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COMPOSTELA, Compostela Valley— Carrying his 3-year-old son in his arms, Joshua Micua did not mind queuing for almost three hours outside Gabi Elementary School on Friday to cast his ballot. Residents of the village cast their ballots only on Friday, four days after the rest of the nation trooped to polling precincts for Monday’s midterm [...]
By Cai Panlilio
A staunch supporter of outgoing Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, Inday Acdal always made sure his campaign posters were plastered outside her house during election season. That, however, changed after she lost some of her neighbors and her entire home during the Tropical Storm “Sendong” tragedy on Dec. 17, 2011. “It took a Sendong for me [...]
By Maricar Cinco and Delfin Mallari Jr.
, Redempto Anda
The race is over for top posts in local elections in Palawan and in mayoral races in Los Baños town and Lucena City where prominent names such as Mitra, Genuino and Talaga got trounced. In Palawan, businessman Jose C. Alvarez (Nationalist People’s Coalition) is the new governor. He beat incumbent Governor Abraham Kahlil Mitra (Liberal [...]
Despite the Ampatuans’ perceived unpopularity because of several of its members’ involvement in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, six clan members went on to win elections in the province.
By Maricar Cinco
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) en banc on May 14 ruled with finality to disqualify Liberal Party candidate for legislator Regina Ongsiako Reyes but this did not stop local election officials from proceeding with a controversial proclamation of Reyes and two other LP candidates even if canvassing is not over yet.
A policeman who swore he did not see explosives in the ancestral house of a Negros Occidental mayor that was raided for guns and bombs is now suffering from harassment and intimidation, the mayor’s lawyer said in a statement.
By Joey A. Gabieta
Actor Richard Gomez’s political ambition ran into a brick wall again when he failed to clinch the mayoral position in Ormoc City, Leyte.
By Charisse Ursal
Only two of five members of the influential Garcia political clan made it in the 2013 elections. Suspended Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and brother, Nelson, won the third district congressional race and the mayoral contest in Dumanjug town, Cebu.
By Carla P. Gomez
It is sweet victory for the man who battled the titans and kingmakers in Negros Occidental. Gov. Alfredo Maranon Jr. received a fresh mandate in a landslide victory against Vice Gov. Genaro Alvarez, who had the support of business tycoon Eduardo Cojuangco and Rep. Alfredo Benitez, one of the richest men in Congress.
By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
On the eve of the May 10 elections in 2010, four supporters of a candidate for mayor were killed while five others were wounded when policemen opened fire at their vehicles in Tibiao town, Antique.
By Br. Jaazeal Jakosalem OAR
On May 13, John Michael Serenio woke up early and was beaming with excitement. He wheeled his wheelchair to Lopez Jaena Elementary School in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, about 250 meters away from his house, so he could start his duties.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Pampanga and the provincial chapters of two poll watchdogs have agreed to investigate the alleged use of preshaded ballots in two towns in the province in Monday’s elections.
By Jani Arnaiz
, Joey A. Gabieta
Old political families maintained their grip on Eastern Visayas with the exception of the Dazas in Northern Samar.