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Notes of a Fil-Am election observer

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Sweat flows down the cheeks of Belinda Sibal, an indigenous Filipino living around the slopes of Mount Pinatubo volcano known as Aetas, as she votes in the country's midterm election at a polling precinct in a remote village of Zambales province, about 250 kilometers (160 miles) northwest of Manila, Philippines Monday, May 13, 2013.  More than 50 million Filipinos are expected to troop to polling centers to elect senators, congressmen and down to municipal mayors for the country's midterm elections. AP/Bullit Marquez

When Fil-Ams come back to the Philippines, it’s usual for us to stay with relatives, visit tourist sites (Baguio City or the beaches) and indulge in the delicious cuisine. But seldom do we engage in the political process. A college student in the Seattle, Washington area, I came this year as an International observer for the 2013 mid-term elections, via Compact-IOM. I found myself witness to a lively aspect of Filipino culture that is a space for both struggle and celebration.

Posted: May 19th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

TFC, Comelec, DFA launch new drive for overseas voters

Mario Guillermo, with his wife Lilia,  is being assisted by Overseas Absentee Voters officer Rey Sambitan. FILE PHOTO

Encouraged by the record-breaking turnout of Filipinos during the registration period last year, The Filipino Channel (TFC) is again teaming up with the Commission on Elections and the Department of Foreign Affairs – Overseas Absentee Secretariat (DFA-OAVS) to promote overseas voting for the May 13 elections.

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

TFC, Comelec, DFA launch New Drive for Overseas Voters

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Encouraged by the record-breaking turnout of Filipinos during the registration period last year, The Filipino Channel (TFC) is again teaming up with the Commission on Elections and the Department of Foreign Affairs – Overseas Absentee Secretariat (DFA-OAVS) to promote overseas voting for the May 13 elections.

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Americas,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Abalos seeks court OK to reset Taiwan trip sked

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Former Comelec Chairman Benjamin Abalos. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Former elections chair Benjamin Abalos has petitioned the courts handling his electoral sabotage cases for permission to reschedule his trip to Taiwan for the end of January.

Posted: December 9th, 2012 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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