Puerto Ricans say yes to US statehood

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SAN JUAN—Puerto Ricans voted for the first time in favor of the island becoming a US state in a non-binding referendum, election officials said Wednesday.

The Caribbean island is now a self-governing US territory. The referendum was held Tuesday along with the US presidential and congressional elections.

A total of 61 percent of voters said ‘yes’ to statehood, the local election commission said, citing a tally of 95.7 percent of the votes cast.

The referendum’s main sponsor, Governor Luis Fortuno, failed to win re-election, however.

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  • http://alasfilipinas.blogspot.com/ Pepe Alas

    Sad.

    • geminimind

      nothing sad about it,atleast they don’t starve like most pinoys do.

      • truth_will_set_us_free

        YOU’RE STARVING. WHAT A PITY.

      • geminimind

        I don’t starve at all,’cause I’m with them.

      • Bart Simpson

        Though i hate to admit it, you are right. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H4PIIBVQK4BSXMIKFRWWAAQAUY Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    Yeah.  Admit them.  Time for them to pay Federal Taxes.  

  • geminimind

    What would you do if Philippines is offered for the second time?

    • Bart Simpson

      vote yes ASAP! :D

    • dodong1

      and you think the americans will give us the opportunity after we kicked them out of clark and subic?? DREAM ON MY FRIEND!!

  • boybakal

    Can we have referendum too if we filipinos like State Hood.
    Philippines is like Puerto Rico before, Commonwealth of the US, now they might be 51st state.
    The point is….we, Filipinos are not leaders, more of followers.
    Revert back to US commonwealth, then Statehood.
    We need to have a leader like Barack Obama or Mitt Romney….they have vision for the country and the people.
    Dollar is mightier than Peso.

    • bugoybanggers

      aw aw aw…

  • $18209031

    Kayumericans , time to resurrect the US statehood.

  • blainz

    The first additional star in most people’s lives! The last one was Hawaii in 1959.

    It would be a headache to design 51 stars spangling the banner, a prime number affords no easy arrangement.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BTPMHSQOAVKY5DO6I3VU4VZ5PQ Jude

       51 is not a prime number: 3 X 17 = 51. A prime number is a number that can only be divided by 1 and itself.

      • blainz

        Ahh… my mistake.  Any idea on how to arrange the 51?

  • Bart Simpson

    It would rather see a PH run like hell by filipinos than a PH run like heaven by the americans. <—– what a joke! :D

    • tra6Gpeche

      President Manuel Quezon did not have any inkling that what he said would truly happen to us, Filipinos, Kabayan!

  • bugoybanggers

    USA will not last long. They will soon collapse like the former SOVIET UNION. Your ECONOMY not as mighty before 1980’s okay? JOB-JOB-JOB for your people. Think of CHINA, they have you in control, PAY your DEBT! Mga Pilipino, wag ng makisawsaw sa mga KANO, marami na nga silang problema makikidagdag pa! Hayaan na lang natin sila tutal mas mahal nila ang PAKISTAN kaysa PINAS.

    • Bonggebongge

      May punto ko chong…

    • Andres Bonifacio

      Denied lang ang VISA mo galit ka na sa AMERIKA! LOL!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JL7VPEQO24RIJTEJTPXJWTIAQA romel

    Next is Philippines as the 52nd state……

  • Mananandata69

    Stand on your own. Puerto ricans. Gone are the days of the American Dream

  • Andres Bonifacio

    Better to be a state of USA than to become a banana republic like most in South and Central America! 

  • john mark santos

    Philippines, say Yes to US statehood.
    ok na ko under ng US kesa naman ng China
    and US journalists will expose corruption here, dito kasi karamihan ng journalist nababayaran

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    Far from happening kahit maglupasay ang lahat ng pilipino. Hirap nga na mabigyan ng visa ang pilipino….

  • charlie_oscar

    The economy is bad in Puerto Rico and crime is very high – Many of the old leftist Puerto Ricans are long in the tooth – Like Fidel Castro and the dream of communism has faded away. Many youunger Puerto Ricans also want access to America’s welfare programs…unemployment benefits, section 8 housing (rent control) and also the new “Obama Care” –  For the US to absorb Puerto Rico as a State will not come cheap.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/67MNKU7JSBV35RO7ROKB6G64JI fishy_jojo

       cubano si castro

  • hustlergalore

    nyak! formalidad na lang yang referendum, no!

    sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa. US state na sila, noon pa! LOL

  • ah_ok_fine12

    chosy pa ba sila, eh kung ung iba ngkakandarapa maging parti lng ng US– sila parti na!!

  • virgoyap

    If referendum will be done in the Philippines most likely majority of the Filipinos will favor US statehood. Try it. Huwag na lang baka manalo (he he he).

  • bugoybanggers

    ang yabang ng mga pro-US dito. BAKIT kapag PILIPINO kukuha ng VISA, pinahihirapan? haha… mahal ng US ang PINOY o PINAY? Nakatikim lang nga CORNBEEF o CHOCOLATE hahalik na sa PUWET ng 90yrs old na KANO (NEGRO/PUTI), nabigyan lang ng BLUE SEAL, hahayaan na lang ipakuan ang mga anak nila sa PEDOPHILE na US. Kawawang PILIPINO!

  • DATAN

    If  I’m not mistaken we were given two chances way back, during Aguinaldo’s time and Quezon ?
    I believed they were the ones who asked for independence from uncle Sam during that time..Too late now folks…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    Sa situation ngayon ng mundo,i have a strong feeling that if Philippines will become a new state of US,definitely akong kukunin tayo! It is important for them strategical reason of balancing powers worldwide! Putting their Military in Puerto Rico and Philippines will serve them as their “Eyes and Ears” against Cuba or some countries who had Drug Cartels and to neutralize China and Non-Allied Forces in SEA like Terrorist Group!

  • kwapong654

    Sometime 60’s late senator bartolome cabangbang authored a bill for philippine statehood but less fortunate it was, for it was thrown in the garbage. Had we been a part of the US of A then dollars would had been our money. No more martial law, alak sugal at babae ni erap at korupsiyon ni gloria, etc. 

    So easy to shuttle to america to watch the NBA. . Sayang na oportunidad.

    Ngayon, pati anino ng mga tsino ay tumitindig nang balahibo natin.

  • bugoybanggers

    Kayong mga TAGA LUZON lang. Ang dami kasing TUTA diyan.

  • BEETOY

    they dont need to be a state of US… Puerto Ricans can come and go to the US coz they are American citizens anyway without the right to vote only…except for that right, IMHO

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