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Old names dominate Comelec’s partial tally for Senate

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


MANILA, Philippines (Update) – Incumbent and re-electionist senators were dominating the senatorial elections with only two or three new faces likely to make it in the top 12 winning senators, based on the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) partial tally released on Monday evening.

Similar to the pre-election senatorial survey results of Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations, the Comelec’s partial tally had incumbents Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. of Lakas-Kampi and Jinggoy Estrada as the top 2 senators in the 2010 senatorial elections.

The list, announced by Comelec chair Jose Melo, was based on the partial and unofficial tally of 57% of votes cast in 76,300 polling precincts nationwide.

Via ABS-CBN News


Delisted voters flood social media with election rants, queries

MANILA, Philippines – As a hot day dawned in the Philippines, some voters rose to discover an elections fraught with problems.

The obstacles faced by voters were varied and numerous, ranging from malfunctioning voting machines, to long and winding queues at the precincts, to gunshots fired near voting centers to scare voters away.

Long lines in the tropical heat has led to fainting fits and people who chose to forego voting rather than face the long wait. The over-all atmosphere was such as led foreign news agencies such as CNN to describe the elections as “jittery” and “marred by violence”.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

AND: Junjun Binay proclaimed winner of Makati mayoralty race

Lim beats another Atienza in Manila mayoralty race


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Firms join in on the elections

Posted by akosistella on May 8, 2010


THE MAY 10 general elections is, without question, the most important since the 1986 snap election that saw the late Corazon C. Aquino “win” the presidency from the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.

It marks the first time that the Commission on Elections will implement automated elections and also signals the end of the nine-year hold of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the country’s reins.

Also, the May 10 elections present a golden opportunity for Filipinos to bring about the change that they seek through the ballot, instead of going to the streets.

It is people power of the voting kind.

via INQUIRER.net.


Cliffhangers can still pull a surprise in senatorial race

MANILA, Philippines – It seems the re-electionists and returning senators are taking an easy ride in the senatorial race. Surveys of Pulse Asia since the beginning of the campaign period show that 6 re-electionists and 4 former senators have been consistent in the Magic 12.

“Much of that is name recall. It’s not an ideal situation but that’s the experience with the senatorial race. Most people don’t scrutinize the senatorial candidates, except maybe in the urban areas. They get swayed by the names,” said political analyst Fr. Jojo Magadia of the Ateneo de Manila University.

“Nearly all the attention is on the presidential race and, to some extent, the vice-presidential race,” added Pulse Asia chief research fellow Ana Tabunda.

Via ABS-CBN News


The final push turns Metro into seas of green, yellow, orange

MANILA, Philippines—The main contenders for the Philippine presidency Friday night made their final push for votes in separate grand rallies that turned parts of the metropolis into seas of green, yellow and orange.

Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar held his miting de avance in a vast field facing the once infamous symbol of poverty—Smokey Mountain—in Tondo, while survey front-runner Sen. Benigno Aquino III brought his “yellow forces” to the Quezon City Memorial Circle, where he and several city mayors danced on a stage with comedian Pokwang.

Arroyo not invited

Tens of thousands of supporters of former President Joseph Estrada and his Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino massed on the track oval of the University of Makati, while administration candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr. staged his final show of force at the Rizal Track and Field Stadium in Manila, urging a mammoth crowd to show the world that Filipinos would not be guided by opinion surveys in choosing their president.

Via Inquirer.net

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Don’t vote for Noynoy

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010

By Jojo A. Robles

For whatever it’s worth, consider this a final appeal before you go to the polls on Monday: Do not vote for Benigno Simeon “Noynoy”Aquino III.

Do not vote for Noynoy because he is lazy and incompetent. He has done nothing, good or bad, to deserve your vote; he will most likely do nothing—which most certainly cannot be good—if he becomes president.

Do not vote for Noynoy because he is not his own man. He is heavily indebted to his relatives, political advisers, command-vote gatherers and financial backers, all of whom will most likely call the shots, make the important decisions and rule the country (even if no one elected them or even knows who they are) if he becomes president.

via Manila Standard Today.

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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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‘Noynoy kin, allies behind Pulse, SWS’

Posted by akosistella on May 6, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Relatives and close associates of Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino are directing behind the scenes the surveys being conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and Pulse Asia, according to Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) senatorial candidate Francisco “Kit” Tatad.

Tatad, citing a research paper and documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), said members of the Aquino clan and former associates of the late President Corazon Aquino are directors and stockholders of SWS and Pulse Asia.

Among those named in the SEC documents and research papers were Rafael Cojuangco Lopa and Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco.

via Philippine Star.


Villar featured in Forbes Asia Magazine

MANILA, Philippines – If elected president, Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar Jr. will be the first businessman elected into the highest office in the land.

Forbes Asia magazine recently ran a story on Villar’s candidacy, his struggle out of poverty, and his promise to apply a business management style of governance when elected president.

Last year, Villar ranked ninth on the Forbes list of the Philippines’ 40 Richest, having a net worth of $530 million.

Via Phil. Star


Noli says PGMA has contingency plans but won’t tell

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo already has a contingency plan in mind in case the problems over the automation of the elections escalate, according to Vice President Noli de Castro.

De Castro was asked if the President is thinking of contingency plans considering the latest developments in the automation project. He said: “I think may naisip si Presidente na contingency kahapon. May pinag-uusapan na rin sila na contingency measures. I’m just not privy to tell you.”

De Castro said the President is worried over the latest developments in the automation project, but her hands are tied by law since the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is in charge of the elections.

Via ABS-CBN News

Chaos hatched to disrupt May 10 polls – Binay

MANILA, Philippines – Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay claimed yesterday that Malacañang has hatched a scenario of chaos to disrupt the May 10 elections and extend President Arroyo’s hold on power.

Binay, running mate of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino presidential bet former President Joseph Estrada, said the scenario is part of a “grand scheme” that is certain to be exploited by the Arroyo administration.

“There is an engineered chaos. Nothing happens by accident under the Arroyo administration. These very disturbing developments point to a carefully laid out plan to create chaos at the polls on May 10 that could lead to a failure of elections,” Binay said.

Via Phil. Star

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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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Estrada pins hope on silent majority in comeback bid

Posted by akosistella on May 1, 2010


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines—Deposed president Joseph Estrada is confident that on May 10, the “silent majority” will propel him back to Malaca?.Buoyed by results of the latest Pulse Asia Inc. survey that put him at second place with Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr., Estrada, the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino candidate, said: “The silent majority [refers to] marginalized people and theyre just very quiet about everything.””I will return,” he said Friday.

via INQUIRER.net.


Villar says PSE exposé timed for surveys

MANILA, Philippines – Beleaguered Nacionalista Party (NP) presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. yesterday questioned the results of the latest survey showing him in a tie for second place with former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.

Villar said the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey came after Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile had accused him of exerting pressure on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) to favor his real estate firms to allow the sale of locked up stocks.

He said the survey was “ill-motivated” since it was done at the time the accusations came out on April 23.

Via Phil. Star

Noynoy won’t fall for psychological report trap

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III refused yesterday to lose his cool and said he won’t fall into the trap of his rivals’ insistence for him to undergo a psychiatric test and answer to fake psychological reports.

In Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro on Thursday and in Imus, Cavite yesterday, Aquino told reporters that his opponents were desperate to pin him down on bogus claims.

Aquino said the intention of those trying to portray him as psychologically unfit to become president was clearly to make him mad and fall into their trap. He said he would not give his rivals the satisfaction.

Via Phil. Star

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Estrada on improved survey ratings: I told you so

Posted by akosistella on April 30, 2010


Spokeswoman Margaux Salcedo said Estrada’s Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino will spend the remaining days of the campaign showing that the LP’s promise of change is empty without an experienced executive like her boss, who was ousted from power in 2001, convicted of plunder afterwards and subsequently pardoned by President Macapagal-Arroyo.

“As I told you, I will give them the surprise of their lives,” Estrada said in a telephone interview, recalling previous interviews in which he said he expected to peak in the surveys in the run-up to the elections and win come May 10.

Estrada answered in the affirmative when asked if the game was now between him and Liberal Party presidential candidate Sen. Benigno Aquino III, the consistent survey leader.

Via Inquirer.net


Villar loses support among poor – survey

“Were not really surprised that President Estradas ratings rose. We stuck to our strategy of going directly to the people, and they have realized that Estrada is the real leader of the poor,” said PMP spokesperson Ralph Calinisan.“I think people are starting to realize…that Estrada is the real ally of the masses…. We’re winning back the D and E votes, which are really the Estrada votes,” said Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco, PMP spokesman in Metro Manila.

Aquino stays on top with 39 points. It’s 1-percentage point less than the combined numbers of Villar and Estrada, who are tied at 20 points.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

ALSO READ: Gordon not surprised by 2 percent rating in surveys

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Aquino, Roxas still lead Pulse Asia survey; Erap catches up w/ Villar, Binay edges out Legarda

Posted by akosistella on April 29, 2010


With almost four in ten Filipino registered voters (39%) supporting his presidential bid, Senator Aquino remains the leading presidential contender in the May 2010 elections. Tied for second place with an overall voter preference of 20% are former President Joseph M. Estrada Ejercito and Senator Manuel B. Villar, Jr. The other presidential hopefuls have the support of at most 7% of registered voters. Less than one in ten registered voters (9%) does not support any presidential candidate.

Despite a 6-percentage point decline in his overall voter preference during the period March to April 2010, Senator Roxas still has the lead in the vice-presidential race with 37% of registered voters supporting his candidacy. However, the 20-percentage point lead enjoyed by the latter over Senator Loren B. Legarda in March 2010 (43% versus 23%) has now been reduced to a 9-percentage point lead over Makati City Mayor Binay (37% versus 28%). Riding on a 9-percentage point gain in electoral support, the Makati City Mayor now finds himself in second place in the vice-presidential race. On the other hand, Senator Legarda, who is now ranked third, is supported by 20% of registered voters – slightly lower than her March 2010 voter preference (23%). The other vice-presidential candidates register voter preferences of at most 3% while 9% of registered voters do not have a preferred candidate for vice-president.

via PulseAsia.

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Editorial: Not the pulse of the electorate (Daily Tribune)

Posted by akosistella on April 27, 2010


Pre-election surveys — whether Pulse Asia or the Social Weather Stations surveys — as conducted in this country, pose some kind of danger to the well-being of the nation, especially when these survey results are taken as gospel truth by the so-called survey front-runners.

Too much store is being placed on these surveys by some candidates, especially the Liberal Party presidential and vice presidential bets, who already see themselves in Malacañang — on the basis of the surveys.

The danger to the nation here is that what these surveys reflect may not necessarily be the same results of the presidential elections, given certain factors, such as party machinery and organization of a candidate or his rivals, not to mention that some shocking report may just crop up that could kill the chances of victory of even a frontrunner.

via The Daily Tribune.


The perils of a presidential race
FRONTLINE by Ninez Cacho-Olivares

Manny Villar and his Nacionalista Party candidates are perhaps, by now, fairly rattled at the continuous slide in his ratings, as he, along with Liberal Party bets Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas have been placing their faith in these dubious surveys.

And they are pretty dubious because the survey numbers certainly don’t jibe with the tens of thousands of supporters who come to the rallies of Erap Estrada, for SWS to pull him down some more with 2 percent in its latest survey. But then again, the SWS and the elite don’t want him to win.

Just going by the lean crowd that comes to the rallies of say, Noynoy or Villar — when his Rockatropa and Wowawee groups aren’t around, and compare their crowd to the crowds that pop up in Estrada’s rallies, which are getting bigger and bigger, one wonders just how the survey numbers are being manufactured.

Click Ninez Cacho Olivares

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Opinions in the Phil. Star

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


EDITORIAL – The right connections

Meritocracy, the rule of law, transparency — you name it, President Arroyo has set it back during her long years in power. Malacañang spokesmen say that poor government employees deserve representation in the board of the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund. If this nation is ever going to improve its competitiveness instead of turning into Asia’s basket case, something should be added to that noble explanation for the appointment of the President’s manicurist, Anita Carpon, to the Pag-IBIG Fund, and her gardener Armando Macapagal to the Luneta Administration: poor government employees can be promoted, why not, but only if they deserve it. This is called merit, and it has nothing to do with regular contact with the President’s ingrown toenails and fingernails.

via Phil. Star

People more pessimistic about life

Election season is normally fiesta time. People are happy because candidates and their supporters have rediscovered their importance. Money is being spent on colorful rallies, food and other goodies are being distributed and money in general changing hands for precious votes. The economy receives a stimulating boost as wealth is redistributed to the bottom part of the population who quickly spend the largesse for their basic needs.

Elections also used to offer hope of better days ahead. Candidates offer solutions to age old problems and for a brief moment transport many of our people to a much better place. Six years ago, Pulse Asia recorded only a 22 percent pessimism rate among our people. Today, it has gone up to 35 percent.

via Boo Chanco.

Defer Ampatuan trial, or bring case to UN
GOTCHA By Jarius Bondoc

Gloria Arroyo had better think twice about fixing the massacre case against her Ampatuan political pals. She might end up co-accused — before the International Criminal Court no less.

Formed in 2002, the UN body tries cases of genocide, war crimes, and atrocities against humanity. As a rule, it takes on cases if, in obvious cover-up, a government refuses to mete justice.

via Phil. Star

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Key posts for GMA manicurist, gardener defended

Posted by akosistella on April 23, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang justified yesterday President Arroyo’s move to appoint her manicurist and gardener to top-level posts in two government agencies.

Deputy presidential spokesman Gary Olivar, however, was at a loss on how to explain the actual qualifications of Anita Carpon and Armando Macapagal, reportedly Mrs. Arroyo’s manicurist and gardener, respectively.

Carpon was appointed to the board of the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund), and Macapagal as deputy of the Luneta Park administration.

Olivar said he has no information on the qualifications of the two appointees.

via Philippine Star.


‘Arroyo using resources for Speakership bid’

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is pouring resources to her allies’ congressional campaigns to secure their support in the next Congress, according to political science Prof. Clarita Carlos of the University of the Philippines.

Carlos, who describes the President as a “master strategist,” says Mrs. Arroyo is doing this because she knows that all initiatives in the next administration, including any move to amend the Constitution, originate in Congress.

It makes sense to protect her allies in Congress because it would ensure that she has enough warm bodies to form a substantial voting bloc, the professor explains.

Via ABS-CBN News


House Speaker Gloria Arroyo up to next President?

MANILA, Philippines – Prospects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assuming the post of Speaker in the House of Representatives was the crux of the discussion on ANC’s “The Rundown” on Wednesday with Ricky Carandang and Ces Drilon.

Prof. Edmund Tayao of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) political science department says it would be unlikely for the new administration to choose the former President for the speakership.

“She will be a significant personality in House of Representatives, but under a new administration, someone will hesitate to have her as speaker,” says Tayao.

Via ABS-CBN News

NOT SURPISING… GMA ratings drop to lowest since 2001

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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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Noynoy, Mar ratings surge in latest poll

Posted by akosistella on April 20, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The trust ratings of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and running mate Sen. Manuel “Mar” Roxas II have surged in the homestretch of the campaign for the May 10 polls, according to a recent survey by independent pollster Pulse Asia Inc.

Results of the survey conducted from March 21 to 28 among 3,000 respondents showed Aquino leading the pack of presidential candidates in terms of trust rating by voters, with 69 percent saying they have “big trust” in the LP presidential bet.

Aquino’s rating was up five points from 64 percent in the February survey.

via Philippine Star.


Winning LP senators to resolve Senate presidency issue

MANILA, Philippines – Senators, or at least those from the opposition Liberal Party (LP), will resolve after the May 10 elections the issue of replacing Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, according to Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

The LP standard-bearer said there is no urgent need to settle the issue before the conduct of the elections, and explained that “the issue comes before us at noon of June 30,” when the line of succession is needed in case a failure of elections is declared.

President Arroyo’s six-year term ends on June 30. Critics have been warning that the Chief Executive, who is running for congresswoman of Pampanga, is out to extend her term, especially since the line of succession does not include Chief Justice Reynato Puno.

via Phil. Star

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Lakas may lose dominant status

Posted by akosistella on April 16, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD may lose its bid to be named dominant majority party by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) due to numerous defections ahead of the May 10 polls.

“This (defection) is for evaluation. This will be factored in for purposes of determining what is the dominant majority and minority party,” Comelec Commissioner Rene Sarmiento said.

He said the poll body is expected to issue a resolution on the matter next week.

Last Wednesday, President Arroyo’s economic adviser Albay Gov. Joey Salcedo announced his defection to the Liberal Party.

via Philippine Star.


Andaya vows to remain loyal to Gibo, Lakas

MANILA, Philippines – Former Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya on Thursday denied reports that he’ll also abandon Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential bet Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro in favor of Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

A day after Arroyo’s economic adviser Albay Gov. Joey Salceda quit the ruling party for Aquino, Andaya said he is “sticking it out with Gibo and the Lakas party.”

“I have not sent feelers to the Liberals and none have been sent to me. No offer has been made and none shall be accepted. I am happy where I am now,” Andaya said in a statement.

Click ABS-CBN News Online

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