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These Filipino Senators were not politicians but real statesmen.
In the entire course of Philippine politics, very few Filipino statesmen have held office. That is because a politician is the opposite of a statesman: a politician preserves political capital for survival, while a statesman expends political capital to uphold principles. A politician ...
 
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What drives voters to choose the people they want?
This year’s elections are one of the most contentious in the history of the Automated Election System. Massive reports of electoral fraud by citizens and poll watchdog groups, documented cases of blatant red-tagging and black propaganda by state forces, rampant vote-buying, and violence in the ...
 
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All things must end, even highly entrenched political dynasties.
In the recent midterm elections, five members of the Ejercito-Estrada clan ran for public office. All five of them lost, marking the end of the 50-year political run of one of the Philippines’ most prominent political families.The Estradas began their public career ...
 
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Some of these seemingly innocent acts can get you arrested if you do them on election day.
According to someone who spoke Latin a very long time ago, “ignorantia legis neminem excusat,” which means, ignorance of the law excuses no one—lest we get arrested. To avoid this, we combed through some of the COMELEC’s voluminous rules and regulations regarding ...
 
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Ping Lacson is all of us.
Ping Lacson, Philippine senator and inadvertent politics critic by way of Twitter, has summed up our feelings over the upcoming elections via a tweet. Lacson wished good candidates good luck and the bad candidates to lose."To all the decent, well-intentioned, honest, selfless, disciplined, ...
 
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After a crushing defeat in the presidential elections, Grace Poe is running for reelection to the Senate.
Grace Poe’s story is the stuff of fairy tales… and teleseryes.As an infant, Grace was abandoned in a church in Jaro, Iloilo, where she was discovered by Chayong, a prayerful woman who worked as a housemaid. Grace lived with Chayong and her ...
 
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Long-time human rights lawyer Chel Diokno wants to empower younger generations to become better nation-builders. Fixing the country’s broken justice system is the first step.
If you’re reading this, you’re part of the relatively small portion of the electorate who knows who Chel Diokno is.Step outside your comfort zone, and you’ll find that most of the tarpaulins and posters that blanket public walls belong to administration bets ...
 
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Mother, advocate, reluctant politician, and senatorial candidate Nancy Binay has one of the most recognizable names in Philippine politics. Nevertheless, she's working doubly hard to prove that she deserves to be here.
Nancy Binay has remained pretty much below the radar for most of the last six years she’s been in the Senate. The few times she’s been the center of attention was unintentional on her part, as armchair warriors bashed her sartorial style, more ...
 
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Re-electionist Sonny Angara is intent on getting the job done by putting aside personal animosity and personality-based politics.
It is an early morning schedule with re-electionist Juan Edgardo Angara, more popularly known as Sonny Angara. He walks into his father’s house looking and sounding like he could benefit from more hours of sleep and rest. Weeks of campaigning, hopping from ...
 
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Going against the administration isn’t anti-government.
As the 2019 senatorial elections loom ever closer, the issue of partisanship has taken center stage. Two major slates have emerged: the administration’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago and the Liberal Party’s Otso Diretso. Other opposition bets have appeared as well: the Makabayan bloc ...
 
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In this very candid interview, senatorial candidate Bato dela Rosa shares his views on the controversial war on drugs, death penalty for politicians, and his friendship with President Duterte.
Senatorial candidate Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa made headlines last month when he said he has no more time for debates. Days later, another headline quoted the former chief of police saying people attend political sorties to be entertained and not to listen to issues. He ...
 
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Are we living in a nightmare or what?
National campaigns in the Philippines are often compared to a circus—you have candidates singing and dancing, falsifying their records, getting in and out of jail, and coming up with all sorts of gimmicks. The 90-day campaign period for the national elections on ...
 
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Yes, it's possible to talk about politics with your family.
Before the 2016 elections, you could engage in political talk with a cousin or an uncle without clenching your fists or tightening your jaw. Talking politics with family was tricky, sure. Still, it was tolerable and at times, even enjoyable to do ...
 
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The network of pages were linked to a certain Nic Gabunada.
Ahead of the upcoming elections in May, Facebook took down 200 pages endorsing Filipino political candidates across its social media properties for “widespread use of fake accounts,” the social media giant announced on Friday, March 28.In a press briefing, Facebook head of cybersecurity Nathaniel ...
 
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Florin Hilbay is the poor boy from Tondo who did good as a lawyer and public servant, and now he hopes that it’ll be enough to get him to the Senate.
Few people could name the solicitor general during the previous administration, let alone name his top accomplishments. Never mind that Florin Hilbay, then 40, was the youngest to ever hold the post as the government’s top lawyer, or that, as solgen, it’s ...
 
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He may not have the endorsement from major parties, but Dr. Willie Ong's advantage is more unique: over 10 million online followers.
What I first noticed when we arrived at Dr. Willie Ong’s home for the Esquire Philippines interview were not his cabinets filled with rows and rows of medical and resource books. Rather, it was a small, framed, triangle-shaped plaque on the wall. ...
 
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For the residents of Lupang Ramos in Dasmariñas, Cavite, 372 hectares of agricultural land hold 30 years of struggle for agrarian reform.
The side road leading off Governor’s Drive in Dasmariñas, Cavite is lined with streamers with messages such as “Tunay na Reporma sa Lupa, Ipaglaban” and “Activism is not Terrorism.” At its entrance is a makeshift barrier made out of bamboo, some rope, ...
 
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The number of Filipina politicians has risen, but they still remain a minority group.
Good news: More Filipinas are becoming involved in public service. The not-so-good news: They still make up just one-fifth of the government.From business to politics, it’s true that women’s representation is growing in various fields. On the latest World’s Billionaires List by ...
 
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For every shade of acceptance or outright cynicism, there is a shine of hope and optimism in the eyes of senatorial candidate Serge Osmeña.
Serge Osmeña lost the 2016 senatorial elections by a shakeup in the last mile before the polls, but he comes ready with a document that summarizes how and when he gleans he was cheated. The document shows the results of an SWS ...
 
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She didn’t graduate from the U.P. College of Law, either.
Ilocos Norte governor and current senatorial candidate Imee Marcos never received a degree from Princeton University, says the university's student paper, contrary to the information provided in her biography and official Facebook profile. The Daily Princetonian, the school’s official student publication and one ...