Experts insist on Smartmatic, Comelec scam Created on January 17, 2013, 3:07 am Posted by nup

Experts reacting to Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr.’s response to The Manila Times banner story on Friday, January 11 “Smartmatic and Comelec collusion bared”—insist
that the way the poll body rejected bidders and ended up awarding the contract to Smartmatic was illegal and indicated collusion.

Dissecting the vote on the RH bill Created on January 17, 2013, 3:05 am Posted by nup

Ronald U. Mendoza, Ph.D.

On Dec 12, 2012, the House of Representatives voted on HB 4244 (An Act Providing for a Comprehensive Policy on Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health and Population and Development).

The draft bill advanced to the second reading by a very slim margin of 113 “ayes” to 104 “nayes.” Three solons abstained and 62 others did not cast their votes. The week after, the draft bill passed on 3rd reading, with an improvement in the margin: 133 “ayes” to79 “nayes.” A good number of solons remained on the fence, either opting to abstain or choosing not to cast their votes.

Huge cuts in bets' TV, radio ad minutes Created on January 16, 2013, 4:08 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines – For the May 13 elections, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) doesn't want television, radio, and the Internet bombarded with campaign ads. It has revised old rules to impose huge cuts on candidates' advertising minutes.

Comelec rejects 'personal' gun exemptions Created on January 15, 2013, 3:33 am Posted by nup

GUN BAN. By Sunday, January 13, Comelec installs checkpoints for the election period. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz

MANILA, Philippines – Commission on Elections (Comelec) personnel in Intramuros, Manila, turned away several gun owners who where applying for personal exemptions on Monday, June 14, the first weekday after the poll body implemented the election gun ban.

Comelec gets P4-B boost for expanded polls Created on January 15, 2013, 3:28 am Posted by nup

MANILA, Philippines – From a slashed budget that it raised a howl over just last year, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) has come a long way – it will receive an additional P4.14 billion from the national government for the first ever expanded synchronized elections this year.




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