Bataan donates to typhoon Pablo victims Created on January 9, 2013, 2:48 am Posted by nup

Bataan Governor Enrique T. Garcia Jr. (2nd from left) hands to Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon a check for P2.5 million representing a donation from the province to  victims of typhoon Pablo in New Bataan, Compostela Valley. Looking on are Bataan’s 2nd district Rep. Albert Garcia and Red Cross governor Carissa Coscolluela. BUTCH GUNIO

BALANGA CITY, Bataan–The local government of Bataan has come to the aid of its namesake in Mindanao, the disaster-ravaged town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley, by contributing to the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the Philippine Red Cross in the area.

Elections 2013 calendar of activities Created on January 8, 2013, 2:56 am Posted by nup
Campaign begins as UNA launches sorties Created on January 8, 2013, 2:48 am Posted by nup

Screenshot of UNA senatorial slate ad that began airing January 7

MANILA, Philippines – There’s no doubt about it. The election season is here.

Vice President Jejomar Binay’s opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) begins Tuesday, January 8, its first coalition-organized sorties for its senatorial slate ahead of the May 13 polls. The provincial sorties are timed with the release of the coalition’s first slate ad.

The sorties and ads come a month before the start of the official campaign period for national candidates set by the Commission on Elections, February 12 to May 11.

Ernesto Maceda: ‘Voters miss brilliant senators’ Created on January 8, 2013, 2:43 am Posted by nup

'AGE MATTERS.' Former Senate President Ernesto Maceda said the Senate needs more senior minds, with heavyweights like Sen Edgardo Angara and Joker Arroyo retiring. File photo from Maceda's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – At 77, former Senate President Ernesto “Manong Ernie” Maceda is the oldest senatorial candidate in 2013. He is convinced, going by his track record, that he could be among the most brilliant too.

He has been out of the race for nearly a decade -- a has-been, critics say -- but the performance of the so-called “octomaneuvers” in the Corona impeachment trial early last year inspired him to get on the course again.

Brillantes refuses to OK Comelec raffle Created on January 8, 2013, 2:34 am Posted by nup

CLERICAL ERROR. Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr refuses to validate the results of the party-list raffle on Friday. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines – If there's someone who should be happiest about the historic raffle of party-list groups on Friday, January 4, it should be Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr, who initiated the Comelec's unprecedented party-list purge.

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