WINNING GROUPS. The Commission on Elections proclaims the winners of the party-list race on May 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Comelec proclaims 51 winning groups in 2019 party-list elections

By Sofia Tomacruz MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, on Wednesday, May 22, proclaimed 51 winners in the 2019 party-list elections. Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) topped the race, gaining the maximum 3 seats allowed. Bayan Muna came in next, also gaining 

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Philippines is home to illicit funding for human trafficking, kidnapping – AMLC

By Rose Carmelle Lacuata ABS-CBN News MANILA – The Philippines has become a destination of illicit funding from various crimes, including human trafficking and kidnapping, the Anti-Money Laundering Council revealed in a report. For full text of story:

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Celebrities who won, lost in 2019 midterm elections

MANILA, Isko Moreno beat reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada. The children of Senate president Tito Sotto and his brother Vic would hold public offices as well as Vic’s son Vico beat Bobby Eusebio for Pasig City mayor. Tito’s son Gian was proclaimed as Quezon City vice mayor. Richard Gomez was reelected to a second 

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Pangasinan elects youngest mayor

By Eva Visperas ALAMINOS CITY, Philippines — The newly elected mayor of this city could be the youngest local government executive who won in the midterm polls on Monday. Arth Bryan Celeste, 21, who had two opponents, garnered 22,498 votes. His closest rival got 19,452 votes. Except for one, all the candidates under Celeste’s 

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Former Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares delivers his fiery speech during Makabayan’s miting de avance, May 7 at Plaza Miranda. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea/ Bulatlat)

Opposition bets, progressive groups vow to work for reforms, oppose dictatorship

The people must frustrate Duterte’s “serious attempts at dictatorship through martial law, bogus revolutionary government or Charter Change” by voting for the opposition. By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA — Senatorial candidates endorsed by Makabayan Coalition pointed out all that is wrong with the Duterte administration and vowed to push for reforms. In his speech 

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Organised chaos and the election season

PH Elections 2019 By Irish Mae Silvestre The Philippine Reporter MANILA–Being a third culture kid means I’m not quite an outsider, but I can’t exactly pass for a local either. I’m familiar enough that a lot of things don’t faze me like hotdogs and marshmallows on a stick. But other things (such as “unli rice”) 

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From left: Blogger Noemi Dado, IT expert Mac Yanto, Kontra Daya 
convenor Danilo Arao and Benedictine nun Sr. Mary John Mananzan                                                   
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Groups unite against Election fraud, repression

PH Elections 2019 “We have seen how the massive resources of government are being put to use to campaign for administration candidates.” By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO MANILA — With only five days to go before elections, various groups convened today, May 8, at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran to stand strong 

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Kontra Daya convener Danilo Arao (right)

Party-list groups of the ‘rich and the powerful’ dominate survey

PH Elections 2019 “Voters should be wary of party-list groups of known political dynasties and big business interests claiming to represent the poor.” By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA –- Election watchdog Kontra Daya called for voter vigilance as the rich and the powerful dominate the recent survey of Pulse Asia. The group said 

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PROTEST. Protesters chant, ‘Not a nickel, not a dime, no more money for Duterte’s crime,’ as they urge an end to killings in the Philippines in front of the PH Consulate in Toronto.                                               Photo: Marites Sison

Filipino-Canadians demand justice for slain farmers in Negros

TORONTO, Canada – About 20 Filipino human rights activists staged a protest on Wednesday, April 10, condemning the recent killings of 14 farmers in Negros Oriental and urging the Canadian government to stop “all security and military assistance to the Philippines.” Protesters stood outside 160 Eglinton Avenue East, a busy midtown street where the Philippine 

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Workers begin 10-day countdown to wage increase

By MARYA SALAMAT MANILA — Days before May 1 Labor Day, the Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) reiterates its call for a pay hike. “Increasing the minimum wage from Php537 to Php750 will significantly lessen the gap between the current earnings and the family living wage,” the national labor center said in a statement today. 

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