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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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Six days after

Posted by akosistella on May 16, 2010


By Patricia Evangelista

HIGH NOON, MAY 10. A FAT FIST SMACK-SMACKING against the cracked yellow wall, the mouth with the cracked red lipstick flapping open and closed, her gay lieutenant yapping in refrain. Cheating, screams the pudgy woman, as the madding crowd outside the classroom cheers. Inside, the teachers in white and stripes continue to count, shoulders wincing at each pounded fist. The numbers join the rabble, greasy elbow to empty gut, the hallway shrinks, and a teacher is shoved and mobbed.

Wet T-shirt day in Payatas-A, 6,000 votes for the taking, chipped red nail polish, swaggering bad boys in their wife-beater shirts and denim cut-offs leering down sweating cleavages in padded pink bras. Waiting three hours, says the old man in the baseball cap. Five hours, says the mother with the missing front tooth. Squares of paper brandished, numbers hand-printed, teachers in crisp white calling on 204.

Click Patricia Evangelista.

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Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


Phil. Star: Derailed

Can votes ever be counted with a semblance of order in certain areas of Mindanao? Days after the Commission on Elections announced the likely winner in the presidential race, and with winners in many local contests already proclaimed, the nation is still waiting for the results from the usual trouble spots in Mindanao. Violence, documented on video, has erupted, and accusations of vote buying and cheating are flying in the Lanao provinces and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Shameful

THE NEWLY PROCLAIMED REPRESENTATIVE OF the second district of Pampanga, President Macapagal-Arroyo, has an urgent message for the nation: “Don’t get too excited over the election results; with me, it’s still politics as usual.” A mere two days after the country’s first, and generally successful, nationwide automated elections, and only five days before Chief Justice Reynato Puno retires from the Supreme Court, she created a new position: that of Chief-Justice-in-waiting. The timing, and the choice of her former aide, Justice Renato Corona, tell us the appointment was yet one more political act of the most politically partisan president since 1986.

Via Inquirer

Vulture eyeing a midnight feast

THE scramble for the last peso that could be extorted in the last two minutes of the Arroyo administration is on. There no more big-ticket contracts to award. There are no buyers for the remaining government crown jewels set for privatization. But there’s still the old reliable “audit” of corporate taxpayers and the resulting “areglo.” Peanuts compared to the foiled NBN-ZTE deal, perhaps, but a few millions here and there pretty soon add up to a substantial sum, to crib from the late Everett Dirksen, the curmudgeon at the US Senate.

Via Malaya

Daily Tribune: Hostile territory

Sen. Noynoy Aquino, who is leading in the unofficial presidential tally, should rethink his exclusive stance on the presidency as if he, the comebacking civil socialites, and the Liberal Party (LP) would be all that is needed to run the country.

Via Daily Tribune

Manila Times: Two cheers for digital democracy

It appears that JC [delos Reyes], Senator Jamby Madrigal and Nick Perlas have evidence that something rotten has happened in the the way the counting was carried out by the Precinct Optical Count Scan (PCOS) machines’ software or memory cards and whatever or whoever. So they are asking the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to probe into the irregularities.

Via Manila Times

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Arroyo likely to gun for House speaker post, says Iggy

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


Outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is likely target the House Speakership when the new Congress opens in July, her lawmaker brother-in-law said Tuesday night.

Negros Occidental Rep. Ignacio (Iggy) Arroyo Jr. said Mrs. Arroyo has enough allies to get her the top post in the House of Representatives.

“Yes, I think she would,” Arroyo, who was proclaimed winner of the congressional race for the fifth district of Negros Occidental, said when asked if Mrs. Arroyo will go for the Speaker’s post.

via GMANews.TV.


Palace: Arroyo may be RP’s 1st woman House Speaker

MANILA, Philippines – While this is not a novel notion for many, it’s the first time Malacañan itself is actually acknowledging the possibility President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo may become the country’s first female speaker of the House of Representatives once she steps down from the presidency.

Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza said on Wednesday the president has a lot to share the next administration in her new role in government.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Arroyo proclaimed as Pampanga congressman

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Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


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Phil Star: Eleventh-hour ouster

On the eve of the end of the campaign period, Ed Panlilio received the final word from the Commission on Elections: for the past three years, he had occupied a post that he did not win in the 2007 midterm elections. The real winner in the race for Pampanga governor, according to the final Comelec ruling, is former provincial board member Lilia Pineda.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Days of unease

COMELEC CHAIR JOSE MELO SAYS HE CAN SMILE again. “Elections will go through at all levels, in all precincts,” he happily declared Wednesday after a test run on a precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machine in one Makati precinct yielded a “perfect” result. The same machine was one among scores of machines that failed to read votes cast for local positions in an earlier test conducted Monday, forcing the Comelec to call off the nationwide testing of some 76,000 PCOS machines and recall all the flash cards where the instructions are encoded. The accurate reading of the test votes came after a reconfigured flash card was used. And a visibly relieved Melo gratefully said, “It seems that our prayers have been answered.”

Via Inquirer.net

Daily Tribune: It may have come too little and too late

The Supreme Court (SC) the other day ordered the Commission on Elections to disclose all its preparations for the country’s first automated polls for Monday, giving the Comelec two days to do so, upon receipt of the order.

Via Daily Tribune

Risa’s generation

RISA HONTIVEROS-BARAQUEL IS RUNNING for senator. The latest surveys show her to be hovering between 13th and 15th place—still outside the winning circle of 12, which includes the likes of Bongbong Marcos and Lito Lapid. But, clearly, she is very much within striking distance, almost by a miracle, having come from way behind—from the ranks of deserving candidates who languish in the bottom of survey rankings only because their names do not ring a bell.

Click Randy David

ROSES & THORNS By Alejandro R. Roces

It is an old saying that politics and not cockfighting is the true national past time of the Filipinos. May is a month of fiestas in the Philippines. We have the Flores de Mayo, Obando Fertility Rites, Pahiyas and Pulilan Carabao Festival. Fiestas are the highest form of community expression. We have referred to EDSA I as the fiesta that toppled a dictator. In a way, Election Day is another political fiesta. Voting is one of the highest expressions of our civic responsibility.

Click Alejandro Roces

‘Science means never having to say you’re wrong’
SOCIAL CLIMATE By Mahar Mangahas

“LOVE MEANS NEVER HAVING TO SAY YOU’RE sorry” is a cute saying. There must be as many definitions of love as there are lovers.

On the other hand, “Science means never having to say you’re wrong,” which seems to be what it means to presidential candidate Richard “Dick” Gordon, is not what science means to me, nor, I think, to most scientists.

Click Mahar Mangahas

Leaks for mind-conditioning
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

If there was any doubt that the Social Weather Stations (SWS) was into mind-conditioning, and perhaps even manipulating the results of a presidential candidate that it is supporting, doubt no more.

There can hardly be any doubt left today — not after the still dubious survey results that were supposed to be embargoed for a newspaper, the BusinessWorld, to print for Friday’s issue, were deliberately leaked to the Liberal Party standard bearer, Sen. Noynoy Aquino, in time for the other media establishments to quickly carry the results, showing the LP bet widening his lead, with a 42 percent survey score.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

COMMENTARY By Juan Miguel Luz

Next to poor reading skills, low levels of science and math achievement hurt a country most. Functional literacy is the combination of reading (the basis for simple literacy) and numeracy (the facility to do the four operations of arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).

At a higher level, it is the reason why we are unable to develop and maintain a significant industrial base in this country. There are simply not enough science and technology technicians, professionals and scientists to run a broad-based manufacturing or industrial sector that can produce products for local consumption and export.

Via Inquirer.net

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Aquino stands by Roxas, slams Binay ‘illusions’

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Going into the final days of the campaign, Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is going out of his way to convince voters that his running mate is Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II and not Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.A week after the launch of the “Noy-Bi” ticket endorsed by Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Ang Ladlad party-list, Aquino reiterated his support for Roxas after Binay claimed that he was offered by Aquino to head the Department of Interior and Local Government should he win the elections.“From day one, my only vice president is Mar. That will not change and nothing will change that fact,” Aquino said in a press statement.

via INQUIRER.net.


Cardinal Rosales clarifies stand on people power

After receiving flak on the matter, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales blinked and clarified he is not against the use of people power if the elections are thwarted.

At the same time, Rosales said he did not mean to hurt anyone when he branded calls for people power at this time as “crazy,” and that he should have reflected on the matter.

“He was not against People Power, by itself, against dictators and injustices, for which he prayed much during the first EDSA 1986. The interview words he used should have been well reflected on, words he (lately and now) admittedly did not mean (much less to hurt the sensibilities of others),” a statement from Rosales’ office said.

Via GMA News.TV

AND: Miriam: I was cheated, but didn’t call for people power

Comelec sustains decision unseating Panlilio as governor

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc has upheld the decision unseating Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio in favor of former board member Lilia Pineda, a poll body official said Thursday.

Comelec Commissioner Lucenito Tagle confirmed that the en banc, in a split decision, upheld the decision of the second division saying Pineda actually won in the 2007 Pampanga gubernatorial race.

“Ang alam ko na-uphold din, di ko alam kung na-promulgate (From what I know, it was upheld, I don’t know if it has been promulgated),” he said in a phone interview with GMANews.TV. Tagle is a member of the second division.

Via GMANews.TV

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Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


‘Poll watchers getting advance pay in GMA district’

LUBAO, Pampanga , Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) re-electionist Gov. Eddie Panlilio urged yesterday the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to investigate reports that his gubernatorial rival has been paying advance salaries ranging from P1,500 to P4,000 monthly to people who will act as poll watchers in the second district of Pampanga, where President Arroyo is the official congressional candidate of Lakas-Kampi-CMD.

“I urge the Comelec in Pampanga and Central Luzon to check out reports that my fellow gubernatorial candidate, Mrs. Lilia Pineda, and her campaigners at the Lakas-Kampi-CMD are doing a massive recruitment of poll watchers beyond what is allowed by election laws,” the Pampanga governor said in a statement yesterday.

Panlilio said that a “first batch of poll watchers have been designated as barangay coordinators” and have been required by the Pineda camp to recruit 10 poll watchers each.

via Phil. Star

Rival seeks Ate Vi’s disqualification over oversized posters

The political rival of reelectionist Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto on Monday sought her disqualification over her supposedly oversized public service announcements placed all over the province.

In a five-page petition, former governor Armando Sanchez’s lawyer Ferdinand Topacio asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to disqualify Santos-Recto because her oversized posters clearly promote her candidacy.

“Ito po ay higanteng billboard na kasing lalaki po ng mga bahay, kasing lalaki ng mga gusali at pinapalusot po nila na public service ngunit obvious na obvious po na ito ay para sa kandidatura ni Gov. Santos-Recto (These are gigantic billboards the size of houses, the size of buildings, and they say that it is for public service when it’s so obvious that it is for the candidacy of Gov. Santos-Recto),” Topacio told reporters after filing the petition.

via GMANews.TV.

16-M votes from Bangon Pilipinas supporters—Yasay

MANILA, Philippines – “We will win,” Yasay confidently told ANC’s Headstart on Monday.

Yasay is the runningmate of Bro. Eduardo “Eddie” Villanueva who founded the religious group Jesus Is Lord Movement.

Yasay said somebody who wants change must win this election. “Change must happen, and it will only happen if you love God.”

via ABS-CBN news

Suspected NPAs harass LP bets in Capiz over unpaid campaign permits

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Fifteen armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) disrupted a political caucus of the Liberal Party (LP) in Mambusao, Capiz, last Thursday, belated reports reaching the Capiz Police Provincial Office showed.

The reports disclosed that an armed man went up the stage in the hall of Barangay (village) Cala-agus, and grabbed the microphone from the master of ceremony.

The unidentified man announced that they were not allowing the holding of a caucus in the village due to the LP’s lack of permit to campaign (PTC), a safe conduct pass for a candidate to campaign in rebel-infested areas.

via Inquirer.net

Kontra Daya accuses Palparan of threatening leftist bets in Makati

The Kontra Daya Movement on Monday accused senatorial candidate and retired Major General Jovito Palparan of having a hand in the death threats mailed to some militant candidates in Makati city.

Kontra Daya convenor Mike Lopez Sr. told GMANews.TV that based on Palparan’s track record, the retired colonel is “capable” of “intimidating” leftist candidates to discourage them from running, and supporting senatorial candidates Liza Maza and Satur Ocampo — party-list representatives who are linked to the New People’s Army.

“[Palparan is] the only one who has the motives,” Lopez said, adding that Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales could have possibly given the Palparan the blessing to execute such actions.

Via GMA News.TV

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Posted by akosistella on April 26, 2010


Arroyo sings in her first sortie for congressional seat

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines — In her first sortie since the campaign period for local positions started on March 26, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo sang Florantes “Handog” on Saturday.

Gubernatorial candidate Lilia Pineda, a friend of the President’s, joined her in singing the familiar Pinoy tune about gratitude at a gymnasium in Lubao, hometown of her late father, former President Diosdado Macapagal.

Lakas-Kampi-CMD campaign coordinators said the rallys host, Rosve Henson, put Ms Arroyo on the spot during the program. The President took a dare and embraced Pineda as they sang before some 3, 000 people.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Group wants to save Pampanga from ‘dark forces’

Another mammoth crowd leaves Estrada speechless

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Former President Joseph Estrada was uncharacteristically speechless when he walked up the makeshift stage at the huge intersection-turned-rally site here late Saturday night.

For a few minutes, all he could do was look at the mammoth crowd and stare in disbelief how he—at 73 years old and almost a decade detached from his abbreviated presidency—could still gather such a big number at such short notice.

He said the number could go no lower than 50, 000, which was his biggest crowd to date and definitely no small feat for a campaign ticket lacking the star power of top endorsers such as Manny Pacquiao and Willie Revillame.

via Inquirer.net

Votes, not surveys, to decide candidates’ fate — Teodoro

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –- With a fortnight to go before elections, Gilbert Teodoro Jr. on Saturday night here declared that voters, not surveys, would decide the fate of presidential candidates.

The administration standard-bearer spoke before a huge crowd in a rally at the Rizal Park Saturday night, and took the opportunity to hold out an olive branch to his erstwhile allies.

“Let’s wake the others who are giving more importance to surveys and ignoring the voice of the people. For me until the last Juan dela Cruz speaks, it isn’t over. Juan dela Cruz’s vote is sacred,” he told a cheering crowd of 2,000.

via Inquirer.net

JC: We’ve gone this far, that’s a miracle

“MIRACLES” HAVE BEEN HAPPENING since the campaign began.

“We have survived this long, isn’t that a miracle? That a 40-year-old agreed to run for president instead of making money as a businessman, seven elder candidates of Kapatiran submitting to me, the youngest presidentiable, the endorsements from the bishops, the press picking us up, aren’t they miracles?” said John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, standard-bearer of the faith-based Ang Kapatiran Party (AKP).

The miracle of winning on May 10 will put him in the country’s highest post where he can continue his “politics of evangelization.”

via Inquirer.net

Perlas: Better a delayed election than a failed election

MANILA, Philippines – Why hold an automated election for the country’s highest office if there is a large possibility that it will fail?

Independent presidential candidate Nicanor “Nick” Perlas said this is the question that the Commission on Elections should consider when deciding on his petition to postpone the May 10 nationwide polls for 3 months.

“Instead of waiting for failure to happen on election day, we have to preempt it. We have to be active,” Perlas told radio dzMM.

via ABS-CBN News

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Posted by akosistella on April 13, 2010


An anatomy of black and white

AS candidates and their supporters in this campaign claim that the other side is mounting “black” propaganda against the other, and many in media echo the charges willy-nilly, it is perhaps time for a definition of terms.

What exactly is “black” propaganda? When is propaganda, or the use of communication tools to advance causes or personalities, or conversely, against programs or personalities “black”, and when is it “white”? When is it acceptable, and when is it unacceptable?

The distinction is very simple. It is “black” when it is false. It is “white” when it is true.


Ang Ladlad, Simpao, and Black Prop

Liberal Party bet Adonis Simpao for the congressional seat in the 2nd District of Pampanga has been receiving death threats.

Simpao said he received the two letters – one from Bulacan and another from Nueva Ecija –after he and other local candidates of the Liberal Party were allegedly harassed by supporters of administration gubernatorial bet Lilia Pineda, a known ally of his opponent for the congressional seat – President Gloria Arroyo.

The letter from San Jose del Monte in Bulacan warns Simpao not to accept support from the groups Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela, Kabataan, Katribu, Act, and Akap Bata party lists because these are “instruments” of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army.

Click Ducky Paredes

Mental health a legitimate issue
by Nestor Mata

EVER since the start of the presidential race, Noynoy Aquino’s black propaganda corps in the Liberal Party and in certain media quarters relentlessly, merrily, attacked Nacionalista Party standard bearer Manny Villar.

All the while Villar kept his cool, simply took the high ground and continued to talk about his plans, policies and programs once elected to the presidency. His campaign was issues-oriented, and didn’t resort to character assassination, as he had publicly vowed.

But when Aquino’s “attack dogs crossed the lines of decency, civility and morality,” Villar broke his silence. With civility, he answered all the dirty allegations they threw at him.

Click Nestor Mata

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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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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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VP bets won’t mind not having any Cabinet post

Posted by akosistella on April 8, 2010


Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, head of the influential Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation, hosted the Sukatan 2010 vice presidential forum.

Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Roxas II said he would like to provide a “feedback mechanism” to the next president.

“The Office of the Vice President has a mandate in itself. I will work on that mandate,” Roxas said.

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Jokes, faux pas dominate Lakas sortie in Pampanga

SAN FERNANDO CITY, Pampanga – Jokes and faux pas added color to an otherwise ordinary sortie here by the administration party Lakas-Kampi-CMD led by its standard-bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr.

During a meeting, senatorial bet Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III was mistakenly introduced by gubernatorial candidate Lilia “Baby” Pineda as “Bebot Villar,” the head of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG).

“Ang siguradong magiging senador at unang dapat iboto, si (A future senator of this country) Senator Bebot Villar,” Pineda said during the meeting between Teodoro and Pampanga local leaders.

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Noynoy courts Kapampangan voters

Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010


SAN FERNANDO, Philippines – Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III invaded on Wednesday the bailiwick of his political nemesis, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, to court the Kapampangan vote.

Aquino campaigned in the province for the first time since the official campaign period began last February 9, but was here late last year to organize his volunteer organizations and to put together a slate behind beleaguered Pampanga Governor Ed Panlillio, who is seeking re-election.

Panlilio is appealing a Comelec decision declaring his opponent, Lilia ‘Baby’ Pineda, the winner in the 2007 elections.

The Liberal Party is fielding only 13 mayoralty candidates out of the 22 towns in the province. It has the backing of only one incumbent, San Fernando Mayor Oca Rodriguez

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Edu to take a break from campaign after brother’s death

Posted by akosistella on April 7, 2010


PAMPANGA, Philippines – Despite the recent death of his brother, Lakas-Kampi-CMD vice presidential bet Edu Manzano still decided to continue his scheduled campaign sorties in Bataan and Pampanga on Wednesday.

Though he seemed all smiles and in a joking mood as he addressed a crowd of Lakas local officials in San Fernando, Manzano turned emotional when he talked about the death in the United States of his 64-year-old brother, Adrian “Dicky” Manzano.

Manzano, 10 years younger than Adrian, said he was campaigning in Davao on Tuesday afternoon when he received the sad news of his elder brother’s death last Monday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time.

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POLITICS aside, we are all equal in death and grief. Our deepest condolences to Edu on the passing of his brother. Our heartfelt prayers for you and your family.

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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.

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‘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.

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AND: Aquino will make a vindictive president

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