Teachers seek higher poll duty pay

A TEACHERS’ group is demanding a P6,000 pay for each teacher who would be rendering poll-related duties in the May 13 midterm polls.

Benjie Valbuena, Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) chairperson, said teachers deserve a P2,000 additional pay from the P4,000 set by the Commission on Elections (Comelec). Read the rest of this entry

Quezon ‘a healthy stronghold for Team PNoy’

A TEAM PNoy senatorial candidate assured Monday that Quezon province will support the administration coalition in the upcoming May 13 midterm elections.

“Quezon has always been a healthy stronghold in 1992 the ticket of Salonga and Pimentel. The PDP Laban even won in the province of Quezon precisely because of the long history of strong LP (Liberal Party) presence and support over the province of Quezon” Team PNoy senatorial bet Aquilino Pimentel III told reporters at a press briefing. Read the rest of this entry

All set for May 13 elections

WITH two weeks more to go before the May 13 elections, the police, military and Commission on Elections (Comelec) ironed out their final plans yesterday and are nearing completion on their preparations.

Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) Director Patrocinio Comendador said the third and fourth districts of Cebu Province, which have 10 potential election watch-list areas, will be given extra attention. Read the rest of this entry

Ruling bloc denies using CCT program in campaign

OFFICIALS of Talisay City’s ruling administration bloc denied allegations that they were using the national government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program for political leverage.

In a press conference, Talisay City Administrator Richel Bacaltos, who is also Alayon Party’s campaign manager, told reporters that that they have never forced the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) to join their campaign sorties in exchange for their retention in the list of registered beneficiaries. Read the rest of this entry

Drivers choose TUCP over transport groups

A transport group in Cebu announced Sunday it will support a labor-oriented party-list with roots in Cebu, instead of at least two other groups for drivers and transport operators.

In a press conference, Rudy Laconza, president of the Alliance of Transport Organization Members Intra-Cebu (Atomic), said they “feel at home” under the fold of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP). Read the rest of this entry

Military, police cast votes in local absentee voting

PERSONNEL from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP), and appointed Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) cast their votes in different polling centers in Davao City as the local absentee voting for the May 13 midterm elections entered its second day Monday.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) regional director Atty. Wilfredo Jay Balisado said members of the police regional office cast their votes at the regional headquarters in Camp Catitipan while personnel of Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) participated in the manual voting at Camp Felix Apolinario in Panacan. Read the rest of this entry

BOPK: Celebrities no bearing on results

THE Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) is not threatened by the endorsement of several celebrities of the slate of Mayor Michael Rama’s Team Rama.

BOPK chief Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south) believes celebrities will not make Team Rama win. Read the rest of this entry

No one shows up for 1st day of local absentee voting

THE first day of absentee voting proved to be a quiet one in Cebu yesterday.

Commission on Elections (Comelec) Cebu Provincial Election Supervisor Eddie Aba said he did not receive any report about a policeman, soldier or teacher who cast his or her ballot yesterday. Read the rest of this entry

UNA gears up for last 2 weeks of campaign

TRAILING in surveys, the nine senatorial candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) will have to work double time to convince as many voters as possible.

But the strategy has not changed, that is to go directly to the people and present a legislative agenda, which include the promotion of transparency in governance and improvement of delivery of government services. Read the rest of this entry

Albay guv asked to explain presence at UNA rally

Albay Governor Joey Salceda is being asked by a Team PNoy senatorial candidate as to why he was present at the campaign rally of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in Legaspi City despite being a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP).

Ramon Magsaysay Jr., a Team PNoy senatorial bet, said that while no sanction should be imposed on Salceda for accompanying Vice President Jejomar Binay in the UNA rally, he should explain himself to the LP leadership. Read the rest of this entry

Lapu-Lapu City relives Kadaugan sa Mactan

LAPU-LAPU CITY – Children were playing and natives were dancing and offering a ritual to an anito when foreign invaders reached the shores of Mactan one fine Saturday morning.

The natives, who were armed with kampilan (large sword), clashed with the colonizers and won the battle after Datu Lapu-Lapu killed the invaders’ leader Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. [Read more]

Catholic group dares chosen bets to keep pro-life stance

SENATORIAL candidates who clinched the support of Catholic lay groups should make good on their commitment to uphold the Church’s pro-life teachings or risk backlash in the next polls.

“Every three years, we have a day of reckoning. We will make steps toward the right direction instead of exacting revenge,” said White Vote Movement spokesperson Bro. Mike Velarde, whose group endorsed nine candidates for the May 13 elections. Read the rest of this entry