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Fix First Defects of 2010 Polls, Watchdogs Challenge Comelec’s Brillantes * Latest Posts Featured - 2010 Elections Other Stories Politics & Governance Top Stories 

Fix First Defects of 2010 Polls, Watchdogs Challenge Comelec’s Brillantes

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL
Brillantes cannot just hold another fully automated elections even without banishing “the ghosts and weaknesses” of previous elections, particularly that of the 2010 automated elections. “He must come up with a comprehensive report at the soonest time possible, lest he be accused of merely sweeping under the rug all those cases of poll irregularities,” said We Watch, a watchdog.

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CenPEG | May 10 Polls: Not Just System Glitch, but Policy Failure * Latest Posts Commentary Politics & Governance 

CenPEG | May 10 Polls: Not Just System Glitch, but Policy Failure

The right to public information suffered with Comelec’s lack of transparency. The poll body failed – and continues to fail – to meet the transparency requirements of the election system by its intransigent and unexplained refusal to deny citizens’ groups access to vital election documents. Its lack of transparency left majority of the electorate misinformed and uninformed, duped by the illusion about automated election modernizing democracy and weeding out fraud. By the Policy Study, Publication, and Advocacy CENTER FOR PEOPLE EMPOWERMENT IN GOVERNANCE (CenPEG) Posted by Bulatlat.com The advocacy for…

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What’s New and What’s Old in Philippine Politics * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Economy & Business Politics & Governance 

What’s New and What’s Old in Philippine Politics

It would be interesting to see how Aquino III will be able to transcend his class background and political orientation. In Philippine politics, promises are bound to be broken unless elected leaders begin to walk the talk. By the Policy Study, Publication, and Advocacy Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG) Posted by Bulatlat.com Something new happened in the Philippines’ election system last May and this was the use of automation for the first time to generate quick election results. Despite the new technology, however, the elections hardly changed the…

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Genuino party-list received gov’t funds, documents show Press Releases and Statements 

Genuino party-list received gov’t funds, documents show

News Release June 16, 2010 The party-list group Batang Iwas Droga (BIDA), founded by former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) chief Efraim Genuino and which fielded Genuino’s daughter Sheryl Genuino-See as its first nominee during the May elections, received funds from the government gaming agency, documents show. This, the anti-fraud group Kontra Daya said, boosts its position that BIDA is ineligible for competing in the elections as a party-list group and should thus be disqualified. Kontra Daya received copies of checks Pagcor paid to BIDA Foundation Inc. and BIDA…

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Poll Violations, Irregularities, Violence in Lanao Special Elections * Latest Posts Featured - 2010 Elections Other Stories Politics & Governance Top Stories 

Poll Violations, Irregularities, Violence in Lanao Special Elections

By ANNE EDNALYN V. DE LA CRUZ
Poll Violations, Irregularities, Violence in Lanao Special Elections
The very same reasons that caused a failure of elections in Lanao del Sur remain unresolved even with the June 3 special elections.

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Statement on the Aquino-Binay proclamation Press Releases and Statements 

Statement on the Aquino-Binay proclamation

PRESS STATEMENT June 9, 2010 On the occasion of the proclamation of President Benigno Aquino III and Vice-President Jejomar Binay, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan joins the collective aspiration of the Filipino people that the new government will be a departure from the failed regime of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. There are high public expectations for the new administration to bring about necessary reforms in government. Aquino and Binay will now be faced with the many problems that the outgoing regime will leave behind: corrupted institutions, human rights abuses, chronic unemployment, worsening…

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MILF Not Involved in Election-Related Violence – Iqbal * Latest Posts Featured - 2010 Elections Other Stories Politics & Governance 

MILF Not Involved in Election-Related Violence – Iqbal

By ANNE EDNALYN V. DE LA CRUZ Bulatlat.com Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Peace Panel Chairperson Mohagher Iqbal denied allegations that his group was involved in election-related violence in Lanao del Sur last May 10. “We denounce the allegation as entirely false and fabricated,” he said. “The MILF has a strict “hands-off policy” with regards the Philippine elections, which is divisive, intrigue-laden, and breeds corruption. Usually, the bad candidate wins in an election because he has money, guns, and goons,” Iqbal added. Several incidents of election-related violence occurred in the…

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Party-list Groups File Motion to Expedite Proclamation of Winners * Latest Posts Featured - 2010 Elections Politics & Governance Top Stories 

Party-list Groups File Motion to Expedite Proclamation of Winners

By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
The Commission on Elections constituting itself as a National Board of Canvassers for the senatorial and party-list elections has already proclaimed the 12 winning senators, but the winners in the party-list elections would have to wait until all election returns have been canvassed.

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Critical Criminology Meets The 2010 Philippine Elections * Latest Posts Commentary 

Critical Criminology Meets The 2010 Philippine Elections

By GILL H. BOEHRINGER Bulatlat.com For many millions of Filipinos May 10 was a historic watershed. They voted for Noynoy Aquino, and the Aquino legacy as they understood it. Believing that corruption is the major problem that needs to be tackled by their next president, they turned to Noynoy, the clean-and-good, to deliver them from the pestilence. No other candidate had such belief, such trust, of the people. The death of his mother Cory Aquino in 2009 had transformed him from a rather insignificant senator into a saviour. Of course…

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