Very satisfied

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal, Tita de Villa, national chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, and Smartmatic people were all beaming with pride in last Friday’s presentation by Mahar Mangahas of the Social Weather Stations findings on the people’s evaluation of the May 2010 election. Sponsored by the The Asia Foundation, it was […]

July 30, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: surveys  6 Comments

Win or lose, Binay makes history

By VERA Files and YouthVotePhilippines By ELLEN TORDESILLAS and YOUTHVOTEPHILIPPINES WHATEVER the final outcome of the tightly contested vice presidential race, Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay has made history by being the first local official to be possibly catapulted to a top national position, just a breath away from the presidency. Unlike another former mayor, Joseph […]

June 7, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2010 elections, Benigno Aquino III  51 Comments

Securing election returns

Yesterday, under heavy security, ballot boxes containing election returns and certificates of canvass of May 10, 2010 elections were brought to the Batasan Pambansa, where the canvassing for the presidential and vice-presidential contest would be held. The heavy security, the TV reporter annotated, was because of the reported switching of election returns that happened after […]

May 26, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2010 elections, Malaya  20 Comments

Pakinggan ang reklamo, tuloy ang canvassing

Huwag tayong masyadong maiinip sa pag-iimbestiga ng mga reklamo tungkol sa mga palpak sa nakaraang eleksyon. Mabuti na hindi lang basta-basta isinasantabi ang mga lumalabas na reklamo tungkol sa mga palpak sa nakaraang automated elections. Hindi katulad nang nangyari noong 2004 na ibinasura lang ni Sen. Francis Pangilinan at Rep. Raul Gonzales sa basurahang “Noted” […]

May 25, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: 2010 elections, Abante  44 Comments

Bangkok ablaze: It could’ve been us

By Raul Pangalangan Philippine Daily Inquirer Bangkok is literally up in flames—and Filipinos must take note. It could’ve been us. It could still be us. We have not witnessed such open recourse to violence in urban centers in our recent history. Neither Edsa I nor Edsa II entailed the firing of live ammunition against civilians, […]

May 21, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2010 elections, Foreign Affairs  19 Comments

Noy-Mar vs Noy-bi, proxy war of Hyatt 10 vs Kamag-anak Inc

Fe Zamora’s story “Inside story: Hyatt 10 vs Kamag-anak Inc.” has elicited two columns from Conrad de Quiros. Conrad’s columns also elicited reaction from John Nery, which elicited another reaction from Conrad. I’m wondering, where is Noynoy Aquino in all these conflicting operations within his campaign? I’m providing the links to all the articles. Have […]

May 19, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2010 elections, Noynoy Aquino  38 Comments

The top 9

VERA Files’ Mario Ignacio covered the proclamation of the first nine winners in the 2010 senatorial contest. The top nine are: Ramon “Bong” Revilla, Jr.;Jinggoy Estrada, Miriam Defensor Santiago,Franklin Drilon,Juan Ponce-Enrile,Pia Cayetano,Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.,Ralph Recto and Tito Sotto. Only six (those in photo) were present. The bottom three who have yet to be proclaimed are […]

May 16, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2010 elections, Vera Files  17 Comments

Esperon says he was cheated

The shoe is on the other foot From: Philippine Daily Inquirer LINGAYEN, PANGASINAN, Philippines—Look who’s talking now. A former Army general, who figured prominently in the controversial “Hello Garci” scandal in the 2004 elections, is now complaining of being cheated after losing in the congressional race in Pangasinan’s sixth district. In a statement e-mailed to […]

May 15, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2010 elections  55 Comments

Poll results show dynasties stronger than ever

by Yvonne Chua, Luz Rimban and Avigail Olarte VERA Files Monday’s election was supposed to have ushered Filipino voters into the modern age of computerized voting, but the results show the country will remain stuck with feudal-style politics as dynasties secured elective positions at the provincial, congressional and local levels. In at least 34 of […]

May 14, 2010  Tags:   Posted in: 2010 elections, Vera Files, Vote 2010  20 Comments

Pacquiao makes it; also Imelda, Arroyo

Jocjoc, Ermita, Montano lose Philippine Daily Inquirer They are popular and controversial candidates that local pundits thought had victory in the palms of their hands. Some are facing the possibility of defeat: Scandal-riddled former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyn “Jocjoc” Bolante, priest-on-leave Eddie Panlilio, actor Cesar Montano, former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, and many former police and […]

May 12, 2010  Tags: ,   Posted in: 2010 elections  17 Comments