Malacañang is scheduled to organize a conference between President Rodrigo Duterte, lawmakers and other stakeholders to iron out the priorities of his administration over the last three years. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Palace intends to convene the Legislative-Executive Advisory Council on Development (LEDAC). The declaration by Nograles comes after Marinduque Representative Lord Allan Velasco asked for a LEDAC conference on Tuesday so that the executive and legislative branches


Surigao del Sur Rep. Johnny Pimentel intends to move back to October 2021 for the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections planned for May 2020. Pimentel submitted House Bill 905 requesting the postponement of the said elections from 11 May 2020 to 11 October 2021. The lawmaker said this is to offer more time to prepare for the Commission on Elections (Comelec). He stated that they want to offer the Comelec


MANILA- The National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections on Friday advised the Commission on Elections (Comelec) not to use Smartmatic in the next elections subsequent to President Duterte’s recommendation. President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday requested Comelec to “dispose of Smartmatic” and “look for a new one that is free of fraud.” Namfrel said in a statement that the country’s elections need no involvement of such foreign company, such as Smartmatic.

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Duterte has now signed into law a bill retitling the province of Compostela Valley as Davao de Oro. The Republic Act (RA) 11297 law got signed by the President back in April 17, but was only released recently to the public last Thursday. “The renaming of the province of Compostela Valley as the province of Davao de Oro shall be subject to ratification by a majority of the votes cast

Lito Lapid

When he was officially declared by Commissioner Marlon Casquejo, last Wednesday’s proclamation of winning Senate candidates got an additional showbiz feel when actor and former senator Lito Lapid was referred to as “Pinuno”. His portrayal in ABS-CBN’s primetime television action drama series “Ang Probinsyano”, it was noted as such that Lapid was referred to with the moniker of a rebel leader. Lapid left the popular television series in order to

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Cudilla beat incumbent Mayor Noel Beronio to secure a three-year term through a coin flip as the town board of election canvassers declared former mayor Sue Cudilla as the winner of the mayoralty race on Friday afternoon. Cudilla and Beronio reaped 3,495 votes each out of 7,238 ballots cast during the May 13 polls, thus the need for a tie-breaker. Thus, tails proved to be the winning bet as Cudilla

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The two councilors of several towns in Negros Occidental who were slain weeks before the May 13 polls won in their reelection bids. Bernardino Patigas closed the 8th spot in Escalante City’s council after he obtained 18,358 votes. Weeks earlier, he was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants on April 22 on his way home after a campaign rally. He was known as a survivor of the 1985 Escalante massacre during


Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) stated on Wednesday that already collected a total of 168.84 tons of election-related waste materials from March 1 until the day following the midterm elections. Waste materials were found out to include 21,700 pieces or 23.42 tons of campaign materials that filled out seven dump trucks collected in Metro Manila a day after the elections. MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim stated, “We target to rid the


Commission on Elections (Comelec) uttered assurance over elections would be held in all 85,769 clustered precincts all over the country. Despite Comelec admitted there would be delays in areas in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), among others. Comelec spokesman James Jimenez on Monday in a press briefing stated, “At the moment we are not projecting any place where there will not be any election.” Jimenez revealed that


The Commission on Elections stated to swap out more than 600 ruined storage devices for the 2019 midterm polls’ encrypted ballot images. Just before the polls, COMELEC cited receiving reports that around 686 of 85,769 secure digital cards have been corrupted. James Jimenez, spokesperson of COMELEC however dispelled fears over the corrupted SD cards and said it has over 50,000 such storage devices as part of its buffer stock. “When