Sinulog 2013: Praying at the party Created on January 25, 2013, 5:54 am Posted by nup

"I'll pray at the party," one half-naked boy said, his arms and chest covered in still-wet neon paint. His Manila-accented voice is just barely audible over the music, whistles, and random cries of "Pit Senyor!" which means “Call on the Lord.”

It was Sunday, the last and most festive day of the Sinulog festival, one of Cebu's biggest celebrations. The boy and a hundred others made up the slow-moving crowd snaking down Mango Avenue toward Juana Osmeña Street in a strange kind of beer-soaked, paint-smeared pilgrimage to the Baseline Recreation Center. A party was happening there, and apparently, everyone was invited.

Comelec set to name dominant political party Created on January 24, 2013, 7:06 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines - Which one will be named the dominant political party in May?

It’s a toss-up between the ruling Liberal Party (LP) and the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

In a resolution, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has asked the 10 major political parties and two major local parties to file a verified petition for accreditation as the dominant majority or minority party.

Comelec to regulate campaign colors as poll propaganda Created on January 24, 2013, 7:05 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines - Apart from election propaganda on the Internet, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will also regulate campaign colors for the May polls.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said yesterday that the poll body would monitor television personalities who may be wearing colors that are identified with certain candidates.

Nothing wrong with Aquino, Binay campaigning–Comelec Created on January 24, 2013, 4:15 am Posted by nup

There’s nothing wrong with President Aquino or Vice President Jejomar Binay appearing in political ads endorsing, and raising the arms of, candidates for the May 13 elections.

As the country’s two highest officials, Mr. Aquino and Binay are actually exempted from the constitutional ban imposed on public servants against participating in campaigns or endorsing candidates, among other partisan political activities, the Commission on Elections said Wednesday. The exemption also extends to Cabinet secretaries.

MILF to respect election gun ban Created on January 24, 2013, 4:10 am Posted by nup

MILF fighters inside Camp Darapanan in Maguindanao. File photo by Karlos Manlupig.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines - The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) said it would respect the election gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), a senior rebel leader said.

Von Al-Haq, spokesman of the MILF’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, said the MILF leadership has issued a memo ordering all members to adhere to the gun ban and keep their firearms within their camps.

“Members of the BIAF are prohibited from roaming around urban areas and highways to avoid violating the Comelec gun ban,” Al-Haq said.

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