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July 28, 2015, Tuesday
  • Pres. Aquino’s SONA took about 2 hours and 10 minutes. 17 hours ago |
  • Some congressmen inside the session hall booed & raised anti-Aquino banners right after Pres. Aquino delivered his last SONA. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “Our country’s transformation has just begun. Our direction depends on the Filipino people.” 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the 2016 election will be a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid.’ 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino cites survey that says 8 out of 10 Filipinos believe PH will soon become a developed country. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino to the Filipino people: It gives me great honor to serve you. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says his job is like that of a punching bag. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino tells his siblings that only a few days remain & he will soon stop dragging them to the sacrifices he makes for the country. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo continues to give him inspiration. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Mar Roxas’ resilience vs. criticisms is proof that ‘you can’t put a good man down.’ 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the members of his cabinet for their work. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino thanks Congress for passing meaningful laws. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: “It’s time to pass an Anti-Dynasty Law.” 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino laments the views of those who are anti-BBL but can’t give a better alternative on how to achieve peace in Mindanao. 17 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says it doesn’t matter if he is not present at groundbreaking ceremonies so long as projects are properly built. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says party affiliation is not a basis in implementing government projects. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino gives updates on government’s flood control projects. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino: "The time is avoid responsibility has ended." 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino boasts of PNP’s 1:1 police-to-pistol ratio. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino identifies programs to enhance capabilities of the AFP and PNP. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says gov’t is moving to buy-out the MRT. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino praises the supposed benefits of Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) & K-12 programs. 18 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says only one labor strike was recorded in 2013. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino says Philippines is now ‘Asia’s Rising Tiger.’ 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hails the huge number of cases filed by BIR Commissioner Kim Henares vs. tax evaders. 19 hours ago |
  • Aquino cites the detention of 3 senators & hospital arrest of a fmr. president as proof of his fight vs. corruption. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino hits previous justice system that looked away from corruption. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino seeks apologies for not doing the traditional SONA walk saying he does not feel well. 19 hours ago |
  • Pres. Aquino now walking towards session hall in Batasang Pambansa for his last SONA. 20 hours ago |
  • 3 helicopters currently flying over Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. 20 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles from PSG compound now traversing Marikina area. 20 hours ago |
  • Sen. Grace Poe arrives at Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City to listen to Pres. Aquino’s last SONA. 20 hours ago |
  • Tesda Chief Joel Villanueva says he is now 90% certain he will run for senate. 20 hours ago |
  • Long convoy of vehicles leaves PSG Compound in Malacanang heading to the area of San Juan. 20 hours ago |
  • NBI admits its probers weren’t able to enter the Manalo Compound in QC to probe abduction and hostage-taking claims. 20 hours ago |
  • NBI says there is no evidence that proves some INC members were abducted or taken hostage. 20 hours ago |
  • NBI considers reports of abduction & hostage-taking involving INC members a closed case. 20 hours ago |
  • 5 cops injured so far during commotion in the midst of anti-gov’t rallies along Commonwealth Avenue in QC. 21 hours ago |
  • Belmonte asks House members to explore the possibility of resuming peace negotiations with CPP/NDF. 21 hours ago |
  • Belmonte urges colleagues to pass the proposed BBL & “have the courage to finally come to peace with one another.” 21 hours ago |
  • Belmonte says the passage of economic chacha will reverse the trend of the economy’s “de-industrialization & de-agriculturalization.” 21 hours ago |
  • Belmonte seeks the passage of economic charter change & BBL in his speech at the opening of Congress’ 3rd regular session. 21 hours ago |
  • Traffic from Zuzuarregue St. to Philcoa along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City still light. 21 hours ago |
  • Philcoa going to Fairview along Commonwealth Avenue temporarily closed to motorists in view of SONA. 21 hours ago |
  • Traffic flow slow moving from Fairview to Elliptical Road along Commonwealth Ave. in QC as the bulk of anti-gov’t protesters arrive. 21 hours ago |
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Violence, vote-buying increases in poll runup

By Florante S. Solmerin | May. 10, 2013 at 12:02am
Incidents of election-related violence and reports of vote-buying continued to rise on Thursday even as the nation prepared for Monday’s mid-term elections.

Election countdown. Policemen in Manila patrol in Quiapo on Wednesday to look out for lawless elements in connection with the coming elections. Danny Pata


The latest reports increased to 66 incidents of election-related violence across the country from Jan. 13 to May 9 this year, with shooting being the most prevalent. The violence has resulted in the death of 44 people and the wounding of 24.

In Tabuk City, Kalinga, two soldiers were killed and five others were wounded after an undetermined number of communist rebels ambushed an elite Army team tasked to secure a team of civilians delivering precinct optical scan or vote-counting machines.

In Camarines Sur, a militiaman was killed and two soldiers were wounded after their group of seven soldiers and five militiamen tasked to guard PCOS machines were attacked by communist rebels in Ragay town.

In Jaro, Iloilo, unidentified men tossed a grenade in front of the house of former Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez.

In San Andres Bukid, Manila, unidentified men lobbed a grenade at the residence of Baswali Alawiya, a candidate for mayor in Lanao del Sur.

Meanwhile, a member of the group Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting said they continued to receive reports of vote-buying.

“What’s happening is that some people go from house to house at night asking for signatures and if the household members are willing to sell their vote,” Ana de Villa-Singson, the group’s media director, said in a television interview.

She said the vote buyers in Surigao del Norte, for instance, were offering P500 to P3,000 to voters.

The government had earlier identified 15 high-risk areas for the mid-term elections: Abra, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Cagayan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Batangas, Cavite, Masbate, Samar, Misamis Occidental, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan.

In Tacloban City, the Archdiocese of Palo on Thursday issued a pastoral letter calling on the public “to pray and to actively participate” in the May 13 elections and to refuse to sell their vote.

“The right to vote is sacred,” Archbishop John Du said.

“It is one’s duty for the common good. Voting for money is wrong for it continues the culture of graft and corruption.”

Lt. Col. Micahel Buhat, commanding officer of the 49th Infantry Battalion, said the group of seven soldiers and five militiamen in Camarines Sur were attacked by the rebels at 4:15 a.m.

“Our soldiers were sent to provide security at at the Agao-ao Elementary School where the PCOS machines arrived yesterday [Thursday],” Buhat said. With Dexter A. See and Ronald O. Reyes
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