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

78 villages eyed as high risk election areas

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) in Leyte proposed 78 barangays in 11 towns of the province to be under the security supervision of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in the coming May 13, 2013 elections.

Police Chief Inspector Alex Daaco, head of operation in Leyte Provincial Police Office (LPPO), identified the towns that were proposed to be under the security supervision are Albuera with eight barangays, Burauen with 16, Hilongos with nine, Villaba with eight, Baybay with nine, Mac-Arthur with two, Jaro with six, Carigara with nine, La Paz with five, Mahaplag with three, and Kananga with three. Read the rest of this entry

Voters approve education program, want anti-corruption drive

VOTERS are most satisfied with the Cebu City Government’s education program and garbage collection services, and are least satisfied with its efforts to fight corruption and address poverty.

A survey conducted by the University of San Carlos (USC) also showed more city constituents are satisfied with the performance of Rep. Tomas Osmeña (Cebu City, south district) as congressman than that of Mayor Michael Rama and Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young. Read the rest of this entry

Escudero, Nograles lead in AdDU’s poll survey

REELECTIONIST Karlo Alexi Nograles for Davao City’s first district congressional seat and senatorial candidate Francis “Chiz” Escudero are leading the way in the poll survey conducted by the University research Council (URC) of the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU).

In a research administered early March using the moodle online technology with 2, 307 respondents and face-to-face interviews with 503 respondents, Nograles posted 58.7 percent (face-to-face) and 38.7 percent (moodle) while Former Vice Mayor Luis Bonguyan got 22.3 percent and 26.2 percent, respectively. Read the rest of this entry

Lay leaders campaign for 12 Senate bets, 3 party-lists

LAY leaders belonging to the Lay Initiatives for Elections 2013 (LIFE 2013) is openly supporting and campaigning for 12 senatorial candidates and three party list groups for the May 13 polls.

LIFE, a Cebu-based organization of church lay leaders headed by Dr. Rene Joseph Bullecer, stated that they are campaigning for Team Buhay candidates and groups who are against abortion, death penalty, divorce, and same sex marriages. Read the rest of this entry

Earth Day 2013

By Orlan R. Ravanera HER name is Gaia (Mother Earth) and today is Her Day (April 22) as declared by the United Nations. Gaia is in deep pain and hemorrhaging without let-up. Her “lungs” (the forests) are almost gone. In the Philippines, only 8% of that “lungs” remain as the 17 million hectares of dipterocarp

Senate bets warned vs excessive campaign spending

Team PNoy senatorial candidate Loren Legarda warned her fellow candidates to ensure that they will not violate the spending cap of P150 million following the issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the poll body’s regulation limiting the airtime of political advertisements.

“With the Comelec (Commission on Elections) airtime limits now counted on a per network basis, anyone who uses the full airtime of 180 minutes for radio and 120 minutes for TV will violate the spending cap for candidates of approximately P150 million,” Legarda said in a press statement. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec now in the post-election preparations

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) said they are now in the post-election preparation for the May 13 mid-term polls.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said since the preparations for the forthcoming election is almost complete, they are now preparing for the post election activity. Read the rest of this entry

Aquino: Vote for my allies

COMPLAINTS about the lack of health care services prompted President Benigno Aquino III to call for local leaders who are not only competent but also allied with the administration.

“Hindi po tayo naghuhugas ng kamay pero pagkakaintindi ko yang hospital na yan ay enrolled, ibig sabihin po hindi na responsibilidad ng National Government (I am not washing my hands of this matter, but my understanding is that the hospital is enrolled in a state insurance program, and is not the responsibility of the National Government),” Aquino told more than 10,000 people in a coliseum in Bogo City during his visit last Friday. Read the rest of this entry

Brillantes expected to announce whether he stays as Comelec chief

COMMISSION on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes hinted on Sunday that he might still be poll chief on Election Day.

He plans to formally announce on Monday his decision whether he quits or he will stay as Comelec chairman. Read the rest of this entry

Parreno’s appointment to Comelec constitutional: Palace

MALACAÑANG defended Saturday the appointment of lawyer Al Parreno as one of the new commissioners of the Commission on Elections (Comelec), saying that it did not violate the Constitution.

In an interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said that under the Constitution, a majority of the members of the Comelec Commission shall be members of the Philippine Bar with at least 10 years experience in the practice. Read the rest of this entry