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Charge it to the Republic

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


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By LITO BANAYO

MANY of those who staked everything at Edsa in 1986 had hoped that things would change, beyond just mere democratic space. But there were those who never staked anything in Edsa, yet figured they could make oodles of money by taking advantage of Cory Aquino’s sincere desire to make democracy work for the under-privileged.

The Aquino reform government was held hostage by as many as nine coup attempts, some minor adventurist plots, some as damaging as in 1987 and 1989. But while the coup plotters were busy threatening Cory’s presidency, some who never fought Marcos, in fact, collaborated with the dictatorship till the end, quietly made money. As the late Ricardo Manapat once wrote, “some are smarter than others”, describing men and women who in the heyday of the dictatorship, took advantage of power or proximity to power, to feather their own nests so thickly.

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Black prop explains everything
By DUCKY PAREDES

THE Nacionalista Party presidential candidate has only one explanation for everything that ails his campaign – black propaganda.

This might work once in a while – as when another presidentiable discovers a faked document that seeks to depict him in a bad light (that might have actually come from Manny Villar himself). But the other presidentiable did not say “black propaganda;” instead, he laughed about the amateurish attempt at destroying him.

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Villar’s mother comes out to defend ‘poor son’

Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – An emotional mother of presidential candidate Senator Manny Villar came out in public for the first time Monday to defend her son against allegations that he was a liar, especially on his claims that he came from a poor family.

When asked why she called a press conference, Curita “Nanay Curing” Villar broke into tears, saying “Kasi aping-api na ang anak ko.”

“Diyos ko kayo na po ang bahala… Mahal na Birhen, kayo na ang testigo sa aking mga anak,” said Nanay Curing, days after her son was accused of allegedly defrauding the government of millions of pesos in taxes.

via INQUIRER.net.

EARLIER:

Estrada calls Villar ‘one big liar’

MANILA, Philippines—Deposed President Joseph Estrada on Monday stepped up his tirades against Senator Manuel Villar by accusing the Nacionalista Party standard-bearer of being “one big liar.”

“Mr. Manny Villar is one big liar” for allegedly making false claims in defense of his questioned transactions involving his family-controlled Vista Land and Lifescape Inc. in the Philippine Stock Exchange, Estrada said in a news conference.

“(Villar is) taking the whole country for a ride,” he added.

Via Inquirer.net

RIDICULOUS! Not content on using his dead brother in his political ad, Money Villaroyo also has the gall to use his sick mother confined to a wheelchair to speak at a press conference to defend him! The height of desperation!

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Villar firms seek disbarment of lawyer

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines — The real estate companies of Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel Villar are set to seek the disbarment of a former in-house lawyer who bared what he called the pattern of corruption in the conduct of Villar’s businesses.

In a press conference, lawyer Nalen Rosero-Galang, chief legal officer of the Villar group, said that aside from the disbarment case to be filed before the Supreme Court against lawyer Restituto Mendoza, Villar’s companies would also file criminal charges such as extortion, grave threats and libel against him simultaneously before the Makati and Las Piñas regional trial courts.

Galang said that the disbarment charge against Mendoza stemmed from his alleged blackmailing of the Villar companies at the height of the C-5 road controversy and for violating the attorney-client relationship.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Villar firms bribe and forge? The case of the undervalued crane

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Credibility versus competence

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


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DISPATCHES FROM THE ENCHANTED KINGDOM
By Manuel Buencamino

Someone who calls himself “thecusponline” captured the essence of the “battle of the frames” between Aquino and Villar. His concise analysis posted on Manuel Quezon III’s blog (www.Quezon.ph) is worth quoting in full:

“I think early on, the name of the game was defining a narrative for the campaign. Aquino and Villar were both playing to their strengths. Aquino had the legacy of honest government on his side and thus employed a good-versus-evil narrative, while Villar had a record of leading both Houses of Congress and his life story to sell.

“The middle part of the campaign was all about bridging two gaps. There was the competency gap for Aquino, and the credibility gap for Villar. Taken on his own merits, Aquino seemed like a weak candidate, but given the strategy he took in selectively choosing the more reform-minded defectors rather than the transactional ones [who went to Villar], he has been able to build a balanced yet formidable team, while Villar simply tried to evade questions regarding his claims.

Click Manuel Buencamino.

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Malaya insights

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


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Villar responds
By LITO Banayo

SENATOR Manny Villar has been making the rounds of broadcast media to respond to various issues hounding his campaign, and dish out remarks against his main protagonist, who has been featured by Time Magazine on its cover.

Villar is particularly mad at the Villarroyo tag. He and his spokespersons have been denying this tag to death. He and they keep saying that it was he and his party-mates who “initiated” the investigation of all the graft scandals, from jueteng to Hello Garci, to the fertilizer scandal, and the ZTE-NBN anomalies. Vamos a ver.

via LITO BANAYO.

The U.S. is worried
By DUCKY PAREDES

THE United States under Barrack Obama is very interested in what will happen on May 10, 2010 in the Philippines. Part of this concern is the reason why Senator Noynoy is on the cover of Time Magazine. While Senator Aquino was the main story, the article itself also had an interview and quotes from Senator Villar.

Via Ducky Paredes

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Volunteers to be mobilized nationwide to protect Gibo votes

Posted by akosistella on April 19, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines – Thousands of volunteers for administration presidential candidate Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro will mobilize nationwide on election day to protect his votes, organizers said yesterday.

Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal said he would be giving a free lecture on poll watching and other related election rules to Teodoro’s volunteers on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the CSP Building along EDSA in Mandaluyong City.

He said the lecture was sponsored by the Mahal Ko Bayan Ko Women’s Group headed by Evelyn Kilayko.

Meanwhile, thousands of Caviteños poured into the streets of their province and later converged at a giant proclamation rally held at the General Trias Convention Center last Saturday night to show their support for Teodoro.

via Philippine Star.

Lakas-Kampi defections: ‘Villaroyo’ or ‘Gloriaquino’?

MANILA, Philippines–Those who are saying that the exodus of administration candidates to the Nacionalista Party (NP) is proof that Manuel Villar Jr. is the secret candidate of President Arroyo should re-think their assumptions.

The Liberal Party (LP) of Benigno Aquino III has practically the same share of defectors from the President’s party, the Lakas-Kampi, a headcount done by abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak shows.

As of April 15, less than a month before the elections, 42 incumbent governors, congressmen, and city mayors have either bolted Lakas-Kampi or declared support for presidential candidates other than Lakas standard-bearer Gilberto Teodoro Jr.

Click ABS-CBN News

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Phil. Star opinions

Posted by akosistella on April 15, 2010


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EDITORIAL – Jurisprudence

In June 2001 and June 2003, the Supreme Court ruled on issues involving party-list organizations. Among other things, the ruling on a case filed by Ang Bagong Bayani affirmed the intent of the framers of the Constitution to utilize the party-list system as a way of promoting the interests of marginalized and underrepresented sectors in Congress. In addition, the SC ruled that the candidate party or organization must not only represent marginalized sectors; its nominees must also belong to those sectors.

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Significant and insignificant developments
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR
By William M. Esposo

Now Villar is trying to make political capital out of a security agency where Noynoy Aquino had a minor participation. Aquino had already divested from this firm in 1987 and explained that his involvement was due to security concerns then — the many coup attempts against the Cory government. Aquino almost became a casualty of one of these coups — carrying to this day the fragment of a bullet in his body which occasionally causes him pain and discomfort.

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To each his own
TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS
By Babe Romualdez

If there’s anybody who has had the strongest influence on GMA, particularly with regard to her economic policies, it’s none other than Albay governor Joey Salceda. Despite a number of gaffes – the most unforgettable of which was when he called his boss “the luckiest bitch” – he has remained one of the staunchest defenders of the president, highlighting her administration’s accomplishments at every turn possible.

Which is why the news that he is bolting Lakas-Kampi to join the Liberal Party camp of Noynoy Aquino comes as a shock to many, since of all people, Salceda would be the last in mind to defect. But then again, nothing should come as a surprise anymore when it comes to Philippine politics where more often than not, the rule of the game is survival and expediency. The election season can make erstwhile enemies become the new best friends, while those who have been the closest of allies can turn into the most bitter of rivals.

Click Babe Romualdez.

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LP welcomes Salceda

Posted by akosistella on April 14, 2010


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Liberal Party members welcomed [Joey] Salceda’s move to the party.

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and Quezon Rep. Lorenzo Tañada III said Salceda’s move ensures Aquino’s victory in the vote-rich Bicol region. Albay has nearly 700,000 votes.

Other Bicolano politicians supporting Aquino are Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo and Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, who comes from Sorsogon.

“It is an indication that a bandwagon is now in the offing in favor of Senator Aquino. For the first time since 1998, there is no true blue Bicolano running for President. With key Bicolano leaders supporting Noynoy, there is a big chance that we will win big in the Bicol region,” Pangilinan told abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak.

“I think he should be welcomed. He is a very intelligent governor. He’s got the experience of being a legislator. He’s also a governor. I think he should be welcomed in the LP,” said returning senatorial candidate Ralph Recto. He also left Lakas-Kampi-CMD last year to join LP.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Salceda defection ‘vindication’ for Villar

MANILA, Philippines—Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar said Wednesday that the transfer of Albay Gov. Joey Salceda to the Liberal Party vindicated him from his opponents’ “Villarroyo” allegation.

Villar said Salceda’s transfer is a “vindication” for him that there was no Villarroyo alliance.

Villar spoke to reporters in an ambush interview before joining the graduation rites of the Perpetual Help College of Manila at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) where he was the guest speaker.

Click Inquirer.net

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Why I will vote for Noynoy, and why he will win

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


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By KRIP YUSON
Reprinted with permission from ROGUE magazine, April 2010

Actually, there’s no correlation. Either won’t be contingent on the other.

The first is a sure thing. I know what I will do come May 10 when I step into the polling place for Valle Verde residents in Pasig City. I will shade that oval, the way the Sexbomb Dancers have sufficiently enlightened me, right before the second presidential candidate’s name: Benigno Aquino III. And I’ll make sure to fight off the temptation to spit at the name that appears before his, whatzisname Acosta.

Just because I think the usual suspects have done their darndest to knock off Aquino from the uppermost perch, and succeeded somewhat despite Acosta’s tardy disqualification, shouldn’t make me express my disgust at Comelec’s apparent ministrations. No, I won’t soil and spoil my ballot.

I will vote for Noynoy and I will vote for Mar, primarily because — and this is the most fundamental of many reasons — I know our country deserves 12 consecutive years of good governance. Yes, I’m scanning far ahead. I’m looking beyond Noynoy’s six-year term. If the Liberal Party’s main ticket wins, it will mark the first time in ages that the tandem for the highest positions in the land gets elected together.

I don’t think they’ll ever quarrel over policy or girls or governance, from 2010 to 2016. Most likely, VP Mar will be highly supportive of Prez Noy2, and that they will conduct themselves in office as a true partnership. They’re friends, they’ve been friends, they’re the sons of a former LP tandem that was just as formidable, maybe even more so.

Both are intelligent, decent men advantaged not so much by wealth but by good upbringing, including education and having nice families. That is why Mar should then become president in 2016, and proceed from the foundation of stability and optimism we hope to have been put in place by then — by Noynoy with the help of his sisters and brethren, which will include all of us who vote him into power so that national corruption is drastically, dramatically decreased. Then Mar can continue the same and push an even stronger economic program forward.

By 2022, and I hope I can still be around to applaud those dozen years as they end, our yet nascent republic would then have attained more than a semblance of competitiveness with our neighbors. I also hope that by then the Catholic Church would have finally taken a backseat in the busybody observance of affairs of governance.

Noynoy thence Mar might have then conducted such a turnaround in national ethics and spirit that the usual bully pulpits would have been silenced on the use of strawberry-flavored condoms. Why, maybe even the matter of divorce might start to stand a chance for official consideration.

This is what I pray for (gulp, okay, that’s being tongue-in-cheek, since I usually just send tons of sunshine vibes to anyone in distress or critical health): that we Filipinos move forward not a hundred steps behind the ways of the rational, pragmatic Dutch, Belgians, Scandinavians, etc. — but only by about 50. Maybe by the time Baby James gets elected as Mayor of Quezon City, our capital can allow cafés to display rainbow colors not just for the aesthetics of it.

But to get back to the present — next month when we troop to the polls, as they say, it should be with much hope.

That is why we won’t vote for Nicky Perlas. Because he can only project himself as an environmentalist, albeit I recall that the organic pechay he grew on the edge of UP Diliman decades ago was priced nearly double that on supermarket shelves, and looked rather unfortunate.

That is why we won’t vote for that young fellow De los Reyes, whose youthful idealism only seems to translate itself into a certain picaresque weepiness — in mien, in voice, in articulation.

That is why we won’t vote for someone with a titular Bro before his name, because he can only be self-righteous, even if he properly belongs to that questionable breed of televangelists who indulge in an industry more than a poor excuse for faith.

That is why we can’t vote for Dick, because he hasn’t quite grown up from the Atenean cheerleader he was, so that the wurz-wurz motormouth capability doesn’t ever give us a chance to reflect and discern our way through matters of intellect and emotion, both.

We are sorry we can’t vote for Gibo, not because he has no chance of making it anyway, but simplistically because of the albatross on his back. He obviously has the intelligence, the youth, the idealism, and very likely the decency to do right by his countrymen. But he cannot proxy for someone whose dislike and distrust rating is much too heavy for anyone’s backbone.

Voting for Erap would have nothing to do with hope. He doesn’t even smoke that kind of cigarettes. Instant Alzheimer’s could wipe away any memory of plunder, but would we want anyone slurring his oath once again, with Ernie Maceda right behind him for the photo op?

That leaves us the top two candidates by virtue of the survey ratings. All the skeptics not in my payroll (meaning of my particular ilk) may spoof the way Conrad de Quiros has pared it down, again simplistically, to a mythical fight between good and evil. But there is something there, whether or not it tallies with our appreciation for complexities or the grays in between.

Sure, it isn’t a black-or-white world. But the specter of a Money Villarroyo as a Goliath of Mammon cum Mordor versus a bespectacled son of heroes who hasn’t had Botox or follicle transplants comes very close to silhouetting the protagonists.

I believe Noynoy will win the presidency because that kind of narrative pitting a crusader against a giant crustacean will appeal to most Filipinos.

Sure, the kids may sing along to the earworm of a jingle that professional admen have brilliantly concocted. But their parents will give it a good think as May Day Eve turns the corner, and they will say that Dolphy can entrust his kids to whomever, seeing as how a few of them went astray anyway, and that Manny Pacquiao can endorse anyone as much as he wants, but he’ll still be on a different page from where we regard our politicians and legislators, and that Sarah Geronimo has simply taken up where she left off with Sen. Ed Angara and STI, and that Willie Revillame’s support can only show what sort of company this free-spending candidate keeps… Blah blah blah. But they have heard enough of canny banking and land development practices, let alone “C-5 at Taga,” to take those testimonials for their pure word.

And if we were to see a 60-second TV ad that features Kris, Korina, Shawie and Vilma saying they’re related or married to certain men, but that beyond being kapamilya or kapuso they’re asking us to vote for Noy-Mar because “Para sa Bayan Ito!” — then I think we win pulling away.

That’s not even counting PBA MVP James Yap and son Baby James, who already commands such adulation as what got our matriarchal society gushing over the cutesy-tot stereotype of the Sto. Niño since Reina Juana of Cebu first held him in her hands.

Finally, I am confident of a Noynoy electoral victory because someone up there, his Mom more than what you think, will continue to do the supernatural for her countrymen’s sake.

It is also time, and it is our destiny, to break off that slough of despond that has characterized our civil service, once and for all — slash through that Gordian knot of corruption that we sneer at but still laugh about.

It is time for positive change, no doubt. Let’s get it on. And reward the yellow army of volunteers and all of the decent-minded kin and friends and barbers and masseuses we know who’ve asked for yellow ballers and yellow-ribbon stickers for their cars and tricycles.

It gratifies me that when I vote for Noynoy and Mar, I am assured that most of the writers, artists and musicians I’ve beered, whiskied, videoke’d and GRO’d with will do the same. That all my brothers and cousins and aunts and nephews will do, too. That most of my Bedan batchmates of H. S. Class of 1960 will also shade the oval before Aquino, Benigno III.

Not only do we owe it to Ninoy and Cory and their supreme sacrifices for Pilipinas, but to our self- respect as Pinoys.

I recall a night in the late ’90s, when it was still Giraffe at the back corner of the 6750 Tower on Ayala, and the place was jumping in the name of a private party. I went out for fresh air and smokes, that curious oxymoron, and ran into Rapa Lopa, who intro-ed me to his smiling cousin Noynoy, who had also lit up. We exchanged light banter. Someone pulled Noynoy away. Still light-years away from any attempt at gravitas, Rapa and I got to talk about the coming presidential elections, how Erap was posing such a threat for a comedown after FVR.

I said Noynoy should think of running for the Senate after his stint as Congressman, well, sometime, before the Marcos children beat him to it. And who knows, maybe from there something even better will happen in the distant future. I thought I glimpsed a furrow of gravitas overtake Rapa’s brow, but only momentarily, before he smiled again. “Sabi mo yan, ha, Krip?”

Yup. I said it. And now I want to prove myself a prophet in my own country. Unless — or else — it isn’t mine at all.

(Preview of an article for ROGUE Magazine, April 2010, out in the bookstores and your favorite newsstands this week.)

Posted in 2010 elections, Dick Gordon, Joseph Estrada, Manny Villar, Noynoy Aquino, Opinion, Philippine politics | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Shorts

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


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By LITO BANAYO

My son-in-law thought Money Villarroyo’s new ad, featuring the “reversible scroll” where a woman reads a lament, followed by Villarroyo’s positive spin of the same lamentations, was “great.” When we were on the road for the Holy Week holidays, he asked if I had seen it on TV, and I hadn’t. Two days later, the internet was inundated with mail describing how the reversible scroll, which won a Cannes award for political advertising in 2006, was “plagiarized” by Villar’s “creative artists” from the ad of presidential candidate Ricardo Lopez Murphy in Argentina.

“Peke talaga”, the Erap camp chimed in, describing the Villarroyo ad as a “cheap rip-off of the original”. But the punchline, which is where Erap is the unbeatable communications expert, is this: “Infringed ads produce replicated results…Senator Villar will come in third in the May 10 elections, a fate similar to Lopez Murphy.” Ouch!

Now this is certainly the “creative artists” original sin. If Villarroyo could not fault them for the ad where he ascribed his brother Danny’s unfortunate death to their family’s inability to pay, because that yarn must have come only from the candidate himself, this “scroll” plagiarism is certainly theirs. Surely the candidate was never informed that it was a poor case of “gaya-gaya”. Because likely, Villarroyo would have asked, “nanalo ba si Lopez Murphy sa Argentina?”

Click LITO BANAYO.

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A statement from the Ateneo Psychology Dept.

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


   

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It has come to our attention that a psychiatric evaluation of Senator Benigno Aquino III, supposedly conducted by the Ateneo de Manila University Psychology Department in 1996, is being circulated in the Internet and other media. The Psychology Department would like to correct this fallacious information. The document is false; no faculty member or other professional affiliated with the Psychology Department has ever conducted a psychiatric assessment of Senator Benigno Aquino III. Moreover, Fr. Carmelo A. Caluag, whose name appears as the signatory in the psychiatric evaluation form, is not a psychologist or psychiatrist and was never affiliated with the Psychology Department. The Department denounces this attempt to vilify a person’s character through the spreading of false information.

Psychology Department
School of Social Sciences
Ateneo de Manila University

8 April 2010

ALSO READ: Noynoy: Psych claims smack of detractors’ desperation

LAME, lame, lame, Money Villaroyo. This was just poor dirty tricks ops. Whoever you’re paying to do this for you, get your money back quick. In-onse ka ‘pre. This was even lamer than the Topak and Gloriaquino ideas. Tsk, tsk.

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The realistic options of the last 31 days of campaigning

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


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AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR
By William M. Esposo

Today marks the last 31 days of campaigning for national and local positions in the May 10, 2010 elections. At the end of May 8, all candidates will have to stop campaigning or face disqualification.

In the most coveted electoral contest — the presidency — the realistic options have narrowed. For those who are currently ranked fourth place and lower in the credible polls — their chances of winning have moved from improbable to almost impossible. It has never happened in Philippine presidential elections that a presidential candidate rallied and won from a single digit rating with only a month of campaigning left.

Not even a national well-oiled party machinery can do the job now for those ranked lower than fourth place. Theoretically, Lakas Kampi CMD’s Gilbert Teodoro has the edge in party machinery but it is now doubted how many members of his party are still supporting him.

Click William M. Esposo.

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Phenomena

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


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THERE’S THE RUB
By Conrado de Quiros

THE GAP BETWEEN NOYNOY AQUINO AND Manny Villar is now 12 points. That’s what the latest Pulse Asia survey says. Aquino got 37 percent and Villar 25 percent. It’s the newest twist in a campaign that has unfolded with epic twists and turns.

It has certainly defied expectations. Early this year, when Aquino’s lead fell to only three points, 37 percent to Villar’s 34, giving them a statistical tie in SWS’s poll, the pundits were saying the tide had turned. With his billions, they said, Villar was going to steamroll past Aquino. He wouldn’t stop until he had every adult, and not just every kid, humming his jingle. He was the kind of man, the pundits said, to seize the smallest opportunity and hold on to it tenaciously.

Then, suddenly, inexplicably, miraculously, he unraveled.

Click Conrado de Quiros.

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Comelec approves NP-NPC coalition

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


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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.”

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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


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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.

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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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