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Bongbong wants to be president

Posted by akosistella on May 22, 2010


His name used to be poison in the Philippines but Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is now talking about becoming president after elections on May 10 showed him to be one of the nation’s most popular politicians.

The only son of strongman President Ferdinand Marcos insists that his family has nothing to apologize for regarding his father and namesake’s 20-year rule of the country that ended in 1986 with a “people power” uprising and a humiliating escape into exile.

“My father doesn’t need me to vindicate him,” a relaxed Bongbong told Agence France-Presse on Wednesday in his first major interview since last week’s national elections that saw him secure more than 13 million votes and a seat in the Senate.

via Manila Times.

Heaven help us.


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Comelec proclaims Osmeña, Lapid, Guingona

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, on Tuesday proclaimed Sergio Osmeña III (independent), Manuel “Lito” Lapid (Lakas-Kampi CMD) and Teofisto Guingona III (Liberal Party) as senators until 2016.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said the poll body decided to proclaim the 3 bets since the remaining votes to be counted “would no longer material affect the outcome of the election.”

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal earlier said the poll body had less than 500,000 votes left to canvass.

The proclamation was held at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila.

Last Saturday, the NBoC proclaimed the first nine winning senators who will serve until 2016 namely; Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr. (Lakas-Kampi CMD); Sen. “Jinggoy” Estrada (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino); Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago (People’s Reform Party); former Senate President Franklin Drilon (Liberal Party); Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile (Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino); Sen. Pia Cayetano (Nacionalista Party); Rep. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (Nacionalista Party); former senator Ralph Recto (Liberal Party); and former senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III (Nationalist People’s Coalition). (ABS-CBN News)

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PPCRV: 3 more clean elections needed to shake off bad poll habits

Posted by akosistella on May 18, 2010


At least three more “clean” and quick elections like the recently concluded May 10 polls may be needed to overhaul Filipinos’ bad election habits, a Church-based poll watchdog group said Tuesday.

The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said this year’s elections were a good start, with losing bets quickly conceding defeat instead of claiming they were cheated.

“Siguro tatlo pang eleksyon na malinis, ang di magandang ugali mapapalitan ng mas maganda, (lalo na) ang ugali na walang natatalo puro nadadaya (We may need three more clean elections as in the May 10 polls to remove the bad habits of Filipino politicians, especially of not admitting defeat and claiming they were cheated),” PPCRV Chairwoman Henrietta de Villa said in an interview on dzRH radio.

via GMANews.TV.


Atienza files election protest against rival Lim

(Update 2 – 5:58 PM) Former Environment Secretary Joselito ‘Lito’ Atienza filed an election protest on Monday before the Commission on Elections (Comelec), alleging poll fraud after losing to incumbent Mayor Alfredo Lim in Manila’s mayoral race.

“The results were not reflective of the actual votes cast due to irregularities and errors in the canvassing and counting in certain precincts,” Atienza said in his 13-page complaint.

The total number of votes in the election returns (ERs) was fewer compared to the tabulated results coming from the consolidation and canvassing system (CCS), the complaint said, claiming that the ERs were manufactured.

Via GMANews.TV

AND: Comelec to proclaim last 3 senators today

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Comelec partial unofficial tally (as of 7:45 a.m., May 14, 2010)

Posted by akosistella on May 14, 2010

Via ANC Alerts

Presidential race (as of 7:45 am)

Vice Presidential race (as of 7:45 am)

Senatorial elections (as of 7:45 am)

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Partial unofficial tally (as of 9:32 am)

Posted by akosistella on May 13, 2010


(VIa ANC Alerts)

Presidential race (as of 7:55 am)

Vice Presidential race (as of 9:32 am)

Top senatorial candidates

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Comelec stops tally in favor of official count

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


THE Commission on Elections en banc yesterday decided to stop issuing tabulation reports of transmitted results of the national elections.

The Comelec is tasked to canvass votes for senatorial candidates. It convened yesterday as the National Board of Canvassers.

Votes for president and vice president are canvassed by Congress which will convene also as a board of canvassers on May 31.

via Business Insight Malaya.


Comelec junks partial proclamation of Senate winners

THE Commission on Elections, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBoC), yesterday ruled out a partial proclamation of winning senatorial candidates.

Comelec Chairman Jose Melo said a partial proclamation would be like going back to the manual election system.

In the last update released by the Comelec yesterday morning, the top 12 candidates were Ramon Revilla Jr., Jinggoy Estrada, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Franklin Drilon, Juan Ponce Enrile, Pia Cayetano, Bongbong Marcos, Ralph Recto, Vicente Sotto III, Sergio Osmeña III, Lito Lapid, and Teofisto Guingona (8,493,334).

Via Malaya

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Fast count stuns nation

Posted by akosistella on May 12, 2010


MANILA, Philippines—Shell-shocked.

Winners and losers did not know what hit them as a barrage of election tallies—first a trickle, then a torrent—confronted them with the reality that the poisoned political environment had nothing to do with Monday’s automated elections, officials said Tuesday.

“It was faster than you can say Garci,” said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Jose Melo, alluding to disgraced former commissioner Virgilio Garcillano, who was accused of colluding with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to rig the 2004 presidential election, a charge she denies.

The first results came from satellite transmissions—the VSATs and BGANs—from mountainous regions in northern Luzon where there were no regular cell phone sites and the voting populations were small.

via INQUIRER.net.

AND: PPCRV update for presidential, VP, senatorial posts

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Poll results as per this morning’s Comelec presscon

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


Aquino leads in 30 million of votes cast (of estimated total 50 million registered voters.)

Partial Comelec tally as per 615 am

Results before the presscon:

As pf 5:22 a.m.

As per Comelec chairman Jose Melo, they will be able to proclaim the winner in the presidential race by 12 noon. For president, vice president, senators, “We have 30 million of estimated 50 million registered voters,” as per Melo. Anthony Taberna of DZMM/ANC results so far are based from 90% of NCR ballots cast, Panay region 60%. In Capiz, Roxas wins in all districts except for two.

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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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Partial results from Comelec

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010

As of 12:22 AM via ANC alerts: (Pres.) Aquino 10.14M, Erap 6.4M, Villar 3.48M, Gibo 2.66M; (VP) Binay 10.72M, Roxas 9.24M, Legarda 2.6M, Fernando 720,791. (Senators) Revilla 13.1M, Estrada 13.03M, Santiago 12M, Drilon 11.02M, Enrile 10.88M, Cayetano 9.56M, Marcos 9.34M, Recto 8.55M, Sotto 8.34M, Osmeña 7.99M, Lapid 7.36M, Guingona 7.16M, (#13-Hontiveros Baraquel 6.47M).

This is based on 60% of election returns.

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President, vice president, senators likely known by today

Posted by akosistella on May 11, 2010


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MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino nation will know the next President, vice president and the 12 new senators of the republic by Tuesday, according to the Smartmatic TIM, the technology partner of the Commission on Elections in the country’s first ever automated elections.

Cesar Flores, spokesman of the Smartmatic TIM, projected on Monday night that 80 percent of the results would be in by Tuesday and that would show a clearer picture of the winners in the presidential, vice presidential and senatorial races.

“When you wake up tomorrow (Tuesday) about 80 percent of the results are transmitted. You will have a very clear trend on who will be the next president, vice president, and senators,” he said in a joint press conference with the Commission on Elections.

via INQUIRER.net.

ALSO READ: Estrada complains about trending in release of poll results


Pacquiao smiles about early results of congressional bid

GEN. SANTOS CITY, Philippines — A cell phone on his left hand, a hand-held radio on his right and two more cell phones on the table, Manny Pacquiao was a one-man communication center at his mansion late Monday afternoon.

But he wasn’t complaining. He was even smiling.

Reason: His poll watchers spread out all over Sarangani province have been relaying good news. Their exit polls have shown the seven-division champion is going to win by landslide.

Via Inquirer.net

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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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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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A Filipino of faith

Posted by akosistella on May 5, 2010


BY THE WAY By Max V. Soliven
December 19, 2005

We keep on paying lip service to the catchword, “Faith in the Filipino.” In this Christmas season of hope – and also sadness – this faith and confidence in ourselves too often falls short of being justified.

However, here’s one story which I must tell.

This incident took place last Thursday in the late afternoon. I was rushing home in my car, an X-5, from my last meeting in Makati – already far behind schedule, since my next appointment, after a change of clothes, was in Malacañang. My vehicle broke down in the mounting rush-hour traffic on the Paseo de Roxas, not far from the corner of Buendia. There I was, frantically trying to hail a cab in vain while the avenue was crawled alongside, almost gridlocked. My desperation must have been all over my face. I had fruitlessly attempted calling my Stargate office on Ayala Avenue, then my associates and friends nearby. I needed a car badly to rescue me from the corner where I had been stranded. But nobody could be contacted.

Then a white Chevrolet Ventura pulled up to the curb. The young man at the wheel leaned over, his window rolled down, and asked: “Can I help you, sir?”

I blurted out, “Yes – my car over there broke down. I must get home in a hurry! Can you bring me somewhere where I can find a taxicab?”

The fellow smiled and said: “Hop in, Sir I will drive you home.”

I scrambled aboard, thankful to the kind stranger, and God – and for my good fortune. In retrospect, I wonder why it had never occurred to me he might be an armed hold-up man. I guess it was the disarming nature of his smile, his earnest approach. Yet now could anyone be so generous as to stop in the middle of traffic, then offer a total stranger a ride all the way to his home? He hadn’t even asked how far away I lived; he’d made the offer without hesitation.

For the rest, pls click Max Soliven (Philstar archives).

ALEX Lacson is running for Senator under the Liberal Party.

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