Dave Abuel | ABS-CBN Investigative and Research Group
As the 18th Congress opens, at least 20 political families in the House of Representatives will be sitting together as husbands and wives; parents and children; siblings; cousins; uncles; aunts and in-laws.
The political families who will occupy the most number of seats in the lower chamber are the Suarezes of Quezon and the Dys of Isabela. They have 3 seats each.
Dr. Ronald Mendoza, dean of the Ateneo de Manila School of Government, said having relatives sitting together in Congress may lead to the “rapid erosion” of independence and credibility of Congress.
In Indian politics, there are no strange bedfellows. In the 2014
elections, Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi
Party (SP) were on the opposite side. For 2019, they joined alliance to
challenge the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which controls Saharanpur,
Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh
The SP and BSP is joined by Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal to
contest 78 of 80 Lok Sabha in the first of the seven-phase voting. The first
phase starts April 11, 2019 and will end on May 19, 2019 with the counting of
votes and the declaration of results on May 23.
The Lok Sabha, also known as the House of the People, is the
Lower House of the bicameral Indian Parliament. The members of the Lok Sabha
are elected every five years or until the body is dissolved by the President on
the advice of the council of ministers. The maximum seats allocated by the
Indian Constitution is 552.
With the entry of Ver Roque in the gubernatorial race, will
1Bataan still dominate the 2019 local elections in the Province of Bataan?
Bataan is a highly contested area primarily because of its
being an economic zone and strategic geolocation providing easy access to
Manila Bay and Subic Freeport, and because of its votes estimated to be 545,041
this year. Control of the province is therefore crucial particularly to
investors and locators that make Bataan a highly industrialized province.
In general, local power is controlled by the Garcias
starting from Enrique “Tet” Garcia down to the second or even third generation.
Tet, who was convicted of graft, was succeeded by his son, Albert “Abet” Garcia.
Other Garcias in power are Jose Enrique “Joet” S. Garcia III, the Congressional
District Representative of the Second District; Maria Angela S. Garcia, the
municipal mayor of Dinalupihan; and Francis Garcia, the city mayor of Balanga.
The Garcias took the local power from the Romans and the
Payumos. After more than two decades, the Garcias are being threatened by
Lilvir Roque, the mayor of Limay who made the municipal coffers grew fivefold from
P200 million to P1 billion in just seven years from 2010 to 2017. The P 61
million municipal debt inherited by Roque was also fully paid with his sound
economic policies. With these feat being trumpeted around Bataan, will the
Garcias finally bow down to Roque and allow the latter to efficiently manage also
the provincial coffers now marked by debts and red flags from the Commission on
The failure of the Philippine Congress to pass the 2019 budget puts the May local and national elections in peril. This was disclosed by Commission on Elections Spokesperson James Jimenez on Friday, February 1, in a press briefing.
Without the general appropriations bill approved, the national government will have to operate on a re-enacted budget — that is, the same budget as that in 2018. The problem is that last year’s budget does not contain provisions for the conduct of the midterm elections especially the honoraria of election workers.
So, how did your Congressman voted on House Bill Number 8858 which lowers the age of criminal responsibility from the current 15 years old to 12 years old?
The political environment in the Philippines in past few weeks has been divided once gain over the proposed bill that aims to lower the age of criminal responsibility. The initial proposal was to lower the same to 9 years old from the current 15 but was changed in the last minute when questions on scientific basis as well as rationality of the measure, among others, were raised.
On January 28, 2019, with a vote of 146 for “yes” and 34 for “no”, the House of Representatives gave a greenlight on the proposed bill. The rest of the Congressmen were absent.
The Philippine social media has been littered with pics in the past few days showing almost empty movie theater seats for the biopic “BATO The Movie: The General Ronald Dela Rosa Story”.
The movie, which transformed Bato into a superhero, was earlier criticized for its untimely release. The biopic was supposed to prop up Dela Rosa’s senatorial bid but may instead cause a backlash as netizens aired their negative reactions even calling for a boycott of the movie.
The Bicol Region, or Region V, is located in the southern part of Luzon. It is composed of six provinces covering fourteen Congressional districts, seven cities, 108 municipalities, and 3,471 barangays.
As of October 17, 2018, the Commission on elections was able to register a total of 2,295 candidates for various positions in the region. The candidates are to fill-up a total of 1,250 seats for different positions.