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Does Duterte’s win reflect a protest vote? * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Top Stories 

Does Duterte’s win reflect a protest vote?

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat Prespective Former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is, as of this writing, poised to take over the presidency with his insurmountable lead over his closest rivals. He is not the “presidential type” with his brash manners, foul language, single-mindedness, and “un-statesmanlike” conduct – such as when he asked the Australian and US ambassadors to shut up – but it appears that it is these very same characteristics that propelled him to the presidency. Why? Right from the very start of the campaign period – long before…

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The mood of the electorate * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

The mood of the electorate

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The May 9 election is a mere few days away. The talk of the town for the past weeks has been the phenomenal rise of former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. His brash manner of responding and acting on issues is highly unusual for a presidential candidate, but it has earned him a lot of loyal followers. Why? Well, Duterte represented everything that the Aquino government is not. He promises swift action on problems, so different from the Aquino administration, which has often been accused…

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It’s all about popularity, name recall, and money * Latest Posts 2016 Elections Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Politics & Governance Top Stories 

It’s all about popularity, name recall, and money

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), in a report published by interaksyon.com April 27, 2016, revealed that the candidates for president, vice president and the Senate, and their political parties have already spent P2.7 billion ($57.4 million), or an average of P54 million ($1.148 million) a day or P2.5 million ($53 thousand) an hour, in paid advertisements from February 9 to March 31 2016. And this includes just the ads monitored by Nielsen Media. This does not include other campaign expenses such as campaign…

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The hacker is not the problem, it’s the Comelec * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

The hacker is not the problem, it’s the Comelec

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) announced the arrest of one of the hackers who defaced the Comelec website. A report published by gmanews.tv April 21 revealed that the NBI is still looking for two other hackers and that the probe is focused on the data taken from Comelec and leaked online. Case solved? Could we now be rest assured that everything is all right? Far from it. First of all, the data that was taken from the Comelec…

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On the Kidapawan massacre and ‘daang matuwid’ * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Top Stories 

On the Kidapawan massacre and ‘daang matuwid’

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective When people use the phrase “Let them eat brioche (cake),” quoting a French queen – widely believed to be Queen Marie-Antoinette, wife of King Louis XVI, but later discovered to be Queen Marie Therese, wife of Louis XIV – who uttered the phrase in response to the clamor of hungry peasants for bread, it is to demonstrate the callousness of rulers and government officials. But the peasants and their families who gathered at the highway of Kidapawan, March 30, to amplify their call for rice…

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Issues, policies that national candidates would not touch * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

Issues, policies that national candidates would not touch

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Voters have witnessed two presidential debates already: the first at Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City and a second one at the University of the Philippines–Cebu. Have these clarified the platforms of the presidential candidates? Did these debates clarify their positions on the major issues and problems confronting the Filipino people? Have these debates sharply delineated their differences in platforms and positions? Sadly, if one would take the personal attacks aside, there are no sharp differences in what the presidential candidates have been declaring…

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Comelec hogwash * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Politics & Governance Top Stories 

Comelec hogwash

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The Commission on Elections (Comelec) is once again blackmailing the public – for the nth time – into allowing it to disregard the safeguards provided by the Automated Election System Law (AES). After the Supreme Court ruled that the Comelec should print voter receipts, which is one of the transparency safeguards of the automated elections, the Comelec warned that it is considering the probability of postponing the May 9 elections citing that it would have to adjust its preparations with barely two months to go…

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When elections border on the absurd * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Top Stories 

When elections border on the absurd

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Philippine elections have always been a sideshow: with politicians acting like clowns with their dancing, singing, and trying hard to be funny or to identify themselves with the common people with their antics. And of course, there is the usual declaration of love for the people and the issuance of vague promises. But the magic comes after elections when they make the people’s money disappear. However, to see such spectacle in US elections is quite a new thing. US elections have impressed the world as…

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Money makes the campaign wheels go round * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Top Stories 

Money makes the campaign wheels go round

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective So you want to become president? The question is: how much? And it is not about how much (or how desperately) does one want to become president. It is essentially a question of how much does one have to run a credible, competitive campaign. To get a good picture of the amount it takes to become president, let us look at the financial reports submitted to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) by the candidates for president and vice president during the 2010 elections. Thus, candidates…

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4 signs that the global crisis is still here to stay * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary Top Stories 

4 signs that the global crisis is still here to stay

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective The world economy is nowhere near recovery from the last economic implosion in 2007-08, even as governments and their economists would want us to believe so. While articles about the lingering crisis are scant, one could read through several news articles and recognize the signs pointing to it. 1. Growth rates in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the centers of global capitalism are still very low. Germany’s GDP growth in 2014 is at a low 1.6 percent, Japan at -0.1 percent, the US at…

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