No one in the country can expect much difference in the next election. It should be more “exciting” as there will be more at stake, and the battle will be “winner take all”, but for the mass of people, even an economic trickle will not appear despite the likelihood of continued “growth” from which the ruling class and its political agents will continue to benefit, reaping the rewards of aggressive worker/peasant repression and unbelievable exploitation.
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Part 2: Philippine Elections: Wealth remains dominant; dynasties rule ok
By GILL H. BOEHRINGER Bulatlat.com Read also: Part 1 and Part 3 of this report. Late developments Under pressure from many quarters, Comelec’s stubborn Chair, election lawyer Sixto Brillantes, has finally admitted that there were flaws in the election. This is front-page news of course, e.g. in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, May 29th, “Poll discrepancies…
Part 3: Philippine Elections: Wealth remains dominant; dynasties rule ok
By GILL H. BOEHRINGER Bulatlat.com Read also: Part 1 and Part 2 of this report. However you look at it, wealth remains the dominant factor in Philippine elections. In this report, I look at the wealth of those who govern the country through the Senate and House of Representatives, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court.…
Ombudsman asked to probe Comelec’s Brillantes, et al, for their impeachment
Aside from the Office of the Ombudsman, the complainants are also set to prod Congress to conduct an inquiry into the recent elections.
Back to reality, back to the same old issues
By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis After the brief but tumultuous electoral exercise, the Filipino people would be facing the same issues again. This is not to say that we should forget about what happened during the May 2013 elections. The Commission on Elections, through its chairman the hot-tempered Sixto Brillantes Jr., still has a lot of…
Migrante Party-list finds election results highly ‘improbable’
“If there was really a Hocus PCOS that happened, only Comelec and Smartmatic would know.” – Migrante Party-list
More on the May 2013 elections
By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis A wide chasm separates the assessment of the Comelec and election watchdog AES Watch on the May 2013 elections. Commission on Elections Chairperson Sixto Brillantes Jr. called it as the best elections the Philippines ever had. AES Watch, on the other hand, deemed it as a technological and political disaster. Comelec…
Go ahead, sue us and abide by law, election watchdogs dare Brillantes
“These irresponsible threats (from Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes) are meant to muzzle election stakeholders especially critics for them to just keep quiet amid the publicly-exposed blatant transgressions of the election law, the repeated errors, malfunctioning, and glitches of the PCOS machines, data inconsistencies, and recently, the bypassing of canvassing rules.” – AES Watch
Workers call for ‘FIT Audit’ of poll results
As reports abound regarding the lack of transparency in the conduct of the 2013 elections which was marred by many breakdowns and shortcuts, national labor center Kilusang Mayo Uno called for a “FIT Audit” – a full, immediate and transparent audit of the poll results.
‘Source code review too late to make elections honest, secure’
“It does not take too much brain matter to come to the conclusion that all these media releases are just for show. We don’t have a real source code for 2013 that is available and open. We’ve been had again.” – Dr. Pablo R. Manalastas, IT Fellow of the Center for People Empowerment in Governance (CenPEG)
Can Filipinos ever get rid of political dynasties?
If pre-election surveys are to be believed, the final pre-election poll conducted by the Social Weather Stations on May 2 and 3 shows that nearly all who “got in” the Magic 12 are those with political pedigree.