Comelec to monitor candidates’ social media spending

Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) Spokesperson James Jimenez said on Thursday, February 7, that it will monitor social media spending of candidates for the 2019 national and local elections.

To facilitate the monitoring, Comelec will require the candidates to submit their official website pages in Facebook and other social media accounts.

View the report of Ryan Leagogo of Inquirer.Net below.

Partylists and political dynasties

The Philippine partylist system was designed to ensure that the marginalized sectors will be given representation in the Congress. This is because for decades, almost the same players dominate not only Congressional but also local and national elections as well.

But while the law creating the partylist system has good intentions, the reality is otherwise. Starting in 2004, political kingpins utilized the system to expand their control fielding family members and relatives. This became more brazen when six years later, then-presidential son, Mikey Arroyo became a nominee of Ang Galing Pinoy, a partylist group representing the security guards. Hence, the question: Is the Philippine partylist system really a trojan horse for ‘New Politics”?

For 2019, political familes have fielded 49 party-list nominees for the May elections. According to the ABS-CBN’s Investigative and Research Group, “if their parties garner enough votes, the nominees could occupy 83% of the 59 party-list seats in the House of Representatives. ” If this happens, what interests could these parties advance?

The infographic to party-list nominees who belong to political families can be accessed here.

Credit to ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group

ABS-CBN’s exclusive report on how political families and clans ‘hi-jack’ the partylist system of representation can also be accessed here.

Comelec starts dispatching ballots to priority areas for May polls

April 26, 2019 | Darryl John Esguerra , Inquirer.Net

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has finished the printing of official ballots for the May 13 elections and has started deploying them in batches to their respective destinations.

Comelec Director Teopisto Elnas Jr., deputy project director for the May polls, revealed this Friday, exactly 17 days before the elections next month.

Elnas noted that the official ballots are being dispatched first to priority areas.

“Nasa third day na tayo ng dispatch. (And) ‘yung mga priority areas natin ay sa ARMM, sa Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi and of course dito sa Batanes area,” he said.

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4 in 10 Filipino voters have complete Senate slate – Pulse Asia

April 11, 2019 | Rappler.Com

MANILA, Philippines – With over a month before the May 13 elections, only 4 in 10 Filipino voters have a complete Senate slate, according to the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey released on Thursday, April 11.

Based on the nationwide survey on senatorial preferences held from March 23 to 27, 42% or less than half of registered voters have a complete senatorial slate.

“On the whole, Filipino registered voters are naming a mean of 9 and a median of 10 of their favored senatorial candidates for the May 2019 polls, Pulse Asia president Ronald Holmes said in a statement.

Voters can choose 12 senatorial candidates in the midterm polls.

Holmes said that among geographic areas, Mindanao has the most number of registered voters with complete slates of senatorial candidates at 61%.

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India election 2019: Voting begins in world’s largest election

April 11, 2019 | BBC.Com

Indians have begun voting in the first phase of a general election that is being seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Tens of millions of Indians across 20 states and union territories will cast their votes in 91 constituencies.

The seven-phase vote to elect a new lower house of parliament will continue until 19 May. Counting day is 23 May.

With 900 million eligible voters across the country, this is the largest election ever seen.

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Hugpong member also on Duterte’s narcolist

/ 05:34 AM March 18, 2019

DAVAO CITY—President Duterte’s narcolist did not only include 10 members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan but also some members of Mayor Sara Duterte’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HnP).


Among those who expressed surprise to be included in the list was Mayor Leonida Angcap of Midsalip town in Zamboanga del Sur, a member of the HnP under Zamboanga del Sur 1st District Rep. Divina Grace Yu.

But Mayor Duterte said in a statement on Saturday that she would not look at the President’s narcolist as basis for her endorsement of a candidate.

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Duterte picks Alunan to fill last slot in Senate slate

Argyll Cyrus Geducos | Manila Bulletin
February 23, 2019

President Duterte has chosen former Interior Secretary Raffy Alunan as the candidate to complete his senatorial line-up for the upcoming May 2019 midterm polls.

This was confirmed as Alunan attended PDP-Laban’s campaign in Biñan, Laguna Saturday. He is PDP-Laban’s seventh guest candidate.

“Malaking karangalan (It’s a huge honor) to be part of the President’s team for May 2019,” he told the crowd.

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Otso Diretso barnstorms in Bacolod, but finds local officials in hiding

CARLA P. GOMEZ | Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 23. 2019

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines—Some local officials have been hiding from the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates out of fear of reprisals from President Rodrigo Duterte, Magdalo party-list Rep. Gary Alejano said here on Friday.

“I cannot mention them, [but] it’s all over the country,” he said.

Alejano was on the campaign trail here with former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, former Quezon Rep. Erin Tañada, human rights lawyer Chel Diokno and civil society leader Samira Gutoc of the Otso Diretso senatorial team.

Sen. Bam Aquino was represented by his wife, Timi; former Sen. Mar Roxas by his cousin Margarita Fores; and election lawyer Romulo Macalintal by his son-in-law, lawyer Ace Bautista.

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Macalintal to Jinggoy: Thieves can’t be lawmakers

Patricia Ann V. Roxas | Inquirer.Net

MANILA, Philippines — Thieves cannot be lawmakers.

Otso Diretso senatorial candidate Romulo Macalintal clarified on Tuesday that he was not discounting the ability of movie actors to become capable lawmakers, but what he was saying was that those who have stolen from public coffers do not have the right to run for public office.

“Mr. Jinggoy, hindi ko tinatawaran ang kakayahan ng mga artista. Iginagalang ko iyan […] Ang aking sinasabi ay hindi karapat-dapat tumakbo sa Senado o manungkulan sa anumang departmento ng pamahalaan ang isang magnanakaw,” the election lawyer said in a statement.

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