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Thank you!

Posted by akosistella on December 30, 2010

HEY guys! Thanks so much for following this blog. I hope it’s contributed in some way to help you, dear readers, to fully understand the current political and economic situation in our country, as well as the electoral process and your candidates in the past election.

I set up this blog primarily as an educational tool because of the May 2010 elections, and since I’ve already accomplished what I set out to do, I am officially closing this blog tomorrow, Dec. 31, 2010. Please feel free to continue using it for research purposes, or just to re-read how amazing this past year has been in our political lives. Allow me to thank the publications and bloggers which and who graciously allowed me to use their information for dissemination to all.

We have a new administration in place headed by President Simeon Benigno Aquino III, whom we still hope would be able to attain all the goals he has set out to do for himself and for our country. As the year closes, and a number of us may feel a bit disappointed at his recent decisions, let me ask everyone to please pray for him and his official family, that they always put country above self in anything that they do.

Please continue to follow me on my other blog http://stella-arnaldo.blogspot.com. You can also follow me on Twitter @Pulitika2010, although I may change that username in the near future, or subscribe to my Scribd document feeds at http://www.scribd.com/akosistella.

Let me leave this blog with one thought, from the great comic Stephen Fry: “The greatest immorality for a politician is not to be wicked but to be stupid.”

Happy New Year, guysl! May the good Lord shower all of us with more blessings in 2011. Rock on, Pilipinas!



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Kris Aquino admits suggesting Abunda for DoT post

Posted by akosistella on June 6, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Kris Aquino on Sunday broke her silence on talks about the possible appointment of television personality and close friend Boy Abunda as Secretary of the Department of Tourism DoT.Kris, youngest sister of president-apparent Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, confessed that it was she who suggested to her older brother to appoint Abunda as DoT secretary, citing the television host’s “marketing capabilities,” among other things.“If anybody is to blame, it’s me. I was the one who brought it up with Noy. I was the one who brought it up with Boy, not realizing naman it would cause such a major [issue], front page, 3 araw na deretso,” she said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Gustong i- appoint ni Noynoy si Dingdong at Ogie

Ano ba naman ito.

Ayun sa report ng GMA News TV, gusto raw ni Noynoy Aquino, ang nanalo sa pagka-pangulo ng Pilipinas sa nakaraaang eleksyun , iniisip raw niya bigyan ng pwesto sa gobyerno ang mga Kapuso stars na si Dingdong Dantes at Ogie Alcasid.

Lumabas ito ng tinanong siya kung sino pa sa mga taga showbiz ang iniisip niyang i-appoint sa pamahalaan maliban kay TV host na si Boy Abunda ng ABS-CBN, ang sagot ni Aquino, “Si Dingdong, si Ogie…siguro dun sa mga advocacy nila gaya sa youth.”

Hindi pa raw niya nakaka-usap ang dalawa na tumulong sa kanya noong kampanya. Ngunit ang pag-suporta sa kanya raw ay hindi lamang ang basehan ng kanyang desisyon na kukunin sila para manglingkod sa gobyerno.

Via Ellen Tordesillas

PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner Noynoy Aquino has not even been proclaimed the winner in the polls, yet Kris Aquino, expectedly, continues to make trouble for him. Good grief girl, get a grip! Can’t you just shut up and leave the politics and governing to him? Gads, maawa ka naman sa kuya mo! You’ve given him enough problems already. And you wonder why the Despedida page for you on Facebook is such a big hit?

Tsk, tsk. I can hear many of Noynoy’s diehard groupies gnashing their teeth now.

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Alleged fertilizer scam point man loses gubernatorial bid in Capiz

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


CEBU CITY — It’s official: Capiz reelectionist Gov. Victor Tanco (Liberal Party) has won his reelection bid against the controversial former agriculture undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante, the alleged architect of the fertilizer scam.

Bolante lost not only the gubernatorial post but a chance to gain political vindication from the public drubbing that he got when he was made to face a Senate inquiry on the fertilizer scam. The Senate hearings had recommended charges to be filed against him and several government officials.

Likely president-elect, Sen. Benigno Aquino III and Sen. Mar Roxas, a native of Capiz and Aquino’s running mate under the Liberal Party, personally campaigned in the province against the election bid of Bolante.

via INQUIRER.net.


Dy beats Padaca in Isabela’s race for governor

ILAGAN, Isabela, Philippines —- Rep. Faustino Dy III derailed the reelection bid of Gov. Maria Gracia Cielo Padaca after votes from the two remaining Isabela towns were canvassed by the provincial board of canvassers at past 7 p.m. Thursday.

Dy, whose brothers were defeated by Padaca in the 2004 and 2007 gubernatorial races, received 274,757 votes while Padaca got 271,319 votes from 35 towns and one city.

Padaca was leading by at least 3,000 votes on Thursday afternoon before votes from Angadanan and Palanan towns were received by the PBOC.

Via Inquirer.net

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Sen. MAR Roxas speaks on breaking cartels and lowering prices on cement, medicines (Bandila, Hot Seat)

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


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(via ABS-CBN News)

Liberal Party vice presidential candidate MAR Roxas also explains in this interview that EVAT/taxes in themselves are not bad. Taxes fund the operations of the government, and build the needed infrastructure such as roads, ports, and bridges all over the country. It’s when these taxes are stolen by corrupt government officials and are used for their personal purposes that makes VAT/EVAT evil. These taxes also enable local officials like mayors to give benefits to their constituents like free birthday cakes to their senior citizens, etc. Just to be fair, Roxas did not author the E-VAT Law.

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Gordon sues SWS, Pulse Asia over election-related surveys

Posted by akosistella on April 22, 2010


Presidential candidate Richard Gordon has sued pollsters Pulse Asia and the Social Weather Stations (SWS), a TV newscast reported on Thursday.

Gordon’s lawyer Chito Diaz told Arnold Clavio on GMA Network’s Unang Hirit morning show he had filed a complaint for damages at a Quezon City regional trial court.

“We are also asking the court for a temporary restraining order (TRO), as well as a writ of preliminary injection,” Diaz said.

via GMANews.TV.


Madrigal joins Gordon drive vs pollsters

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential candidate Sen. Jamby Madrigal has made common cause with fellow candidate, Sen. Richard Gordon, in the latter’s “crusade against the unfair treatment that non-paying presidential candidates are getting” from survey organizations Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).

“Do you know anyone who has taken part in any of the opinion surveys conducted by False Asia and the Surveys of the Wealthy for the Stupid?” Madrigal asked.

Citing Pulse Asia and SWS insiders, the senator said “these polling firms use fraudulent survey methods,” a claim that Gordon made the other day.

via Inquirer.net

PATHETIC. Why doesn’t Gordon just focus his energy on his campaign instead of flying off into rages and suing people? Voters should think twice about supporting someone who can’t control his emotions and acts irrationally when things don’t go his way. Tsk. tsk.

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Re-electionists still lead Senate race in new Pulse Asia survey

Posted by akosistella on April 9, 2010


Incumbent and former senators seeking reelection dominated once again the latest pre-election survey conducted by Pulse Asia last month.

Leading them are incumbent Senators Ramon Bong Revilla and Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada, who scored 53.0 percent and 52.1 percent, respectively. The two also led the recent survey of the Social Weather Stations.

The Pulse Asia survey on the preference for the 61 senatorial bets was conducted from March 21 to 28, with 3,000 adult respondents.

Click GMA News.TV


Administration allies dominate party-list race

MANILA, Philippines – Administration allies are likely to dominate the party-list elections based on the March 21 to 28 survey of Pulse Asia.

The latest Pulse Asia survey, released along with the preferences of voters for the senatorial race, showed 46 of 187 party-list groups eyeing seats in Congress likely to win the elections.

Thirty-seven of those are either openly allies or perceived to be allies of the Arroyo administration.

ABS-CBN News asked Bayan Muna Representative Teodoro Casiño to examine Pulse Asia’s winning circle for the party-list election.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


SC: ‘Ang Ladlad’ can run for partylist polls

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1M ballots transferred to PhilPost warehouse

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


In an interview, [Comelec Commissioner Gregorio] Larrazabal said the ballots for Leyte were shipped out first since these were the ones most recently completed. He said Comelec decided to transfer some of the ballots since the National Printing Office basement is almost filled by the 27 million special ballots that were already printed.

“We cannot put all the ballots in NPO but majority will be stored at  the PhilPost warehouse…If the political parties were at the NPO and see how the ballots are stacked, they would realize that we really need to transfer some of the ballots,” he said in a radio dzMM interview.

Larrazabal said NPO printers are churning out 700,000 to 900,000 ballots every day. He added that the Comelec is on track to beat the April 30 deadline to print all 50 million ballots needed for the May 10 automated elections.

Click ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

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And still, ‘mahirap’

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010

By Conrado de Quiros

MANUEL VILLAR HAD A MOST INTERESTING answer to the pile of evidence that they were never poor and that his kid brother did not die because they were poor.

His brother, he said, was in fact rushed to FEU because it was an emergency, and nobody thinks about expense during an emergency. But he was taken in as a charity patient. He died in any case because they could not afford the cost of his treatment. Their house in Tondo was so small all nine of them slept side by side on a single mat under a single mosquito net. That was what made his father take out a loan from the GSIS to buy the property in San Rafael payable in 20-25 years.

Even if these were true, and they can be easily disproven (except for the part where they all slept on a single mat, which only they can say), none of it makes things better, it makes them worse. They speak of values, or scale of priorities, or sense of proportion that do not commend him for president.

Click Conrado de Quiros.

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Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010

By Rina Jimenez David

NATURALLY the refutations cannot but please the LP hierarchy, but by ascribing the counter-stories to a “smear campaign” organized by the party, is Villar insinuating that Monsod and other media commentators have allowed themselves to be used by the LP?

There is, after all, a candidate’s primary duty to tell the truth—and nothing but—to voters. And if a media person discovers documents that contradict the candidate’s version of truth, is it not the duty of the media to lay bare the facts for public consumption?

There’s a lesson here for all would-be candidates, and that is to make sure that any claim or statement made in the course of a campaign is supported by fact. In their efforts to create the persona of a poor boy who made good, Villar’s image handlers may have gone too far with overly dramatic claims and embellishing on the already-touching story of Villar’s late brother.

Click Rina Jimenez David.

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Holding Arroyo responsible for the Ampatuans

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


THE dismissal by a Quezon City judge of the rebellion case against Maguindanao Gov. Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr., his son, ARMM governor Zaldy Ampatuan and 22 others should strengthen the case filed by relatives of journalists who were among those killed in the November 23 massacre before the Asean Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission (AICHR).

The journalists’ relatives are holding the Arroyo government responsible for the Nov. 23 carnage. In their suit filed last February, the relatives said “clearly, all of those responsible for the carnage are agents of the Philippine State. Their acts in connection with the 23 November 2009 Maguindanao massacre are attributable under international law to the Republic of the Philippines.”

This week, three of the petitioners, Glen Salaysay, son of Cotabato City journalist Napoleon Salaysay, Noemi Parcon, wife of Koronadal City journalist Joel Parcon, and Feulen Sumagang, cousin of UNTV reporter Julito Evardo, were in Jakarta, where the AICHR is based, to follow up on their suit accompanied by their lawyer, Harry Roque of CenterLaw Philippines.


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Criteria for voting

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010


IBON Foundation and Pagbabago! People’s Movement for Change held a forum at UP Diliman in which they proposed 12 specific issues as criteria to be used in choosing who to vote for on May 10, 2010. This is what they came up with and my personal comments on each:

1) On corruption. Will they seek the truth behind the “Hello, Garci”, NBN-ZTE and fertilizer scam to name a few of the anomalies that involved the president?

My take on this is that what is more important is not the prosecution of the current president but that of making sure that the next president will not be even onlv slightly less corrupt, as corrupt or – heaven help us! – even more corrupt than the present one.


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Palace defends martial law declaration

Posted by akosistella on March 31, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Despite the dismissal of the rebellion case against former governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. and six others, Malacañang said there was justification for its declaration of a weeklong martial law in Maguindanao in the wake of the Nov. 23 slaughter of 57 journalists, lawyers and members of a political clan.

“We continue to stand by the public policy wisdom of the declaration of martial law in Maguindanao, if you look at the positive outcomes from that declaration as well as the manner it was conducted,” deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar said.

Olivar noted that Quezon City Judge Vivencio Baclig, in his decision, merely ruled out probable cause for rebellion and “did not speak for the broader issue of the appropriateness of declaring martial law at that time, at that place.”

Click Philippine Star.

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Comelec orders clean-up of voter lists

Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

MANILA, Philippines—The Commission on Elections has ordered local election officers to weed out multiple registrants from the official computerized voters list it is sending out ahead of the May 10 elections.

Election Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said the Comelec meeting as a whole agreed on Tuesday to direct local election officers to cross-check the official voters’ list with the list of 700,000 names considered to be double or multiple registrants.

Larrazabal said this would clean the voters’ list of multiple registrants before the May 10 balloting.

Click INQUIRER.net.


Comelec adviser alarmed by changes in ballot security marks

MANILA, Philippines—A member of the Commission on Elections’ Advisory Council has raised an alarm over changes made on one of the security identifiers used in the ballots for the May 10 automated elections, saying it could compromise the integrity and complicate the conduct of the elections.

Ramon Casiple said Smartmatic TIM Corp., the automated elections provider, and the Comelec have turned off the ultraviolet (UV) ink reader on all 82,2000 Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines after the UV security marks on the ballots caused the machines to reject them.

“During the lab test performed last January, at least 20 percent of the ballots were not read by the PCOS machines,” Casiple said.

Click Inquirer.net

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2nd disqualification case filed vs Arroyo son’s party-list bid

Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

A militant party-list group sought the disqualification of presidential son and Pampanga Rep. Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo from the 2010 elections, saying that he is not qualified to become the nominee of the Ang Galing Pinoy party-list group.

As President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s son, Mikey Arroyo clearly does not belong to a marginalized sector, Bayan Muna Party-list Rep. Neri Javier Colmenares said during a Tuesday press conference.

Ang Galing Pinoy, which claims to represent tricycle drivers and security personnel, is “not a legitimate and qualified party-list group” and has “no authority” to nominate Arroyo in the 2010 party-list race, Colmenares added.

Click GMANews.TV.

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Newsflash! Gibo resigns as Lakas-Kampi chairman

Posted by akosistella on March 30, 2010

According to Lakas-Kampi spokesman Francis Manglapus, Gilbert Teodoro resigned as party chairman so he could concentrate more on his presidential candidacy. Teodoro has left it to the party members to elect a new chairman. (Via ANC’s The Rundown)

UPDATE: Gibo speaking on The Rundown: “It’s better to devote my time to the campaign instead of looking after the welfare of 18,000 candidates. This will help me concentrate on winning the presidency.”

UPDATE 2 as of 11:37 pm: (via ABS-CBN News)

MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet Gilberto Teodoro has resigned as chairman of the administration party.

Teodoro said his resignation takes effect immediately so he can focus on his campaign.

“Effective immediately, I am resigning as chairman of the party so that I can focus all my efforts campaigning for the presidency,” he said in his letter to the party’s national executive committee.

Teodoro noted the party needs a chairman who can respond on a 24/7 basis to the needs of its candidates.

However, Teodoro said he remains a member of the ruling party and its “official” presidential bet.

In an interview with Ces Drilon on ANC’s Rundown on Tuesday, Teodoro said his decision to leave the party should not be seen as a step toward withdrawing from the presidential race.

“Definitely, I’m pursuing my candidacy,” he said.

The former defense chief said the move was necessary so he can “devote full-time to his candidacy” as he attempts to win the presidency.

After the local campaigns began March 26, Teodoro said he realized that he should not be distracted by the concerns of the party’s 18,000 other candidates.

“It’s a step I took to ensure that I give my best possible shot at the presidency,” he added.

Francis Manglapus, secretary-general of Lakas-Kampi-CMD, said Teodoro had previously discussed the issue of leaving the party’s top post.

Manglapus said it would be better for the party to have a full-time chairman since Teodoro is too busy hopping from one place to another.

He said it would be up to the Lakas-Kampi-CMD national executive committee to choose the next party chief.

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