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Opening salvo: Preliminary conference on Marcos poll protest VS. Robredo starts July 11

Opening salvo: Preliminary conference on Marcos poll protest VS. VP Robredo starts July 11 The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) sitting as Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) will start the preliminary conference on the election protest of former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. against Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday. […]

Why Bongbong Marcos wants Leni Robredo out as Vice President

Why Bongbong Marcos wants Leni Robredo out as Vice President. This is why defeated vice presidential candidate and former senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., wants Leni Robredo out as the duly elected vice president during the elections of May 2016. Marcos is contesting the results of 36,465 clustered precincts in 30 […]

Prospects looking good for VP Leni Robredo VS electoral protest of Marcos?

Are prospects and options turning favorable for Vice-President Leni Robredo? The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Wednesday said the Preliminary Conference Brief submitted by former Senator Ferdinand Marcos before the Supreme Court sitting as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET) clearly exposed he was merely fishing for evidence and […]

Why a second airport in CamSur will rise in San Jose

Why a second airport in CamSur will rise in San Jose. Can’t get enough good airport in the province of Camarines Sur? Perhaps, this is why another airport project is coming up. The Partido area in the province of Camarines Sur is getting its own airport.

This is how SSS pensioners will get their P1-K increase

On Wednesday, Malacanang confirmed approval of the initial release of P1,000 pension hike for Social Security System beneficiaries.The palace nod signals the fund administrator can release the promised P1,000 hike beginning Mach 2017 and retroactive covering from the month of January this year. According to the SSS, the schedule of […]

Strange bedfellows, the new PH Senate majority members

Yes, strange bedfellows. Members of the new Philippine Senate majority, 16 out of 19 here, pose for posterity. Nineteen senators who vowed to support Senator Koko Pimentel include incumbent Senators. Nancy Binay, JV Ejercito, Loren Legarda, Bam Aquino, Sonny Angara, Vicente “Tito” Sotto III, Franklin Drilon, Cynthia Villar, Gregorio “Gringo” […]

Inaugural speech of Vice President Leni Robredo

Inaugural Message of Leni Robredo during the Oath Taking of the Vice President of the Philippines at Quezon City Reception House, June 30, 2016 To my beloved countrymen: There are moments in our lives that shine brighter than others. Like when I met Jesse. Or when I saw my children’s […]

The barangay that gave Robredo 100% of its votes and zero to her opponents

CALABANGA, Camarines Sur — As third district Congresswoman Leni Robredo got elected vice president in the May 2016 national elections, a barangay in the town of Calabanga was dragged into the limelight. It is because Robredo harvested all the votes of the entire village of Punta Tarawal of this town […]

Marcos seeks recount of votes in 20 areas

MANILA, June 29 — A day before the formal oath taking into office of Vice-President-elect Leni Robredo, Senator Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos, Jr. on Wednesday personally filed before the Supreme Court (SC), as the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET), his election protest against the outgoing 3rd District congresswoman of Camarines Sur. […]

SC junking petition vs. resolution on SOCE deadline extension happy news for Comelec

MANILA — The Commission on Elections welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) denying the petition seeking to nullify the poll body’s resolution extending the deadline for the filing of the Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE). Commissioner Rowena Guanzon noted that the ruling is good […]

Comelec campaign finance office chief threatens to quit Monday

MANILA — The only known reason a Comelec official is set to quit his post is due to “unacceptable policy shift” of the poll body. Commissioner Christian Robert Lim is set to resign as head of the Campaign Finance Office on Monday next week to the Comelec en banc. Asked […]

Marcos’ camp still hopeful Comelec will allow system audit

In the heels of the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives’ start of canvass of votes for president and vice president on Wednesday, May 25, the camp of vice presidential candidate-Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is hoping that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will approve their request to conduct a system […]

Ako Bicol regains 3 congressional seats in party-list elections

MANILA, May 19 — Ako Bicol regained three congressional seats for its group, having topped the 2016 congressional derby among party list. It garnered 1,664,975 votes (5.1423%) out of the 32,377,841 votes cast for the party-list polls. Comelec has allotted 59 seats for party-list groups in the House of Representatives […]

Bongbong Marcos to ask for system audit of automated election system

MANILA, May 18 — The camp of vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. is set to ask the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to open the Automated Election System for a systems audit after uncovering irregularities while tabulating results of the May 9 elections based on the Certificates of […]

Busy Monday for presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte

DAVAO CITY – Presumptive President-elect and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte will formally receive well-wishers at the privately-owned clubhouse of Matina Enclaves residential condominium here on Monday. Peter Laviña, spokesperson of the Duterte camp, said he was not sure if the mayor would be meeting the public. He said Monday […]

Duterte, Marcos top choice of overseas absentee voters

MANILA — Filipinos abroad who participated in the overseas absentee voting (OAV) have voted for Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., as their president and vice president, respectively, in the recently concluded May 9 polls. According to the data released by Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner […]

Results: Philippine Election 2016

Results: Philippine Election 2016, the Unofficial count of Cbanga360-Bicol Street Journal based on the Comelec-GMA mirror server. PRESIDENT DUTERTE, RODY 15,951,891 VOTES 38.58% ROXAS, MAR DAANG MATUWID 9,695,934 VOTES 23.45% POE, GRACE 8,934,418 VOTES 21.61% BINAY, JOJO 5,316,392 VOTES 12.86% DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, MIRIAM 1,424,422 VOTES 3.44% VICE PRESIDENT ROBREDO, LENI […]

Comelec to hold special elections on May 14 for areas with voting failure

MANILA — A total of 52 clustered precincts from 11 towns, many in the Autonumous Region in Muslim Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will hold a special voting on Saturday, May 14. This was confirmed as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared failure of elections in 11 municipalities in the […]

What’s cooking in Comelec? Automated with turtle paced result update

Trust and confidence in the poll body was bolstered with the quick upload of partial but unofficial results through poll watchdog Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible voting and print media entities mirroring returns on their websites. But the national and local elections was held on May 9, 2016, and four […]

What to look forward to from newly-elected president of the Philippines

With opponents having conceded defeat, the elected, new president of the Philippines (POTP) is Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte. The maverick candidate from Mindanao garnered 15,763,349 votes, Manuel Roxas II with 9,595,188 votes, Grace Poe with 8,857,728 votes, Jejomar Binay with 5,263,232 votes and Miriam Defensor Santiago with 5,263,232 votes. […]

Report: Armed men snatch 10 vote counting machines in Maguindanao

SULTAN KUDARAT, Maguindanao, May 9 — Police and military authorities here are hunting down about 20 men who barged inside the Maguindanaon Elementary School and forcibly took at least 10 Vote Counting Machines in Barangay Katuli, Sultan Kudarat town in Maguindanao. Senior Insp. Esmael Madin, the town police chief, said […]

Maguindanao poll violence report 5 dead, 10 injured

COTABATO CITY — At least five persons were confirmed killed while 10 others wounded so far in Maguindanao election-related violence for the past 72 hours, the Army’s Sixth Infantry Division (6ID) reported. “Only last night (May 8), two separate explosions caused by rifle-launched M-79 grenades rocked the public market of […]

May 9, 2016, Let the local and national elections voting begin

MANILA — The 55.4 million registered voters, or a percentage of it, will troop to their polling precincts today to vote for their bets. So, today, May 9, 2016 let the local and national elections voting begin. This, as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it is 100-percent ready to […]

Candidate Poe ready to face verdict of Filipino voters on Monday

After a grueling 90-day election campaign, independent presidential candidate Sen. Grace Poe showed up in a star-studded miting de avance ready to face the verdict of the 54.4 million Filipino voters on Monday. In front of the thousands of supporters at the Plaza Miranda on Saturday night, the petite but […]

Roxas confident people will vote for Daang Matuwid candidates

As the campaign period for this year’s election ended Saturday, administration bet Mar Roxas expressed extreme confidence that the Filipino people would vote for him and the Daang Matuwid slate, adding that Filipinos would rather choose democracy over dictatorship. He said that the threats to democracy is real, brought about […]

AFP, PNP has order to shoot drones in no fly-zones on election period

These areas are no-fly zones during #election2016 as the Armed forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police has order to enforce and shoot down drones. The Civil Aviation Administration of the Philippines has identified and declared three areas in Metro Manila as no-fly zones during and after the […]

Binay, Duterte ends presidential campaign in high spirits

At the miting de avance at Quirino Grandstand of Rizal Park, Manila Saturday, PDP-LABAN standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte vowed to enforce all laws of the land if elected in the May 9 presidential elections. Mdanwhile, United Nationalists Alliance (UNA) standard bearer and Vice President Jejomar Binay called for a clean […]

Will Roxas or Poe cancel candidacy to forge a coalition win?

Will Roxas or Poe cancel candidacy to forge a coalition win? Is there a last minute looming coalition between presidential candidates, former front runner Grace Poe of independent Partido Galing at Puso and Mar Roxas of the ruling Liberal Party? Who will offer self as sacrtifice? Will one of the […]

President Aquino partially fulfills campaign promise made in Calabanga

In his latest sortie of the Bicol region this week, the President of the Philippines (POTP) went on a whirlwind visits and inauguration of finished government projects just in time for the last minute push for the administration’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The POTP also visited the municipality of Calabanga […]

Anti-Duterte political ad flares up the social network sites with varied reactions

This is the anti-Duterte, PDP-Laban presidential standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte, ad that was aired on Thursday evening on national television. The TV ad was allegedly paid for by independent vice-presidential candidate Antonio V. Trillanes, IV. Netizen supporters of Duterte reacted harshly to the political ad in various social networks. Because […]

Comelec restores site, using 7 layers of protection against hackers

After its website was hacked last March, the Commission on Elections just gave a strong assurance that restored website which will also display results of the May 9, 2016 elections will be firewalled from malicious users and hackers. Learning from its mistake, the agency said adequate security measures are put […]

LP’s Leni Robredo tops tv ads campaign spending

These candidates who trace their roots to Bicol have spent a total of P.979 billion already from February 9 to April 27, 2016 for television advertisement alone according to the Nielsen Media data. The list is topped by Liberal Party vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur 1st district freshman representative […]

Poll body set to hold final test and sealing of 92,509 VCMs this week

MANILA — As the Philippine elections near the final homestretch, the poll body is set to hold the final testing and sealing of the vote counting machines this week. The focus of activity will be the conduct by the Commission on Elections of a one-day event participated in by designated […]

3-Day local absentee voting starts Wednesday, April 27

MANILA – Election is on! That is for the more than 24,000 local absentee voters who can now cast votes beginning today, Wednesday, April 27 but only until Friday, April 29. The Committee on Local Absentee Voting (CLAV) chief Rowena Guanzon said those who registered under the LAV to participate […]

More Bicol politicians vow support for presidential candidacy of Grace Poe

Just a few days after Albay Governor Joey Salceda resigned as regional chairman of the Liberal Party and vowed support for independent presidential candidate Grace Poe, more Bicol provincial officials followed his move. On Monday, it was confirmed that Gov. Edgardo Tallado (LP) of Camarines Norte, Gov. Raul Lee (UNA) […]

Smartmatic says results will be known 24 hours after election

MANILA — Smartmatic International, the tech firm handling the automated election system of the Commission on Elections for the May 9, 2016 general elections reported that it will deploy some 45,000 technicians in all of the 36,788 voting centers as well as in the canvassing centers. “Everywhere where there will […]

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Commission on Elections OK’s presidential candidacy of Duterte

The Philippine Commission on Elections OK’s candidacy of Duterte. This after the Comelec First Division unanimously denied the four disqualification cases filed against presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for lack of merit. Dismissed petitions include one filed by Ruben H. Castor. The Petition to Deny Due Course and/or […]

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Also running: Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago joins 2016 presidential derby?

Feisty Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is joining the 2016 presidential derby, among others, with some already filed their Certificate of Candidacy with the Commission on Elections office in Intramuros, Manila. Yesterday, Santiago expressed she is in the pink of health and just ready to take another chance for presidential run. […]

Results: Philippine Election 2016

Results: Philippine Election 2016, the Unofficial count of Cbanga360-Bicol Street Journal based on the Comelec-GMA mirror server. PRESIDENT DUTERTE, RODY 15,951,891 VOTES 38.58% ROXAS, MAR DAANG MATUWID 9,695,934 VOTES 23.45% POE, GRACE 8,934,418 VOTES 21.61% BINAY, JOJO 5,316,392 VOTES 12.86% DEFENSOR SANTIAGO, MIRIAM 1,424,422 VOTES 3.44% VICE PRESIDENT ROBREDO, LENI […]

Widespread vote-buying, political partisanship mars barangay election in Albay

Alleged widespread vote-buying and political partisanship marked Monday’s barangay election in this province. Citizen election watchers observed massive vote-buying in almost all villages in Albay. As of noon Monday, the barangay election was generally peaceful across the 15 towns and three cities in Albay, said lawyer Romeo Serrano, Commission on […]

Comelec raffles 185 party lists to determine order of listing in ballots

It would seem that the political parties do not represent or attempt to represent all Filipinos in all sectors in the lawmaking bodies of the republic. That is why there is the “party list” mechanism that came into being during the presidency of Fidel V. Ramos. On March 3, 1995, […]

SCOTP rules POE qualified to run for president in May 9 polls

The Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) en banc ruled on Tuesday that Partido Galing at Puso standard bearer Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares is qualified to run for president in the May 9, 2016 elections. The SC Public Information Office Chief and Spokesman Atty. Theodore O. Te, in a statement, said […]

Daughter shaves head, OK sign for Mayor Duterte’s 2016 presidential run

Duterte’s daughter, executive assistant, councilors shave head to convince him to run Former city mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio posted a photo of her with a shaven head with several hashtags on Instagram, stirring netizens to believe it could be a sign of bigger things to come. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s executive assistant […]

Poll body set to hold final test and sealing of 92,509 VCMs this week

MANILA — As the Philippine elections near the final homestretch, the poll body is set to hold the final testing and sealing of the vote counting machines this week. The focus of activity will be the conduct by the Commission on Elections of a one-day event participated in by designated […]

Comelec to start printing of 55.7 million ballots for May 2016 elections

The Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) will start printing of more than 55.7 million official ballots for the May 9 polls at the National Printing Office (NPO) in Quezon City on Monday. Comelec Chairman Andres Bautista said that the start of ballot printing will involve the dry run of the […]

Escudero’s grooming Heart Evangelista for Sorsogon City mayoralty race?

SORSOGON CITY, April 12 — The political landscape in Sorsogon province is making an “artista” makeover. This after Heart Evangelista effected her formal transfer of permanent residence here with the local Commission on Elections office last Tuesday. Evangelista, whose real name is Love Mary Ongpauco, registered as her new permanent […]

AFP, PNP deploys more security personnel to Masbate province

Election hotspot Masbate province has all the eyes and ears of the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the region. After sending 700 policemen last week to the province under the regional task force, a second batch of 100 officers will beef up police presence […]

Albay Gov Joey Salceda dumps LP’s RORO team for Grace Poe

Finally, Albay Governor Joey Sarte Salceda came out with final word on who he will support in the May 9, 2016 elections. The vocal provincial chief ended the speculation on his political plan and confirmed the unwavering support for the candidacy of Grace Poe Llamanzares of the independent Partido Galing […]

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Comelec to rule soon on disqualification case VS. Robredo

Consider politics as a never ending episode like the local serial telenovela. For now in Camarines Sur, two personalities and their supporters will get to learn the real score, even after the winners of the past 2013 local elections were proclaimed, specifically for the seat in the most populous third […]

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Malacanang defends President Aquino in campaign for Roxas-Robredo team

Malacanang was trying to defend the campaign sorty of President Benigno S. Aquino III with Liberal Party’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates. President Benigno S. Aquino III believes campaigning for Daang Matuwid Coalition candidates is his duty to the Filipino people, a Malacanang official said on Sunday. “President Aquino is actively […]

President Aquino partially fulfills campaign promise made in Calabanga

In his latest sortie of the Bicol region this week, the President of the Philippines (POTP) went on a whirlwind visits and inauguration of finished government projects just in time for the last minute push for the administration’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates. The POTP also visited the municipality of Calabanga […]

Salceda to junk LP bets because of Bicol International Airport

Salceda to junk LP bets because of unfinished Bicol International Airport, which may tip the balance of LP’s winning or losing in his province even as Roxas said he is not afraid to lose Albay. On Thursday, Salceda said his province may junk the administration ticket after the failure of […]

Mom says “put your best foot forward, Leni”

The 79-year-old mother of Camarines Sur 3rd district congresswoman Rep. Leni Robredo, Mrs. Salvacion “Sally” Santo Tomas Gerona, has advised her daughter to put her best foot forward and make her own judgment. Robredo, who had second thoughts of becoming the running mate of the Liberal Party standard bearer following […]

Robredo files bill to end ‘Tanim Bala’ modus operandi

A lawmaker has filed Tuesday a measure to decriminalize the mere possession of not more than three bullets in an effort to eradicate the “Tanim Bala” scam hounding the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), Vice presidential candidate and Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo filed House Bill 6245, otherwise known as […]

Preliminary conference on Poe DQ case begins Thursday at SCOTP

It’s all set. On Thursday, Jan 14, the Supreme Court of the Philippines (SCOTP) en banc begins the preliminary conference on disqualification case of Senator Grace Poe-Llamanzares against the Commission on Elections (Comelec) which earlier ordered the delisting of her name in the ballot for the May 9, 2016 presidential […]

All Systems Go for Barangay Elections on Monday

All candidates for barangay position rests today as the campaign period ended Saturday midnight. The waiting game will be over as voters write their verdict in ballots tomorrow. One fact we are sure, there will be more non-winning candidates than winners.