In 2010 when the country finally went ahead with automated general elections, I attended a briefing conducted for the media by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) and Smartmatic-TIM, provider of the precinct count optical scan or PCOS system. Even my low-tech comprehension could easily digest the process of automated voting: instead of writing down names on a ballot, I would shade circles beside the names, slide the ballot into the machine, wait for confirmation that I had voted, and then go to the Comelec-deputized teachers so I could have my forefinger daubed with indelible ink. When the polling centers closed, we would wait for the results. No more laborious manual tallying on blackboards or large sheets of paper. No more ballot snatching. No more waiting for days and even weeks for results. “Trust the machine,” the Comelec chairman at the time, retired Supreme Court Justice Jose Melo, told me. I trusted Melo. But the machine? When the briefing folks began talking … [Read more...] about Trust the machine?
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GOLD COAST, Australia: A brash, self-promoting billionaire with political ambition and a string of controversies in his wake, Clive Palmer not only sounds like Australia's answer to Donald Trump, that is exactly who he is modelling himself on.The businessman has adopted the slogan "Make Australia Great" for his United Australia Party, repeatedly bashed China and is positioning himself as an upstart outsider ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (May 18).A key difference between the two populists is that the now-US president campaigned with the backing of a mainstream political party, whereas Palmer has entered the electoral race on his own terms.Australian politics is traditionally dominated by two major political forces: the conservative Liberal-National coalition and the centre-left Labor Party.Palmer is giving them a run for their money, literally.The mining magnate claims to be spending about A$60 million on election advertising - more than the two major parties … [Read more...] about ‘Australia’s Trump’ splashes cash in election bid
MANILA, Philippines — The results of the 2019 Senate elections are the public's stamp of approval of President Rodrigo Duterte and the bloody "war on drugs", Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said Wednesday. Locsin said on his Twitter account that the government's vigorous campaign against illegal drugs was the main election issue of the midterm polls. "The Senatorial elections were not a referendum in favor of Charter Change either, the death penalty, and jailing minors," Locsin said. “[Duterte] and the war just won. So shut the fuck up on that subject everybody. The war goes on,” the top diplomat added. In his 2018 State of the Nation Address, Duterte listed charter change as one of the measures he wanted to pass. The firebrand leader has also often mentioned that he wants to bring back capital punishment, especially for drug offenders, and to lower the age of criminal liability. The two proposals were not included in the … [Read more...] about Duterte and ‘drug war’ won midterm polls, Locsin tweets
MANILA – As the campaign season for administration-backed bets kicked off in the packed grounds of Pampanga’s provincial capitol, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go took the stage and bowed before the audience before taking the podium. That Go chose to bow as he got up on stage was no coincidence. He was mimicking his long-time boss, President Rodrigo Duterte, who would often make the same gesture during public speaking engagements. For those at the event who have been closely monitoring Philippine politics, there was no doubt in their minds that Go is Duterte’s single most important candidate in the upcoming senatorial elections. Go, who served as the former Davao City mayor’s aide for over two decades, stayed on the sidelines when his boss rose to the presidency. But Duterte attracted so much attention and interest that Go also found himself in the limelight. From being the “national photobomber” and “selfie king,” he is now … [Read more...] about News The rise of Bong Go
MANILA, Philippines — A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) topped the 2018 Bar examination, the results released yesterday by the Supreme Court (SC) showed. Sean James Borja, who was the valedictorian of the Ateneo Law School Class of 2018, took the top spot with a rating of 89.3060 percent, said SC Associate Justice Mariano del Castillo. “Dedication lang, hard work… Stick to your goals… Don’t let your insecurities get the best of you,” Borja told future Bar examinees in a phone interview. Out of 8,155 examinees, only 1,800 passed. Aside from Borja, two other examinees from the Ateneo placed in the top 10, namely fourth placer Daniel John Fordan with a rating of 85.4430 percent and fifth placer Katrina Monica Gaw with 85.4210 percent. University of the Philippines (UP) graduates in the top 10 are sixth placer Nadaine Tongco with a rating of 85.0320 percent and seventh placer Patricia Sevilla with a rating … [Read more...] about 1,800 hurdle 2018 Bar