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Can 13th senator take Aquino’s seat? Miriam says yes, Enrile no

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines — Can the Senate seat to be left by likely president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III be filled up by the senatorial candidate ranked 13th in the vote count, once Aquino is proclaimed President?

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the candidate ranked 13th in the counting could occupy Aquino’s seat if Congress passed a concurrent resolution, but Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile disagreed, saying special elections should be held for the vacated position.

Interviewed over dzBB radio, Santiago initially disagreed with the idea of allowing the 13th-ranked senatorial candidate to become the replacement for Aquino but changed her position when told this happened in the 2001 elections when Congress passed a concurrent resolution.

via INQUIRER.net.


Santiago warns Aquino on an ‘opposition’ Congress

MANILA, Philippines — Likely president-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III may face an opposition Congress, with defeated presidential candidate and Sen. Manuel Villar Jr., and President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, incoming Pampanga representative, working to gain the Senate presidency and the House Speakership respectively.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago raised a potentially challenging situation for the would-be Aquino government, as she stressed that Villar had the “numbers” to regain the Senate presidency. She added that Ms Arroyo, being a shrewd leader and having made preparations for her new life in Congress, could just clinch the House leadership.

But Santiago said Ms Arroyo could only be the next Speaker if her alliances would hold after Aquino’s proclamation by Congress.

Via Inquirer.net

Belmonte ready for Speakership fight

MANILA, Philippines – Congressman-elect Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte of Quezon City is ready to be the candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) for the House Speakership against outgoing President and congresswoman-elect Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“I’ve expressed interest. Dati na akong naging Speaker and I know how it works,” said Belmonte on Sunday.

Belmonte, who is on his last term as Quezon City mayor, made the statement after Rep. Amelita Villarosa of Occidental Mindoro turned over the chairmanship of the Lakas-Kampi (Lakas) party to Arroyo.

Via ABS-CBN News

AND: Power blocs gear for Senate leadership showdown


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Municipal tallies show Roxas winning by 200,000 votes, says LP

Posted by akosistella on May 17, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Based on the municipal certificates of canvass (COCs) his camp has gathered, Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II would edge Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay in the vice-presidential race by around 200,000 votes, former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz said Saturday.

Cruz said that the municipal COCs the LP obtained from around the country were tabulated by Ateneo de Manila University professor Edmundo Lim and they showed Roxas would win by “plus or minus 200,000” votes.

Binay’s camp does not have access to these documents because they are not the dominant minority party.

via INQUIRER.net.

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Estrada camp hits ‘massive selling’ of CF cards to cheat in May polls

Posted by akosistella on May 15, 2010


The camp of presidential aspirant Joseph Estrada on Saturday claimed the May 10 polls were riddled with what it considered “massive marketing and selling” of pre-programmed Compact Flash (CF) cards, which contain instructions for the Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines to read the ballots.

At a press conference in Mandaluyong city, Ambassador Ernesto Maceda, former president Estrada’s campaign manager, claimed that before the elections, some people offering CF cards – supposedly programmed to make a candidate win – approached the camp of the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

Maceda claimed the CF card brokers sell the programs for the PCOS machines from P30 to P50 million each.

via GMANews.TV.


No more glitches in transmission of data to PPCRV—Comelec

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) assured the public that there would be no more glitches in the transmission of data from various precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines in its servers at the Pope Pius Center in Manila where its accredited citizen arm Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) has been doing its own tally.

Renato Garcia, consultant for ICT Operations of the Comelec, along with Cesar Flores, Smartmatic Asia Pacific President went to Pope Pius to repair the glitch of its servers which has caused delays in the tally being conducted by PPCRV.

“We would like to apologize for the delay here in Pius. The Pope Pius has a server that Comelec and Smartmatic has provided here to be able to access the results from the PCOS machines.”

via INQUIRER.net.

Over 300 clustered precincts had near-unanimous choices for president

If the 2010 elections are a gauge, bloc voting is alive and well in the Philippines.

According to an analysis of the GMA election tally, over 90 percent of voters in 326 clustered precincts around the country had the same choice for president. Benigno “Noynoy’ Aquino was by far the main beneficiary of this voting pattern, with 164 clustered precincts in 19 provinces and the national capital region voting nearly 100% for the presumptive winner of the presidential race.

At least 54 precincts voted almost exclusively for former president Joseph Estrada, while 67 and 61 precincts, respectively, went nearly 100 percent for Gibo Teodoro and Manny Villar.

Via GMANews.TV

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Did Peping camp campaign for Noy-Bi?

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010


•Tingting Cojuangco says Roxas camp only looking for someone to blame for prospective loss

MANILA, Philippines – A faction among the relatives of leading presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III junked his running mate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II in favor of their long-time political ally, Jejomar “Jojo” Binay of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino, according to Aquino-Roxas tandem supporter Fr. Eliseo “Jun” Mercado.

“Ang dala ng mga Cojuangco ay Noy-Bi, not Noy-Mar (The Cojuangcos are carrying Noynoy-Binay, not Noynoy-Mar). They all came here [in Mindanao]. Tingting Cojuangco was here with Jun Simon,” Mercado, a professor at the Notre Dame University in Cotabato City and founder of the Mindanao Leaders Coalition or Kusug Mindanaw, told abs-cbnNews.com/Newsbreak in a phone interview.

Margarita “Tingting” Cojuangco is Noynoy’s aunt. She is the wife of Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., the younger brother of the late President Corazon Aquino whose alleged deals and influence-peddling during her administration led a columnist to coin the word Kamag-anak Inc. (Relatives Incorporated).

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

Uhm. Maybe it’s time we resurrect the old Cory Aquino aides who tried to secure former First Lady Imelda Marcos’ jewelry in Malacañan Palace, the day after the Marcos family was deposed. I’m sure they have juicy stories to re-tell.

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Erap junks Binay? Check out the video

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010

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Voters remind Loren to follow the queue

Posted by akosistella on May 10, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – Some registered voters in Malabon got irritated when Nacionalista Party NP vice-presidential guest candidate Loren Legarda went ahead of the queue at the precinct when polls opened on Monday.

Some supporters in Potrero, Malabon cheered “Loren, Loren, Loren” when she arrived, while other voters reminded Legarda that she should fall in line.

“Ma’am, pila po kayo,” some voters said.

via ABS-CBN News Online Beta.


Roxas rides tricycle to polling center

ROXAS CITY, Philippines – Senator Mar Roxas, the running mate of Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, rode a tricycle on his way to the polling center at the Rufina Andrada Santos Memorial School on Monday.

A supportive crowd welcomed him at the school when he got off the tricycle to enter Precinct Number 0244A in Barangay 5.

It only took a few minutes for Roxas to cast his vote.

Via ABS-CBN News

Did Erap not vote for a vice president?

MANILA, Philippines – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) standard-bearer Joseph Estrada’s spokesman Margaux Salcedo has denied reports that the former president did not vote for a vice president.

The reports were apparently prompted by viewers’ impression of how he shaded the ovals on his ballot when he voted at an elementary school in San Juan City in Metro Manila at high noon Monday.

Estrada’s running mate is Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay.

Via ABS-CBN News

Villar, Nanay Curing vote in Las Piñas

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel “Manny” Villar, Jr. cast his vote in Las Piñas at around 10:50 on Monday.

The NP presidential bet was voter No. 188 in precinct No. 222.

Villar was joined by his wife, Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar.

Via ABS-CBN News

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List of candidates for the Phil. elections (May 10, 2010)

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010



Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III – Liberal Party
John Carlos “JC” delos Reyes – Ang Kapatiran
Joseph “Erap” Estrada (Ejercito) – Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino
Richard “Dick” Gordon – Bagumbayan
Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal – Independent
Nicanor “Nicky” Perlas – Independent
Gilberto Teodoro Jr. – Lakas-Kampi-CMD
Eddie “Bro. Eddie” Villanueva – Bangon Pilipinas
Manuel “Manny” Villar – Nacionalista Party


Manuel “MAR” A. Roxas II – Liberal Party
Dominador Chipeco Jr. – Ang Kapatiran
Jejomar “Jojo” Binay – PDP-Laban (guest candidate, PMP)
Bayani “BF” Fernando – Bagumbayan
Edu Manzano – Lakas-Kampi-CMD
Perfecto “Jun” Yasay, Jr. – Bangon Pilipinas
Loren Legarda – Nationalist Peoples Coalition (guest candidate, NP)
Jay Sonza – Kilusang Bagong Lipunan


• Nereus “Neric” Acosta
• Martin Bautista
•. Ruffy Biazon
• Franklin Drilon
• Teofisto “TG” Guingona III
• Risa Hontiveros (Akbayan, LP guest candidate)
• Alexander “Alex” Lacson
• Yasmin Lao
•. Ralph Recto
•. Sonia Roco

• Pia Cayetano
• Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.
• Ramon Mitra III
• Liza Maza (Independent, NP guest candidate)
• Ariel Querubin (Independent, NP guest candidate)
• Gilbert Remulla
• Satur Ocampo (Bayan Muna, NP guest candidate)
• Susan “Toots” Ople
• Adel Tamano
• Miriam Defensor Santiago (PRP, NP guest candidate)

•. JV Larion Bautista
• Joey de Venecia III
• Juan “Johnny” Ponce Enrile
• Jinggoy Estrada
• Apolinario “Jun” Lozada
• Francisco “Kit” Tatad (Grand Alliance for Democracy, PMP guest candidate)

• Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza – guest candidate, PMP
• Vicente “Tito” Sotto III

• Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III
• Ramon “Bong” Revilla
• Ramon Guico
• Raul Lambino
• Rey Langit
• Lito Lapid

• Zafrullah Alonto
• Kata Inocencio
• Adz Nikabulin
• Ramoncito Ocampo
• Alex Tinsay
• Israel Virgines

• Rizalito David
• Jo Aurea Imbong
• Zosimo Paredes
• Ma. Gracia Riñoza-Plazo
• Adrian Sison
• Reginald Tamayo
• Hector Tarrazona
• Manuel Valdehuesa Jr.

• Shariff Ibrahim Albani
• Nanette Espinosa
•. Alma Lood
• Regalado Maambong
• Imelda Papin
• Hector Villanueva

• Gwendolyn “Gwen” Pimentel (guest candidate, NP)
• Henry Caunan

• Danilo Lim
• Jovito Palparan Jr.
• Reynaldo Princesa
• Sergio “Serge” Osmeña III (guest candidate, Liberal Party/Partido ng Masang Pilipino)


• Emilio Mario Osmeña – PROMDI

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The last pitch from the candidates

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


Erap showcases mass appeal in final sortie in Tondo

In his final sortie for the upcoming May polls, Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino standard-bearer former President Joseph Estrada had one message: “Akin ang Tondo.” (Tondo is mine.)

Showing that he still has the common touch, Estrada and the rest of his party held on Saturday night their miting de avance in Tondo, Manila—traditionally one of the poorest areas in the country’s capital city, with its foreshore areas home to urban informal settlers from the post-World War II period onwards.

Estrada said during the evening rally that he personally chose Tondo as the venue for his party’s final sortie since it is his birthplace and the starting point of his career as an actor.

Via GMANews.TV

Gibo: Filipinos deserve only the best

MANILA, Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro said the Filipino deserves only the best during his miting de avance at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila Friday night.

The crowd of thousands was composed mostly of youth groups and urban poor organizations clad in green.

“The time has come for Filipinos to make a decision, to decide on their future,” Teodoro said in Filipino.

Via Phil star

Noynoy: The fight continues

MANILA, Philippines – Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III yesterday vowed to continue the fight even after tomorrow’s elections have been concluded.

Aquino said he is not being complacent despite a commanding lead over his rivals in the surveys as the campaign drew to a close.

Aquino told his supporters during the LP’s miting de avance in Quezon Memorial Circle on Friday that “we have not yet won, we are not yet assured of a good future – the fight continues.”

via Philippine Star.

Villar promises to end poverty

MANILA, Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. started his campaign for the presidency in Tondo, Manila, where he traces his roots, and ended it there with a promise to end poverty in the country.

Villar wanted to send a strong message about his platform and his roots by choosing to hold the NP’s miting de avance across the notorious symbol of poverty in the country, Smokey Mountain in Vitas, Tondo.

The sprawling property that forms part of the Harbour Center of businessman Reghis Romero was the venue of the NP’s final salvo before tomorrow’s elections, far from the clutches of the elite and the middle classes but just a stone’s throw from some of the poorest of Metro Manila.

Via Phil. Star

AND: As thousands cheered, not 1 presidential bet lost

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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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Aquino pads poll lead-BWorld/SWS survey

Posted by akosistella on May 7, 2010


•Gap now 22 points; Estrada overtakes Villar

WITH THE MAY 10 elections just around the corner, Sen. Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” C. Aquino III has picked up steam to widen his lead in the presidential race, results of the final BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (BW-SWS) Pre-Election survey showed.

The May 2-3 poll, conducted roughly a week before Filipinos troop to the precincts, gave Mr. Aquino the support of 42%, up four points and ahead of former President Joseph “Erap” E. Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masa who was now in second place with three-point gain to 20%.

Erstwhile second-placer Sen. Manuel “Manny” B. Villar, Jr. of the Nationalista Party (NP) was a point behind at 19%, a result within the survey’s error margin of 2.2%. His support was down seven points from the prior BW-SWS poll of April 16-19.

via BusinessWorld Online.

Down to the wire VP race as Binay, Roxas share lead

MAKATI MAYOR Jejomar “Jojo” C. Binay has caught up with Sen. Manuel “Mar” A. Roxas in the vice-presidential race, tying with the former solo frontrunner in the final edition of the BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey.

Both scored 37% in the May 2-3 poll, conducted roughly a week before the elections, but SWS said it was mentioning Mr. Binay’s name first in announcing the results “because the survey gave him a 0.2 point lead over [Mr. Roxas].”

The Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino bet has seen a resurgence in the surveys, first eking out a one-point lead versus erstwhile second-placer Sen. Loren Legarda in the last poll and now gaining 12 to tie with Mr. Roxas.”

VIa BusinessWorld

Last Senate slot up for grabs?

JUST ONE SLOT in the “Magic 12” senatorial race appears up for dispute, with recognized politicians — most of them incumbents and former senators — bolstering their hold in the rankings, results of the final BusinessWorld-Social Weather Stations (SWS) Pre-Election Survey showed.

The top two were described by the SWS as “well ahead” and next nine “clearly above the 12th place”. The first three, the independent survey research organization said, have consistently been on top since a March poll, while the first 10 have always been in the winning circle since early December.

In first and second, with just a point separating them, were reelectionists Senator Ramon “Bong” B. Revilla, Jr. of the administration Lakas-Kampi-CMD (51%) and Jose “Jinggoy” E. Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino or PMP (50%). Both lost three points each from the previous survey of April 16-19.

Via BusinessWorld


(Updated) SC nullifies NP-NPC coalition

The Supreme Court has nullified the coalition of the Nacionalista Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NP-NPC) due to the failure of the two parties to submit the necessary requirements.

In a 29-page decision penned by Associate Justice Arturo Brion, the court overturned a Commission on Elections (Comelec) ruling recognizing the NP-NPC merger as a bona fide coalition.

The coalition, along with the Liberal Party (LP) and the Puwersa ng Masang Pilipino, are all vying for the Comelec’s nod to become the dominant minority party that will be entitled to the sixth copy of the election returns (ERs) and a server showing the election results as they are transmitted on the May 10 automated elections.

Via GMANews.TV

Religious groups’ endorsements may come with a price, analysts say

In the homestretch to the May 10 elections, religious groups Iglesia ni Cristo and Kingdom of Jesus Christ have declared the presidential candidate they are backing. This weekend, the El Shaddai movement is set to announce who it will endorse.

Iglesia ni Cristo has picked Sen. Benigno Aquino III while KJC leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy has endorsed administration bet Gilberto Teodoro Jr. The El Shaddai is perceived to be supporting Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. because of his close ties with the group’s leader, Mariano “Mike” Velarde.

Religious groups said they choose their presidential bets because of their competence and moral credibility.

via GMANews.TV.

Palace says Macalintal resignation was his own doing

MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang on Thursday squelched speculation that President Macapagal-Arroyo compelled her election lawyer, Romulo Macalintal, to quit over his call to defer the presidential elections.

“He was the one who asked to resign because his position is not in line with the Palace position,” Secretary Ricardo Saludo said in reply to questions about whether Macalintal was forced to resign.

Malacañang on Wednesday night issued a press statement that it had accepted Macalintal’s offer to resign.

Via Inquirer.net

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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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Gibo: Still an uphill climb ahead, even after Quiboloy’s endorsement

Posted by akosistella on May 4, 2010


DAVAO CITY , Philippines – Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro yesterday said the presidential race is still a tough fight for him despite the endorsement given by evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation.

“It is still an uphill climb ahead. That is why I need your prayers, I need the prayer of every Filipino. The climb uphill is not an easy one. But truly, I am humbled, let us all pray together as we all go together in this endeavor. I ask of you to be with me,” Teodoro said.

On Sunday night, Quiboloy endorsed Teodoro in a global worship service attended by 50,000 of his followers. The endorsement was also broadcast by congregation-owned Sunshine Media.

Via Phil. Star

Aquino admits asking Binay to be DILG chief

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines – Liberty Party (LP) standard-bearer Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has admitted offering a Cabinet position to Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay in case he wins in the presidential elections.

Interviewed in a campaign rally in Albay on Monday, Aquino said he asked Binay, who has been a local official since 1986, to be his secretary of interior and local government.

But Aquino pointed out that he had made the offer before Binay decided to run for vice president and running mate of his rival, former President Joseph Estrada of the Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino (PMP).

via ABS-CBN News.

Erap to Noynoy: ‘Here I come’

FORMER President Joseph Estrada yesterday told Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino not to be so confident about winning the May 10 elections despite leading in surveys since last year.

“The race is not yet over, we believe we can still catch up. The surveys showed that we are catching up very fast,” Estrada said in a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Mandaluyong City yesterday.

“The undecided voters have increased. As you know my supporters are the silent majority,” he added.

Via Malaya

Villar, Loren confident of victory on May 10

VIGAN CITY , Philippines — Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manuel Villar Jr. and his running mate Loren Legarda are confident of victory on May 10.

Speaking to reporters yesterday, Villar said he is not bothered that Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation had endorsed Lakas-Kampi-CMD presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr.

“It’s fine,” he said. “As I said, there are groups who will support and others who will not. If they do, thanks. If they don’t, it’s not a problem.”

Via Phil. Star

Teachers ready for polls, says DepEd

INFO-TECH capable.

This is how the Department of Education (DepEd) described teachers who will sit in the Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) in next Monday’s automated local and national elections.

Secretary Mona Valisno said at least one of the three members of the BEIs in every precinct has the capability to perform the task professionally.

Valisno made the assurance as 137,200 teachers have been certified by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as information technology capable after they got an average passing rate of 91% in the DOST Certification Program.

Via Malaya

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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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