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.

Confusing ballot for party list? Created on January 8, 2013, 2:27 am Posted by nup

COMELEC RAFFLE. 136 groups join the historic party-list raffle on Friday, but only 123 remain on the ballot after a clerical error. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

MANILA, Philippines – Does the number 16 follow 15?

Not necessarily, when it comes to the party-list slots on the ballot in 2013. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) may skip some numerical slots after it revised the results of the party-list raffle held last January 4, Comelec spokesperson James Jimenez said.

Comelec sets cut-off for SC on party list Created on January 8, 2013, 2:20 am Posted by nup

PARTY-LIST CUT-OFF. The Comelec will include in the ballot only groups that get a favorable SC ruling or reprieve before Jan 11. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II

MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Elections (Comelec) can only wait for so long.

If disqualified party-list groups want to be included in the ballot in the May 2013 elections, the Supreme Court (SC) should have issued a reprieve or ruling on their appeals by Friday next week, January 11. After this date, the Comelec can no longer accommodate status quo ante (SQA) orders or other rulings from the SC, Comelec chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr told reporters Thursday, January 3,

Reflection and Discovery (Day 4) Created on January 7, 2013, 1:48 am Posted by nup

Today we went to the city of Davao far in the south of the Philippines, and very close to Indonesia. The city is famous for its white sand beaches, and a VERY stinky, delicious fruit called durian. It's so stinky, in fact, that the Singapore government bans it on all public transportation. Our mission today was to train a group of the city Congressman's university scholars. They are a core of students that he sponsors to go to university.

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