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Comelec should recall order to ‘Soce violators’

With the issuance of Comelec Resolution No. 9834, the Commission on Elections should now recall its previous order directing some elected officials with alleged defective statements of contributions and expenses (Soce) to vacate their posts. In that resolution, the Comelec clarifies that the penalty of fine imposed on them “does not constitute the administrative fine [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Taking stock

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It turns out I wrote 40 columns this year for this newspaper. I know, it should be more than that because my column should appear every Saturday, but I got sidelined by illness, among other reasons for my column not appearing.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

LP history behind Atienza’s diatribe

The charges hurled by party-list Rep. Lito Atienza against Budget Secretary Butch Abad and his family (“Abad, family blamed for pork barrel crisis,” News, 10/18/13) constitute political vendetta, in a desperate attempt to muddle the issue of corruption on the use of the Priority Development Assistance Fund.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Oust overspending senators, too

In connection with the recent disqualification of Gov. ER Ejercito of Laguna for overspending, after the Commission on Elections found that the amount he paid for political propaganda on television exceeded the limit set by law for campaign expenses, may I ask:

Posted: October 25th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Be wary of ‘pork defense’ lawyers’ dilatory tactics

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It’s definite, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled next month have been postponed indefinitely.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Special treatment of poll cases also stinks

In “Puzzles in election cases” (Opinion, 8/19/13), Domingo D. Bacsal Jr. seems to have failed to trace the source of the stink. It is not the election cases, it is the Commission on Elections itself.

Posted: September 5th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Puzzles in election cases

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Three essentially similar election cases puzzle profoundly. In each of them the Commission on Elections cuts as many different, if not directly conflicting, figures. In one, it looks like a company supervisor lost in a corporate maze where his words carry no weight and everybody takes him no better than a nobody. In another, it comes forth as a strong, purposive ruler, in control of the situation and quick to make decisions, like a real leader should. But then in the next breath, it behaves like a captain of a boat lost at sea, seeming not to care with what’s happening.

Posted: August 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Law allows time to weed out new registered voters

The Commission on Elections and concerned citizens are not without legal remedy to assail the alleged “new voters” with questionable if not suspicious residency, who braved the heavy rains and swamped the offices of the election officers in a mad rush to register in the forthcoming Oct. 28 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election. Some were even reportedly herded by barangay officials and other persons intending to run in the political exercise.

Posted: August 7th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Legal fireworks at the Batasan?

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It seems to be a “constitutional crisis” of its own making. By voting to uphold a ruling of the Commission on Elections annulling the proclamation of Regina Ongsiako Reyes as representative of Marinduque, the Supreme Court has placed itself and the poll body in a direct confrontation with the legislature, specifically the House of Representatives.

Posted: July 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Poll case takes disgusting twist

Neal Cruz’s story about a noncandidate winning as mayor of Calbiga in Samar (Opinion, Inquirer, 5/29/13) has taken a more disgusting twist. Despite a May 3, 2013 Commission on Elections en banc decision canceling his candidacy and his highly questionable proclamation by the municipal board of canvassers (MBOC), American passport holder Nick Abaigar, Liberal Party candidate, has taken over the mayor’s office, except that he can’t complete any financial transaction as he can’t show the banks a certificate from the Department of Interior and Local Government confirming him as the legitimate mayor. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas is apparently holding back, given the June 18 Comelec writ of execution directing him, among other officials, to immediately implement it. Record shows Abaigar refused to receive the copy of the writ served him by the local Comelec.

Posted: July 14th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Comelec harasses opinion pollsters

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“Comelec threatens suit vs SWS, Pulse Asia et al.,” went the title of an Inquirer news report last June 16. What is this all about? This harassment started from the demand of the United Nationalist Alliance (the coalition that went on to lose the May 2013 elections) that SWS and Pulse Asia disclose the names of subscribers of their election surveys.

Posted: June 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Nothing to show for P1.8-B expenditure

The Commission on Elections spent P1.8 billion of government money for the controversial PCOS machines to improve the electoral process. And all it has to show for it is more controversy. It appears that the recent elections were no different from the previous ones. There are doubts about the integrity of the results. There were delays in the transmission of results. And a lot of questions about the elections are up in the air, left unanswered.

Posted: June 21st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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