Politics

Richard Yap

Richard Yap (PDP-Laban), best known as a Cebuano businessman and actor unsuccessful in beating longtime politician and Cebu City 1st District Representative Raul Del Mar (Liberal Party) in this midterm election. Del Mar won by a wide margin of 134,816 votes over Yap’s 81,167, according to the latest unofficial real-time results. Yap stated in a Facebook post that the loss was a “disappointing end” to the campaign, “I also know

Jejomar Binay

Jejomar Binay, who was a Former VP was successful to cast his vote—two hours after the vote counting machine in his precinct in Makati City repeatedly rejected his ballot. Binay was initially unable to cast his vote when a VCM at San Antonio National High School failed to read his ballot after eight attempts. Binay runs as a congressional candidate of Makati’s first district This prompted the former vice president

Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte’s impulsive speeches often has bombshell assertions and to the surprise came in the form of a cockroach moseying by the president’s shoulders. The roach clung up on Duterte as he was eulogizing the virtues of the candidates, whom he endorsed for next week’s midterm polls at a campaign rally late Wednesday. While an aide tried and failed to scrape the critter away with some papers, still Duterte

Tito Sotto

Vicente “Tito” Sotto III Senate President of the Philippines on Thursday stated that Malacañang and several tagged in the hypothetical oust-Duterte matrix should have not made a big deal out of a “piece of paper.” “You can come up with any matrix that you want. It’s a piece of paper, it does not mean a thing. Pinapatulan kasi (It’s being made a big deal). You should have dismissed it e,”

Ballot

Commission in Elections (Comelec) officials on Thursday denied allegations that the official ballots for the May 13 midterm polls had been pre-shaded with ultraviolet (UV) marks. These UV marks are among the security features of the official ballots for the elections. “We tested, but the supposed UV marks were not read by the vote-counting machine. The VCM actually looks for black ink—the real ink, not invisible,” stated Jose Tolentino Jr.,

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte said the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) would “never gain a foothold” in the Philippines. He also assured to continue the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Modernization Program, on his speech give on April 9. The president in his Day of Valor speech last Tuesday in Camp Teodulfo Bautista in Jolo, Sulu, Duterte extolled the military’s accomplishments against the Abu Sayyaf Group, a known ally

Arrest

Trying to enter the country with a fake Philippine passport, an American national was detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), the Bureau of Immigration (BI) said on Sunday. Grifton Medina, BI Port Operations Division chief said 49-year-old Elmer Doller was seized early Saturday at the NAIA Terminal 3 after alighting a flight from Doha, Qatar. Medina noted that an immigration officer noticed that Medina’s passport had no security

army

President Duterte is uncertain of the timely assistance from the United States if the Philippines ever comes under attack. Duterte made the remark within the fresh reports of China’s aggression around Philippine-occupied territories in the West Philippine Sea. Given a speaking engagement during PDP-Laban’s campaign rally in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Thursday night, the President stressed that the US Congress would have to give its concurrence first before it

police

House of Representatives’ Makabayan Bloc on Wednesday criticized the killing of 14 farmers during police operations in Negros Oriental on March 30, 2019. The group overtly commented the killing even as party-list Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro of ACT-Teachers, Ariel Casilao of Anakpawis, Arlene Brosas of Gabriela, and Carlos Isagani Zarate of Bayan Muna filed three resolutions calling for the investigation, in aid of legislation, of the killings. The

Maria Ressa

USA on Friday admonished the Philippines to swiftly resolve a case against detained journalist Maria Ressa and permit her and her news site Rappler to “operate freely.” A State Department spokesperson stated the US was “concerned” about the detention of the prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and called out on the Philippines to esteem freedom of the press. “The freedom of expression is a cornerstone of any truly democratic