decision, to respect the voice of the Filipino people),” he added.

via INQUIRER.net.


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Business and the military

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

By Rafael Alunan III

The “militarization” of the bureaucracy, in my view, is a non-issue because their numbers are puny compared to the millions of bureaucrats in the national and local governments. Additionally, I would argue that if ex-soldiers had the attributes to lead, advise, endure long hours, handle tough situations, and maintain their equanimity, they should be given equal opportunities to land a civilian job.

While critics scan the surface that stop at the uniform, I prefer to search beneath their veneer. For example, working with the late-Gen. Gaudencio Tobias (ret.) at Tourism in the late 1980s and early ‘90s validated our judgment that proved beneficial to the country’s reputation. His disciplinarian ways and administrative skills helped preserve and maintain Camp John Hay after the US Air Force departed earlier than scheduled.

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Marines chief vows not to support military junta

Posted by akosistella on March 23, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – A top military officer has denied reports that the military would set up a junta in case of a failure of elections on May 10.

Major General Juancho Sabban, head of the Philippine Marines, said he was against a military junta. “No more military junta,” Sabban said. “Ayaw namin doon (We don’t want it).”

Sabban said the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) would work to ensure the success of the May 10 polls.

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Military officials deny ‘possible’ junta if May polls fail

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Officials from the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) class ’77 and ’78 asserted Monday that there will be no junta in case there will be a failure of elections come May.

“I will assure you there is nothing like that and we are not going to be party to any unconstitutional means of taking over the government,” said Army Chief Lieutenant General Reynaldo Mapagu in a chance interview following the 113th Philippine Army Founding Anniversary celebration at Fort Bonifacio, Taguig.

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Soldiers bike for clean polls

Posted by akosistella on February 7, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – At least 500 cyclists from the various military services held yesterday a bicycle tour of the cities of Taguig, Makati, Pasay, and Manila to show their commitment to clean and peaceful elections on May 10.

Dubbed as “Bike for Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections: Protect the Votes Bike-A-Thon,” members of the Navy, Army and Air Force also signified their commitment against partisan politics and poll fraud during the bike tour that started at 5:30 a.m.

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Comelec releases guidelines for local absentee voting

Posted by akosistella on February 3, 2010

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday released the rules and regulations for the three-day local absentee voting in late April.

Covered by the local absentee voting, to be held from April 24 to 26, are government officials and employees as well as members of the military and police force who will be on election duty in places where they are not registered on May 10, election day.

In a resolution promulgated on Monday, the Comelec said that those who wish to avail of the privilege must file their application forms with the head of their office. Application forms may be reproduced or downloaded from the Comelec Web site.

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