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.

DBM launches new budget regime in 2013 Created on January 4, 2013, 4:04 am Posted by nup

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 3 -- The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the launch of a new budget regime in 2013, with a focus on enforcing a one-year lapse period for department and agency appropriations. 

SSS grants P2-B calamity relief to members and pensioners in 2012 Created on January 4, 2013, 4:03 am Posted by nup

QUEZON CITY, Jan. 3 -- The Social Security System (SSS) has granted over P2 billion through its calamity relief programs to about 134,000 affected members and pensioners all over the country who benefited from the early renewal of SSS salary loans and advance release of three months’ worth of pensions in 2012.

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