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Palace hoping SC can resolve cases vs. automated polls soonest

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Malacañang on Saturday voiced hopes the Supreme Court can resolve soonest the cases challenging the automated elections for May 2016. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also defended the Commission on Elections’ drive to encourage voter registration...
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SC asked to void Comelec’s P12-B lease of optical mark readers

MANILA (Mabuhay) — A group composed of several bishops and a former senator has asked the Supreme Court to stop a P12-billion contract to lease more than 90,000 optical mark reader (OMR) units for the 2016 elections. In its petition, […]
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Chiz says planned hybrid poll system to revive ghost of ‘Hello, Garci’

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senator Francis Escudero on Tuesday said the plan of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to use a combination of manual and computerized system in next year’s elections will only bring back memories of “Hello, Garci.” Because of […]
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Comelec declares failure of bidding for PCOS refurbishment

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has declared a failure of bidding for the refurbishment of the 81,000 old precinct count optical scan (PCOS) units Tuesday morning after not receiving any bid for the contract. Three companies bought […]
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Aquino swears in allies in key govt posts

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno Aquino III on Tuesday swore in some of his political allies to key government posts. Health Secretary Janette Garin, a former Iloilo representative and a member of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), took her oath […]
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Cabinet officials shouldn’t act like they’re politicking –Palace exec

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Malacañang on Wednesday reminded Cabinet officials who plan to run in the 2016 national elections to be mindful of their actions, lest they be accused of early politicking. In a statement, Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said […]
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Comelec: 2016 bets need not quit before filing

MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Wednesday clarified that appointed government officials need not resign from their posts to be able to run in the 2016 elections. “Ang rule, kapag nag-file ng COC (certificate of candidacy) ang […]
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Bangsamoro basic law may be passed in Sept – Drilon

MANILA, June 8 (Mabuhay) – Senate President Franklin Drilon on Monday said the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law may be passed by September. Drilon said the Senate cannot pass the draft BBL by the end of the session before the end […]
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Run, Duterte, run

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is a good alternative candidate for the 2016 presidential election. If ever he decides to join the presidential derby, he has a good chance of winning it. This will be the first time in Philippine […]
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Escudero urges new Comelec chair Bautista to act fast for automated 2016 polls

MANILA (Mabuhay) — Senator Francis Escudero on Tuesday urged newly-appointed Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista to act fast and hit the ground running to ensure clean, honest, and automated elections in 2016. “Time is of the essence and he […]