Tag: Philippine Elections

Political clans take House seats in tandems and trios

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.

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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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