16th House likely to probe poll 2013 conduct, results

SENATOR Teofisto “TG” Guingona III said he is sure that the 16th Congress will investigate the conduct and results of the May 13, 2013 election to facilitate improvements for the 2016 presidential elections.

He said automated election are good and stopped cheating through the ballots. But the people must also not be left hanging on questions about some problems in the recently-concluded midterm polls, especially in areas where PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machines bogged down. Read the rest of this entry

Comelec stopped from proclaiming party-list winners

Five remaining seats in the party-list race will not be allocated yet after the Supreme Court issued a stay order on Wednesday in favor of disqualified group Senior Citizens, whose accreditation was cancelled because of an alleged term-sharing agreement for its two sets of nominees.

Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno issued the temporary restraining order (TRO) on behalf of the Court, whose sessions will resume next week following a month-long decision writing break. Read the rest of this entry

24 more party-list groups proclaimed

Twenty-four more groups were able to make it to the winner’s circle after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced their proclamation as winning party-list groups.

In its session Tuesday morning, the Comelec, sitting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), announced the proclamation of 24 new groups that earned one seat each in the House of Representatives. Read the rest of this entry

Proclamation eyed for party-list winners in 10 days

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) gave a self-imposed deadline of 10 days to finish the canvassing and proclamation of the 58 duly-elected party-list representatives.

But Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the poll body, which is also acting as the National Board of Canvassers (NBOC), must settle what to do with the votes received by the 12 party-list groups that they disqualified under the new accreditation guidelines issued by the Supreme Court. Read the rest of this entry

Honasan to work with Gordon even after elections

IT ISN’T the end of the road for Richard Gordon, who lost the presidential and senatorial elections in a span of three years.

Gregorio Honasan II, who won a fourth term in the Senate at the expense of his friend Gordon, said he can still work with six other members of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) who failed to land a spot in the top 12. Read the rest of this entry

Drilon doesn’t expect reward for Team PNoy’s 9-3 win

SENATOR Franklin Drilon, who helped the Team PNoy coalition attain its nine-three victory in the senatorial race, said he does expect a reward for his hard work during the national campaign.

Drilon was the campaign manager of Team PNoy–a coalition of the ruling Liberal Party (LP), the Nationalist People’s Coalition (NPC), and the Nacionalista Party (NP). Read the rest of this entry

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