MANILA, Philippines — Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) board member Arwin Serrano yesterday claimed that incidents of vote buying have worsened this election year compared to the 2016 polls. Although he did not cite figures on the number of reported vote-buying incidents, he said in an interview that the claim is based on the information they have been receiving. Most of the incidents, he added, are happening in “hotly contested locations” and in the provinces as candidates look for ways to beat opponents in the upcoming May 13 polls. Serrano said the vote-buying rate of some candidates is at P500 per voter or at P5,000 for a family with 10 voters. Vote buying, he added, is done even by those running for lower positions, such as that of councilor in the local level. “There are many reports of vote buying in the provinces, although we have been receiving information that it is also happening in the National Capital Region … [Read more...] about Poll watchdog: Vote buying worsened this year
Devising ways around MIA runway congestion Airlines at Manila International Airport are under the gun. Unsolved runway congestion messes up their flights. But they can’t decry MIA ineptitude outright, lest they be placed on the shit list. Most just grin and bear it. Some bypass procedures, to save money. They come up with technical excuses for flight delays. After all, if due to force majeure, passengers need not be recompensed for cancellations. In the end they cover up the MIA mis-managers. Grateful, the latter in turn ignore the airline’s anomalous shortcuts. Thus are wrongs perpetuated at MIA – until the bubble bursts. Incompetence is at the root of MIA’s runway congestion. At the edge of one runway is a weeks-long digging that shortened its useable length. Only aircraft with reduced payload – fuel, cargo, passengers – can use it. The only other runway was closed many hours during the Holy Week rush. Overlooked … [Read more...] about Devising ways around MIA runway congestion
MANILA – Idineklara ng iba't ibang sangay ng pamahalaan ang kanilang kahandaan para maiwasan ang mga posibleng aberya sa araw ng halalan. Ito ang tinalakay sa ginanap na "Handa Na Ba Kayo" forum na pinangunahan ng DZMM TeleRadyo nitong Sabado, Abril 27, sa Mandaluyong City Hall. Kabilang sa mga dumalo ay mula sa Commission on Elections (Comelec), Department of Education (DepEd), at Department of Energy (DOE). Ayon sa Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) at Philippine National Police (PNP), plantsado na ang kakailanganin para sa masigurado ang suplay ng kuryente, seguridad, at kasanayan ng mga guro. Ayon sa tagapagsalita ng Comelec na si James Jimenez, kung sakali man na magkaroon ng problema sa mga makina na gagamitin sa halalan, sapat ang kasanayan ng mga guro para tugunan ang sitwasyon. "Ang ating mga teacher, nakatanggap ng training sa paggamit ng makina so mayroon silang basic knowledge," ani Jimenez. "On top of that, mayroon pa tayong support center, 'yong … [Read more...] about News Kuryente, guro, seguridad: handa na ba sa halalan?
Magic 12 proclamation seen 2 weeks after polls Within 24-72 hours for local bets – Comelec MANILA, Philippines — Within two weeks after the May 13 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be able to proclaim the so-called Magic 12 winning senators. “It’s roughly within two weeks from voting ... In 2016, what we did was we proclaimed all 12 at the same time. I think that’s what we’re going to do now,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said at a press briefing yesterday. In previous elections, the Comelec proclaimed winners in parts, prioritizing those already assured of victory in the senatorial polls. Jimenez added the proclamation of winners in the local level, on the other hand, would be done “very quickly.” “At the very lowest level, it is expected to happen within 24 to 36 hours. Or a little higher than that, up to about 72 hours,” he maintained. Comelec data show 62 … [Read more...] about Magic 12 proclamation seen 2 weeks after polls
MAYNILA - Hindi pabor ang Commission on Elections (Comelec) sa pahayag ni Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Gen. Oscar Albayalde na tanggapin na lang ng mga botante ang pera mula sa mga kandidatong namimili ng boto. Binigyang diin ni Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez na hindi kailanman dapat tumanggap ng bayad o suhol ang mga botante mula sa kahit kaninong kandidato. Ayon kay Jimenez, mas makabubuti na sa lahat ng pagkakataon ay bumoto nang naaayon sa konsensiya ng botante. Dagdag niya, ang masakit dito ay pera din ng taumbayan ang mas malamang na ipinambibili ng boto ng mga kandidato at maaring hindi naman ito galing sa sarili nilang bulsa. Nagbabala din ang Comelec na ang pagtanggap o pagbebenta ng boto ay isang election offense kaya maaring makulong ang sino mang mahuhuling lumabag dito. Nagpaliwanag naman ang PNP sa pahayag ni Albayalde at sinabing pabiro lang ito. “'Yung pahayag ni Gen. Albayalde was made out of jest ano? Ano mang uri ng suhol ay dapat na iwaksi … [Read more...] about News Comelec hindi pabor sa pahayag ni Albayalde sa pagtanggap ng vote-buying money