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Comelec, DFA asked to explain how they spent P148M for overseas absentee voting

Senator Franklin Drilon

Officials of the Commission on Elections and the Department of Foreign Affairs have to explain how they spent the combined P148.4 million the two agencies were given for overseas absentee voting since only 15 percent of voters abroad cast their ballots in the last elections.

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »


To those who say Filipinos are stupid


Perhaps the stupidest reaction to the last Philippine elections came from people who concluded that, based on the outcome, Filipinos are really stupid.

Posted: May 20th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

‘Patronage politics not an offshoot of PH culture, grew during US colonial period’


Patronage politics is not necessarily an offshoot of Filipino culture and it is common in other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, according to an American professor visiting the Philippines to study patronage politics during the elections.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Poll observers rail vs dynasties


The international observers of the 2013 midterm elections have recommended the enactment of a law against political dynasties. “Mechanisms to enforce the constitutional provision against political dynasties should be legislated,” the election observers from the Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections-International Observers Mission (Compact-IOM) said as they ended their 10-day monitoring of the country’s elections.

Posted: May 17th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Filipinos in 25 countries snub absentee polls


Filipinos in 25 countries snubbed the overseas absentee voting, the Commission on Elections en banc sitting as National Board of Canvassers said Wednesday night.

Posted: May 15th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Comelec starts canvassing of overseas votes from Hong Kong, Singapore


The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), began the canvassing of overseas absentee votes (OAVs) Wednesday evening as transmissions throughout the country continued to come in at a snail’s pace.

Posted: May 15th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Over 400 dead, 20 Filipinos abroad still in voters’ lists – Namfrel


The National Citizens Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) said on Sunday that more than 400 dead people have been included in the computerized voters list (CVL) while at least 20 others who have been abroad during the past two elections have not been deleted from the official list.

Posted: May 12th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Int’l election watch: 30 foreign observers here

Ramon Casiple. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

More than 30 foreign observers are currently in the country to monitor Monday’s midterm elections.

Posted: May 11th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

No Limitation

Influential overseas Filipino groups endorse candidates on basis of competence, integrity


Overseas Filipino voters can positively change the quality of Filipino leaders and the quality of Philippine government. In general, overseas voters cannot be bought or coerced.

Posted: May 9th, 2013 in Blogs,Columnists | Read More »

Comelec critics file rights case in UN

Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr. AFP FILE PHOTO

Civil society groups on Friday brought their issue with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to the United Nations, accusing the Philippine government of violating their right to vote and of turning over to a foreign entity the conduct of the technical aspect of the country’s elections.

Posted: May 4th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »



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