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By Danilo S. Venida
The presidential race, still more than two years away, is off to an early start. Aspirants are making their declarations, alliances are a-forming, the positioning of various personalities is getting tested.
By Amando Doronila
As world leaders mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela, international media are replete with recollections of that historic moment in history, on May 2, 1994, when in an all-race democratic election, South Africa voted Mandela as its first black president, dismantling its globally loathed apartheid policy of racial segregation of blacks, coloreds and whites in a society dominated by the Afrikaner white minority who were descended from Dutch-based European settlers.
We have resoundingly spoken against pork barrel, and yet our leaders still seem hell-bent on lavishing largesse upon themselves. Are we totally helpless? Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno says we are not. We hold the power of “direct initiative” to bypass Congress and abolish pork on our own. Puno’s proposal is fraught with hope, but likewise risks disappointment.
By Mahar Mangahas
Persons with disability (PWDs) are as eager to vote as anyone else, and, to a large extent, were able to do so in the last two elections. This was the main finding of surveys by Social Weather Stations on the participation of PWDs—people with impaired mobility, hearing/speech, or vision—in the elections of 2010 and 2013, as presented at a postelection summit of Fully Abled Nation (FAN) on Oct. 14 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. FAN is a program, supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), that aims to raise the election participation of PWDs.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Well, the counting’s over, and save for an “exposé” on supposed premature results of the presidential election released a day before the voting, there seems to be general agreement that, apart from some glitches and an atmosphere of intimidation leading up to the election, it was generally clean and reflective of voters’ sentiments.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Well, it seemed a foregone conclusion. President Ilham Aliyev has won a third term, assuring him of another five years leading Azerbaijan, this oil-rich nation on the shores of the Caspian Sea.
By Neal H. Cruz
It’s definite, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled next month have been postponed indefinitely.
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.
Should the Sangguniang Kabataan be abolished? It’s getting harder and harder to find good reasons not to. The latest reports on the ongoing registration for the SK and barangay elections in October underscore how compromised this supposed training ground for and official showcase of the country’s young political elite has become. In the Visayas, from [...]
In his July 18 column, Conrado de Quiros wrote: “During the last elections, only the senatorial candidates of Ang Kapatiran Party spoke out against it. They were Rizalito David, Marwil Llasos, and JC de los Reyes, and what they found execrable was the pork barrel. No other candidates, from left to right, did so…. If [...]
By Artemio V. Panganiban
Former president Joseph Ejercito Estrada won the mayoralty race in Manila. The Commission on Elections proclaimed him the winner, and his opponent, Alfredo Lim, publicly conceded his victory. In fact, he will take his oath and assume office this noon. However, a legal challenge earlier dismissed by the Comelec may have gained some traction due to a very recent en banc jurisprudence, Comelec vs Jalosjos.
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.