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Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


Phil. Star: Start canvassing now

Critics, including big business groups, said yesterday that they were happy to be wrong about poll automation. The Commission on Elections, in a dramatic shift after many years of being on the receiving end of public scorn, is reaping accolades for pulling off the country’s first automated elections. An international credit rating agency said yesterday that the smooth vote and a clear victory for the next president could lead to a rating upgrade for the country, which will be a boon for business.

via Philippine Star.

Inquirer: Repudiation

The public expectation, initially boosted by the Commission on Elections, was the local races would be settled within 24 hours, the senatorial race within 48, and the presidential and vice-presidential contests within 72 hours. As it is, the Comelec has ended up pleading with the public for patience and promises that senatorial proclamations will be done by the end of election week. In the meantime, the vice-presidential contest remains too close to call although the presidential contest has been settled.

via Inquirer.net

Malaya: Why not the best and the brightest?

SOMEBODY who probably wants to sink the incoming administration of Noynoy Aquino is sending text messages showing the purported make-up of the next Cabinet. There is a sprinkling of inspired choices, but most of the names compose a recycled set of the most incompetent members of her mother’s Cabinet.

Via Malaya

Manila Times: Good 2010 elections, a GMA legacy

Yesterday, Malacañang commended the Commission on Elections and all those who helped ensure the success of the country’s first-ever automated polls. “We thank the Lord above and commend the Comelec, the hundreds of thousands of teachers and other civil servants who worked on the polls, and our gallant policemen and soldiers for the unprecedented speed of election tallies, their growing acceptance by the voters and even losing candidates and the dramatic decline in poll violence,” Presidential Spokesperson Ricardo Saludo only one day after the elections. In previous elections, when things went relatively well, such thanksgiving could only be made at least two weeks after election day.

Via Manila Times

Daily Tribune: 1986 all over again

It isn’t 1986 but 2010, but it might as well be 1986 all over again.

Sen. Noynoy Aquino, when he is proclaimed President-elect by Congress, plans for the first 100 days to start prosecuting corrupt officials, saying “I will not only not steal, but I’ll have the corrupt arrested.”

Via Daily Tribune


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Roxas: VP fight not over yet

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas on Tuesday said he is not giving up the fight for the second highest elective post in the country after trailing opposition bet Jejomar Binay in the vice-presidential tally by less than a million votes.

In a statement read by Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, Roxas admitted that the fight between him and Binay was very tight. The latest Commission on Elections’ partial and official tally as of 3:57 p.m. showed Binay leading the race with 12,921,315 votes compared to Roxas’s 12,072,145 votes.

“Hangga’t hindi pa tapos ang bilangan, hindi pa tapos ang laban. (As long as the counting isn’t over, the fight isn’t over.) It is not for me, or anybody for that matter, to say if we’ve already lost, or if we will win in the end. It is up to the sovereign will of the people,” he said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


US, EU hail democratic milestone of Philippine polls

MANILA, Philippines – The United States and the European Union on Tuesday hailed the overall conduct of the Philippines’ first automated election and said it looked forward to working with the new leader of a key Asian ally.

The US Embassy in Manila said it sent 120 observers across the country “to witness Philippine democracy in action.”

“While there are always lessons to be learned, our overwhelming impression is that the Philippines has much to be proud of today. Philippine citizens served their nation by volunteering at the polls, exercising their right to vote, and taking every step necessary to ensure all ballots were counted,” the embassy said.

Via ABS-CBN News

Voters hope Aquino lives up to family name

MANILA, Philippines – Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, who looks set to be confirmed as Philippine president Tuesday, has ridden a wave of popular support not seen in the country since the “People Power” movement led by his parents.

Supporters are now hoping the 50-year-old bachelor, who had shied away from the limelight until deciding to run last year, will complete the family’s mission by tackling the poverty and corruption that have robbed the nation of its economic potential.

“It’s a well-deserved victory, the unfinished business of Ninoy and Cory (Aquino’s parents) will finally be completed,” said financial consultant Albert Gamboa.

Via ABS-CBN News

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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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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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Opinions on the glitchy Comelec, Cardinal Rosales, and sanity

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010



JUST as everyone was preparing to cast his vote less than a week away, the automated system that would govern the sanctity of sovereign choice gets discombobulated. What was billed by its sponsors, principally the discredited Comelec and the pollyanish PPCRV as a foolproof, Garci-proof “high-tech” system has suddenly seemed like Humpty-Dumpty.

Tested with actual ballots and actual candidate names printed on front and back, the Smartmatic PCOS machines failed quite miserably.

Click Lito Banayo

THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

I NEARLY FELL OFF MY SEAT LAST WEEK when I read about a Malacañang official agreeing with the Villar camp, saying Noynoy Aquino ought to submit himself to a psychiatric evaluation. That should be so, he said, for anyone contemplating becoming president of the Philippines.

I did fall off it when I next read about Erap saying the same thing. “The public has the right to information especially if you are seeking the number one position. You must be physically and mentally fit. I think I don’t need to (undergo a psychiatric evaluation) as my wife is a psychiatrist. But if there’s basis, I’m still willing to submit (to it).”

Click Conrado de Quiros

Archbishop, priests, nun challenge Cardinal Rosales on People Power
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. Esposo

When Rodolfo “Jun” Lozada and the nuns protecting him briefed Cardinal Rosales on the ZTE scandal, they got the shock of their lives. Perhaps conditioned by the role that the late Jaime Cardinal Sin played in fighting the then evil in the land, Jun and his nun-bodyguards were expecting morale support at the very least.

What they received was the exact opposite. Cardinal Rosales told Jun Lozada: “Truth and lie are the same. They are icing on the cake. What is important is the cake.” When Jun narrated that again to yours truly and some friends last February – one of the nuns who accompanied him to the ZTE briefing was present and confirmed the conversation.

Click William Esposo

Love our funny elections
Virtual Reality BY TONY LOPEZ

Funny our elections. We have the only body authorized by law and by the Constitution to conduct elections—the Commission on Elections or Comelec.

Yet, by practice, tradition and inclination, the Comelec cannot summon enough integrity and competence to manage our elections, the most elegant rite of democracy.

Click Tony Lopez

No holdover presidency
FRONTLINE by Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Truth is, I really don’t buy the scenario of Gloria Arroyo becoming a holdover president, mainly because the time for a “holdover” presidency — if it does come about at all, will have to start after June 30, 2010.

There also cannot be a holdover presidency because the succession mechanism should be at play — which would call for the Senate president to become the acting president.

Click Ninez Cacho-Olivares

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From the opinion-makers

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


ANALYSIS By Amando Doronila

In rejecting the extra-constitutional method of People Power to change political leadership, Rosales served notice that he was not aching to emulate the high-profile political activism of his predecessor, Jaime Cardinal Sin, and emphasized his contrast with Sin in asserting the Catholic Church’s influential role in Philippine politics.

Rosales does not fancy himself as a clone of Sin, and has taken the path of stabilizing legal institutions, such as regular elections, as the preferred mode of political leadership transitions.

Click Amando Doronila

THERE’S THE RUB By Conrado de Quiros

THE PEOPLE WHO TALK ABOUT MOUNTING People Power in the event of cheating are “crazy and irresponsible,” says Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales. Things are different between then and now. The situation in 1986 was extraordinary. “We can’t do (Edsa) again. We have laws now.” The problem with us is that “we are always in a hurry.” That is why we have not matured as a nation.

Things are different then and now? Let’s see.

Click Conrado de Quiros

Cardinal Rosales is no Cardinal Sin
AS I SEE IT By Neal Cruz

IF YOU SEE MASSIVE CHEATING IN NEXT Monday’s elections, what would you do? Would you sit back, fold your hands and do nothing as a prince of the Church has suggested? No, it is your duty to protest, to show that you will not take the cheating sitting down. It is your duty to see to it that truth and justice be done. It is your duty to join another people power if one is called.

Click Neal Cruz


For the die-hards

I was talking about elections with Pierre.

“A run-off election works best for countries with a multiparty system. It solves the problem of a minority president,” he said.

“How so?” I asked.

“Candidates run in a general election and then the top two vote-getters go mano a mano in a run-off election,” he explained.

Via Manuel Buencamino

Too late to salvage poll automation?
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Sources inside Comelec did it again. They said in Gotcha Wednesday that the 2 p.m. re-bidding that day for 80,000 ultraviolet lamps would be won pre-ordained by one of nine firms that have been cornering Comelec contracts for years. True enough, the poll body awarded the deal to Philand Industries, which bagged multimillion-peso paper supplies in 2008-2009. Delivery was supposed to start the next day; meaning, the imported units that usually take three weeks to arrive were already in RP, waiting for a go-signal. Senatorial candidate, IT expert Joey de Venecia, has been warning that the U/V lamps are unnecessary and pose a risky human intervention in the automated election process.

Click Jarius Bondoc

Will poll count reflect people’s choice?
CORE By Benjamin E. Diokno

Sadly, all elections since 1992, including the 1998 presidential elections, were marred with irregularities, large and small, so that the results did not reflect truthfully the voters’ choice. In 1998, however, Joseph Estrada’s margin of victory was so overwhelming that cheating was rendered infeasible.

Via Benjamin Dioko

Political dynasties rule Metro Manila cities

Let us not go far in any analysis of what’s wrong with our kind of democracy. Right here in Metro Manila, political dynasties rule. Only the City of Manila, Quezon City, Pasay City, Parañaque and Muntinglupa have interesting and competitive contests for this year’s election. Maybe we can include Taguig in the list only because two political families, the Tingas and the Cayetanos still have to fight it out for clear dominance.

Click Boo Chanco.

Hacienda Luisita: Advocacy vs. benefit
MAP INSIGHTS By Manuel A. Alcuaz Jr.

Hacienda Luisita was once part of the holdings of Compania General de Tabacos de Filipinas sociedad anonima, better known as Tabacalera, which was founded on Nov. 26, 1881. Contrary to what was expected, Spanish-owned Hacienda Luisita prospered when the Americans took full control of the Philippine government. Tabacalera as a whole experienced prosperous times because of the US demand for sugar and tobacco. At one point during prewar times, Hacienda Luisita supplied almost 20% of all sugar in the United States.

Click Manuel A. Alcuaz Jr.

For your consideration
AT LARGE By Rina Jimenez-David

MUNTINLUPA REP. AND LIBERAL PARTY senatorial candidate Ruffy Biazon joins other analysts in positing that even if Sen. Noynoy Aquino succeeds in winning the presidency on May 10, and even if Sen. Mar Roxas wins as vice president, the Aquino administration may still be hamstrung by a glaring reality: not enjoying majority support in either the House of Representatives or the Senate.

Click Rina Jimenez David

Lim and Querubin: My Senate choices

The two have been in detention since February 2006 when they were charged with attempting to withdraw support from Gloria Arroyo after the “Hello Garci” tapes exposed the use of the military in the tampering of election results in her favor in the 2004 elections.

Via Ellen Tordesillas

Yellows up to something again
FRONTLINE By Ninez Cacho-Olivares

All too suddenly, Noynoy Aquino’s supporter and lawyer from the FIRM, Gloria Arroyo’s former Ombudsman, Simeon Marcelo, is questioning the appointment of Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff before the high court, saying that he took the reins of the AFP on the day the midnight appointments ban took effect.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivarez


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Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


Phil. Star: More glitches

This is starting to look like the country’s worst nightmare waiting to come true. As the Commission on Elections put the precinct count optical scan machines through a test run Monday night, there were reports of malfunctions in several areas, with the machines failing to read ballots and report accurate results. The glitches led to the suspension of yesterday’s testing of some 15,000 PCOS machines. The malfunctions also prompted the Comelec to recall the memory cards installed in 76,000 machines for what poll officials described as reconfiguration.

Via Phil. Star

Malaya: No to wholesale postponement

THE proverbial shit has hit the fan on the automated election system, but Comelec and Smarmatic officials, true to form, continue to feed the public the same garbage why precinct counting and transmission machines are malfunctioning.

Via Malaya

BusinessMirror: On a wing and prayer

THE glitches uncovered in Monday’s test run of Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines represent the biggest logistical challenge so far to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and private contractor Smartmatic since the country took the decisive step to automate, for the first time, nationwide polls. Yet beyond the logistical challenge, the bigger problem is restoring public confidence, and that’s the one where all concerned Filipinos—from the government and the state workers who will play a role in the polls, to the political parties and candidates, civil society and the voters—must keep their wits and think this through clearly.

Via BusinessMirror

Inquirer: A prelate’s opinion

THE PRESENT CODE OF CANON LAW promulgated in 1983 essentially serves as the constitution of the Catholic Church. Two of its provisions, or canons, are of interest after the Manila archbishop’s recent comments on People Power.

Via Inquirer.net

Daily Tribune: Nightmare at Comelec square

It isn’t the supposed plot to disrupt the voting over which the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should worry, but the much too many glitches being encountered in the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in various mock voting tests that should be a major worry for the poll body.

Via Daily Tribune

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Justice Secretary Agra cheated in law school – professor

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


Who is lying and who is telling the truth?

The former professor of acting Justice Secretary Alberto C. Agra has finally spoken to refute his student’s claim that he was exonerated of cheating in a law subject exam, which he took 22 years ago at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School.

Atty. Avelino Sebastian Jr. said that if Agra was indeed exonerated by the school’s investigating committee that inquired into the reported cheating, how then could the acting justice secretary explain why was Agra the only one who flunked the Wills and Succession subject in 1988, out of seven students who reportedly cheated?

Last week, in his reply to the queries of the Philippine Center Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) about his alleged cheating, Agra had admitted that he flunked the subject taught by Sebastian, thus barring him from graduating on time.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

MORE election news:

Former DILG chief endorses Gibo

MANILA, Philippines – Rafael Alunan III, president of the First Philippine Infrastructure Development Corporation and a former Interior and Local Government secretary, has publicly endorsed former Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro’s bid for the country’s top post.

In his Facebook page, Alunan said he endorsed Teodoro for president because he “articulates a vision, a sense of mission and a sensible action agenda.”

Teodoro, he added, “avoids personality politics; stays focused on the issues; avoids negative campaigning to give the voters the opportunity to understand his platform and how he intends to govern and serve.”

Via ABS-CBN News

FVR says ‘no’ to new Edsa Revolt

MANILA, Philippines – Former President Fidel V. Ramos does not support Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino’s call for another “People Power” if he loses the presidential elections.

The former president, who said he could not speak for the Church but only for retired military officers like himself, urged Aquino on Monday to consider using legal means first before launching another military-backed civilian similar to the one undertaken in February 1986.

“It’s not a good thing to hear, especially coming from someone like him,” Ramos said, referring to Aquino’s threat. “The chief of the local clergy has also spoken against it, too.”

Via ABS-CBN News

CBCP summons Bangit

MANILA, Philippines – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Delfin Bangit has been summoned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), amid persistent reports of a military takeover in case of chaos brought by massive failure of elections.

Bangit will appear before the CBCP permanent council in its regular meeting on Tuesday. Church sources said the agenda is the forthcoming May 10 elections and the peace and order situation.

This will be the second time that Bangit will meet with the princes of the Church in light of fears that the military will take advantage of the pandemonium that could result from failed elections.

Via ABS-CBN News

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Erap overtakes Villar, Binay edges Loren – poll

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada has overtaken Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, Jr. to take second place in the presidential race, according to the latest Manila Standard Today (MST) pre-election survey.

The survey, which interviewed 2,500 registered voters nationwide from April 25-27, showed Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in the lead with 38%, which is 16 percentage points above Estrada’s rating of 22%. Villar was in 3rd place with 20%.

According to MST resident pollster Pedro Laylo, the negative attacks on Villar have taken a toll on his survey performance.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

THE survey results: Estrada overtakes Villar; negative attacks take toll

Binay pulls away form Legarda, has Roxas in sight


Erap willing to join People Power revolt if elections are rigged

Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer former President Joseph Estrada, who was ousted through a mass public uprising in 2001, expressed his willingness to join another People Power revolt if May polls results are discovered to be rigged.

Estrada, who was convicted of plunder, said he will join hands “join hands” in another mass uprising with Liberal Party presidential bet Senator Benigno Aquino III should massive cheating attempt to manipulate the results of the coming elections.

“If there will be cheating, I’ll be joining hands with him [Aquino] to protect the sovereign will of the people… We can have this People Power again if there is glaring cheating or manipulation of the election,” the former president said in a press briefing on Monday.

Via GMANews.TV

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Quiboloy endorses Gibo, Roxas

Posted by akosistella on May 3, 2010


DAVAO CITY, Philippines – Evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation last night endorsed Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro for president in the May 10 elections.

Quiboloy also endorsed Liberal Party’s Sen. Manuel Roxas II for vice president.

The pastor repeatedly said in earlier interviews that the presidential candidate he would choose would be the “Father God’s choice” as it would not only be his own choice but that of his entire congregation which has more than six million voters.

Via Phil. Star


Thousands join Noynoy, Mar rally

MANILA, Philippines – With only a week from election day, the Liberal Party (LP) made a show of force yesterday with thousands of volunteers and supporters massing up for the tandem of Senators Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Manuel “Mar” Roxas II.

High school and college classmates of Aquino from Ateneo de Manila University batch 1977 and 1981 showed up to express their support for the LP presidential bet.

Each took their turns to describe how Aquino was like when he was still a student. All of them said Aquino did well in school despite the personal struggle of his family while the patriarch, the martyred former senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., was incarcerated during the martial law years.

Via Phil. Star


Former neighbor testifies on Villar’s rags-to-riches story

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – A former neighbor of Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. in Moriones, Tondo came out in the open yesterday and testified on the rags-to-riches story of the presidential candidate.

Villar was surprised to see Danny Tinoco, who has relocated in General Santos City.

Tinoco recalled how the young Villar accompanied his mother, Nanay Curing, to Divisoria to sell one or two “banyeras” of shrimps and fish.

via Phil. Star

‘PMP the only true opposition’

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – Former President Joseph Estrada yesterday declared here that the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) is the “only true oppositionist.”

Estrada also said other political groups conspired to remove him from power through EDSA People Power 2 in 2001.

Estrada said the country should only celebrate the EDSA People Power in 1986 that toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

Via Phil. Star

Villar, de los Reyes vow to block RH bill

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The Next Aquino: Can Noynoy save the Philippines?

Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010


It’s past midnight in Zamboanga and Benigno (Noynoy) Aquino III slouches in his chair, a glass of Coke in one hand and a cigarette in another. He’s tired and bleary-eyed and wracked by a cold. A grueling day of audiences, processions and interviews in three different provinces across the southern Philippine island of Mindanao is drawing to a close in the hotel lobby. While aides and well-wishers murmur around him, Aquino stands and holds out his arms as if awaiting handcuffs. They are lined with scratches and bruises — the toll of ceaseless hours of plunging into throngs of supporters and pressing the flesh. He grins: “It’s another demonstration of people power.”

via TIME magazine.

Aquino willing to campaign house-to-house vs Bolante

ROXAS CITY—Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III Thursday vowed to bury for good in the coming elections the candidacy of former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Joc-joc” Bolante’s campaign to get elected as governor of Capiz.

In a press conference at the airport here, Aquino said he was willing to campaign house to house if that were needed to stop the alleged brains of the P724 million fertilizer fund scam from getting elected.

“If we need to go house to house, we will do that … This is a clear contrast between black and white. If (Bolante) wins here, we will again be included in (the) Guinness (Book of Records) for “only in the Philippines,'” Aquino said.

Click Inquirer.net

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High hopes, high stakes

Posted by akosistella on April 10, 2010


By Mahar Mangahas

THE IMPENDING first-time nationwide implementation of an automated election system (AES) is accompanied by heightening public expectations and anxieties. Figures cited below are from the SWS media releases of March 2, 2009, Jan. 19, 2010, and March 26, 2010, on the SWS website.

The 2008 situation. Let us recall that the ARMM election of August 2008 was used as a one-region trial run of the AES. Two months later, in an October 2008 SWS national survey, 55 percent felt that a nationwide AES would improve the election process. Since a large minority of 42 percent felt the opposite, at that time national opinion tilted towards the AES only by a small balance.

In ARMM itself, however, opinions were very favorable. In December 2008, an SWS poll of 900 ARMM voters (3 percent error margin) on their personal experience in August found a very large 84 percent saying that the election process had improved. Most of them considered the 2008 ARMM election free and fair, recommended using the AES in the May 2010 national election, and believed that the Commission on Elections would be ready for it.

Click Mahar Mangahas.

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Till victory

Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010


By Filomeno Sta. Ana III

The margin that Noynoy [Aquino] now enjoys indicates a landslide. If elections were held now, Noynoy’s votes would almost equal the share of votes that Joseph Estrada obtained when the popular actor won the election in 1998.

But the victory we want is not just by getting the plurality of votes. The fighting target is to garner the majority of the votes. To use the boxing analogy again, we want Noynoy to win not through points but through knockout.

A president elected by the majority will be in a better position to unite the country as our people tackle the complex challenges — the repair of institutions, the accountability of wrongdoers, the creation of jobs, the increase of revenues together with the higher spending for human development and infrastructure, among other issues.

So what can be done to get a smashing victory?

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48% of Pinoys see people power if polls fail – SWS

Posted by akosistella on March 27, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly half of Filipino adults believe that a failure of the country’s first nationwide automated elections on May 10 will trigger a people power revolution, a latest survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed.

The special SWS Pre-Election Survey, conducted from Feb. 24 to 28, found that 48 percent of voters sense people power will happen if the 2010 elections fail, similar to 49 percent in the SWS October 2009 survey.

To the statement, “If the 2010 elections fail for any reason, e.g., malfunctioning of counting machines, then people power will probably happen already,” the SWS found that 48 percent agree and 21 percent disagree, for a net agreement score of +28.

Click Philippine Star.

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CBCP: Clergy may join revolt

Posted by akosistella on March 25, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – A ranking official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said yesterday some members of the clergy are planning to join another popular revolt in the event of a failure of elections.

Caloocan Bishop Deogracias Iniguez, CBCP Public Affairs Committee chairman, said a failure of elections where no president is proclaimed would force people to take to the streets.

“This (event) is one of those instances when the people would need guidance (from us),” Iniguez said.

Click Philippine Star.


LP warns Comelec of serious repercussions in case of failure of elections

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II yesterday said the Commission on Elections (Comelec) failed to install safeguards to ensure the credibility of the coming elections.

In a letter sent to Comelec Chairman Jose Melo, Aquino and Roxas raised concerns regarding the Comelec’s refusal of their request to review the source code of the precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines.

The LP candidates also said it was “unfair” of the Comelec to come up with a ballot design favoring Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar and for “unreasonably” disqualifying a number of their local candidates.

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AND: Palace on Noynoy threat of protests: Bring it on

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