Yellow no longer sole opposition color in 2019 polls

      The "dilawan" or the yellow campaign color of the opposition Liberal Party was nowhere in sight when the opposition senatorial bets filed their candidacy at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) main office in Intramuros, Manila.     READ: Opposition completes 8-member senatorial slate for 2019 polls     As the filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) came to a close on Wednesday, the opposition bets vying for Senate seats in the May 2019 midterm elections wore varying colors as they filed their respective COCs throughout the week.     READ:COC filing ends: What's next for political aspirants?  ...Keep on reading: Yellow no longer sole opposition color in 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 18th, 2018

Robredo: 2019 polls ‘uphill climb’ for the opposition

Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday admitted that the 2019 elections will be tough for the opposition......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

2019 polls an uphill climb for the opposition –VP Leni

It will be an “uphill climb” for opposition candidates in the 2019 elections due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity, according to Vice President Leni Robredo. Source link link: 2019 polls an 'uphill climb' for the opposition –VP Leni.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Antoninos, other familiar names in South Cotabato not running in 2019 polls

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/ 17 Oct) – Top names from the main opposition camp here are taking a break in the 2019 elections. Stalwarts of the Achievers with Integrity Movement (AIM), a local political party founded by former city mayor and South Cotabato Rep. Adelbert Antonino, filed their certificates of candidacy Wednesday morning without their […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Hilbay sees Senate opposition victory in 2019

  Former-Solicitor General Florin Hilbay is confident that the senatorial slate of the opposition coalition will win the vote of the people.   "Well, we're very confident given what's happening dun sa ating ekonomiya at sa performance ng administrasyon na to," Hilbay told reporters before filing his candidacy on Wednesday for his senator bid in the May 2019 midterm elections at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) headquarters.   "Sa tingin namin yung mga mamamayan, titingin sa kabila, titingin sa mga bagong boses at boboto sa oposisyon," he added.   The opposition earlier finalized its eight-member senatorial slate for the 2019 polls. &nb...Keep on reading: Hilbay sees Senate opposition victory in 2019.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Opposition completes 8-member senatorial slate for 2019 polls

The opposition coalition has finally completed its senatorial slate for the May 2019 midterm elections, according to a statement released by the Oposisyon Koalisyon on Tuesday, a day before the filing of certificates of candidacy ends. Completing the list of eight candidates were Florin Hilbay, solicitor general during the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, and veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, lead counsel of Vice President Leni Robredo in the electoral protest filed against her by former Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. Following are the other candidates in the slate: former Sen. Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, who also served in the Aquino as head of th...Keep on reading: Opposition completes 8-member senatorial slate for 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Joma’s crystal ball: Opposition to pull upset in midterm polls

LUCENA CITY---As the 2019 elections draw near, exiled Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria "Joma" Sison has expressed bold optimism that the still fragmented political opposition could score a substantial victory against administration candidates.   "We can expect that the Duterte regime will lose heavily in the Senate," he said in an online interview.   Sison said there would be fewer pro-Duterte members of the House of Representatives too.   The mainstream political opposition has yet to finalize a lineup, though.   Survey says otherwise   Based on early survey results, aspirants known as allies of President ...Keep on reading: Joma’s crystal ball: Opposition to pull upset in midterm polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Aquino urges Filipinos to campaign, vote for opposition bets in midterm polls

Former president Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III on Tuesday campaigned for opposition candidates in the 2019 polls, whom he said would serve as a check on the administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 21st, 2018

Aquino prefers to back like-minded candidates than run in 2019 polls Former President Benigno Aquino III would rather support candidates who share his beliefs than run for a Senate seat in the coming 2019 midterm elections. "Marami pa naman akong supporter. Malamang mananalo ako. [Pero] tapos manalo, mag-isa ako. Anong gagawin ko? Parang every day kailangan present [sa Senado] ako para kung solo akong opposition, may tututol," Aquino told reporters Wednesday at the Manila Memorial Park Sucat in Paraaque, where he and relatives were commemorating the ninth death anniversary of his mother, the late President Corazon Aquino. [I still have many supporters. I will probably win. But after winning, I will be a...Keep on reading: Aquino prefers to back like-minded candidates than run in 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Nationwide Round-Up

VP Robredo ready to head united opposition groups in 2019 polls VICE PRESIDENT Maria Leonor “Leni” G. Robredo on Tuesday said she is ready to take on the role as the leader of opposition groups planning to unite ahead of the 2019 midterm elections. At a press briefing in Quezon City, Ms. Robredo, the opposition […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 10th, 2018

LP to form resistance coalition in 2019 polls

MANILA, Philippines — The Liberal Party is eyeing to form a coalition that will be the "genuine opposition" in next year's elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

‘Resistance’ to field slates in 2019 polls

The political opposition will form a coalition and create its own slate for the mid-term elections in 2019, two Liberal Party (LP) senators said on Monday. Senators Bam Aquino and Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan dubbed the opposition coalition "The Resistance," which they said would field slates in the local and senatorial races. Aquino said he would be among the coalition's senatorial candidates. Pangilinan, the LP president, said his party was still in talks with other groups and individuals. He said he would name the members of the coalition only after "the talks have been firmed up, hopefully after the Holy Week." Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, the president of the ...Keep on reading: ‘Resistance’ to field slates in 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

2019 polls will push thru no matter what

HE MANILA TIMES ROUNDTABLE PRESIDENTIAL Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Friday assured the public and the opposition that the midterm elections would be held in 2019 with or without Charter change. Andanar said a “no-election” scenario was highly unlikely especially in the Philippines where elections are considered the country’s “biggest… The post 2019 polls will push thru no matter what appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered soldiers to shoot and kill armed communist rebels as security forces are readying to fight the New People’s Army following the total collapse of the peace talks. Duterte, who previously supported the rebel group when he was mayor of Davao City, gave the order recently and assured members of the armed forces that he shall take sole responsibility for it. He tagged the NPA as a terrorist group and vows to finish off the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the democratic government and install its own. “So what will be my orders to the? Shoot them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he’s holding any firearms, shoot and tell any…ako na ang magsagot, you just shut up. Do not answer if that issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It is and was his order para tumahimik ka, sabihin mo. And so? You are destroying my country, you expect me to pat you in the back and say, dahan-dahan ka lang,” Duterte told soldiers. He said an executive order declaring the NPA as terrorist group would be out soon. He said human rights organizations and fronts allied with the communist rebels would also be branded as terrorists. “I am preparing now. They are preparing the executive order declaring them to be terrorists and they will be afforded the treatment of being criminals. There will be no filing of cases under the public security like rebellion because rebellion is considered sometimes a noble undertaking, it’s only because you want your country to do better,” the tough-talking President said. Duterte said he would no longer negotiate peace the communist rebels, who also vowed to intensify their attacks on government and military targets. No. 1 Terrorist Communist rebel chieftain Jose Maria Sison also branded Duterte as the “No. 1 terrorist” in the country and accused him of mass murder after the President scrapped the peace talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. He is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected drug users and pushers, peasants and indigenous people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s blood lust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imperialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Anger grows in South Korea over US anti-missile system – ABC News

The anger is palpable on a narrow road that cuts through a South Korean village where about 170 people live between green hills dotted with cottages and melon fields. It's an unlikely trouble spot in the world's last Cold War standoff. Aging farmers in this corner of Seongju county, more than 200 kilometers (125 miles) south of the capital Seoul, spend the day sitting by the asphalt in tents or on plastic stools, watching vehicles coming and going from a former golf course where military workers are setting up an advanced U.S. missile-defense system. &'8220;Just suddenly one day, Seongju has become the frontline,&'8221; said a tearful Park Soo-gyu, a 54-year-old strawberry farmer. &'8220;Wars today aren't just fought with guns. Missiles will be flying and where would they aim first? Right here, where the THAAD radar is.&'8221; THAAD is shorthand for Terminal High Altitude Defense, which the South Korean and U.S. governments say is critical to cope with a growing missile threat from North Korea. When completed, the battery will consist of six truck-mounted launchers that can fire up to 48 interceptors at incoming missiles detected by the system's x-band radar. Anger has boiled over in Seosongri village since last week when U.S. and South Korean military workers used the early-morning hours to rush key parts of THAAD into place. The system had been scheduled to enter operation by the end of the year, but South Korea's Defense Ministry said Tuesday that it is already capable of defending against North Korean missiles. The ministry didn't say when the deployment would be completed. Hundreds of banners hang on trees and fences along a kilometer (half-mile) stretch of the road up to where police have cut off access. They say &'8220;Withdraw the illegal THAAD immediately&'8221; and &'8220;Stop US militarism,&'8221; slogans that would feel familiar in a leftist rally but are unusual in the country's traditionally conservative southeast. &'8220;Yankee, go home!&'8221; a man yelled as he banged his fist on a car apparently carrying American soldiers, before dozens of police officers peeled him and other protesters away from the vehicle. The local anger highlights what has arguably become the most explosive issue ahead of a presidential election next week. The May 9 vote will likely end a decadelong conservative rule that maintained a hard line against North Korea and agreed to the THAAD installation. Front-runner Moon Jae-in, who calls for engagement with the North, has said the deployment of THAAD should be reconsidered. Some media have questioned whether the United States and a caretaker government that took over for ousted former President Park Geun-hye are rushing to complete THAAD before the election. Earlier polls had showed overwhelming public support for THAAD following North Korean nuclear tests and a long-range rocket launch last year. But public opinion has become more divided amid the corruption scandal that led to Park's downfall and criticism that the government was pushing ahead without seeking the consent of Seongju residents. Opposition was further inflamed after President Donald Trump said he would make South Korea pay $1 billion for THAAD. Seongju residents say comments by Trump show the United States may be preparing for a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. They worry that if the North retaliates, THAAD would make their county a main target. There's also frustration about an increasingly heavy police and military presence in an area where outsiders had been mostly limited to small groups of weekend golfers. Residents are also concerned about the rumored harmful effects the electromagnetic waves from THAAD's radar might have on them and their crops. Seoul's Defense Ministry calls such worries groundless. &'8220;We have been living very peacefully as farmers, but our daily lives have been shattered after the arrival of this weapon; we can't rest comfortably for a day and can't work without worrying,&'8221; said Kim Yoon&''seong, a 60-year-old melon farmer. He says many younger residents with children are considering leaving Seongju. Residents say at least 13 people were treated at hospitals for injuries including broken bones and teeth after a violent clash last week between dozens of villagers and supporters and some 8,000 police officers who were mobilized to remove them from the road. Three days later, more than a hundred police officers ended an hourslong standoff by swarming a handful of people who had been blocking a mountain path with a tractor to prevent construction equipment from entering the THAAD site. Police detained a man and drove away the tractor as villagers showered them with insults, including &'8220;dogs&'8221; and &'8220;Americans' slaves.&'8221; &'8220;We won't allow any U.S. military and construction vehicles to pass through the two roads,&'8221; said Rev. Kang Hyun-wook, a minister of Won Buddhism, an indigenous form of the religion. The grounds include a site Won Buddhists consider as sacred and are no longer allowed to visit. &'8220;If they fly in (the THAAD parts) with helicopters, then fine, it's their money to spend and we can't do anything about that.&'8221; Several people were hurt in another clash on Sunday as police tried to remove protesters blocking two U.S. military oil trucks from entering the THAAD site. Residents said the trucks turned away because cars protesters had parked to block the road couldn't be towed. Moon, the presidential front-runner, says THAAD's security benefits would be offset by deteriorating relations with China, which sees THAAD's powerful radar as a threat to its own defense. South Korea's largest trade partner, China has [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2017

Councilors allay fears of blackout

AMID the power distribution war, residents of Iloilo City were told not to worry of the alleged looming city-wide power interruptions. Panay Electric Company (PECO), which for decades had been Iloilo City’s sole power distributor, earlier said it would stop operating in January 2019 if it fails to renew its congressional franchise to distribute electricity. […] The post Councilors allay fears of blackout appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Comelec warns candidates of scam

The Commission on Elections assured the public yesterday of the accuracy and integrity of the automated election system, which will be used in the 2019 midterm polls......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

La Union vice mayor killed, mayor survives ambush

Gunmen attacked and killed the vice mayor of Balaoan town in La Union as he proceeded to the municipal hall at 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday to attend this week's regular session. Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion died from multiple gunshot wounds, but his daughter, incumbent Mayor Aleli Concepcion, who was in the same vehicle, was unharmed, police said. One of their bodyguards identified as Mike Ulep was killed in the attack. The father and daughter tandem is seeking reelection in the 2019 midterm polls. /cbb...Keep on reading: La Union vice mayor killed, mayor survives ambush.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

The final Game of Thrones season airs April 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Game of Thrones fans, the long wait is... going to be a little longer.  HBO on Tuesday, November 13 (in the Philippines) announced that the final season of the critically-acclaimed television adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire will begin airing in April 2019.  This ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Comelec to release list of party-list groups, nominees

In the wake of criticisms, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will publish its list of party-list organizations and their respective nominees before the May 2019 midterm polls, an official said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

PNP tracking nearly 80 private armed groups in run-up to 2019 polls

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has been monitoring close to 80 private armed groups (PAGs) nationwide that might affect the orderly conduct of the midterm elections next year.   Aside from existing PAGS, PNP Spokesperson Chief Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. also saidTuesdaythey were keeping an eye on about 170 potential PAGs in the country.   According to Durana, proliferation of PAGs was likely during election season since some candidates were tapping these groups against their political enemies.   "So far we are looking for 77 active PAGs and 2,050 members with 1,065firearms, and we also have 167 potential PAGS with 2,030 members and 1,670firearms,"...Keep on reading: PNP tracking nearly 80 private armed groups in run-up to 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018