Archive for March, 2016

Erap endorsement expected to get Mindanao for Poe

It was almost midnight when Sen. Grace Poe made it to retired Col. Ariel Querubin’s birthday at the Clubhouse at Camp Aguinaldo last Monday. But she looked happy and energized. She told the remaining few guests that she came from the proclamation rally of former President Joseph Estrada, who is running for re-election as Manila […]

March 30, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, Elections 2016  7 Comments

Norman Sison

I haven’t bid Norman goodbye properly and I feel bad about it. Norman is a very good writer and it was a privilege for VERA Files to have him as one of our writers. When young writers inquire about contributing feature stories for VERA Files, a group that publishes in- depth and feature stories, I […]

March 28, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: General, Vera Files  No Comments

Game changers: SC decision on Poe and AMLC report on Binay

Next week’s surveys should give us a clearer picture of the sentiments of the Filipino voters. By then, we would know whose campaign is struggling from collapsing and whose campaign is pulling away. The latest surveys that we got this week (Pulse Asia for ABS-CBN) which put Grace Poe leading (28 percent) with just a […]

March 18, 2016  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections, surveys  29 Comments

No way can Comelec postpone May 9 elections

Former Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, who is now consultant of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, said the Commission on Elections cannot postpone the May 9 elections as it is being floated now. He said there is only one option for Comelec: “To conduct automated elections on May 9, 2016.” Former Senator Richard Gordon, principal author of […]

March 16, 2016  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  2 Comments

Gordon to Comelec officials: ‘If you cannot do the job, resign.’

It’s as simple as that. Former Senator Richard Gordon who is running again for the Senate slammed officials of the Commission on Elections for painting a doomsday scenario if they were to comply with the Supreme Court decision to have the election machines on May 9 issue receipts of the voter’s vote. He said postponing […]

March 14, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  11 Comments

With SC decision, expect donations to flow into Grace Poe’s campaign

It was an obviously elated Grace Poe that came to the Liwasang Bonifacio to celebrate International Women’s Day organized by the militant women’s group, Gabriela, yesterday. She had just received word that the Supreme Court, voting 9-6, junked the disqualification decisions of the Commission on Elections on the issues of citizenship and residency and declared […]

March 9, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  28 Comments

Aquino appoints Almendras foreign secretary

With only three months left of his term, President Aquino appointed his cabinet secretary Jose Rene D. Almendras, 56, as foreign secretary. Press Secretary Herminio Coloma announced tonight that “President Aquino has appointed Jose Rene Almendras as ad interim Secretary of Foreign Affairs, according to Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. He replaces Secretary Albert del […]

March 8, 2016  Tags:   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  3 Comments

China makes sure Jackson Atoll won’t be another Ayungin

The Chinese have not occupied Jackson Atoll (Philippine name is Quirino and Wufang Jiao in Chinese) in the Spratlys, as erroneously reported in Philippines media. Not yet. But the Chinese were there last December as related by the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hong Lei in his regular press briefing last March 2. Hong […]

March 7, 2016   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  6 Comments

Is that so?

Creative image makers are very much in demand this election campaign. In the candidates efforts to boost their credentials to the public or to hide unpleasant information about them, they tell stories – some true, some false. There is no dearth of image-specialists that candidates can tap to re-package themselves to what appeals to the […]

March 4, 2016  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2016 elections  5 Comments