Local party expands base in Iloilo

A LOCAL party has launched an expansion program to strengthen its base in the city and in Western Visayas.

Ugyon Party president Niel Tupas Sr. said the main concern of the party is to expand membership with authority from the major administration party and develop political consciousness of the Ilonggos. Read the rest of this entry

Civil society group backs Team Oca

CALLING for a change in leadership in Cagayan de Oro City, civil society group Managsilingan Ta has openly expressed its support to the candidacy of Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar “Oca” Moreno and Councilor Edgar Cabanlas as mayor and vice mayor, respectively, including the entire ‘Team Oca.’

Mitos Ortigas, Managsilingan Ta convenor, said that the city “needs a leader who could inspire, mobilize, energize and synergize its people to feel up to the challenge of development.” Continue reading "Civil society group backs Team Oca"

Team PNoy ‘not affected’ by high jobless rate

MALACAÑANG downplayed Thursday the possible negative effect of high unemployment rate on the candidacies of the administration senatorial bets.

Latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey conducted on March 19-22 showed that unemployment rate in the country rose to 25.4 percent from 24.6 percent in December last year. This was equivalent to about 11.1 million jobless Filipinos. 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

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

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

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

Urban poor group backs BOPK

AN urban poor association in Cebu City yesterday endorsed the slate of Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) for the May 13 polls.

The Alliance of Peoples Organizations Working for Empowerment and Resettlement (All Power) said they believe BOPK will help uplift the lives of the city’s urban poor settlers. Read the rest of this entry

Team Rama denies reports it tweaked survey

TEAM Rama yesterday denied planting the survey that was released last Tuesday showing Mayor Michael Rama leading over Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) in the mayoral race for the upcoming May 13 polls.

The survey, which was supposedly commissioned by the Liberal Party (LP) and conducted by the University of San Carlos (USC) College of Advance Studies, was said to be released to counter the results of a survey done by the USC Political Science (Polsci) Department. USC, however, has pointed out it does not have a “College of Advanced Studies.” Read the rest of this entry

Drilon: Ilocos Sur guv assures Team PNoy of support

TEAM PNoy said Wednesday that its senatorial candidates no longer need to woo voters in the Ilocos Region, as Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson has already assured the administration coalition of his support.

“He said majority of Team PNoy will win in Ilocos Sur. Ang sabi niya sa akin (he told me) personally, ‘huwag na kayo pumunta dun, ako na ang bahala’ (No need to go there, I will take care),” Drilon said in a press briefing held at the Team PNoy headquarters in Makati. Read the rest of this entry

Aquino attacks Rama at rally in Cebu

On the last of three campaign stops he made in Cebu on Friday, President Benigno Aquino III endorsed mayoral candidate Tomas Osmeña and blamed his opponent for worsening traffic in the city.

The President addressed a crowd from a stage put up in front of the Capitol building, after speaking at campaign rallies in the cities of Bogo and Toledo earlier in the day. Read the rest of this entry

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Jokes, funny digs at rivals liven up rally at Capitol

IT was a different President Benigno Aquino III who faced the crowd yesterday at the Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK) rally at the Capitol grounds. He was informal and funny, giving the crowd a glimpse of his sense of humor.

The BOPK candidates were the same, entertaining the crowd with their dancing. Read the rest of this entry

LP to hold rally on Friday in Cebu City

MOTORISTS headed to uptown Cebu City on Friday afternoon should brace for “very heavy” traffic, Rep. Tomas Osmeña advised (south district).

If the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) approves the rally organizers’ request, a portion of Osmeña Blvd., M. Velez St., Escario St. and the area in front of the Provincial Capitol building will be closed to vehicular traffic from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. to make way for the Liberal Party (LP) rally there. Read the rest of this entry