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Canvassing deadline moved to June 15

Posted by akosistella on May 27, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The joint Senate-House canvassing committee will finish its tabulation of votes for president and vice president and proclaim the winners on or before June 15.

Committee co-chairmen Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Speaker Prospero Nograles made the decision in response to a query raised by Sen. Gregorio Honasan regarding the canvassing and proclamation timeline.

via Philippine Star.

ALSO READ: Erap lawyer insists ex-leader won elections

Party-list groups urge Comelec to push through with proclamation

MANILA, Philippines – Leading party-list groups have banded together and asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to proclaim on Friday all the winning party-list organizations.

In a statement, the Party-List Alliance welcomed the Comelec’s plan to proclaim the top 10 groups, saying “voters deserve and expect a quick announcement of winners due to automation” of the May 10 polls.

Via Phil. Star


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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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BusinessMirror Editorial: The unrepresented majority

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


IN a country that showers with praise the millions of its workers who toil in foreign lands at great sacrifice to themselves and their families while shoring up the Philippine economy—for nearly four decades—it’s ironic that at press time, most of the many party-list groups claiming to represent the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are uncertain of victory.

“[Running for the party-list elections] seems to be an exercise in futility for these groups. This has been happening in past elections before,” Francisco Aguilar Jr. of the Partidong Pandaigdigang Pilipino said, in apparent exasperation, in an interview with the nonprofit OFW Journalism Consortium (OFWJC).

Among the groups that ran with a claim to represent the OFWs are the Alyansa ng OFW, Ahon Pinoy, Action Brotherhood for Active Dreamers, Akbay Pinoy National Organization, Adhikaing Alay ng Marino sa Sambayanan, KALAHI Sectoral Party, Pamilyang OFW-SME Network, Ang Kapisanan ng mga Seaman and United Filipino Seafarers.

via BusinessMirror.

Yes, it’s unfortunate that Toots Ople, the only one among the senatorial candidates who actually did anything to protect OFW rights, did not make it to the top 12 winning candidates. I’m pretty sure though that despite this setback, she will continue her advocacy and her hard work in the field. God bless, Toots.

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As Roxas awaits Visayas votes, Binay keeps lead

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


As of the 5:31 p.m. update from the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting PPCRV, the citizen’s arm of the Commission on Elections based at the Pope Pius Center in Manila, Roxas was still nailed to the second spot with 12,670,877 votes.

Binay has so far garnered 13,478,375 votes, widening his lead to 804,669 votes from Thursday night’s 793,358 vote-margin.

Out of the 76,475 polling precincts across the country, 68,871 have already transmitted election returns to the Pius server, a small jump from early Thursday’s 68,373 precincts.

But votes from Central Visayas, much awaited by the camp of Roxas, the running mate of almost-elected president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, still remained uncounted as of 1:03 p.m. Friday.

Roxas’ camp has claimed that the senator will win by a “hairline” against Binay once votes from Central Visayas, his bailiwick, were counted.

via INQUIRER.net.


2 LP candidates vying for last Senate seat

Local polls results via GMANews.TV

Comelec partial, offical tally of partylist groups

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44 groups likely to get seats in Congress-ABS-CBN/Pulse Asia exit poll

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Of the 187 organizations that participated in the party-list election, 44 groups are likely to get seats in the House of Representatives, the results of an ABS-CBN/Pulse Asia exit poll showed on Wednesday.

Applying the seat allocation formula set by the Supreme Court in its April 2009 decision, these groups will be able to send 57 nominees to the 15th Congress.

The exit poll, conducted by Pulse Asia for ABS-CBN, interviewed 7,296 voters and has an error of margin of +/-1.8.

Via ABS-CBN News


Religious blocs fail to deliver

MANILA , Philippines —The results of the 2010 presidential and vice presidential elections have demystified the supposed political clout of various religious leaders who have held candidates hostage in past elections.

The biggest flops were Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ in Davao City , and Brother Mariano “Mike” Velarde of the El Shaddai Movement.

The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), under the fresh leadership of the late Eraño Manalo’s son, more particularly lived up to its perceived influence in the vice presidential race.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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Views from columnists

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


Learning from Lee Kuan Yew
AD LIB By Greg Macabenta

The management team that the new chief executive would assemble, along with his vice-president, will either lighten his load or add to the burden. This would depend on his choices and his ability to deal with them individually and as a team. Even the best advisers can become a burden when ego and self-interest prevail over duty.

The heaviest burden of all would be the culture of patronage, personal loyalties, utang na loob, short-cuts, nepotism, special treatment and misguided priorities and values — ingredients of a culture of corruption.

Click Greg Macabenta

Return of optimism
LEFT FIELD By A. R. Samson

Optimists are not always welcome to a televised discussion. They are too often dismissed as out of touch or too naive. The belief that things will turn out well in spite of the naysayers which media like to feature often seems almost irresponsible. And when things do turn out well and the sky not only failed to fall but features a blue sky and a yellow sun shining, optimists are not allowed to say — I told you so.

It is said that if pessimists like our so-called IT experts (our modern-day Cassandras) see Christ walking on water, they are likely to say that maybe he can’t swim. Optimism is certain to be making the rounds in the next few months, mostly having lunch with businessmen. She will be gaining more supporters and encountering fewer wet blankets. Optimism has always been the businessman’s mistress, someone he hides and keeps out of sight but loves with a passion. Inside the businessman’s body beats the heart of an optimist.

Click A.R. Samson

Beginning and end
THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

NINE MONTHS AGO, RAIN FELL ON THIS earth but the people refused to budge. They had tumbled out of their houses to join the procession, and even as the wind swirled and the water poured, they refused to break ranks and seek shelter. That was the procession to bring the remains of Corazon Aquino to her final resting place.

Observers would place the size of the crowd at equal, if not indeed more than, the one that brought her husband, Ninoy, to his own final resting place 26 years earlier. All the more remarkable for man (or woman) and nature conspiring to not make it so. The woman had declared that day a holiday ostensibly to honor the dead but more than likely to dishonor it by luring the people, the students especially, to the Mall of Asia rather than the pall of ages. And nature had sent a storm to daunt the dauntless, the skies adding more tears to the copious ones shed by a grieving nation.

Click Conrado de Quiros

The temptation of expediency

We have a new president. We now shift our focus on Congress. Who will lead the Senate and the House of Representatives? Will the new Congress reclaim its status as a co-equal and independent branch of government, or will it continue to be the servile assistant of the Executive?

The House is weak because its members defer to the president’s dedazo, the act of pointing a finger to indicate one’s preference. Jose de Venecia Jr. became Speaker when Gloria Arroyo pointed her forefinger at him. He lost his job when she pointed her middle finger at him. It need not be that way.

Click Manuel Buencamino

A gracious political act
ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

IN JUST 15 HOURS, OR LESS THAN A DAY after the close of voting in the country’s first computerized election on Monday, Sen. Manuel Villar, who was running third in the tally of presidential poll results, conceded defeat to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Villar’s concession stamped a historical landmark as the swiftest ever in the annals of bitter Philippine presidential elections, in which losers seldom conceded defeat in polls often marred by violence and rampant cheating. The concession came in the wake of a deluge of results announced by the Commission on Elections at 11:11 Monday night, showing Aquino leading his nearest rival, former President Joseph Estrada, by more than 3.3. million votes, based on 57 percent of the election results electronically counted by the Comelec. At that moment Aquino tallied 8,958,396 votes, against Estrada’s 5,678,821, and Villar’s 3,058, 942.

Click Amando Doronila

Usurping Congress’ canvassing mandate
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho Olivares

What the Commission on Elections (Comelec) commissioners are doing is all wrong, in the sense that they as a body, are not empowered by the Constitution to announce the results of the elections on the presidential and vice presidential level, since this rightly belongs to Congress, that is tasked to canvass the results of the top two political posts, automated or manual, taken from the provincial certificates of canvass.

The task of the Comelec en banc, constituted as a national election canvasser, is to strictly announce and proclaim the senatorial winners.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

A little paranoia led to vigilance at polls

The news so far has been encouraging. We took our sacred duty in a democratic society seriously. A little paranoia, a nagging fear that you-know-who could try something fishy to stay there beyond June 30 led to an EDSA 1 like experience at voting centers nationwide. The act of voting was not easy. But people knew they had a lot riding on this election and were willing to make the sacrifice.

It was very encouraging to see people of all ages taking responsibility for their lives by enthusiastically voting. I suspect media warnings of dire consequences made people want to send an extra strong message that they will not stand for any more funny tricks from power hungry politicians. This time around, no one can accuse the Pinoy of being complacent …of taking the electoral process for granted.

Click Boo Chanco.

Automated victory

WE won!

We all did, even those who lost. We were able to pull off an automated election with minimum bother. Sure those pesky and temperamental PCOS machines never lived up to expectation but we Pinoys did something unimaginable. We patiently learned how to use the machines and never wavered even when, in some cases, we were tested to the limit.

Via Ducky Paredes

Revisit Pary-list
BIG DEAL By Dan Mariano

The weekend before E-Day, talk in online social networks, coffee shops, parish courtyards and elsewhere no longer swirled around the presidential candidates. Just about everyone assumed that the presidency was already in Noynoy Aquino’s bag.

Instead, discussion among many citizens centered on the so-called party-list system, particularly Pampanga Rep. Mikey Arroyo’s gambit to remain in Congress as number-one nominee of Ang Galing Pinoy (AGP).

Click Dan Mariano

Stormiest selection ever of Chief Justice
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

It was the stormiest selection ever of a Chief Justice. Bitter words exchanged. The Supreme Court’s image waned as the last bastion against absolute power. Bared was the vulnerability of the Judiciary — even of the fighting Senate — to influence by the Executive.

Dark clouds began to gather in December, long before CJ Reynato Puno’s retirement on May 17 would create a vacancy. The Judicial and Bar Council that vets judgeships was told that early to nominate replacements to Gloria Arroyo. At once authors of the 1987 Constitution and leading lawyers opposed admin Rep. Matias Defensor’s “premature” suggestion. Supposedly it would make Puno a lame duck in his last five months of jurisprudential leadership. Moreover, they said, the departing President had no authority to name a CJ on May 17. The date falls within the constitutional ban on midnight appointments, 60 days before a presidential election till the June 30 end of the President’s term. Draw up a shortlist if you must, they advised the JBC, but give it to the next President who’d still have time to meet the Constitution’s 90-day rule to fill up vacancies in the Supreme Court. Everything depended on Puno, as head of both the Court and JBC.

Via Phil. Star

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Successful automated polls to restore Comelec’s credibility – Melo

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Officials of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) expressed confidence yesterday that the success of the automated polls would redeem the agency’s credibility that had been tainted by the so-called “Hello, Garci” election fraud scandal in the 2004 polls.

“I would say it is our work in this election which will give us credibility,” said Comelec Chairman Jose Melo in an interview at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) where the poll body is canvassing the votes for senators and party-list groups.

Melo said that the results of the elections were available quickly because of automation.

via Philippine Star.


Counting for president, VP votes to start soon if Congress convenes early

MANILA, Philippines – It is possible that Congress may start counting the votes for president and vice president earlier than May 31, when it resumes session, House Secretary-General Marilyn Yap told The STAR last night.

“That will depend on the mutual agreement of the Senate and the House of Representatives,” Yap said.

She said under their calendar of sessions, the two chambers are scheduled to reconvene three weeks after yesterday’s elections primarily to canvass the votes for president and vice president.

Via Phil. Star

AND: Party list groups question canvassing procedures

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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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118,053 absentee votes cast – DFA

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The number of overseas absentee voters has exceeded the voter turnout of 81,732 in 2007 to 118,053 for this year’s elections.

The Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Absentee Voting Secretariat (DFA-OAVS) said yesterday it is expecting more voters to come in or mail their ballots in the next three days.

The deadline for receipt of mailed ballots for postal voting and casting of ballots for personal and automated modes of voting is on May 10 at 6 p.m. (Philippine time), the DFA-OAVS said.

Via Phil. Star


AkoBicol tops SWS party list survey

MANILA, PHILIPPINES—New regional party list group AkoBicol Political Party (AKB) topped the Social Weather Stations (SWS) party list survey released Friday. The survey, which was conducted from May 3 to 4, 2010, showed that 5.64% of voters preferred the group over 186 rivals.

With one statistical point equivalent to about 500,000, AKB’s ratings translates to some 2.8 million votes. This will entitle the group to at least 2 seats in the next Congress.

AKB edged out seasoned party list groups, which have already served in Congress.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

AND: 3,664 teachers mobilized for manual vote audit

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Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


Secret balloting, public counting
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

The rule in democratic elections is: secret balloting, public counting. Automation must boost, not mar, it. Secret balloting is guarding the voter’s personal choice; electronics should not conceal the poll process itself. Public counting is open tallying of votes; computers should quicken it without sacrificing accuracy.

Click Jarius Bondoc

Beyond May 10
Vector By Sonny Coloma

Just when I thought I knew all the answers, Charlie Brown once quipped, they changed the question. After the series of SWS and Pulse Asia surveys have pointed to a predominant answer to the question as to whom we will elect as the next president, a new question has emerged: Will there be credible elections on May 10?

Only the ineptitude of the Commission on Elections and its technology partner, Smartmatic, stands in the way of an imminent victory for Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III as the country’s next president.

Click Sonny Coloma.

It’s crazy crazy crazy!

I wonder what the foreign observers now here to cover our election this Monday must be thinking about how we do this thing. They must be echoing Cardinal Rosales’ head shaking words last week: crazy… crazy… crazy.

The headline stories of the past couple of days must have made them wonder what kind of crazy Comelec we have with no workable back-up plan for such a gigantic exercise. The mistake in the programming of those PCOS machine was so basic yet it was not caught until less than a week before the main event. You would have thought they were doing spot checks over the past months while programming those flash drives.

Click Boo Chanco

Political follies

IT is not surprising that the Ninoy Aquino’s son is the leading candidate for president. When he enters a room or even a restaurant, he greets everyone who give him the chance to do so. Greet him with a smile and he’ll smile right back. Give him eye contact and a wider smile and he’ll go up to your table to shake your hand.

Click Ducky Paredes

P is for Patience, not People Power
By Ellen Tordesillas

My choice for Vice President is Mar Roxas. His unselfish act of giving way to Noynoy Aquino speaks of his willingness to put country first before his own.

He has an unblemished record of public service. He is competent and hardworking.

Via Ellen Tordesillas

Reject these party-list groups
At Large By Rina Jimenez-David

IN THE INTEREST OF THE PEOPLE’S RIGHT TO know, I received this e-mail message from a reliable source warning against certain party-list groups whose officials or nominees have links to the Arroyo family or administration, or whose origins and vaunted principles are dubious if not outright deceptive. Keep them in mind, if only to remember which party-list groups not to vote for.

Click Rina Jimenez-David

Noynoy can’t hack it
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

He wants the presidency, but has virtually admitted that he cannot hack it.

Stated differently, he wants to be president of the republic, but does not want to accept responsibility and accountability because he knows he is incapable of handling government.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

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‘Iglesia’ set to endorse Noynoy, Mar

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


THE Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is set to announce the names of the candidates they are endorsing in the May 10 polls either today or tomorrow.

A staff member who requested not to be identified said the announcement will be made during worship services. In this case, the endorsement will be made tomorrow, since no worship services are scheduled on Wednesdays.

Yesterday, reports circulated that the INC, which has some six million members and is know to vote as a bloc, will endorse the team of Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

via Business Insight Malaya.


Comelec reaffirms Estrada’s qualification to run

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections on Tuesday reaffirmed its decision to allow deposed president Joseph Estrada to run for President in the May 10 elections.

At the same time, the Comelec also upheld earlier rulings disqualifying actor Richard Gomez and Palawan Representative Abraham Mitra from running for representative of Ormoc and governor of Palawan, respectively.

The Comelec, in dismissing the appeal of Evillo Pormento to kick out Estrada from the race for the presidency, said Pormento presented no argument that would make the poll body change its mind.

Via Inquirer.net

19 party-list groups endorse Gibo

MANILA, Philippines – A coalition of 19 party-list organizations including thousands of urban poor residents in Tondo, Manila declared their support for administration candidate Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro Jr.

Former Interior secretary Rafael Alunan also joined in support of Teodoro.

Their endorsements came after Davao-based Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ picked Teodoro on Sunday.

via Phil. Star

Villar vows to bring home stranded OFWs on Day 1 of presidency

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar has reiterated his vow to bring distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) back to the country and provide them with jobs and livelihood opportunities.

In his speech at his campaign rally in Vigan last Sunday night, Villar said this policy would be set into motion on Day One of his presidency.

He promised to establish a country that can provide opportunities to Filipinos so parents do not have to leave their families and children behind in order to work abroad.

Via Phil. Star

Quezon City court won’t stop poll surveys; denies Gordon’s TRO request

MANILA, Philippines – Citing lack of jurisdiction, a Quezon City court denied yesterday a petition of Bagumbayan Party standard-bearer Sen. Richard Gordon for a temporary restraining order to stop the release of survey results on presidential candidates by pollsters Social Weather Stations (SWS) Inc. and Pulse Asia Inc.

Judge Bayani Vargas of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 219 said it is the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that should determine whether the conduct and publication of surveys on voters’ preference violate the Fair Election Act.

“Considering that the authority to enforce and implement the said law pertains to the Comelec, to the court’s mind, the jurisdiction to rule on the issue brought before this court also belongs to the said body,” said the three-page order dated April 30.

Via Phil. Star

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No directive given to support Legarda, NPC party man says (and other newsbits)

Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010


DANAO CITY, Cebu, Philippines—Senator Loren Legarda is the Nationalist People’s Coalition candidate for vice president, but NPC Representative Ramon “Red” Durano VI claims there’s no party directive to support her.

“To be truthful about it, I didn’t get any directive to support Loren for vice president,” Durano said at a rally for administration standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr. at the Freedom Stage here Tuesday night.

That is why, the re-electionist lawmaker said, Cebu’s fifth district was supporting Legarda’s rival, Senator Manuel Roxas II of the Liberal Party.

via INQUIRER.net.

Gordon dares all presidential bets to take psychiatric test

Presidential aspirant Richard Gordon on Wednesday dared all presidential candidates to undergo a psychiatric test to prove that they are mentally fit to lead the country.

The Bagumbayan standard-bearer made the remarks after another bogus psychiatric test result surfaced on Tuesday, supposedly with Liberal Party standard bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III as subject while he was still in college.

“Kung ako lalaki meron nangyari sa buhay ko na ako eh I had to get psychiatric examination, it is the height of responsibility na sabihin ko nagpa-psychiatric examination ako and sabihin mo I’m ok. Kung hindi naman, nagtatago ka [at] masama yun,” he said.

via GMANews.TV

Villar eyes zero corruption under his administration

Under a Manny Villar presidency, all government transactions will be open for public scrutiny, and all public biddings televised.

Villar, the standard-bearer of the Nacionalista Party (NP), made the promise when he took the hot seat in GMA News’ special election program “Kandidato” that was aired Wednesday night.

“Dapat televised lahat ng bidding, iimbitahin lahat ng media, lahat ng gustong mag-imbestiga, tumingin ng mga kontrata, open yan. (We will televise all the biddings, invite the media and all those who want to investigate and look at the contracts),” he said.

via GMANews.TV

Noynoy squeezes in 20-minute date with girlfriend Shalani

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte , Philippines – There’s always time for love, even for presidential candidates – and even if it’s just 20 minutes.

Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III managed to squeeze in a brief moment to celebrate the 30th birthday last April 27 of his girlfriend, Valenzuela City Second District Councilor Shalani Soledad, despite the hectic and punishing schedule of the political campaign.

Aquino admitted to reporters that he had a 20-minute dinner with Soledad after the journalists, especially the female reporters, kept badgering him about his birthday gift to his girlfriend of almost two years.

via Phil. Star

Party-list groups address issues in Rotary meet

Representatives of five party-list groups on Wednesday met with Rotarians to discuss their advocacies and their proposed solutions to problems hounding the country today.

During the forum RVOTE, nominees of the party-list groups Ahon, AKBAYAN! Citizens’ Action Party, Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC), Kabataan Party-list, and Pro-active on Climate Change Leaders (PCL) answered questions from members of the Rotary Club of Makati North.

When asked on their main advocacies, Ahon, which was represented by Dante Francis “Klink” Ang 2nd, said it will engage and intensify a campaign to assure the welfare of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

via Manila Times

Comelec: NP can name Sanchez’s substitute

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday said the Nacionalista Party (NP) can field another candidate to replace former Batangas governor Armando Sanchez who died Tuesday night after suffering a stroke.

Sanchez was again running for Batangas governor against re-electionist Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto of the Liberal Party.

Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said the NP could have Sanchez replaced by any party member.

via Phil. Star

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Noynoy’s latest survey lead no cause for celebration, LP Senate bet says

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


A senatorial candidate of Liberal Party (LP) on Monday said the 12-point lead of their presidential bet Senator Benigno Simeon Aquino III over closest rival Nacionalista Party (NP) standard bearer Sen Manuel Villar Jr. is no cause for celebration.

Surveys are only good on the day it was taken because its purpose is to guide the campaign strategists and not to predict the winner, said Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffy Biazon, ranked in polls as among the top 15 senatorial bets.

Only twelve Senate seats are up for grabs in May.

via GMA News.TV


Bayan Muna, Gabriela top party-list poll

MANILA, Philippines – Twelve party-list groups have statistical chances of winning seats in the House of Representatives in the May 10 elections, with Bayan Muna leading the list of probable winners, according to the latest BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey.

SWS said 12 party-list groups are guaranteed slots out of the 57 maximum seats that are reserved under the party-list system that mandates that groups which get two percent of votes cast for party-list groups would get a seat in the House.

The survey, conducted from April 16 to 19, showed Bayan Muna on top with 5.9 percent of the respondents’ votes, followed by Gabriela Women’s Party with 5.1 percent, Ako Bicol Party, 4.7 percent; Akbayan Citizens Action Party (Akbayan), 4.5 percent; Buhay Hayaan Yumabong (Buhay), 4.5 percent; and Alliance of National Urban Poor Organizations Assembly (ANUPA), 4 percent.

via Phil. Star

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Party list: A bastardized system

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


By Solita Collas-Monsod

When Filipinos go to the polls on Monday, May 10, we will be selecting one out of nine candidates for president, one out of 10 candidates for vice president, 12 out of 61 candidates for senator, plus, depending on where we live, a congressman, a governor and/or mayor, vice governor, and/or vice mayor, not to mention provincial board members and municipal or city councilors. The total number of candidates for these various local positions will probably not exceed 80 — in fact more like 40.

But on top of that, we voters must select one name from another 187 names — the name of the party we would like to represent us in Congress. Those 187 names are the tip of the iceberg, so to speak — a manifestation of a system gone wrong. Only consider:

Our 1987 Constitution introduced the party-list system, according to political scientist Edna Co, as a corrective or social justice mechanism.

Why corrective? Because currently, we use the majoritarian rule for electing officials. What the party-list system does is to introduce an element of proportional representation, where political parties receive seats in Congress in the same proportion as the number of votes it wins. Thus a voter actually has two representatives in Congress: a person he has voted for, and the representative of the party he has voted for. Note that the voter, in a closed party-list system such as ours, does not vote for a specific candidate, but for a specific party. The party, in turn, has a published list of candidates that will represent the party in Congress if it wins a seat. All the votes are counted, and each party then receives the number of seats in proportion to the number of votes it receives. The Constitution provides that the party-list representatives shall constitute 20% of the total number of representatives.

Click Solita Monsod.

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Comelec enters passwords for automated system

Posted by akosistella on April 21, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) yesterday took the first step to thwart any attempt to alter the results of the country’s first automated elections by entering passwords to secure the system.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said the poll body, together with two opposition legislators, already entered three separate passwords and locked the Central Canvassing System (CCS) of the automated election system.

Melo said he, Sen. Francis Escudero and Makati Rep. Teodoro Locsin Jr. each entered a six- to eight-character code to prevent anyone from opening the entire automated election system.

via Philippine Star.


RP welcomes British poll observers

LONDON – The Philippine embassy here said Tuesday that Filipinos would be given a chance to show the world the country’s commitment to clean, honest and peaceful elections when foreign observers come to the Philippines for the May 10 elections.

Emmanuel Guzman, third secretary and vice consul, said sending foreign observers indicates that Britain values its relationship with the Philippines.

“We welcome this development as an indication of the importance that Britain places on its relationship with the Philippines. Having foreign observers for the national elections is an opportunity for the Philippines to show the international community that it is fully committed to conducting dean honest and peaceful polls and that it remains a bastion of democracy in the Asian region,” he said.

Phil. Star

AND: 32 unaccredited party-list groups still on ballot

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