Makati residents on elections, Binay dynasty

By Irish Mae Silvestre The Philippine Reporter As the last of the ballots were counted for the highly divisive midterm elections, the future of politics is a hot topic. From electoral fraud to campaign strategies, Makati residents share their thoughts on the results and what it means for the future. Karen Nina Marie Camcam, 40, 

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Groups protest against ‘rigged election’

By Anne Marxze D. Umil MANILA — “We will not concede!” These were the words that resounded in front of the national canvassing center at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City (PICC) as Makabayan senatorial candidate Neri Colmenares addressed the crowd on the afternoon of May 17 during the Black Friday protest 

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Group challenges Senate: Stop Charter change

Research group IBON is challenging the succeeding Senate to prove its independence by rejecting the proposal to amend the 1987 Philippine Constitution or Charter change (Cha-cha). Lawmakers should keep in mind the dangers that Cha-cha poses on Philippine economic sovereignty, said the group, and not be swayed into passing other laws that fulfill the consistent 

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Own up to ‘worst automated elections’ ever, poll body urged

By Janess Ann J. Ellao MANILA – A nationwide group of teachers called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to own up to the sufferings that public school teachers had to endure as a result of what they referred to as the “worst automated elections” in the country. “As many sectors question the conduct 

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And the winner is

Comelec proclaims ‘winning’ senators

By Marya Salamat MANILA – Amid protests questioning the integrity and results of the elections, the Commissions on Elections (Comelec) hastened to finish the canvassing of senatorial votes until late evening of May 21 to proclaim the new senators early today, May 22. They rolled out the red carpet for the arriving senators, mostly 

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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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