Bugs on vote scanners, cards delay proclamation

If many voters waited for hours to be able to cast their votes last Monday, technical problems involving ballot optical scanners and their memory cards caused candidates and their watchers, as well as the press, to continue to wait for the transmission of election results to be completed.

On election day, some Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machines bogged down and voting had to be suspended while technicians fixed or replaced them. Read the rest of this entry

Davao City: A microcosm of country’s voting populace

With 486,752 who actually voted according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec) website, Davao City has once again shown itself as a gauge of how the whole Philippines votes, as the surprising number one slot of Grace Poe in the national canvassing is likewise reflected in the city tally.

It’s not what many will call the intelligent vote, but it approximates the vote of the whole country. Read the rest of this entry

Amado Espino Jr. reelected as governor

After his proclamation Wednesday morning, re-elected Governor Amado Espino Jr. expressed gesture of reconciliation to political opponent Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza.

With him in this photo are Nationalist People’s Coalition provincial chairman Mark Cojuangco (second from left) and re-elected officials Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr., second district Representative Leopoldo Bataoil, and first district Representative Jesus Celeste. (Photo by Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre)

Lenore RS Lim’s 10th Solo Show in New York

Filipina artist Lenore RS Lim is currently exhibiting “Calado,” her 10th Solo exhibit in New York at Tally Beck Contemporary, a lower eastside Manhattan gallery specializing in contemporary Asian art. The show runs from May 8 to June 21.

During the exhibit, the gallery will also give a presentation on “A History of Contemporary Art in the Philippines” by Tally Beck on May 22 and an “Artist’s Talk and Q&A” with Lenore RS Lim on May 29.

In this photo, from left to right, are: Mdme Fe Cabactulan, wife of the Philippine Ambassador to the United Nations, Tally Beck and artist Lenore RS Lim at the opening reception on May 9.

For more info: tallybeckcontemporary.com. (PR)

Rosemarie Arenas proclaimed in Pangasinan

In Pangasinan, philanthropist and socialite Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas (second from left) was proclaimed Tuesday afternoon by Provincial Elections Board of Canvassers Chairman Marino Salas.

She ran unopposed at the third congressional district and will succeed her daughter Representative Ma. Rachel J. Arenas (second from right). (Photo by Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre)

Gordon enters ‘Magic 12’

Administration bets are still dominating the senatorial race led by Grace Poe based on the 21 certificates of canvass transmitted on Wednesday to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC).

Poe of Team PNoy is still on top with 1,520,880 votes culled from 21 areas in the country. She was followed by Loren Legarda and Francis Escudero. Nancy Binay, who was fifth in earlier tally, has dislodged Alan Peter Cayetano for the fourth spot. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec to local canvassers: Submit Senate results today

Canvassers in the provinces and cities were required until Wednesday afternoon to submit the results of the senatorial race following the failure of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to meet its goal of naming the 12 winners on the same day.

This developed after poll protests hampered the sending of results from the municipal to the provincial level, which in turn, forward the data to the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC) for senatorial and partylist elections. Read the rest of this entry

Overseas voting snubbed in 25 countries

OVER 1,000 migrant Filipinos in 25 countries did not take advantage of the chance to select 12 new senators and a party-list group in the 2013 midterm polls, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Wednesday.

These Filipinos are located in Colombia, Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, Venezuela, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Latvia, Burundi, Congo, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and Zambia. Read the rest of this entry

Nancy Binay places 3rd in ‘Binay country’

United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial candidate Nancy Binay placed third in her hometown, Makati City, the certificates of canvass transmitted to the National Board of Canvassers show Wednesday.

Team PNoy senatorial candidate Grace Poe-Llamanzares, daughter of the late Fernando Poe Jr., got the most number of votes from Makati residents with 166,987 and followed by UNA’s Richard Gordon with 166,176 votes. Read the rest of this entry

Foreign observers: Polls orderly but marred with irregularities

Last Monday’s election was generally peaceful and orderly, a team of foreign observers said Wednesday, yet problems of vote buying, malfunctioned ballot-counting machines, and climate of fear in hotly-contested areas were still existent.

“Nevertheless, the problems we saw and documented unless properly addressed by concerned government agencies and stakeholders will undermine an electoral process reasonably credible by international standards,” said Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (Compact) national coordinator Arnold Tarrobago. Read the rest of this entry