Thanks, Cebu: Leni

TWO days before she takes office, Vice President-elect Leni Robredo visited Cebu to swear in some allies and to thank Cebuanos who helped deliver her biggest political victory yet. In an interview More »

Political ‘foes’ gather for independent’s oathtaking

GUESTS at the oath-taking of incoming Third District Provincial Board Member Victoria Corominas were a mixture of members of different political parties and independent candidates who won in last May’s elections. “I’m More »

Cebu City mayor-elect takes oath of office

THOUSANDS of supporters trooped to the Cebu City Sports Complex, as Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña and newly elected officials belonging to his political party, Bando Osmeña Pundok Kauswagan (BOPK), took their oath of More »

SC junks petition vs extension of Soce filing

MANILA — The Supreme Court (SC) dismissed Tuesday the petition seeking to nullify the resolution of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) that approved the extension on the deadline of the filing of More »

Mayor Osmeña to hold ‘cheapest inauguration’

ALTHOUGH his inauguration tomorrow is open to the public, Cebu City Mayor-elect Tomas Osmeña does not want government employees to attend his oath-taking rites. In a news conference last Friday, the mayor-elect More »

Court junks Estrada’s motion to attend daughter’s oath taking

THE Sandiganbayan on Monday junked the furlough request of detained outgoing Senator Jose “Jinggoy” Estrada for him to attend the upcoming oath taking of her daughter, San Juan City Vice Mayor-elect Janella More »

Comelec junks all 4 disqualification cases vs Duterte

INCOMING President Rodrigo Duterte has been cleared of the last possible hurdle to his presidency after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) unanimously denied the disqualification cases filed against him. In its 20-page More »


Comelec asked to cancel 1PACMAN partylist’s accreditation

A PETITION was filed before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) seeking to cancel the registration and accreditation of One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals (1PACMAN) as a regional sectoral party-list organization, for “drifting from its original advocacy.”

In a Verified Petition/Complaint, Marites Cabibi of Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental accused the partylist group of having no intention to represent the organization, the Joint Alliance of Marginalized Group Inc. (1JAMG) when it sought the accreditation from the poll body in 2012. (READ MORE)

Comelec: No more data hacking in October polls

IN THE midst of the voter registration for the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) assured that safeguards are installed so as not to repeat the hacking incident that happened several months ago.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista noted that they made sure voters’ data are secured from those who would try to hack their systems again. (READ MORE)

Comelec: Voter’s registration for October polls non-extendible

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) has no plans to extend the July 30 deadline of the voter registration period for the October 31 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

According to Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista, they can no longer afford to prolong the registration period as it would affect their preparations for the forthcoming elections. (READ MORE)

Robredo, senators laud Duterte’s first Sona

VICE President Leni Robredo has commended President Rodrigo Duterte’s first State of the Nation Address (Sona), specifically his positive pronouncement regarding his plans for informal settlers in the country.

In a press conference at the Quezon City Reception House, Robredo said she was pleased with the President’s policy of “no demolition with no relocation.” (READ MORE)

Comelec: Postponement of October polls up to Congress

CONGRESS has to decide by August 21 if they want to push through with the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said on Tuesday.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said they will ask lawmakers to make a decision by middle of next month. (READ MORE)

Pimentel, Alvarez are new Congress leaders

MANILA (Updated) — The 17th Congress of the Philippines convened Monday, July 25, and named Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez as Senate President and House Speaker, respectively.

Pimentel took his oath before members of the Senate ahead of the nomination for House Speaker at the House Representatives. At least 20 voted in favor of Pimentel. (READ MORE)

Cayetano on failed bid at Senate presidency: ‘No loss’

“LOSING what was never mine. Keeping what’s important to me.”

Senator Alan Peter Cayetano posted these words on Facebook after his closest rival, Senator Aquilino Pimentel III, has been declared Senate President for the 17th Congress. (READ MORE)

Comelec to SK aspirants: Show proof you have no relatives in public office

CANDIDATES for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections are likely to be asked by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to present a proof that he/she has no relatives until 2nd degree of consanguinity in public office.

Comelec Chairman Juan Andres Bautista said they are planning to implement the requirement during the filing of Certificate of Candidacy (CoC) prior to the SK polls set on October 31. (READ MORE)

Belmonte withdraws from speakership race

QUEZON City Representative Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said Saturday he will withdraw from Monday’s speakership race and will instead join the so-called “super majority” in the House of Representative.

In a text message sent to reporters, Belmonte said he and most of the remaining members of the Liberal Party (LP) reiterated their original decision last June to join “Coalition for Change” in the House led by Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) secretary-general and Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez. (READ MORE)

Pimentel: Senate agenda to focus on Duterte’s priorities

SENATOR Aquilino Pimentel III has assured the Senate will give its full support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s reform initiatives amid an unprecedented public approval rating of 91 percent for the new leader who ran in the May elections on a platform of change.

Pimentel is the presumptive Senate President, as 18 senators will reportedly back his bid for the top Senate post on Monday. (READ MORE)